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Hormone Imbalance In Women: Seven Things You Can Do Today

Hormone Imbalance In Women: Seven Things You Can Do Today

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Have you ever said to yourself: “I’m a little bit out of balance. I think something is off with my hormones.” Camille Lawson explains how to know when things are off, and some strategies for coping.   Probably the biggest question that I hear is people will say you know, “I don’t feel like me, I don’t know what’s going on. I am following this program. I’m following nutrition. I’m doing all these different things,...

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What Causes Constipation In Women?

What Causes Constipation In Women?

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If you suffer from chronic constipation, you’re not alone.  Find out what causes constipation in women – and four strategies to help you relieve it.   Gas, bloating and constipation are common problems that women struggle with occasionally and even regularly (pun not intended.) In fact, digestive problems are one of the most common reason that people visit their doctor and pharmacy. Having digestive distress is not only uncomfortable but it can cause other...

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Prenatal Vitamins and Breastfeeding

Prenatal Vitamins and Breastfeeding

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August is National Breastfeeding Month. In honor of this we have interviewed Sherry Torkos, pharmacist, mom and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine to get her insight on what new mom’s should know about vitamins and breastfeeding.

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Stress and Weight Gain

Stress and Weight Gain

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If you are trying to slim down for summer, and despite eating healthy and exercising you aren’t getting the results you want, then it is time to consider other factors that can affect your body weight, such as stress. In this two-part blog I discuss how stress contributes to weight gain and what you can do about it.

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Picking a Probiotic

Picking a Probiotic

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Looking to boost your beneficial bacteria with a probiotic supplement? With so many products available how do you choose a good probiotic for women?

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Fighting the Flu

Fighting the Flu

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Winter is upon us and ‘tis the season to be sneezing! Winter colds and flu bring on days of miserable symptoms, with sore throat, coughing and congestion, and they are also a leading cause of lost work and school days.

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What’s Behind those Weird Dreams?

What’s Behind those Weird Dreams?

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I want to preempt this blog post by disclosing that I am as ‘unspiritual’ as they get. When I’m stressed, it’s not because there’s a full moon, it’s because I’ve procrastinated and not left myself enough time to do something.

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Healthy and Happy Relationships During and After Menopause

Healthy and Happy Relationships During and After Menopause

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“It’s never too late -never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” —Jane Fonda Most of us believe that being HAPPY is our goal in life, and we often define our happiness in terms of our relationships.  While some fortunate women sail through peri-menopause into menopause with few symptoms or ill effects, many of us DO NOT!  Happiness seems elusive when you do not feel like yourself, and this affects how we are in our relationship with our...

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The ABCs of Getting ZZZ

The ABCs of Getting ZZZ

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If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, wake too early or feel tired, groggy and have difficulty concentrating during the day, you could have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia.

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Is Coconut Oil the Newest Fad or is There Something To It?

Is Coconut Oil the Newest Fad or is There Something To It?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that coconut oil is the new ‘must-have’ product in your home. It boasts an array of benefits which span from the bathroom to the kitchen, and it seems almost too good to be true. People have been asking me whether it’s just a fad, but it looks like coconut oil is definitely here to stay!

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Stress: It’s a Matter of the Heart

Stress: It’s a Matter of the Heart

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You might be surprised to learn that heart disease is the number one killer of women in North America. Part of this can probably be attributed to the fact that it’s hard to know when our hearts aren’t healthy because we cannot see them.

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Let’s Talk About Sex (Drives)!

Let’s Talk About Sex (Drives)!

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Remember being 17 and sharing everything with your girlfriends? First kisses, bad dates, fights with your boyfriend? Chances are, you talked about everything- even those things that boyfriend wouldn’t be too pleased to hear you sharing.

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Excited but not “Excited”: Enhancing Sexual Desire in Time for Valentine’s Day

Excited but not “Excited”: Enhancing Sexual Desire in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Welcome February. Characterized by its long, grey days and accompanying cold winds, February doesn’t really leave us with a whole lot to get excited about. It is arguably the most insufferable month to endure, until you remember that smack in the middle of it is Valentine’s Day: the auspicious occasion that allows you to guiltlessly leave the kids at home and your work at the office, and celebrate your relationship.

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Breast Healthy Living

Breast Healthy Living

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How lifestyle choices can help shape your risk of breast cancer. It’s never too early to be proactive.
Breast cancer ranks as the top health concern for women young and old. In Canada, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Despite this staggering statistic, we have made little progress in advancing our understanding of how to treat never mind prevent breast cancer.

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How Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

How Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

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Regular exercise is known to lower a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. This has been well documented in a number of studies, but the way in which exercise provides protection has not been clearly understood. Exciting new research released recently has revealed how exercise can guard against breast cancer

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Skincare + Menopause: How to Care for Your Skin

Skincare + Menopause: How to Care for Your Skin

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Estrogen loss in the perimenopausal years contributes to rapid facial aging with marked loss of volume and hydration. Women can counteract these changes by consuming ample purified water, eating a diet rich in anti-‐oxidants, and taking extra vitamin D3 in the form of a supplement.

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Surviving Wedding Season

Surviving Wedding Season

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It’s spring time, and we all know what that means, wedding season! That’s right. It’s time to inventory your party dresses and revamp your shoe collection. You’re on the wedding circuit this summer!

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6 Tips For a Well-Rested You

6 Tips For a Well-Rested You

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Find yourself dozing off during the day? Struggling to get out of bed in the morning? It could be that you’re simply not getting enough quality sleep. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful for getting a good night’s sleep.

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Menopause and Relationships

Menopause and Relationships

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Girls are like phones. We love to be held and talked to. But if you press the wrong button you’ll be disconnected! -author unknown Isn’t that the truth, especially during  perimenopause and menopause. For many of us, one wrong move or word by the people who matter to us the most, can mean a quick disconnect (read SNAP!!). The average age for menopause is 51 — which is not so old these days. You can easily have many happy and healthy decades ahead of you, and in...

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Keeping it Smooth

Keeping it Smooth

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We all lead busy lives and including enough fruits and veggies into our diet can be a struggle.  Canada’s Food Guide recommends that women between the ages of 19-50 should be eating seven to eight servings a day. To give you an idea of what that looks like on your dinner plate, you would have to eat 21 spears of asparagus or up to 140 grapes. That’s a lot of food to fit into your daily routine! So instead of eating them, we revved up the juicer/blender and made these three...

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Menopause Weight Gain

Menopause Weight Gain

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Menopause brings about many changes for women; some of these changes, like the end of the menstrual cycle are welcomed and others, such as hot flashes and weight gain are not. There are various supplements and strategies that can help manage those troublesome hot flashes and night sweats. But for many women, it is much more challenging to keep body weight under control. There are many factors that can contribute to weight gain in menopause. Hormones are partly to blame. A...

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femMED Celebrates International Women’s Day

femMED Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Founder and CEO Shawna Page created femMED when she found that searching the aisles on her own for the right products was frustrating and confusing. Out of that frustration, femMED, the first user-friendly, brand of comprehensive supplements designed specifically for women was born. Today femMED celebrates International Women’s Day and those women who through hard work and tenacity, made it possible to for a woman to follow her dreams. International Women’s Day...

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Experiencing “The Change” in Your Sex Life?

Experiencing “The Change” in Your Sex Life?

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Is there such a thing as sex after menopause? Absolutely! In fact, some women report that they enjoy sex more when they no longer need to plan sex around their menstrual cycles or worry about getting pregnant. Also, women often feel more connected to their bodies and more secure in their intimate relationships at this stage of life. However, let’s not be too Pollyanna– Going through “the change” can certainly change they way women experience sex, and for some, these...

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Am I Losing My Mind or is it Menopause?

Am I Losing My Mind or is it Menopause?

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Is it time for ‘the change’ in your life? Menopause affects all women in their life time – some with more symptoms than others, but all with the same results. Here is some information that can help you better understand what is happening and some natural ways to treat your menopause symptoms. The menopausal process occurs in four stages: pre-menopause perimenopause menopause and post menopause. Pre-menopause refers your fertile period, which ranges from...

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Five Surprising Strategies to Save Your Heart

Five Surprising Strategies to Save Your Heart

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By Sherry Torkos, Pharmacist and author of Saving Women’s Hearts and The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine February is heart health awareness month, so this is the perfect time to talk about what we can do to protect ourselves against heart disease. We all know that it is important to exercise, eat healthy and avoid smoking, but you may be surprised to learn about these additional strategies that can help prevent heart disease: Get another hour sleep Why? Lack of...

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Beat Holiday Stress, Easily, With These Tips

Beat Holiday Stress, Easily, With These Tips

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Stress is a response that we all feel at some point in our lives.  Some stress is considered healthy, as it sharpens your mental faculty, however,  too much can be harmful to your health. Stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol into your bloodstream. Cortisol in and of itself is not a bad thing as it is important for many functions such as regulating your metabolism, blood pressure, the amount of insulin in your bloodstream and your immunity. Prolonged high...

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The Best Prenatal Vitamins. What They Should and Shouldn’t Contain.

The Best Prenatal Vitamins. What They Should and Shouldn’t Contain.

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A leading pharmacist explains why you should be cautious about some of the “best” prenatal vitamins, and offers some tips for avoiding hidden toxins. If you are pregnant, your primary concern is your baby’s health. You take great care in choosing nutritious food, getting enough exercise and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. But have you thought about taking a close look at the label on your prenatal vitamin? Even with some of the “best” prenatal...

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Hormones: The Key To Vibrant Health And Sexuality For Women

Hormones:  The Key To Vibrant Health And Sexuality For Women

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There is SO much for us to learn about our hormones!  This is part one in a brief overview about their importance in our daily lives, how to keep them balanced and at the same time improve our sexual lives. There are over 50 known hormones in our body and they regulate cell function, influence cellular activity and are chemical messengers.  They do this best when they are “balanced”. When hormones are NOT balanced, things happen in small or BIG ways. Imbalances occur due to...

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10 Tips for Spicing Up Your Sex Life

10 Tips for Spicing Up Your Sex Life

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Looking for some tips to spice up your sex life? Here are our top 10 – add yours in the comments below! Tip # 1: If your sex drive isn’t what is used to be, speak with your doctor. Whether you believe you have an underlying medical condition that is causing your loss of libido, or simply need someone to listen to your woes, talk to your doctor about your sex life. Make a list of any questions you have in advance, communicate all your concerns and be sure to...

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Top Ten Reasons Why Sex Is Good For You

Top Ten Reasons Why Sex Is Good For You

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For many women, it may take more than roses and candlelight to get their engines started. Approximately 40% of women experience low sexual desire at some point. This may be a primary condition (a woman never felt much sexual desire) or secondary condition (a woman used to have sexual desire, but no longer has interest). Not surprising, having more sex actually helps boost your libido and having sex comes with a whole host of benefits, for both men and women: Sex relieves...

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Take Control Of Your Breast Health With Breast Thermography

Take Control Of Your Breast Health With Breast Thermography

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The following post was kindly submitted by Mary Kubisewsky, a breast cancer survivor and Clinic Director ofThermography Clinic Kitchener.   Breast Thermography is a well known safe, radiation and compression free method of assessing a woman’s risk for breast cancer offering the earliest possible warning that problems may be developing in her breasts. Thermography using an infrared camera and high tech computer software, takes images of the temperature and vascular...

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Love the Skin You’re In…Pearls to Beautiful Skin and a Radiant You!

Love the Skin You’re In…Pearls to Beautiful Skin and a Radiant You!

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Your skin is your largest organ providing a barrier to protect internal vital organs and forming your appearance and shape. Here are some “pearls” to taking care of this important organ. Reduce oxidative damage- Continued oxidative damage from free radicals deteriorates our skin, damages our DNA and causes aging. Fortunately, we can slow this process by harnessing the powerful effects of antioxidants. Applying antioxidant creams such as vitamin A at bedtime and vitamin C in...

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Lifestyle Suggestions for Healthy Hair

Lifestyle Suggestions for Healthy Hair

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Here are some hair tips you can adopt to ensure your locks look lovely. Regular exercise and healthy sleep habits will increase circulatory and overall health, promoting healthy hair. Reduce the frequency of washing and drying your hair. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Avoid using hot water and hair dryers or curling irons whenever possible. Avoid exposing hair to chlorinated pool water or any other chemical solutions (perms and dyes). Do not overbrush your hair....

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Summer Survival Tips and Vitamins for Skin, Nails And Hair

Summer Survival Tips and Vitamins for Skin, Nails And Hair

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Now that the glorious summer that we Canadians long for all year is well underway it is time to ensure that we survive (and enjoy!)  the sun, heat, water, and the other elements.  I find that by mid-July, after a couple of weeks visiting friends at cottages on rocks and beaches my beauty regime can stand a bit of tweaking.  Our skin, nails and hair can all take a beating from our beautiful outdoor lifestyle that we are unaccustomed to – not that I am complaining one...

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Multivitamins and Antioxidants: The Bottom Line

Multivitamins and Antioxidants:  The Bottom Line

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Supplements, like so many other aspects of health information, are confusing! One extreme says we do not need any supplements if we are eating a healthy, whole food diet; the other side promotes using supplements to combat every possible health issue. I grew up with a father who believed in being pro-active with his health, so he took – no kidding – 25 different supplements every single day! He even took all the separate bottles with him while traveling! So, needless to...

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Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?

Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?

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Yes, some types of chemotherapy can increase cholesterol levels.  Some research has suggested that elevated cholesterol levels, typical of those in a Western-style diet, may accelerate the development of breast tumors and exacerbate their aggressiveness. Here is a link to a good article that discusses the types of chemo that impact cholesterol levels and ways to improve management of high cholesterol: http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/inc_cholesterol.jsp...

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Is there anything natural to take for PCOS rather than Diane 35?

Is there anything natural to take for PCOS rather than Diane 35?

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PCOS is a condition characterized by hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, excessive hair growth and obesity. One of the key features with PCOS is insulin resistance, which can affect fertility, cause weight issues and even increase heart disease risk. It is not known whether PCOS causes insulin resistance or the other way around. Birth control pills such as Diane 35 are often used because they lower levels of circulating androgens (hormones that are associated with hair...

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The Missing Link: Stress and Weight

The Missing Link:  Stress and Weight

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Who has not experienced 24/7 STRESS?  As busy women most of us do regularly, however, we were never meant to experience CHRONIC STRESS!  We are supposed to have small amounts which are both beneficial and necessary, followed by a return to a state of relaxation.  Hmmm, what is that you ask? Stress releases the hormone CORTISOL responsible for many important functions in our body: Glucose metabolism Blood pressure regulation Insulin release to maintain level blood sugars...

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Hormonal Imbalance in Women and Fibroids

Hormonal Imbalance in Women and Fibroids

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Is there something that will help shrink or get rid of fibroids? Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours or growths of the uterus. They are very common – about half of women have fibroids, and in many cases they go undetected until they grow large enough that they cause symptoms such as urinary frequency, pelvic pain or heavy bleeding during menstruation. Fibroids usually grow slowly and in most cases treatment is not necessary. Fibroid growth is stimulated by estrogen, so they...

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Is there any way to regulate my thyroid without medication if I have hypothyroidism?

Is there any way to regulate my thyroid without medication if I have hypothyroidism?

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 It depends on your individual situation and the severity of your hypothyroidism. The majority of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition that causes destruction of the thyroid gland over time. As this destruction progresses, the thyroid gland becomes less and less able to produce enough hormones to meet metabolic needs. This is reflected in an increase in thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The thyroid gland produces two...

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Trouble Sleeping Can Have Many Causes

Trouble Sleeping Can Have Many Causes

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I have had trouble sleeping well for the longest while. What can I do? It is important to figure out what is causing your trouble sleeping. Many factors can affect quality sleep such as stress, diet, activity level, use of medication (antidepressants, blood pressure pills and many other drugs) and hormonal imbalances. Here are some general tips for getting a good night sleep: Set aside at least 7 to 8 hours for sleep. Leaving only 5 or 6 hours may make you feel stressed and...

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Can green tea or soy reduce risk of breast cancer?

Can green tea or soy reduce risk of  breast cancer?

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What about the estrogen in green tea and soy for increasing breast lumps?  My GP has told me not to drink green tea. Green tea does not contain any estrogen. In fact, some research has suggested that it may actually help in estrogen metabolism and reduce reduce risk of  breast cancer. Soy contains isoflavones which are known as phytoestrogens because they can bind to estrogen receptors and exert weak estrogenic effects. Soy foods have been shown in studies to offer many...

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Time for a spring refresh? Get your hair, skin and nails warm weather ready with these quick tips.

Time for a spring refresh? Get your hair, skin and nails warm weather ready with these quick tips.

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After a long winter stuck indoors, many of us can’t wait to shed our coats, hats, gloves and boots for shorts and sandals. But a quick look at the condition of our hair, skin and nails is often enough to send many of us back indoors. Dry winter air can wreak havoc on the condition of our skin, nails and hair making them dull, dry and lifeless. With the following tips you can be ready for your spring debut and not break the bank along the way. 1. Consume some omega-3...

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Vitamins and Supplements for Women

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How long does it take for vitamins and supplements for women to start working or be effective? It really depends on what supplement you are taking, the dosage, and your system (how your body processes the supplement). With certain supplements, such as multivitamins or fish oil, you may not necessarily feel any different, however taking these products helps correct deficiencies, ensures that your nutritional needs are met and may help to protect against certain chronic...

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The Role of Supplements for Breast Health

The Role of Supplements for Breast Health

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The A, B, Cs…and Double D’s of Breast Health

At the turn of the century, 1 in 90 women had breast cancer. Today it’s 1 in 8. Despite advances in research and treatment, breast cancer continues to take a significant toll on women in our country. Many risk factors for breast cancer can’t be changed: family history, the age at which you get your first period, and the age at which you go through menopause.

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Breast Cancer – What can be done to reduce your risk?

Breast Cancer – What can be done to reduce your risk?

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Breast cancer results from uncontrolled growth of breast cells. About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Only 20% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer and known gene mutations (such as BRCA1 and BRCA2) account for only 5 to 10% of cases. This means that most breast cancer occurs in women without a family history. Women living in the US have a 10-fold greater risk of dying from...

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