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Could This Nutrient Be The Key To a Healthy Baby?

Could This Nutrient Be The Key To a Healthy Baby?

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You were so careful during your pregnancy: you ate right, took a good prenatal, and went for all your ultrasounds. But now that your baby is born, could you be missing out on one of the most important nutrients for your baby’s brain and eye development? If you’re not eating spinach, chard, collard greens, carrots and squash regularly, then there is a chance that your breast milk is missing adequate levels of the phytonutrient lutein. Since baby’ brains grow more than...

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Two Probiotics for Allergies That Actually Help

Two Probiotics for Allergies That Actually Help

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Have hay fever? Then the approach of allergy season probably has you running to stock up on tissues with lotion. But new research from the University of Florida1 may help: turns out that taking probiotics for allergies could help you find relief. The Probiotics For Allergies Study: Two Bacteria One of the most powerful combinations of bacteria for boosting immunity and overall gut health are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (the same two found in femMED’s Probiotic...

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Should You Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet?

Should You Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet?

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re coughing, aching and feeling miserable. You head to the medicine cabinet in your fuzzy pink slippers to get a hot lemony beverage, and while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil you notice that – eek – the package expired five years ago! After you congratulate yourself on your general good health (because hey, five years ago . . .) you start thinking “Will this still even work?” It’s a good...

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What Affects Dietary Supplement Pricing?

What Affects Dietary Supplement Pricing?

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5 Key factors that influence the price of your supplement. Regulatory Compliance Let’s dive into the first and most important issue, which is regulatory compliance. There is a lot of confusion by consumers who falsely assume that the dietary supplement industry is unregulated. In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defined dietary supplements as a category of food; therefore, regulations are in place for all dietary supplement manufacturers and...

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Why Should You Care About Your Fish Oil Quality?

Why Should You Care About Your Fish Oil Quality?

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Why should you care about fish oil quality? Fish oil is prone to oxidation because it is made up mainly of fats. When exposed to the oxygen in the air, the fat molecules in the oil start to break down. How does this affect fish oil quality? It can lead to an unpleasant “fishy” smell and spoiled, rancid product. Stability, also known as shelf life, refers to how quickly and easily a product will break down under the product’s directed storage conditions. Just like dairy and...

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DHA and Babies: Here’s What Happens When You Stop Breastfeeding

DHA and Babies: Here’s What Happens When You Stop Breastfeeding

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Although breast milk is the preferred source of infant nutrition, epidemiological studies have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in breast milk are highly dependent upon the geographical location of the female population under study and the related habitual diet of the population, with the highest DHA levels in N. American Inuit and in some Asian populations. 1, 2 In women supplemented with DHA at a level of 200-400 mg/day, DHA levels are increased to at least...

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Lutein: Part of the Optimal Nutrition Necessary for Your Baby

Lutein: Part of the Optimal Nutrition Necessary for Your Baby

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Much of a baby’s cognitive health is determined during gestation; unfortunately, today’s typical diet often doesn’t provide expectant mothers with all the nutrients her developing baby’s brain needs for healthy development. Lutein and Brain Health for the Developing Baby During pregnancy, lutein levels in the mother’s bloodstream increase while other carotenoid levels remain fairly constant.1 The same differential pattern for increased lutein over other carotenoids is also...

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Does Cranberry Really Work to Treat UTIs?

Does Cranberry Really Work to Treat UTIs?

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As a treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), cranberry (Vaccinium genus, several species, most often macrocarpon) has been studied scientifically since the early 1960s, although it has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. Amerindians of New England utilised the leaves of the plant, rather than the fruit, to treat urinary disorders, according to accounts by early European explorers. 1 In addition to many published reports of original research, there have...

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Hosting a Baby Shower?

Hosting a Baby Shower?

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Hosting a baby shower? Click to download instructions on this very funny baby shower game! Before you start, make sure you have your phone set to ‘video’ – you won’t want to miss the mother-to-be’s expression when she finds out her surprise!   Let us know in the comments how much fun you had with the game!  Share your favourite shower games with us...

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DHA: The Building Blocks of the Brain

DHA: The Building Blocks of the Brain

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DHA, found in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, is well researched and well known for its health benefits in adults and in children. In 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the inclusion of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) in infant formula. Supplementation with DHA is especially important since this fatty acid is predominant in the membranes of cells in the brain and in the retina of the eyes. One of the most interesting studies on omega-3 EFA...

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Antioxidants For A Glowing Complexion

Antioxidants For A Glowing Complexion

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Antioxidants for A Glowing Complexion The benefits on general health obtained from antioxidant-rich foods are well known. But did you know that antioxidants also help maintain healthy looking skin? Although there is no conclusive proof that antioxidants keep skin from aging, experts do agree they can ‘capture’ free radicals that help protect us from certain diseases while also giving us a healthy, glowing complexion. Your First Line of Defense: Fruits and Veggies...

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About IFOS and Its 5-Star Rating System

About IFOS and Its 5-Star Rating System

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Fish oil must to go through a purification process to reduce contaminants and must be carefully handled and stored to maintain its quality. To ensure that the fish oil products have in fact been purified and been handled appropriately, tests are performed for validation. Test results must meet certain standards. Standards have been determined as being safe and are scientifically determined to ensure a stable product. Different standards exist for different organizations,...

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Probiotics Heal More Than Your Gut

Probiotics Heal More Than Your Gut

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What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are friendly bacteria that offer many health benefits from aiding digestion to supporting the immune system. When you have enough beneficial bacteria in your gut, your body can absorb vitamins and nutrients from your food properly. Some research also shows positive effects of probiotics for people with asthma 1, allergies, diarrhea, IBS, IBD 2, and skin disorders like eczema. Recent research 3 also shows a connection between healthy bacteria...

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Beneficial Bacteria Slayers to Improve Your Health

Beneficial Bacteria Slayers to Improve Your Health

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Did you ever have a gut feeling something isn’t working correctly within your body? Your gut bacteria may be telling you something. Scientists are studying the link between the bacteria in our gut and virtually every disease that ails us. Bacteria are microbes and our bodies are filled with them. This complex community of microorganisms live everywhere in your body. Bacteria line your intestines and help you digest food. During digestion, they make vitamins that are vital...

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Three Things In Your Bathroom You Didn’t Know Could Cause Breast Cancer

Three Things In Your Bathroom You Didn’t Know Could Cause Breast Cancer

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October marks breast cancer awareness month, a time to be mindful of what we can do to be proactive in fighting this disease. Part of a proactive approach is being screened, knowing the early signs and symptoms and taking steps to avoid the known risk factors. While great advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and survival rates are better today, there are still many mysteries especially when it comes to understanding the underlying causes...

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Six Ways To Love Your Breasts

Six Ways To Love Your Breasts

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Maybe it was the first time a boy twanged your (new) bra strap in math class . . . maybe your mother bought you a bra too early or too late, and gym class was mortifying . . . maybe you have always thought your breasts were too small or too big . . . no matter what the reason, over 70% of women do not love their breasts according to the International Journal of Sexual Health. And that’s a shame. Here are six ways you can start loving your breasts to lead to a...

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Estrogen Dominance and Breast Health

Estrogen Dominance and Breast Health

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In a previous article I talked to you a little bit about estrogen dominance, and how that creates excess estrogen as well as imbalances in both of our estrogen and the balance between progesterone and estrogen. That can really contribute to a lot of breast issues, including: tenderness pain swelling discomfort and mood swings Stress can interfere with all of that as well. So I wanted to give you some really concrete tips today about some other things that you can do to help...

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5 Ways to Get More Olive Oil in Your Diet (none of them are salad dressing!)

5 Ways to Get More Olive Oil in Your Diet (none of them are salad dressing!)

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Exciting new research from Spain1 has shown that women who ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil showed a 68% reduction in risk for malignant breast cancer. This landmark new study had us wondering, how do you get more olive oil in your diet? Women on the Predimed plan were instructed to add 3 tablespoons of the oil to their diet a day. Here are five ways you might enjoy getting your daily dose. Cook brightly-colored vegetables in extra virgin...

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Beating Joint Pain

Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Beating Joint Pain

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When you hear the word ‘diet’ you likely think of weight loss first and foremost.  However, in a broader sense a diet is an eating regime designed to help you solve a problem, whether that problem is an excess of weight, unbalanced hormones, or even joint pain.  So think of this anti-inflammatory diet in that sense: not something to help you lose weight (although you might) but rather to help you lose pain. To better understand how certain types of food help...

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Cholesterol Medication: Did Your Doctor Mention This?

Cholesterol Medication: Did Your Doctor Mention This?

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An astonishing 48% of Canadian men over 65 and 36% of women are taking cholesterol medication1; the numbers are similar in the US. 2 The US Center for Disease Control, the CDC, is calling for even more adults to jump on the statin bandwagon. But are people fully informed of the health risks and benefits associated with these drugs? Buried Statistics: The NNT Every pharmaceutical has a measure called Number Needed to Treat, or NNT. This number tells you how many people would...

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Best Diet for Celiac?

Best Diet for Celiac?

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Celiac disease is something most people hadn’t heard of 20 years ago, but now it seems everyone knows someone suffering from it. Managing this condition is key, since it can’t be cured. The best diet for a celiac includes limiting gluten, of course, but could there be more to it than that? Symptoms of Celiac Disease Let’s start with how you know you have it. Celiac disease causes a myriad of symptoms including gas bloating diarrhea fatigue joint pain and...

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How To Drink More Water a Day: 5 Ways

How To Drink More Water a Day: 5 Ways

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It’s one of those things you know in the back of your mind: if you increase how much water per day you drink, you’ll feel better. But ugh! Staring down a clear glass of nothingness can be a little . . . dull. Here are five ways you can drink more water without getting bored. 1. Make a Game of It femMED’s Melissa Matheson turned me on to this one: get a bottle with the consumption labeled right on it. I have a water bottle with the times that I should have...

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Berry Delicious Dessert

Berry Delicious Dessert

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Here’s an almost-sinfully fast dessert hack: fill the bottom of an oven-safe dish with berries (any kind). In a food processor, pulse raw almonds, a touch of sea salt, a knob of butter, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Top the fruit with the crumble, and bake at 350*F for 20 minutes. You won’t even notice you’re not having sugar! Looking for a more exact recipe? Paleo Grubs has a fantastic Blueberry Crumble version that includes honey for extra sweetness....

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Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrub Recipe

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The skin is your body’s largest organ. You’ve probably heard that before, but have you really thought about it? That means whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your body and your lymph system.  We’re looking at you, triethanolamine. (What is that?) Recent news about many commercial scrubs being made from plastic microbeads got many people thinking about what goes down the drain, too – fish with microbeads in their flesh made headlines...

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Probiotics and Weight Loss: Five Foods to Flatten Your Tummy

Probiotics and Weight Loss:  Five Foods to Flatten Your Tummy

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Mounting evidence suggests that naturally occurring bacteria in our bodies (microflora) can influence body weight and our ability to either lose or gain weight. While the science is preliminary at this point, researchers speculate that gut bacteria can influence how efficiently a person digests and absorb food. It is thought that bacteria in the gut that speed up the breakdown of food, increase the production of fatty acids and lead to the formation of fat and weight gain....

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Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Women

Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Women

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One way that our diets get off track is not sticking to a meal plan. I prefer not to eat the exact same things everyday, but don’t have the time to cook up a different meal 3 times a day. Sometimes the meal plan gets boring and tiring. Below is a healthy meal plan that helps you prep and put together different meals to keep it easy, delicious and on target. Grocery List 2 Sweet potatoes 2 Stalks of Carrots Broccoli Cauliflower 1 Large Onion 1 Zucchini 2 Tomatoes Avocado...

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Four (Almost) Free Hair Hacks The Pros Don’t Want You To Know

Four (Almost) Free Hair Hacks The Pros Don’t Want You To Know

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Is your shower a graveyard for bottles and potions that promised you the thickest, shiniest, moistest frizz-free hair that would put a Disney Princess to shame? I’ll admit mine was. On Saturdays, the entire bathroom counter would be full with all the bottles that I had to yard out of the tub so I could clean it. I decided to simplify. Here are the four hair hacks I used to get great hair at a fraction of the price and a an even smaller fraction of the space. Deep...

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Craving Sweets? Here’s A 300-Year-Old Hack That May Help

Craving Sweets?  Here’s A 300-Year-Old Hack That May Help

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Do you crave sweets after dinner? Does the thought of a piece of pie or a scoop of chocolate ice cream distract you to the point where you run to the kitchen, throwing off a good day’s diet? Here’s a trick I unearthed in a three-hundred-year-old-book that works just as well today: suck on it. No, really. Part of cravings are simply the desire to have for your mouth to do, especially if you are cutting down on meal sizes. And part of cravings are a desire for a...

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Benefits of Bone Broth

Benefits of Bone Broth

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Everyone has been talking about Bone Broth, it’s the “NEW” – Old superfood. You have probably heard this buzz word in the past few months. People are taking notice of the benefits that our grandmothers and great grandmothers have known for years. You know that old wives’ tale, “Chicken Soup is good for colds and flus”? Well that old wives’ tale was indeed right. We all know that the more natural and non processed foods we eat the better. If you are already...

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New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

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Get A Good Thing Going Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet! The best part about an old year ending? A fresh new one beginning! It takes 21 days to make a new habit and we want to join you in your quest for a happier, healthier, more productive year. Whether you’re going to commit to be fit, or your resolution is to get gorgeous by getting enough sleep and eating right, it all starts inside. Join the femMED New Year, New You movement and prepare for success! We’ll be...

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The Anti-Diet Diet: Intermittent Fasting

The Anti-Diet Diet:  Intermittent Fasting

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If you’re looking for a way to kick-start fat loss without giving up your favourite foods, Intermittent Fasting might be the solution for you. Confused about what you can eat these days if you’re trying to lose weight? Low fat? All fat? Whole grains? No grains? All vegetables? Caveman diet? It can be overwhelming to keep on track of the trends and what’s more, to understand what actually works well enough for you to lose weight and keep it off. What if the...

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Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric Smoothie

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Did you know that Turmeric is the ANTI spice?!? It is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, a great anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-fat as it helps in weight loss by detoxifying your liver and aiding in digestion. So if you have forgotten about that Tumeric spice in the back of your cupboard bring it back out and start using it. Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Ingredients 1 cup coconut milk ½ cup of frozen pineapple (can substitute any other fruit) 1...

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Is Your Breast Lump a Sign of Breast Cancer?

Is Your Breast Lump a Sign of Breast Cancer?

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Maybe you were in the shower.  Maybe you were in front of the bathroom mirror.  But a woman never forgets the moment when she finds a lump. Does a breast lump always mean cancer, though? Breast lumрѕ аrе among the mоѕt common reasons fоr a wоmаn tо vіѕіt her dосtоr.   It has been еѕtіmаtеd that up to 50% оf all wоmеn еxреrіеnсе breast lumрѕ аt some ѕtаgе. All brеаѕt сhаngеѕ nееd a thоrоugh еvаluаtіоn – еvеn if they follow thе tурісаl hоrmоnаl pattern оf wоrѕеnіng...

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Six Signs You May Need Probiotics

Six Signs You May Need Probiotics

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Probiotics – they’re in everything these days from yoghurt to a murky beverage known as Kombucha that all the a-listers are drinking. But what are probiotics, and do you really need to take them? Like most things in life, balance is the key to a healthy body. When your body becomes overrun with too much ‘bad’ bacteria, and not enough ‘good’ bacteria, you can become out of balance, with a compromised immune system and a whole host of health problems. Probiotics or ‘good’...

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Understanding Your Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Understanding Your Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

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Evеrу woman wants tо knоw what she can do tо lоwеr her risk of breast саnсеr. Some оf the fасtоrѕ аѕѕосіаtеd with brеаѕt саnсеr — being a wоmаn, your аgе, аnd уоur genetics, for example — can’t be changed. Other factors — bеіng overweight, lack of exercise, ѕmоkіng сіgаrеttеѕ, аnd eating unhealthy fооd — саn be сhаngеd by mаkіng the right сhоісеѕ, at the right times. By сhооѕіng the hеаlthіеѕt lifestyle орtіоnѕ possible, уоu саn empower...

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How To Manage Stress Effectively

How To Manage Stress Effectively

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Stress is part of every day life so finding ways to effectively manage it is crucial. While many people turn to comfort foods, alcohol or other means to cope, these strategies often compound the problem at worst and do very little (if anything) to help it.

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Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays

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Heard about Meatless Mondays but not sure how to plan a meal that won’t leave you hungry? Our nutritionist Amy gives you a few simple principles to follow.

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Recharging Women: Vitamins For Energy Make Life Easier

Recharging Women: Vitamins For Energy Make Life Easier

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Physical fatigue is a major reason why many women go to see a physician. Any number of reasons may cause women to run out of energy. Juggling a career and a family takes its toll. Women sometimes need more than a cup of strong coffee to recharge their batteries. Sometimes an extra bit of energy is needed for women. Vitamins for energy are products that can help reduce fatigue and give women that extra boost to get through their day.

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Supplements for Hormonal Imbalance

Supplements for Hormonal Imbalance

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femMED Hormonal Balance is one of the best supplements for hormonal imbalance with six ingredients for PMS and pre-menopause symptom relief. These nutrients are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule. The ingredients include: Saw Palmetto, Chastetree Berry, Milk Thistle, Scullcap, Red Raspberry and Wild Yam.

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Supplements for Heart Health

Supplements for Heart Health

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femMED Heart Health Omega 3 + CoQ10 is a one of most complete supplements for heart health.
A source of six nutrients for the provision of cardioprotective support, these nutrients act together to promote cardiovascular health through various mechanisms and are delivered in an easy to swallow, vegetarian capsule.

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Treatments For Dry Skin And Sun-Damaged Skin

Treatments For Dry Skin And Sun-Damaged Skin

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As the beautiful weather fast approaches, so too does our desire to soak up the first rays of the summer sun, but not without some reservations. Our knowledge about the harmful effects of solar radiation has grown exponentially as the earth’s protective layer of ozone has diminished. The incidences of skin cancers, due to ultraviolet (UV) rays, are rising and they now account for more than 50% of all cancers. In this increasingly health conscious world people are looking for ways of protecting themselves and their families from excessive UV exposure while still enjoying the outdoors.

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Treatments for Hair Loss in Women

Treatments for Hair Loss in Women

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When we see more hairs than usual in the shower or the hairbrush, we suddenly wonder whether we might be losing our hair. It’s comforting to know that the human body sheds approximately 100 of its 100,000–150,000 strands of hair every day and new ones grow to take their place.

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Vitamins and Pregnancy

Vitamins and Pregnancy

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femMED Pregnancy and Pregnancy + Ginger provides essential minerals/vitamins in order to promote good health in the pregnant mother. The addition of ginger in the Pregnancy + Ginger formula helps reduce the incidence of nausea and vomiting.

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Protect Your Breasts

Protect Your Breasts

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Ten Really Simple Things You Can Do Today
Stop eating red meat? Remove all plastic from your life? C’mon, how about some tips to protect your breasts that you can live with! Here are 10 things you may not know you can do to help protect your breasts and improve your overall immunity.

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femMED’s Energy Supplement Ingredients

femMED’s Energy Supplement Ingredients

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femMED’s Energy supplement is a source of 11 ingredients for the provision of optimal energy levels. The ingredients include: Guarana [Paullinia cupana], Siberian ginseng [Eleutherococcus senticosus], Magnesium Creatine chelate, Green Tea [Camellia sinensis], Rhodiola rosea, Yerba Mate [Ilex paraguariensis], Cordyceps sinensis, Maral Root [Rhaponticum carthamoides], Chicory [Cichorium intybus], Cayenne [Capsicum annuum] and Chromium. Guarana [Paullinia cupana] has...

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femMED Multi Vitamin for Women

femMED Multi Vitamin for Women

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Multi Vitamin for Women femMED Multi + Antioxidants is a multi vitamin for women that provides essential vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants in order to promote good health. The nutrients provided include Pomegranate, Cranberry, Blueberry, Grape Seed Extract, Lycopene, Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folate, Biotin, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine,...

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