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 stress. Sex boosts immunity. Sex burns calories. Sex improves heart health. Sex boosts self-esteem. Sex improves intimacy. Sex reduces pain. Sex reduces prostate cancer risk. Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles. Sex improves sleep. So the next time you’re not “in the mood” remember these benefits and like Nike says…Just Do It. Lisa Fielding For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, including at femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women’s health and encourages women to become their own health...Read More
Does chemotherapy increase cholesterol and could that cholesterol influence creation of breast cancers?
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 Chemotherapy image courtesy of BreastCancer.org Lisa Fielding For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, including at femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women’s health and encourages women to become their own health...Read More
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 fatty acids. A great source is salmon but if you don’t like fish, try adding some ground flaxseed into your diet. Omega-3’s are essential for maintaining scalp health and soft supple skin. When your diet is deficient in these it can reult in dry skin and lifeless looking hair. 2. Get adequate protein. Whether it’s chicken, turkey or eggs, high quality protein is essential for maintaining strong nails and hair. Eggs are especially good since they contain biotin, important for strong nails and vitamin B-12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to darkening of skin and nails and graying of hair. 3. Try getting a professional manicure/pedicure if you never had one before. Just remember to make sure the business is clean, licensed with qualified staff. Try to get the first appoinment in the morning since the footbaths are the cleanest and if possible tru to bring your own kit including: nail clippers, nail brushes, files. toe separators and any disposable items you’ll need. You can even bring your own nail base and polish. 4. Get your hair professionally cut and conditioned. For those who colour their hair, spring is time to look to lighter shades and highlights or even a completely new hairstyle. If you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, try some of the great conditioners you can make at home with products you can find in your fridge like avacados. Simply mix up a ripe avacado, add, a few drops of wheat-germ oil and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Apply to freshly washed hair and cover with a plastic cap or wrap. Leave on for 15-30 minutes and then rinse out. 5. Try a treatment mask for your face. Use a mask made from clay for a detoxifying and acne-clearing effect that leaves your skin clean and glowing. If you are after a moisture surge, some masks contain hyaluronic acid, honey or other moisturizing ingredients to sink into your skin. For a radiance boost to dull skin, try an exfoliating mask made from fruit acids. We read all the time about how important it is to wear hats and sunscreen, and stay out of the sun as much as possible to protect our skin. But with gorgeous summer days coaxing us outside and yearning for a bit of a summer glow, many of us don’t protect our skin...Read More
For those of you that love your tea or coffee, some encouraging news on the link between tea/coffee consumption and heart disease. Between three and six cups of tea a day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease by about 45 per cent, says a new study from The Netherlands. And drinking coffee, may offer similar benefits, with between two and four cups of day associated with a 20 per cent reduction in risk, according to findings published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. “We strengthen the evidence on the lower risk of coronary heart disease associated with coffee and tea consumption; however, neither coffee nor tea was associated with the risk of stroke or all-cause mortality.” – researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht. The researchers proposed that the benefits of the beverages may be due to their antioxidant content, with the flavonoids in tea, in particular, thought to contribute to reduced risk. They note, however, that the underlying mechanism is still not known. The benefits of bean and leaf Interest in both tea and coffee is increasing, with the number of scientific papers reporting potential benefits growing. In a recent paper in Physiology & Behavior(doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.01.035), Mario Ferruzzi from Purdue University stated: Coffee and tea are two of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world and thus represent a significant opportunity to positively affect disease risk and outcomes globally. A better understanding of how the beverage composition impacts phenolic profiles and their bioavailability is critical to development of beverage products designed to deliver specific health benefits. Study details The new study does not deepen our understanding of the beverages’ compositions, but it does appear to strengthen the potential heart health benefits of coffee and tea. Scientists led by Professor Yvonne van der Schouw used a questionnaire to quantify the consumption of tea and coffee in 37,514 participants of the Dutch cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). During the 13 years of study, 1,881 cases of cardiovascular events were documented, with 563 strokes and 1,387 cases of coronary heart disease. Seventy deaths from stroke were documented and 123 from CHD, added the researchers. After crunching the numbers, van der Schouw and her co-workers calculated that between three and six cups of tea a day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 45 per cent, while more than six cups was associated with a 36 per cent lower risk, compared with people who frank one cup or less per day. Black tea was the most common form of tea consumed in the Dutch cohort. Between two and four cups of coffee a day were associated with a 20 per cent lower risk, compared to those who drank less than two or more than four cups per day, said the researchers. Limitations To appreciate these findings, certain limitations need to be addressed....Read More