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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 (originally called International Working Women’s Day)was first observed on February 28 in 1909.  Its focus varied from a general appreciation and love for womankind (as celebrated on Mothers’ Day or Valentine’s Day) to acknowledging the economic, political and social achievements and milestones of women in society.  Today, 104 years later, International Women’s Day is still celebrated around the world. In celebration of IWD, we have chosen a few of the top  contributions by women. Radioactivity Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist best known for her work on radioactivity; She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. It appeared that she died for her work. Marie Curie died from aplastic anemia, which is caused from long-term exposure to radiation. Windshield Wiper As Canadians, we appreciate this one a lot, and have Mary Anderson to thank for inventing the windshield wiper in 1903.  Imagine the perils of driving in the rain, sleet or snow without this invention? Disposable Diaper Entrepreneur Marion Donovan created the alternative to cloth diapers with her invention of the disposable diaper in 1946.  Although some moms and dads have reverted to cloth diapers for either environmental or personal preferences, parents the world over owe Marion a debt of gratitude. Dishwasher Josephine Cochrane did more for the hands of women around the world than Vaseline with her invention of the first mechanical dishwasher in 1886. Barbie doll Ruth Handler, in 1959 created the first Barbie.  Handler first suggested the idea  to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of Mattel Toy Company who was unenthusiastic about the idea. Ruth persevered and the first Barbie made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. The doll was named after Handler’s daughter Barbara . It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second. The brassiere (aka the bra) Mary Phelps Jacob forever earned the respect and adoration of women when she invented the bra.  Women of all shapes and sizes have embraced this invention, yet according to research from 2008,  75–85% of women wear a bra of an incorrect size. These are just a few of the contributions that women have made to the world at large. Women continue to make their mark in...

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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 your first menstrual period to your last menstrual period. Perimenopause encompasses the years preceding menopause, and it’s during this stage that your hormone levels change and levels of estrogen decline. Perimenopause typically takes place between 45- and 60- years-of-age and can span a 2- to 6-year period of time. Early signs of perimenopause usually occur in your mid 40s. Menopause is the permanent termination of menstruation and fertility. This stage begins when you have last period. Menopause can be defined by more than 12 consecutive period-free months. At this stage, your ovaries are no longer producing eggs as hormone production stops, and common changes become noticeable – including vaginal dryness and loss of sex drive. Post menopause is determined after a woman’s menstrual period hasn’t reoccurred within a period of 12-months. The two most serious health concerns in post-menopausal women are heart disease and osteoporosis. Symptoms of Menopause The symptoms and signs of menopause are not cut and dried, don’t appear in a logical order, and they are different for each woman. As our ovarian production decreases, the follicle stimulating hormone (or FSH) increases, triggering symptoms like hot flashes, headaches, memory problems, acne and mood swings. It is interesting to note that women in different parts of the world experience different symptoms, perhaps induced by their diet, climate or simply genetics. The A-Z of Menopause Symptoms Aching Joints Allergies Anxiety Bloating Breast Tenderness Burning Tongue Changes in Odor Depression Difficulty Concentrating Digestive Problems Dizziness Electric Shocks Fatigue Fingernails Gum Problems Hair Loss Hot Flashes Incontinence Irregular Periods Irritability Itchy Skin Loss of Libido Memory Lapses Migraines Mood Swings Muscle Tensions Night Sweats Osteoporosis Panic Disorder Racing Heart Beat Sleep Disorders Tingling Extremities Vaginal Dryness Weight Gain Natural Remedies for Menopause Yes, some women have an easier time with menopause than others but does anyone get away scot-free?  My mom and I have had several conversations on the topic – mostly me asking questions to avoid being ill-prepared, ill-informed or worse, misinformed!  She did, however tell me that my grandmother was one of the lucky ones.  She lost her period and that was that.  No flashes, no night sweats, no weight gain, no mood swings, no anxiety, no hair loss, no fatigue, no itchy skin, no burning tongue, NO NOTHING!  Well! This information came as a huge surprise to me and catapulted me into an extensive fact finding (more like fact proving) mission that occupied many hours...

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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 supply in the breasts, based on the scientific principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in a normal breast. The base-line examination will be rated as low, medium, or high risk. Once that is established, thermography is an objective way to evaluate if therapies or life style changes are working to reduce risk of breast cancer. It takes 8-9 years of growth on average for a tumour to be detected by a mammogram, so don’t “wait for the lump”. Be proactive and in addition to your regular medical breast examinations, consider regular breast screening with thermography; the results could save your life! Thermography is not meant to replace standard detection methods, but when used as a multi- model approach (clinical examinations, thermography, mammography), peer reviewed studies have shown that 95% of early stage breast cancers can be detected! Mary Kubisewsky is a breast cancer survivor and Clinic Director of Thermography Clinic Kitchener at 9 Cameron St. N. In Kitchener Ontario. (website: www.thermographyclinic-kw.com), with mobile clinics in Goderich, Listowel and Milton. To find a Thermography Clinic in your area visit: www.thermographyclinic.com and click on “Locations”. Thermography is not currently covered by OHIP. The cost is $250 plus HST which includes two appointments: one for imaging and the second for a consultation to discuss your report with you. Shawna Page Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health...

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The Role of Supplements for Breast Health

The Role of Supplements for Breast Health

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Breast Health Supplements 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. However, risk can be increased or decreased based on the lifestyle choices you make.  Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk that are entirely in your control. Consider Breast Health Supplements femMED Breast Health is a clinically proven, specially formulated solution with seven proven ingredients which regulate hormones, inhibit abnormal cell growth and support detoxification. They work together to protect breast tissue, promote a healthy estrogen balance and even reduce menstrual cycle breast pain and tenderness. Included in the ingredients is Indole-3-carbinol, a nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli. It aids in the detoxification of estrogen, has anti-cancer properties and fights free radical damage. Milk thistle supports liver function and aids in detoxification. Calcium-D-glucarate helps the liver detoxify and eliminate estrogen. Studies have shown that Vitamin D3 may help reduce breast cancer development and growth. Other Ways that May Prevent Breast Cancer Maintain a Healthy Weight The amount of weight a woman gains after age 18 is a strong indicator of breast cancer risk, especially after menopause. Older women who gained 20-30 pounds after high school had 40% increased risk compared to those women who kept their weight down. Another report stated that the risk doubled if a woman gained over 70 pounds. This is in part due to the fact that many breast tumors thrive on estrogen and body fat stores estrogen. Don’t give cancer a good place to hide. Foods that Fight Breast Cancer Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) is a naturally occurring phyto-nutrient (plant based) found in vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower. I3C helps protect breast tissue by stimulating your body’s natural detoxifying enzymes. This aids the body in releasing excess estrogen safely. Rethink Hormone Replacement Therapy Current and long-term users of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. HRT was found to raise the number of breast cancers that are ductal and lobular. Stop Smoking Tobacco smoke carries carcinogens, which can accumulate in fluid around the breasts. Active smoking can significantly increase your risk of breast and lung cancers, and passive smoking may also raise your risk. Get help to kick the habit and improve your long-term health. The evidence is piling up supporting  a link between smoking and breast cancer. It’s another good reason to stop smoking. Watch the Alcohol Regular and modest amounts of alcohol can raise your estrogen levels. Even one drink a day can expose breast tissue...

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Natural Sleep Aid for Insomnia

Natural Sleep Aid for Insomnia

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Insomnia is a common concern among pre-menopause and menopausal women, affecting up to 56 percent of women. Difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early, awakening during the night, or waking feeling tired are the characteristic features of insomnia. For some women, the hot flashes caused by hormonal changes in menopause can disrupt sleep. For others, insomnia may be triggered by stress, diet, medications or poor sleep habits. Regardless of the cause, a lack of sleep can take a toll on your health. The exact amount of sleep required is thought to be between seven and nine hours nightly. Getting less than six hours is associated with health problems, such as memory loss, poor concentration, depression, headache, irritability, increased response to stress, high blood pressure, depressed immune function, low libido and weight gain. There are a few dietary strategies that can improve sleep. Try a light snack before bed of a food that contains tryptophan. This amino acid stimulates the release of serotonin and makes you feel sleepy. Examples include: turkey, chicken, soy foods or whole grain crackers or cereal. A warm glass of milk is an old-time remedy for sleep and there is actually some basis to this. Milk contains certain proteins that aid sleep and the calcium in milk helps promote muscle relaxation. Caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, and chocolate) can affect sleep quality, and should be avoided 8 hours before bed time.  While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it causes nighttime wakening and reduces sleep quality, so minimize or avoid it completely. Go easy on sugary foods (cookies, candy) especially in the evening as these foods can cause a sugar-rush and affect your ability to fall asleep. Developing good sleep habits is essential. Consider the following: Set aside at least 7 to 8 hours for sleep. Leaving only 5 or 6 hours may make you feel stressed and impact your ability to fall asleep. Establish a regular bed and wake time and try to follow this routine even on the weekends. Do relaxing activities before bedtime – read a book, listen to relaxing music or have a warm bath. Reserve your bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; don’t work in your bedroom. Make your bedroom dark, quiet and comfortable. Exercise regularly early in the day. Vigorous activity in the evening can be stimulating and impair sleep. Don’t smoke – nicotine is a stimulant and impairs your ability to fall asleep and have a restful sleep. Consider acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation to promote relaxation Prescription sedatives should only be used when all else fails as they are addictive and cause numerous side effects, including impairment in short term memory. A natural sleeping aid can help without the side effects that prescription sleeping pills can. Look for a product with the following ingredients: 5-HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin and melatonin levels which promotes relaxation and better sleep L-theanine: an...

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Heart Health Supplements for Women

Heart Health Supplements for Women

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Heart disease is the # 1 killer of women in Canada and worldwide. Women are 10 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from any other disease. And our risk is 4 times greater during and after menopause than before menopause. The news is not all bad though. There are many ways we can reduce our risk. One way is with heart health supplements that are high in omega 3 fatty acids and co enzyme Q10, two powerful and proven ingredients that can help lower our risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids modulate the production of powerful hormone-like substances known as eicosanoids. Those produced by omega-3s are anti-inflammatory and reduce blood clotting, lowering the risk of heart attack. If an attack does occur, it’s less likely to be fatal. One study of heart attack survivors showed that if they took heart health supplements with 1,000 mg of omega-3s daily, they lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by 25 percent. Omega-3 fats also lower blood triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythms and the incidence of stroke, slow the buildup of artery-hardening plaques and lower blood pressure. CoQ10 (Co Enzyme Q10) levels decrease with age and are low in patients with chronic diseases such as heart conditions. CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell of the body, including the heart, and functions as a carrier that helps produce ATP, the fuel that energizes cells. The heart muscle has the greatest concentration of mitochondria at five thousand per cell. Statin drugs, used for elevated cholesterol levels, deplete the body and heart of CoQ10. Heart health supplements ideally should contain CoQ10 for these reasons. We hear it all the time but if you smoke…QUIT.  If you are a women age 50 or under and you smoke, your risk of dying from a heart attack is three times greater than that of an ex-smoker. Get moving. Inactivity doubles our risk for heart disease. Our heart is a muscle that needs regular exercise to stay healthy (aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 – 50 minutes). Maintain a healthy weight. The risk of a heart attack is three times higher in women who are overweight. Lower your cholesterol. 40% of women 55 years old and older have elevated cholesterol. Choosing a diet low in fat and cholesterol can reduce blood cholesterol by as much as 5-20%. Relax. In some people, stress raises their cholesterol level and blood pressure, two factors associated with heart disease. Lower our blood pressure. 52% of women 45 years+ have elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure (over 140/90) causes blood to press too hard against the walls of your arteries, wearing down the lining of our arteries over time. Keep our blood sugars normal. A woman with diabetes has a 5 times higher risk of heart disease. Diabetes can damage artery walls, increasing the risk...

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It’s Worth The Time To Read The Label

It’s Worth The Time To Read The Label

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Most people never read a label.  Does it surprise me? No, not really.  We live in a society of complacency.  It’s easier to throw a product in a shopping cart than take the time to read the label, because after all, a prerequisite to reading a label would involve actually having some prior knowledge of what we’re reading — and who has time for that?!!   BIG MISTAKE!  The more I learn about what goes into the foods we put in our bodies, and the products we put on our bodies, the more incensed I get.  It is beyond my comprehension that government agencies condone these products for purchase.  But that won’t change anytime soon so it’s up to you to filter the good from the garbage.    If you don’t have time (or the inclination) to learn about the dangers of what lurks in your labels, here’s the best (quick) advice I can give you. 1. Do most of your shopping around the perimeter of grocery stores, rather that the inside aisles – this way you will buy fresh, and avoid all the processed stuff. 2.  Do read the labels — and if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, put the product back on the shelf. 3.  Buy organic whenever possible 4.  Watch out for these! Gelatin: made from animal hooves, bones and skin (mostly pigs and cows) Yes really! BHT:  The Environmental Working Group classifies BHT as a skin, liver and kidney toxicant. We store it in the liver and also in fat, which is why thin people are more at risk for damage. Studies show it promotes cancer and tumor growth. DYES! Especially, FD&C red no. 40: Shocking discovery – this dye is in the leading national brand of PRENATAL SUPPLEMENTS! It is a known carcinogen. In Europe, this dye is not recommended for consumption by children. It is banned in the UK, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Sweden. Sodium benzoate: In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen. Check all pop cans in particular for this one! Titanium dioxide: Has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen.  You can find this in everything from vitamin supplements, to skin care, sunscreen, food, toothpaste….and far too many more! Shawna Page Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the...

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The Importance of a Prenatal Vitamin

The Importance of a Prenatal Vitamin

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Proper nutrition is essential for good health and disease prevention. During pregnancy it is particularly important that women ensure adequate intake of nutrients to support the growing baby and their own health. Yet, according to some research 20 to 30 percent of pregnant women have a vitamin and mineral deficiency, and without supplementation, roughly 75 percent of pregnant women would be deficient in at least one vitamin. Thus, taking a prenatal supplement makes good sense for both mother and baby. Prenatal supplements are specially formulated with increased levels of certain nutrients that are required to support a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of deficiency syndromes in both mother and baby. These nutrients include folic acid, calcium, iron and zinc. Folic acid is particularly critical as studies show that it can reduce the risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida by 70 percent. Health care providers recommend women take a prenatal supplement with folic acid even before they conceive because neural tube defects originate within the first 28 days of conception, and many pregnancies are unplanned. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Motherisk Program jointly released updated clinical guidelines in December 2007, based on new research about the benefits of folic acid supplementation for women planning to have children. Specifically, the clinical guidelines recommend that: Women with no personal health risks, planned pregnancy, and good compliance require a good diet of folate-rich foods and daily supplementation with a multivitamin with folic acid (0.4-1.0 mg) for at least two to three months before conception and throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period (4-6 weeks and as long as breastfeeding continues). Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children have also found that taking prenatal multivitamins fortified with folic acid can reduce the risk of three common childhood cancers: leukemia, brain tumours and neuroblastoma and can reduce the risk of a wide range of serious birth defects, including cardiovascular and limb defects, cleft palate, oral cleft, congenital hydrocephalus and urinary tract anomalies. A prenatal supplement can also provide a big nutritional boost for women who suffer from nausea and vomiting due to morning sickness. Just recently femMED introduced Pregnancy + Ginger, the first prenatal supplement to contain a therapeutic amount of ginger root powder to help ease nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. In clinical research, ginger has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea without causing drowsiness. femMED Pregnancy + Ginger also contains slightly less iron than other prenatal supplements since iron can contribute to nausea. According to Dr. Fay Weisberg who is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. I am thrilled to finally see the inclusion of a safe anti-nauseate like ginger in a high quality prenatal,” says Dr. Fay Weisberg, gynecology and infertility specialist. “Up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience some level...

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Breaking a hip is never hip

Breaking a hip is never hip

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Breaking a hip is never hip You’ve heard it a 1,000 times as a kid.  “Drink your milk if you want strong bones!”   We all know that milk is a good source of calcium but if you’re like me, milk doesn’t rank high on the list of favourite beverages.  Clearly I’m not alone.  An astounding 75% of girls over the age of 15 consume less than the recommended daily allowance of calcium, and in women over the age of 45, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer.  These are very frightening statistics that every female should know. Building bone is a slow and gradual process that begins in the womb and leads up to the greatest bone development in the years before early adulthood. Bones usually reach their maximum mass when people are in their mid-thirties. By age 40, more bone is lost than is made (about 1% per year), and our bones start to become weaker. In women, bone loss may reach 3-5 % per year during the first five years after menopause because prior to menopause, estrogen helped to keep our bones healthy. At menopause, estrogen levels fall dramatically, and many women experience an accelerated rate of bone loss causing women to be at greater risk for osteoporosis than men. The consequences of osteoporosis can be devastating. As bones slowly lose their mineral content and become fragile, even a gentle nudge can cause them to fracture. To make matters worse, there is often no prior indication of osteoporosis until bone loss has already occurred. Not all calcium is created equal We’ve all heard about the benefits of supplementing with calcium – but WHICH calcium is best? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate? And combined with what ingredients?  Making sense of all the research can be a daunting task. The consensus however, points to calcium citrate as the best choice.  It is the most easily absorbed, can be taken by anyone, and new evidence has shown that calcium citrate plays a superior role in protecting against bone loss when compared to other forms of calcium.     Aim for at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day in a comprehensive formula that includes 500 milligrams of magnesium.  If magnesium is not present, calcium will not be properly deposited into bone and instead will deposit in soft tissue, causing kidney and gallstones, joint discomfort, as well as increased atherosclerotic plaque. We’ve also heard a lot about vitamin D.  It’s important in its own right, but it’s also essential to ensure adequate calcium absorption, bone mineralization and muscle function. A deficiency in this key vitamin is associated with decreased bone and muscle strength, resulting in higher risk of falls and fractures.  We  get most of our vitamin D through sun exposure, and only a limited amount from our diet....

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Do You Have Estrogen Excess?

Do You Have Estrogen Excess?

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Do you have estrogen excess? If you answered “yes” you’re not alone.  Over 50% of women 35 years and older have some level of hormonal imbalance often caused by excess estrogen.  Estrogen overload is behind many common health conditions that women experience. Unfortunately, many women often end up treating the symptoms without addressing the root cause.  I spoke at length about this very topic with Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, who offered some valuable insights on role of hormones and in particular, estrogen. Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body’s endocrine system. They work together in harmony to regulate many body processes, from body temperature and blood pressure to governing sexual desire and fertility. For women, one of the key hormones to our physical and emotional well being is estrogen. Estrogen is not a single hormone but a group of hormones that are naturally produced primarily by the ovaries and to a lesser extent by the adrenal glands and in the fat cells. Even if you don’t take oral contraceptives or HRT (key contributors to estrogen overload) you are likely exposed to hormones in the form of xenoestrogens, which are estrogen-like compounds that are present in pesticides (which are sprayed onto fruits and vegetables), plastics, and many household cleaning products, and beauty products. These chemicals are structurally similar to estrogen, so they can bind to estrogen receptors in our body and mimic, block or interfere with our hormones leading to both physical and emotional symptoms, such asheavy periods, fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, insomnia, irritability, fatigue and other problems. Following are some lifestyle modifications that can help reduce your estrogen load. Eat organically produced food, as much as possible. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower) contain compounds that aid in the removal of harmful estrogens. Choose hormone-free meat and wild fish (not farmed). Wash fresh produce under running water and wipe dry to help remove any surface pesticide residues. Never burn wood that has been treated or painted, since burning materials that contain PCBs can create dioxins and furans. Minimize your use of plastics and never microwave or put hot liquids in plastic products. Boost your intake of fibre which aids in the removal of toxins. Drink lots of purified water. Reduce your stress. Chronic stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion, which can impact hormonal balance. Regular exercise promotes good hormone balance. For birth control, use the rhythm method and/or condoms, which also protect against STDs. Birth Control Pills provide about four times higher estrogen levels than would naturally be produced by a woman’s body. Take care of your liver—it is your key detoxifying organ and is also responsible for producing cholesterol, which is the starting material for all sex hormones. Minimize alcohol use and taking drugs such as acetaminophen that is hard on the liver. Consider supplements that aid detoxification...

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Eggactly

Eggactly

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Can’t remember if an egg is fresh or hard boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins easily, it’s hard boiled. A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float. That may be just about as much information you would ever want to know about eggs, but make room in your brain for one more important fact:  Eggs contain all the essential protein, minerals and vitamins, except Vitamin C.  And egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a much more important role in disease prevention than was ever suspected. The astonishing benefits to be gained by ensuring adequate amounts of vitamin D will make you wonder why researchers didn’t bring this important vitamin to light many years ago.  This “sunshine vitamin” can strengthen your bones, ward off some forms of cancer, hold multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders at bay and fight infections! That’s pretty powerful stuff. The upper limit on the “right” amount of vitamin D keeps going up and up (last I checked it was up to 10,000 IUs)…but at a minimum, it’s recommended that we get 1,000 IUs each day.  Exposure to the sun is one way, certain (fortified) food and supplementation are the others. To further confuse the issue, there are 2 forms of vitamin D that can be supplemented: vitamin D 3 and vitamin D 2. Vitamin D 3 is the natural form, which is the same kind that is made in your skin. Vitamin D 2 is made in plankton under natural conditions. It has about half the strength of vitamin D 3. I never really liked eggs… but now I do : ) Share the wisdom, Shawna Shawna Page Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health...

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How do you expect it to work if you don’t take it?!

How do you expect it to work if you don’t take it?!

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Of course it makes sense… in order to get the benefit from taking supplements, you actually have to TAKE the supplements!  This may seem intuitive, but it’s not.  I know from personal experience how easy it is to fall off the wagon.  We all have busy lives, multi-tasking, juggling many balls… usually it’s us who we take care of last, so it’s not unusual that often times remembering to take our vitamins is no small feat.    I talk alot to women about “compliance”.   Being compliant means following directions and being consistent… it means adapting a program and sticking to it.  Easier said than done, I know. The key is to figure out what works best in your daily routine, and make sure it’s something you can commit to.  With over 20 years of supplement-popping experience, here’s what works for me: Tips: I take my vitamins in the morning and night I leave the bottles ON my bathroom counter in clear view – and I take my vitamins before I brush my teeth – it’s become part of my routine. I also find that taking vitamins with juice makes it easier for me to swallow – the taste of the juice masks the taste of the vitamins, and the more viscous (or thick) the liquid is, the easier it is to swallow the supplements. The other thing I do is sort out my supplements in one-week batches using pill containers (the kind you buy at a drug store with a different compartment for each day of the week).   I found that the more supplements I took, the more time consuming it became unscrewing bottle caps several times a day.   This way, I count out a one-week supply in advance, and it’s a huge time saver! Do you have any tips you can share? Until next time, Shawna Shawna Page Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health...

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