More Good News About Red Wine

If you enjoy a nice glass of wine, it gets more exciting every time a new study comes out touting its benefits. Get ready to cheer once again. This time red wine may prove to correct hormonal imbalances.

Red Wine, No Sour Grapes

Besides its deliciousness to so many of our senses, red wine has shown to deliver several positive health benefits. It’s actually the compound found in the grape skins, which is naturally beneficial. It’s called resveratrol.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant. It helps cells in plants, insects, animals, and humans defend against disease.

Women and Wine

In a study just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the authors wrote that resveratrol intake can help restore estrogen levels.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a significant condition from which many women suffer. In fact, there are currently five to six million women in the US who’ve been stricken with this disease. Too much testosterone is produced, causing a hormonal imbalance, leading to PCOS.

PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women.

In This Study…

Researchers conducted a double-blind test having some of the female participants take resveratrol, while the others were given a placebo. At the end of the experiment, those in the supplement-taking taking group showed to have a 23% percent drop in testosterone levels. (The placebo gals had less than a 3% decrease in testosterone levels.)

What This Means…

As further studies are conducted, it may prove that resveratrol can help moderate estrogen levels and hormone balancing. Hence, it can be used as a treatment for PCOS—and infertility caused by PCOS.

I’ll Drink to That!

Consuming extra red wine won’t necessarily provide you the amount of resveratrol with which researchers are experimenting. (In fact, overconsumption of alcohol can be dangerous or deadly.) However, one glass of red wine per day, can offer benefits far and wide throughout your body.

Many Resveratrol Benefits

Another astounding discovery about resveratrol is that it may help treat diabetes.

Resveratrol:

  • prevents insulin resistance
  • reduces oxidative stress in cells, which prevents premature aging and promotes longevity
  • protects the lining of arteries, improving blood flow
  • supports brain cells, improving mental function
  • prevents cancer cell replication, which can suppress the spread of cancer

Before taking supplements, always read up on them and discuss with your medical advisor. Cheers to the benefits of the adult red juice!

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Pregnancy Nausea Good for Mom and Baby

Morning sickness can be physically undesirable; however, new research points to less incidence of miscarriage in women who experience nausea during pregnancy.

The Mother of All Early Pregnancy Studies

Research in the past has been limited linking morning sickness with reduced risk of miscarriage. Early pregnancy, nausea, and vomiting often go hand-in-hand. Approximately eight out of ten women experience the queasy symptoms during the first trimester. That’s when the hormonal surge is most significant.

The newest study is showing that women who suffered morning sickness had up-to-a -75 percent decreased risk of miscarrying. That’s not to say, however, that women who don’t experience nausea are at greater risk of losing the pregnancy.

Pregnancy Test

The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health in Maryland and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Over 750 expectant moms, averaging 29 years old, were asked to write details in journals. (The other existing participant-criteria was that they each had previously suffered one or two miscarriages.) During the study and their recent pregnancy, they recorded their symptoms and completed questionnaires.

The researchers analyzed the cumulative data. Interestingly enough, one out of five women reported feeling nauseous even before taking a pregnancy test. By week two of gestation, almost 20% complained of nausea; by the eighth week, almost 60% reported morning sickness. Part of the conclusion is that the sickness confirmed continuing pregnancy. Another is that it represented a lower risk of miscarriage.

Other Theories

Aside from this study, some medical experts have speculated alternate reasons for the existence of nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy. One reason is that aversion to certain foods (from the nausea) protects the fetus from potential toxicity. Another is that less food equals lower levels of insulin, in turn, encouraging placenta growth.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

On average, according to UK’s National Health Service, one in six pregnancies end in miscarriage. So, this study may offer some solace to pregnant women with morning sickness. But keep in mind, vomiting can cause dehydration and malnourishment. Mamas-to-be need to stay hydrated and try to keep down nutritious foods, even if it’s in small portions.

Prenatal vitamins are an important supplement to a pregnant mom’s diet. Foods high in iron are suggested, complimented by fresh fruits, which will help keep digestion smoothly. Bananas are great because they’re potassium-rich, help fight-off nausea, and offer some energy to combat natural fatigue. Dairy is important for calcium intake.

Pregnant or not, try to reduce or avoid processed or undercooked meats, fish, and eggs. Keep caffeine intake to a minimal. If you already engage in healthy eating practices and daily exercise, then you are off to a great, healthy pregnancy. If there’s room for improvement, becoming pregnant is a formidable way to change your lifestyle for the best!

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Study Shows Minimal Exercise Can Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

A 20-year concurrent study showed that even two-and-a-half hours a week of brisk walking could lower risk of heart disease significantly.

Three-Hour Power

The study was conducted by the Indiana University School of Public Health. Over 95,000 women between the ages of 27 to 44 were observed and questioned biannually for 20 years. The purpose was to study the association of total leisure-time physical activity with heart disease in younger women. One finding was with the ladies who participated in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. They were found to have an approximate 30% percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD).

Why This Study?

One of the reasons researchers chooses this age group is because there has already been a multitude of studies on “older” women and men. Examining the probability of getting CHD at a younger age means earlier treatment and lifestyle choices. Another alarming reason is that there has been the very little decline in CHD-related mortality rates amongst young women. The rise in type-2 diabetes and obesity numbers certainly hasn’t helped make a dent. (At the time of this publication, 58% of women between 20 and 39 years old are overweight or obese. The number of women between 40 and 55 hangs at 71%.)

Healthy Findings

One real discovery was that physical activity lowered CHD risk—regardless of a woman’s BMI. So for young women of any weight, moderate exercise, physical activity is beneficial.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, also examined the effects of moderate vs. intense activity. The researchers additionally explored if a particular type of exercise made a difference. And finally, they looked at the frequency of participating in exercise and its effects on lowering CHD risk.

Exercise does not have to be strenuous to reduce heart disease risk. It can be moderate, such as brisk walking. Frequency was found to be not as important as total volume; meaning the total amount of time per week trumped how many times.

It Begins Early

Setting up routines for regular exercise as a young person is a wise choice. Movement becomes a habit, not a chore. Additionally, physical activity participation between the ages of 14 and 22, showed to lower CHD risk up until middle adulthood. However, this study also revealed that those who are middle-aged and older no longer benefit from their high-school years of sports, etc. Physical activity must be resumed—even if it’s only a total of three hours a week.

What was also fascinating is that the effects on blood pressure, lipids, glucose levels, and triglycerides were all altered beneficially directly after physical activity. This is a critical note. No matter how inactive you may have been (or still are), the second you pick yourself, it immediately benefits your body on so many levels. You may not see what’s going on inside, but once you start exercising, your heart fills with smiles.

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Heart Attack Facts – Are You At Risk?

The very mention of ‘heart attack’ (myocardial infarction or MI), gets the chest thumping, causes a sweat and brings on nausea, but what are the facts when it comes to the dreaded words, and why is it so important to prevent one from happening?  Heart disease is the number one killer in the USA for both men and women, with the disease claiming 1 million lives annually.  Wake up and realize that being added to this statistic is a probability if we do not change certain habits and daily routines.  Claiming more lives than all forms of cancers combined, the heart is something to protect and not in the romantic way.  The Heart Foundation states that every 34 seconds someone has a heart attack and every 60 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease related event.

 

WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?

Heart disease has many factors, there is not a one-line answer, but many factors and contributors need to be diagnosed.  Heart disease is a broad term and covers many different areas,for example:

  • Coronary artery disease, plaque/atherosclerosis, is mainly a build up of fat, cholesterol and calcium in the coronary arteries, blocking oxygen rich blood to the main heart muscle. The build up can be so severe it may lead to sudden cardiac death.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when major arteries that supply blood to the legs, arms and pelvis become obstructed. This can cause, numbness, pain and major infections.
  • Carotid Artery Disease is when plaque buildup or a clot forms in the main carotid arteries around the neck, which could result in a stroke.
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Congenital heart defects (heart defects from birth)

 

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS IN MEN

The following is a guideline for common signs of a heart attack in men.  Be aware that each individual may suffer from a varied form of the below.  If in doubt, then act and call 911.

  • Chest pain, which may spread to the back, neck, jaw and arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual tiredness a few days before an attack
  • Feeling of gas or indigestion
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweaty
  • Pounding of heart
  • Loss of consciousness

 

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGN IN WOMEN

Although women and men share many of the same symptoms, they differ when it comes to signs of a heart attack.  Women are less likely to spot the early signs of an attack and will often try to ignore the fact they need urgent help.

  • Pain or a feeling of discomfort in both arms, back, jaw or stomach
  • Chest pain or tightness in chest (most common symptom in both sexes)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight pressure in chest that lasts longer than a few minutes
  • Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness

 

WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK?

If suspecting someone is having a heart attack call 911 immediately, time is crucial and acting fast can triple the chances of survival.   Whist waiting for the ambulance, there are a number of possible measure to try and save a life.

  • If possible, get the victim to chew and swallow an aspirin (ideally 300mg), ensuring there isn’t an allergy before administering. The aspirin will thin the blood and reduce the risk of having a major heart attack.
  • If the person is unconscious, open the airway , check for breathing and begin CPR.
  • If the patient is conscious, have them sit up to put less stress on the heart

 

RECOVERING AFTER A HEART ATTACK

If fortunate to recover from a heart attack, depending on how serious the attack and how healthy the person, determines the amount of time recovery takes.  It may take a number of months to feel better, so the key is not to rush the process.  There are a number of professionals who will be there to support the healing process including:

  • Dietitians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Exercise specialists
  • Pharmacists

Physical and mental strength will be worked on while in hospital, and this care will be closely monitored once returning to the home environment.  Analyzing habits and lifestyle along with required lifestyle changes are crucial to aid recovery and stop future heart attacks.  The patient’s situation will affect the specific program assigned.  Exercise will be gentle at first and steadily increase the stronger the person becomes.  It is essential to follow the guidelines given by the professionals.

Having a heart attack is not only a terrifying health wake up call, it may lead to mental issues.  It is a life-changing occurrence and patients may suffer from anxiety or even depression after the event.  Making sure that mental health is in check is just as crucial, so any feelings of anxiety or depression must be disclosed to a professional.  Mental health may also be linked to the physical recovery and overall well being.

 

CHANGING DIET

The patients diet will be analyzed and the following suggestions may be advised:

  • Mediterranean-Style diet (Lyon Diet Heart Study, which found that a Mediterranean-style diet cut heart attacks and deaths by 70% compared with a traditional American Heart Association diet, says Dr. Willett).
  • Oily Fish, including salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring.
  • Poultry (without skin)
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts
  • Drastically reduce meat butter, cream and sugars

To read more about heart disease please visit: GetThrive.com

 

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How To Lose Belly Fat For Women

What happened to the days where skin used to ping back into shape and eating a burger with fries had little effect on the circumference of the pants?  Sad to say those days are long gone and the reality of shifting the middle jiggle is a living nightmare.  In desperation to return to the leaner side of the tummy bulge, liposuction and even fat freezing has become popular.  However, quick fixes will not change that spare tire without some heavy duty planning and determination.  Get ready to tighten that belt and put those high wasted mom jeans back in the closet.  Warning: This belly-off advice may lead to dancing through the veggie isles whilst ignoring and laughing at the candy section.

 

THE DANGERS OF BELLY FAT

Studies show that belly fat has a link to genetics and depending on the body makeup, governs where the weight is stored or lost.  Women going through menopause are also prone to obtaining belly fat, due to the drop in estrogen levels. The fat dispenses from the buttocks and thighs, and it heads straight for the belly.  Visceral is the harmful kind of fat that is stored in the abdomen and wraps itself around the internal organs.  This fat should be taken seriously as it may cause the following problems:

 

 

Levels of a protein called Fibroblast growth factor-2, are found in visceral fat, where the FGF2 has the potential to stimulate these cells into tumors.  According to the Washington University School Of Medicine, belly fat can affect the outcome of women surviving kidney cancer.  Cancer sufferers who have substantial visceral fat have the average survival rate of 3 ½ years, compared to those who had little fat surviving 10 years or more.  There has not been any link of visceral fat and the length of cancer survival in men.

 

CONTROL THE BELLY FAT AND LOWER THE HEALTH RISK

According to research at the Mayo Clinic, a greater risk of death comes from having a large amount of belly fat, rather than a higher BMI (Body Mass Index).  So what to do to control this deadly fat?  First of all, there is no quick fix or fad diet that will solve this condition.  Lifestyle change and determination will not only help eliminate unsightly fat, but the dangerous fat too.

 

The following list will help keep the belly fat at bay:

  • Get rid of sugars. Choose whole fruits not fruit juices and view those fruits as sweet treats.  Eating too much sugar slows down or shuts off the lepton response, encouraging the feel of hunger.
  • Fat intake should consist of natural fats, like low fat plain yogurt, avocado, nuts, and olive oil.
  • Choose leaner proteins like salmon, skinless chicken, tofu, legumes.
  • Stay hydrated with water, to help detox and clear the body, as well as keep hunger under control.
  • Keep stress under control. Our body produces more cortisol when we are stressed and this hormone may influence weight gain.
  • Exercise at least twenty minutes a day can relieve stress, raise the heart rate and help combat the fat.  Try stomach crunches, leg lifts and weights for toning and high impact exercise to raise your heart rate (consult with a doctor or a professional before trying a new form of exercise).  Pilates or yoga are ideal for toning muscles, correcting posture and obtaining core strength.
  • Getting enough shut eye is extremely important, to keep hormones under control. Lack of sleep can activate ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite.
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Eat more soluble fiber like blackberries, avocados, split peas, black bean, lima beans broccoli, Brussel sprouts, oat bran, lentils, peas etc.

 

Vanity aside, belly fat is a potential killer and losing even a small amount of fat can lower the risk of disease and literally leave you feeling lighter.  With an unwavering mindset and strict rules, the spare tire can be lost at the side of the highway while racing away from health hazards to a new healthier and better body.

 

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RESOURCES

Harvard Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3473928/

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When Do Men Find You Most Attractive?

Most women would agree that they put in a great deal of effort to look attractive for men. But even after buying that new dress, and getting your hair, nails, and makeup done, this isn’t what really does it for men. In fact, most women would be surprised to find out when men find them most attractive.

More Than Meets the Eye

A new study photographed 22 women’s faces, A new study photographed 22 women’s faces, and the results showed that their facial coloring had a more reddish-tinge when they began their ovulation. This was only recognizable in “zoomed” photographs; the naked eye wouldn’t necessarily notice.

The Animal Kingdom

Interestingly enough, studies of chimpanzees showed that females’ bottoms became redder when they were ovulating. This drew male primates to those females, and they ignored the other chimp women.

Flirty and Fertile

For humans, the signs of fertility may be less noticeable because of our evolved need for commitment. No “wham bam, thank you ma’am” for the modern gal. And although this adage may be true, other studies still show that ovulating women unconsciously dress more enticingly and flirt more aggressively. You go, tigress!

Weight Loss Tips for Women with Young Children

It’s not easy losing pregnancy weight after your baby is born. Even then, we may lose the baby weight, but still continue to gain, year after year. There are theories linked to this phenomenon, and addressing them may actually be key to losing weight.

What Are the Numbers?

The findings from a study on weight gain amongst moms were recently published in the journal Women’s Health Issues. Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed data from hospital records of over 30,000 women who had given birth from 2006 to 2013. They compared weight-gain patterns to women who had not given birth.

About a year or two after delivery, the moms’ weight-gain patterns were fairly similar to the non-moms. However, after that initial time frame, the moms gained weight at a faster rate. So, it’s not the actual pregnancy, according to this study, that puts more overall weight on a woman over time.

Then, what’s the correlation?

The hypothesis is that lifestyle changes that occur from becoming a mom are what lend to the weight gain. The average weight gain for non-moms each year was approximately 1.94 pounds. However, for women with children, the data revealed their annual weight gain to be 2.89 pounds.

After Baby is Born

Many women these days choose to breastfeed, if able. With newborns, a mom can burn up to 500 extra calories per day. But aside from that, and as time progresses, it’s understandable how moms cannot lose, or continue to gain weight.

In general, mothers place the needs of their child above their own. We will sit with our baby or toddler with a book or a video, rather than going to the gym, for example. We’ll eat the leftover potato and chicken dinosaur rather than feeding ourselves nutritiously. It’s a tough act to juggle, and unfortunately, our waistline can take the brunt.

Expecting to return to your pre-pregnancy weight isn’t necessarily realistic either. It’s not that you couldn’t, but consider that time has elapsed. There is normal weight gain with the passage of time. So, even if you never got pregnant, over the course of two or three years, you’d probably gain two or three pounds anyway.

The Way To Lose and Yet Win

Here are some tips for those of you: 1) wanting to lose weight after baby, or 2) not wanting to gain more than what would otherwise be naturally expected over the course of time.

  • Try to get more sleep. Of course this sounds impossible. But, think about napping when baby or toddler naps. Express milk and let dad do a feeding with a bottle. The more sleep you miss, the higher your cortisol levels. That stress hormone will not let you lose weight.
  • Prioritize cleaning (and allow the rest to wait.) This is also in the stress-reduction category. Of course, if baby is crawling, you’ll need to vacuum or mop for safety and health reasons. Other chores, however, will get done when they get done. The more you can relax, the easier it will be for your body to shed some pounds.
  • Feed your child healthy foods that you will eat too. Children can learn to eat (and enjoy!) what you feed them. There are also tricks for getting them to eat certain foods. If you’re preparing nutritious meals and snacks for your family, then you’ve just created a great diet plan for you.
  • Exercise with your child. Many gyms have child-care rooms. Get a jogger stroller. Play catch and chase the ball. Put on yoga videos and practice at home with your toddler. You’ll get in better shape, and you’ll also be setting a great life-long health example for your child.
  • Join groups. Every community has social resources. There are baby/mommy classes, some geared for movement, education, or entertainment. Think of these venues as ways to meet like-minded women. There are also groups who meet at the local parks. Networking with others moms will help with the support we all need.

Surely, with physical and hormonal changes, our bodies are challenged from pregnancy and giving birth. That doesn’t mean, however, it’s always the reason for extra weight, especially three or more years after the fact. Empowering ourselves, knowing that we can make healthier choices, may just be the motivation we need.

Sources:

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/02/17/Lingering-baby-weight-Dont-blame-the-pregnancy/3281487363017/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=17

https://getthrive.com/weight-loss-tips-not-for-dummies/

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Are Flu Symptoms Worse for Men or Women?

When anyone catches the flu, man or woman, the first couple of days are plain awful. A new study, however, points out that cold and flu symptoms may actually be harsher (and last longer) for the females.

It’s the Most Germ-Filled Time of the Year…

The cold and flu season has begun, and contagious germs are making their rounds. Generally, when someone in the office gets sick, look out, it’s coming your way. If someone at home comes down with a cold or virus, you might as well stock up on the tissues and chicken soup now.

But according to recent research, it’s the women in the house who suffer the most and the longest.

Research Coughed This Up

Between 2009 and 2015, a study was conducted with over 700 participants at five specific military treatment centers. At the facilities, those serving in the military, along with their family members, were tested when they presented signs of a cold or flu.

The participants were swabbed so their illness could be identified. They each kept journals, rating the severity of the symptoms daily. After analyzing the results of all the journals, the researchers discovered that women suffered more.

Both men and women became infected at the same rate, but women’s symptoms lingered. For day one and two of the illness, both male and females reported similar aches, pains, fever, or discomfort. But by day three and beyond, the women’s symptoms tended to continue.

Slippery Slope and a Runny Nose

Because so much of the research was based on self-reporting, the results could be a tad incongruous. Were women more apt to be honest about their condition, while men “braved it out” and underreported symptoms? Were women simply more keen and in-tune to their symptoms? Some medical experts suspect that hormonal differences can play a part in how the body fights infections.

Avoid Being Part of the Research

Sometimes the seasonal bug is going to catch us regardless of how well we take care of our health. Thrive posted suggestions a couple of months back to help you avoid falling ill from the latest cold or flu. The key is to boost your immune system. Here are some ways of doing so:

1) Sleep. When you get tired, take a nap, or just tuck yourself in for the night. If you absolutely cannot, muddle through, get done what you must, try to get to bed as soon as possible. Do not pump up on coffee or other caffeine. That will falsely revive you and weaken your immune system.

2) Stay calm. It’s the time of year when stress builds; it could be the foreboding holiday worries, finances, kids and school, etc. When you feel yourself stressing out, remind yourself to shake it off. Do you want to get sick? No? Good. Then breathe, smile, take a bath, hug someone you love—and rest your weary self.

3) Drink lots of water and other non-sugary beverages. Keep flushing out. Stay hydrated.

4) Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day. Germs are everywhere. You can seriously avoid getting infected if you wash them away before they get you.

5) Eat fresh foods high in vitamins A, B, and C and zinc. Take supplements if you’re feeling especially vulnerable.

Best of health to you and your family this season!