Women and Heart Disease

In today’s blog post, we are going to talk about women and heart disease. We hear very little about women and heart disease. The term “heart disease” is a board term and it refers to several types of heart disease. The United States most common heart disease is coronary artery disease. Coronary Artery Disease affects the blood flow, which goes to the heart; decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.

In the year of 2013, almost 290,000 women were killed by having a heart disease. Heart disease is sometimes classified as a “man” disease, but it is far from it. The same amount of women and men die of heart disease each year because it is caught too late. A little over half of women will recognize that heart disease is the number one killer. 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, did not have any previous symptoms.

Even though some women may not see or feel symptoms, but other women will experience pain in the neck/jaw/throat, pain in the upper abdomen/back, and angina, which is a dull, heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort. Often times, heart disease is silent and not diagnosed until a woman experience the sign of a heart attack, heart failure, an arrhythmia or even a stroke. I am going to describe each one now…

Heart Attack – Chest pain or discomfort, upper back pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea/vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, and shortness of breath.

Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations)

Heart Failure – Shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of the feet/ankles/legs/abdomen.

Stroke – Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face/arms/legs, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms may include: confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech. You can also experience difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance/coordination, loss of consciousness, or sudden or severe headache.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please go to the emergency room right away.

Here are some risk factors of heart diseases:

High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the main factors that can cause heart disease. So, if you are smoking a pack a cigarettes a day then you are putting yourself in risk of heart disease. Some other lifestyle choices that can cause heart disease are diabetes, obesity/overweight, poor diet, and excessive alcohol use. If you are drinking alcohol more than once a day, you need to stop immediately; it could be damaging your heart and liver.

Here’s some things you can reduce your chances of getting heart disease:

Know your blood pressure. High pressure doesn’t have any symptoms, so it is very important that you check your blood pressure regularly.

Get tested for diabetes. If you have diabetes and do not know it, you are putting yourself in harm’s way of heart disease.

Quit smoking

Discuss checking your cholesterol and triglycerides with your doctor.

Make healthy food choices. Obesity can raise the risk of heart disease.

Limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day or even a week.

Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress.

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Migraines Are Not Normal

Migraines, the thing that people think is normal and that you are going to be dealing with it for the rest of your life. But, the doesn’t have to be the case; I will explain why a little later. According to www.migrainetrust.org, migraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance; it is also an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information, and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise, and hunger.

Even though, migraines are a complex condition, there are a wide variety of symptoms. These symptoms can be light sensitivity, disturbed vision, sensitivity to sounds and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Every person may not have the same symptoms, but the symptoms will be there. Migraines can lasts up to 72 hours. When I used to get migraines, they would last 4 to 8 hours with medications, whether is was over-the-counter or prescriptions. There is no cure for migraines; I don’t think they  will ever be a medical cure for migraines.

There are several things that may trigger a migraine. Some of things are:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Lack of Food or Sleep
  • Light Exposure
  • Women Hormonal Changes

Here are some statistics about migraine:

  • 25% of women get migraine
  • 8% of men get migraine
  • 98% of people get migraines before the age of 50
  • 5% of people get migraine before the age of 15
  • 3% of people get migraine before the age of 3!! Yes, 3 years old can have a migraine.
  • 38% of people have migraines all year long or 1-3 migraines a moths
  • 37% of people have migraines 1 a week
  • 11% of people have migraines 2 – 6 a week; that is almost 1 every day

If these statistics does not scare you especially about a 3 year old have a migraine, then I don’t know what will. No one should suffer from migraines especially a 3 year old toddler. I have been migraine free for 10 months now. I started detoxing my body in September and like I said previously, I haven’t had a headache in 10 months. In another blog post, I will discuss detoxing in the fullest. But, if you are serious about getting rid of your migraines, take a look at the picture below and the click on My Health Shop to place an order.

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How To Keep Your Weight Off, Women

Women diet and gain the weight back because diets do not work. The biggest weight loss/management chain, Weight Watchers, even says that diets do not work. Why diets do not work because you are restricting calories which alter your metabolism. We often hear that it doesn’t matter what you eat; it does matter what you eat. Some foods have bad calories and those are the food in high calories, like fast foods or baked foods.

The biggest problem of America’s obesity issue is simple sugars and starches. Sugars and starches are carbohydrates, the carbohydrates that you don’t burn turns into fat. People also thinks that a food product that low-fat or no-fat may be good for them. But, it’s not! The low-fat and no-fat foods are loaded with added sugars and that is making people fat and gain weight.

There are twelve ways to lose weight and keep it off; I am just going to name six of the twelve.

The first way is to eat a healthy breakfast. Yes, I know most people will say they do not have time for breakfast even though breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In a study that was conducted for people who lost weight said they ate breakfast to keep the weight off. Breakfast consisted of cooked oatmeal, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, eggs, and tofu. I know when people hear tofu, they think nasty, but it just might be good for you.

The second way is stop counting calories and eating foods that nourish your body. A fat-free, sugar-free and refined processed foods is also nutrient-free, which means that your body is not getting the proper nutrients your body needs to fight off diseases. When you begin to eat more nutritious foods and get in some physical activity, your body will come to its natural healthy weight.

The third way is to always have veggies and fruits in your fridge. You can open the fridge and grab a fruit instead of a bag of potato chips when you are hungry.

The fourth way is replacing sodas/diet sodas. Diet sodas will give you a sweet tooth, so if you drink diet sodas daily then you will crave sweets more. Every woman who drinks diet sodas/drinks are rewarding themselves with extra calories during the day. Replace sodas/diet sodas with iced tea, plain or carbonated water with a slice of lemon or lime.

The fifth way is using the “plate method” to give yourself a healthy meal. The plate method is to first fill half of your plate with low or non-starchy veggies like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, string beans, mushrooms, peppers, leafy greens and fruit. Fill one quarter with a whole grain like brown rice, barley, bulgur, or guinoa and/or a starchy vegetable like corn, potatoes, or beans. The last quarter of your plate should be protein: broiled, sauteed, roasted, or baked (not fried) fish, chicken, or turkey which should not have the skin on it. You should also have lean meats, tofu, or eggs.

The sixth and last way for this post is to cut the carbs. People eat refine carbs everyday which are: cake, candy, cookies, muffins, scones, cupcakes, soda, fruit juice, syrups, chips, and most breads; they cannot burn off the fat. Just because you cannot burn refined carbs you cannot burn the calories and it turns into fat. Fruit yogurt and many breakfast cereals also have lots of added sugars, so you should replace them with Greek plain yogurt, high-fiber/low-crab cereal and add small amount of healthy fat to your meals. Healthy fats are avacado slices, unsalted nuts, seeds and olive oil.

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Gut Health: What You Needs To Know

We all have guts that we need to get rid of. Gut Health is becoming a new mega trend in health and wellness. This new lifestyle approach will affect the food we eat, the beverages we drink, vitamins/supplements we take, and also our beauty.

The World Health Organization said that 2014, 1.9 billion adults, who were 18 and older, were overweight. 39% of adults were overweight, along with 13% of the world were overweight, In 2014, 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. Sadly, this rate is getting higher not lower.

In 2014, 11% of men were overweight; 15% of women were overweight. Statistics say that by 2025 18% of men will be overweight and 21% of women will be overweight. Doctors know what can happen with people who are obese but some still fail to inform their patients of the dangers of what obesity can cause and not informing them how to properly take care of their bodies, inside and out.

I know that many people do not watch what they eat. Sadly, so people do not care because if they cared it would be less obese people. Last year, it was 174.11 million people who say they watch their diet compared to the 147.82 million who said that they do not watched their diet. Some people are watching what they eat because they want to lose weight and others because they want to maintain their weight.

Everyone knows that gluten free have really boomed in the last 5 years. Glucose free is starting to get more people interested due to FODMAP, which stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharidess, Monosaccharides and Polyols). In other blog post, I will go into more about FODMAP.

In June of this year, two terms that have been searched the most are gut health and bloating. This trend demonstrates that nutrition is beginning to become widely accepted as a powerful tool for management of lifestyle symptoms and also gastric discomfort is a common problem for people. Human microbiome that refers to assemblage of microobes that lives in a human body and your body. They are linked to obesity, malnutrition, heart disease, diabetes, celiac disease, eczema, asthma, multiple sclerosis, colitis, some cancers, even autism. Most microbes reside in your gut where they are able to a constant supply of nutrients.

When your gut microbeta is healthy, then you are able to maintain a regular daily cycle of activities which consists of congregating in different parts of the intestine and helping producing molecules that keeps your body function properly. A disruption in a gut’s rhythms will cost many upsets to the body’s circadian clocks especially the liver. The liver is your main metabolic organs and can lead to many diseases if not taken care of.

As you surf the Internet, you will find that more and more dietitians are recommending different diets like a vegan-oriented diet or Paleo-style diets, which is used as a gut healthy strategy. I strongly suggest if you are going to diet, find a diet that suit your body and your weight loss goals.

Always consult with your doctor before dieting.

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Women, 10 Health Tips For You

In today’s blog, I am going to discuss 10 health tips that can contribute to you have a healthy, long life. I guarantee some of these tips are going to over what many are taught throughout their lives. I believe that these tips can help some women if not all women change their health now or in the future.

The first tip is to reduce stress. We are human, so we are prone to deal with stress on a daily basis and it can be harmful to our health if we are not careful. Stress can cause many health problems in all humans. But, women who under stress can suffer infertility, high risks of depression, anxiety, and even heart diseases. Women do not realize that heart disease is connected to stress. So, if you are dealing with a heart disease it may be do to the amount of stress you have in your live will determine your health.

The second tip is stop dieting. Women thinks that dieting means they are becoming healthy and that is not true. The key to becoming healthy is not dieting; it is using moderation and also eating a mixture of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fiber. If you diet and stop dieting, then you will gain your weight back and sometimes more. DON’T DIET, JUST CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS AND DETOX.

The third tip is don’t overdose on calcium. I know for all of our lives, we have heard milk does your body good; but if you absorbed to much calcium, you can increase the risk of getting kidney stones. From what I heard kidney stones are not fun to have. Women under the age of 50 should be shooting for 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and women over 50 should be getting 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day.

The fourth tip is do more exercise than just cardio. Cardio is good, but it is better with a mixture of resistance or weight-bearing exercise. Exercise is not only good for self-image and mental health, but it also prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

The fifth tip is to think about fertility. Women do not have trouble getting pregnant in their late 30s or even early 40s despite the fact their fertility level might start declining as the age of 32. If you are over the age of 45 and still want to have kids, have a talk with your doctor first to see if it’s a good idea.

The sixth tip is to appreciate birth control. Studies show that birth control can lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, but it can also regulate your menstrual cycle. All birth control pills/patch are not good for yo, so check with your doctor to see which one works well with your system.

The seventh tip is to see your doctor every year. As a woman, we should get our Pap Smear yearly especially if you are sexually active. Having yearly Paps will help us and the doctors catch things early so we can get them cured as soon as possible.

The eighth tip is to have good sex. If you enjoy sex, sex will reduce stress and lower the risk of getting a chronic disease. If you are enable to enjoy sex, contact your doctor or me. I might have something that my help you.

The ninth tip is get more sleep. We are supposed to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night, but most people do not do that. People who are not getting up to 7 – 8 hours a night are putting theirselves at risk of getting heart disease and psychological problems.

The tenth tip is getting genetic testing. We all have family history of some type of disease that runs through our family history. Family history can be in breast cancer, ovarian cancer or chronic diseases. That’s why it is important to know your family history.

Your health should be the number one thing on your list to take care of first. If you don’t take care of your health, you can not take care of your family. If you find value in this post, feel fee to share with your audience.

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Six Ways to Lose Belly Fat

We all have belly fat that we would like to lose, whether we are male or female. Belly fat does not necessarily means you are unhealthy. Many overweight people have good health; often times, it is the normal weight people who have issues with metabolic problems which are associated with obesity.

Many people thinks that the fat under your skin is the issue for your belly fat which is not true; it is the fat in your abdominal cavity. We call the abdominal cavity, the belly fat and that is what is causing most of the health issues. Belly fat is determined by the measurement of the circumference around your wasit and you can measure that with a simple tape measure. For women anything above 40 inches is considered belly fat; for men anything above 35 inches is considered belly fat.

There are 6 ways that you can lose your belly fat…

  1. Don’t eat sugar and avoid sugar-sweetened drinks – Sugar is half glucose, half fructose and that can be metabolized by the liver. When a person eats a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets overloaded with fructose and it is forced to turned into belly fat. Large amounts of fructose can lead to increased accumulation of fat in the belly. Some believes that sugar increases belly fat and liver fat, which leads to insulin resistance and many metabolic problems.
  2. Eating more protein is a great long-term strategy to reduce belly fat – Having protein is the most important macronutrient when it comes to losing weight. Protein has been shown to reduce cravings by 60%, boost metabolism by 80 – 100 calories and help you eat over 400 fewer calories per day. If you have a goal of losing weight then adding protein will be the most single change that can help your diet. Refined carbs and oils are linked to increased amount of belly fat; fruits and vegetables are linked to reduced amounts of belly fat. Cook your food in coconut oil to reduce your belly fat slightly.
  3. Cut carbs from your diet – I know thatr many people will have an issue with this. Carb restriction is the most effective way to lose belly fat. When people cut carbs, their appetite will go down and the will start to drop pounds. Research have shown that low-carb diets lead to 2 – 3 times more weight loss than low-fat diets. Low-carb diets allow you to eat has much as you desire and low-fat diets are calorie restricted, which keep you hungry. Low-carb diets target the fat in the belly, and around the organs and liver. Avoiding refined carbs, such as white bread and pasta, should be sufficient if you keep your protein high. 50 grams of carbs a day will put your body into ketosis, killing your appetite, and making your body start burning primarily fats for fuel.
  4. Eat foods rich in fiber, especially viscous fiber – Dietary fiber is mostly indigestble plant in the world. Not all fiber is equal, even though fiber can help with weightloss. Soluble and viscous fibers bind water and form a thick gel that sits in your guts. The gel will slow the movement of food that goes through your stomach and small bowel, and will slow down the digestion and absorption of nutrients. The best way to get fiber is to eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables and fruits; legumes are a good of fiber and oat cereals.
  5. Exercise is very effective when it comes to reducing belly fat – Exercise is the best things you can do if you want to live a long, healthy, and disease free life. Aerobic exercise, for example, like walking, running, and swimming, have been shown to caause major reductions in belly fat. Exercise may also lead to reduced inflammation, blood sugar level, and other metabolic abnormalities that can be associated with central obesity.
  6. Track your foods and figure out exactly what and how much you are eating – Most people have no clue what they are really eating or putting in their body. People tend to underestimate or overestimate whether they are eating high protein, low-fat or low-carb and then can be over doing it. Measure yourself every few days to keep account on the area that you may need to work on.

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