All posts tagged women’s health

Continued from the previous post

Be sure to have friends you can trust.  Have many hobbies that you like.  Enjoy and fulfill the common activities with your friends.  Lastly, do not hesitate to spend your money.  It is so sad to say but Japanese people are not good at volunteer activities.  If you are being stingy and try to save too much money, that money would rotten and destroy your mind or your family’s.  That negative power coming out of the rotten money can change you into a different personality who cannot live in a creative fun life.  Rich people in the old times were so called “the local benefactor” who willingly took care of many young poor students at their own homes and sent them to higher education forecasting them to be the next leaders in their home communities.  They had high sense of culturalism and the dignity of keeping faith.  Contrary, rich people in recent times have no purposes but to double up what they have.  Those people live in the Asura realm and are not attractive at all.   Such people may become really rich once, but soon or later will fall straight down to hell.

In western countries, children are naturally accustomed to volunteer activities.  This is one positive aspect of Christianity-related society.  Local volunteers would cook bean soup or tacos and offer to poor people in many Catholic churches in San Diego along the border of Mexico on a certain day every week.  In some parts of the world, this is a usual scene happening in a normal daily life while in Japanese schools tend to center solely around entrance examinations and students stay in a very narrow-minded environment.  Children who come out of there may avoid eye contacts when they take a glance at some poor-looking people because they cannot establish a normal, decent communication with others.  Each of us is lonely because this is a competition-based society.  We get stressed out easily and bullying the weak spreads out instantly.

In the story of Mr. Ohmae, he stated that each of us should have 20 different hobbies, but I think that’s too much.  It sounds like him as being an ADHD-type hard worker.  Go to hot spring inn with friends cheerfully instead of going alone.  Get some fresh fish at a local market and get down to the nearby camp site with a portable BBQ set.  The point is how much fun experiences you have accumulated since your childhood.
What you have experienced when you were kids can bring you back a bigger power in you senior ages.  Those who happen to lack such power will have to live in a fearful, anxious and mistrustful life by being exposed to the endless negative information coming from TV.  What I’m trying to say here is that we need to be aware that our mind impacts on our life, especially the latter half of our entire life.  90% of the tabloid shows distribute negative information.  People who are possessed with the idea that they will be broken into by a burglar will get broken into.  Life is fun and people around me are all nice.  My family is tied in a good relationship.  If you can believe so, that’s the reality you can attain.

This is where the law of attraction applies.  In the same sense that we are drawing in everything, it seems as we are living in the same realm but in fact it’s not the other world; rather we should consider that we’ve been living between heaven, Asura realm, competitive hell or other realms.  If we stay happy keeping smiles and feeling grateful, nothing bad should happen to us until we die.

It is natural that we reduce in strength, vigor and motor abilities as we age, but if we can override those negative aspects by humor and wisdom to get accustomed to a new life, that’s good enough.  This is my creed.

Playing tennis together as a family.  Climbing is the family hobby.  Skiing and playing music together and participating in Phil harmony.  Besides, never fail to recognize the loss in the wars and offer earnest prayers.  The Emperor and Empress have shown me the most ideal way of life.  I believe that we should be proud and blessed with such wonderful examples.

Getting 50-year-old kimono altered for daughters to wear at their wedding or keeping the 40-year-old baby buggy in good shape for a revival in children’s generations… things like those teach us that good life is not costly at all.

The Amazing Avocado

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Read all about them HERE.

Stroke Awareness

Information about stoke from the Harvard School of Medicine.

Know the signs

Stroke has several telltale symptoms and warning signs. If you notice one or more of the signs below in yourself or someone else, or you’re worried that you or someone you are with is having a stroke, call 911 or your local emergency number right away:

onset of numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
trouble seeing with one or both eyes
problems with walking, loss of balance, or coordination
inability to understand what someone is saying
sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Read the entire article HERE.

The 80% Rule of Food

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“Eat until you’re 80% full.”

An old Japanese proverb. Of course, it doesn’t say anything about what you eat…but I’ll leave that to your best judgment.

Excessive sweating, dizziness and hot flashes during menopause

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Excessive sweating, dizziness and hot flashes are the most common symptoms experienced by women during menopause. These symptoms occur at any time of the day, and can even be triggered stress.

Predicting when these symptoms might appear is impossible. For some, this is such a worry that just being out among friends becomes becomes a tiresome experience.  Profuse sweating can occur suddenly during the night. This often makes it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest, which makes for a short-temper the next day. Even small things might set you off.

What causes these symptoms?

Your nervous system usually keeps your body temperature at a constant, expanding or contracting blood vessels to cool or conserve heat.

But during menopause, your nervous system gets…well, nervous. This is due to wildly fluctuating estrogen levels in your body. Estrogen and skyrocket or plummet in the course of a day, or even several times a day. We believe this triggers excess sweating, dizziness, or hot flashes as your nervous system is jumbled by the confusion. These symptoms happen because your blood vessels respond to your “inner chaos” by expanding rapidly. But then again, blood vessels can constrict, which results in chills and poor blood circulation.

So…what can you do about hot flashes?

First, don’t get overanxious about what other people think. Yes, dizzy spells and hot flashes can be embarrassing. But you’d be surprised at how little others notice your symptoms.

Do what you can to prevent the sweats. Have a supply of absorbent handkerchiefs on hand when you go out. Being prepared helps you stay calm and prevent the symptoms from getting worse because of your anxiety.

As a matter of fact, the more you’re embarrassed, the more profusely you might sweat. Your feelings can add to the chaos going on with your nervous system. Maybe you want to let others know what you’re going through. It might ease the tension and put your mind in a better place.

Neck wraps filled with cooling gel can help with hot flashes. You can buy some that aren’t that obtrusive—along the lines of a scarf. You could carry a few around in a cooler bag with you.

Another way to stay calm under fire? Infuse a handkerchief with the refreshing scent of peppermint, uplifting bergamot, or another fragrance that helps you stay calm and collected.

You can also check out the recent lines of clothing made with moisture-wicking fibers. They pull moisture away from your skin and are even antibacterial.

 photo by milan6

Take with Food? 8 Foods You Shouldn’t Mix with Medicine (5-8).

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Some of your prescriptions might tell you to take your medicine with food. But are all foods safe to mix with your medicine?

Five through Eight

5. Coffee, tea or green tea with gout medication
Caffeine, a major component of coffee, tea and green tea can block the
excretion of uric acid, hampering the activity of gout medication.
The same applies to anticoagulants, as well as medication for angina
and myocardial infarction. Caffeine can also exacerbate the side
effects of bronchodilators like Theo-Dur (theophylline), which include
insomnia and irritation.

6. Beer, cola or other carbonated drinks with analgesics or antipyretics
Analgesic and antipyretic medicines are widely used by people
suffering from colds. Carbon dioxide lowers the absorption of these
medicines by the body, decreasing their potency as a result.

7. Alcohol and sleeping pills
The strength of Halcyon and other sleeping pills increases when they
mix with alcohol inside the body, causing memory impairment and other
side effects. Think before using them after a night out drinking, or
having alcohol with your meal.

8. St John’s wort and contraceptives
The relaxing, antidepressant properties of St John’s wort have earned
it a name as a herbal tea and dietary supplement. However, it can
decrease the potency of oral contraceptives and immune suppressors, as
well as medication for epilepsy and arrhythmia. It can also magnify
the action of serotonin uptake inhibitors taken for depression,
increasing the risk of side effects.

Be discerning when you are familiar with these risks. It may be
necessary to avoid certain foods altogether, or allow a two hour
safety buffer between them and your medication.

While individual variation means that things are not altogether clear cut, some
potentially adverse foods may still be eaten with medication
regardless, where due care is paid to the potential side effects and
their severity.

Make sure you have a good understanding of how your
regular medication interacts with food from the start and use it as
directed, following the advice of your medical professional.

See 1 -4 HERE.

“Take with Food?” 8 Foods You Shouldn’t Mix with Medicine (1-4).

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Some of your prescriptions might tell you to take your medicine with food. But are all foods safe to mix with your medicine?

While a hearty diet of fruit and vegetables may keep your body in
shape and your skin looking beautiful, elements contained within them
can react adversely when eaten alongside medication. Here’s eight of
the surprisingly little known combinations to be avoided.

One through Four:

1. Avocado and antidepressants
Headaches and high blood pressure can result from a large intake of
foods that have a high tyramine content in combination with MAO
inhibitors, a type of antidepressant. Avocados, cheese and chicken
liver fall into this category, and care should be taken to keep them
in moderation.

2. Natto or high vitamin K vegetables with anticoagulants
Vitamin K compromises the action of warfarin, an anticoagulant
designed to thin the blood. This vitamin is found in plentiful supply
within the Japanese foods of natto, a sticky fermented soybean dish,
and aojiru, a vegetable juice typically made with kale. Chlorella,
along with spinach and other green and yellow vegetables are also
packed with vitamin K. Watch your intake of these foods and drinks
when taking warfarin.

3. Grapefruit and high blood pressure medication
Both grapefruit and its juice enhance the action of calcium channel
blockers in medication for high blood pressure and angina, increasing
its potency.

4. Milk and osteoporosis medication
Milk requires careful consideration if you’re using antibiotics or
osteoporosis medication. When taken together the calcium in the milk
bonds together with these medicines, and can reduce their
effectiveness.

See foods 5-8 HERE.

Why Drink Raw Juice?

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Why raw juice?

Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures above 48°C, and need to be eaten raw.  The bounty of enzymes available from raw juice is undoubtedly its biggest selling point, and it is perfect for the following situations and symptoms all ladies would be familiar with:

  • Dieting
  • Fatigue
  • Common colds
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Poor appetite
  • Overeating, bloating
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Hangovers
  • Irregular periods, PMS
  • Anemia
  • Swelling
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Summer lethargy
  • Eye strain

Expect an intake of fresh enzymes to help produce beautiful, pure white skin, heighten resistance to cold and protect the digestive system from constipation.  The skin also benefits from strong digestive activity, and the secret to its brilliance lies in taking care to look after yourself each day.

What Types of Raw Juices are There?

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Be beautiful on the inside and out with raw juice!

If you see a tired, pale face staring back at you from the mirror and notice pronounced circles below your eyes, it’s time to enlist the help of fruit and vegetables to increase your femininity.  Raw juices are how it’s done!

The smoothie is one type of raw juice, and a point of discussion for many.  These easily digested marvels are filled with just what your body wants, and keep the intestines looking pristine.  The result is great skin, increased resistance to colds and protection against constipation.  Get a raw juice regimen on the go, and watch your femininity shine!

The four main types of raw juice

1. Smoothies

A household name among raw juice, made in the blender with a selection of fruit or vegetables.  Reasonably satisfying with a thick texture, smoothies also make a great substitute for snacks.

2. Freshly squeezed juice

Light and simple, with only freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables.  The result is digested and absorbed especially quickly, and is gentle on the stomach.

3. Raw soup

Raw ingredients combined into an uncooked soup, perfect for those who struggle with sweet juices.

4. Fermented concentrate

The concentrated variety of juice, created by fermenting fruit or vegetables.  Serve diluted with water, Perrier or milk.

Are you on time, every time?

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Is your time of the month on time, every time?

Irregular menstrual cycles

So my female readers, do you know when your next period is scheduled to arrive?  It’s best to stay in touch with the regularity of your menstrual cycle to make sure your hormones are ticking over properly, among other things.

Each cycle begins anew on the same day as your period, and is counted until the day before your next one.  This normally falls between 25 and 38 days.  A shorter duration is deemed excessive menstruation, while any longer is infrequent.  These are both the symptoms of an irregular menstrual cycle.

Sensitivity to cold

A drop in body temperature is believed to inhibit enzyme activity and immune function, to which the brain responds by directing its energy towards restoring body temperature at the expense of maintaining reproductive health.  This is touted as one of the causes behind hormonal imbalance, and accordingly, irregular periods.

Ignoring an irregular period isn’t recommended, as it can be a sign of lowered ovary function.  It can also result in a shrinking of the uterus and ovaries, a condition known as atrophy.

Recognizing signs from your body

Understand your menstrual cycle.  If your period comes twice a month, or doesn’t arrive for two to three months, then there’s a chance that no ovulation is occurring.  Record the day your period begins in a notepad.

To find out more, make a chart of your basal body temperature.  Take it with a basal body thermometer when you wake up in the morning, before you kick into action.  A daily reading is ideal, but four to five days per week will suffice instead where this isn’t possible.  Review the chart once you reach two to three months, to determine whether you have a biphasic or monophasic body temperature pattern.  Biphasic is normal, but monophasic, where no prolonged rise in your body temperature occurs at all, indicates that you may not be ovulating.  Make an appointment to see a gynecologist if you suspect this is the case.

Overcoming cold sensitivity

The cold is thought to lie at the root of all kinds of illnesses.  While sensitivity to it is commonplace among ladies, the associated condition of poor circulation can cause ailments like stiff shoulders and backaches.  It’s best to nip it in the bud first.

  1. Avoid revealing outfits.  Keep your stomach covered, and take care to prevent your lower half from getting too cold.
  2. Eat foods, which warm the body.  Garlic, ginger, spring onion and sweet potatoes are all recommended for this purpose.  Bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruits in season during summer cool the body, and should be taken in moderation.
  3. Have a soak in the bath after showering.
  4. Enjoy cooling foods in moderation.

Ginseng is a recommended choice if you take supplements for cold sensitivity, while vitamins E and B12 are effective for stiff shoulders and backaches.  Get connected with your menstrual cycle, and get on top of your cold sensitivity at the same time!

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