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Women’s Health

Menopause: What Are My Natural Options?

Menopause is a normal, natural and inevitable event that affects all women reaching middle to late adulthood. In a very basic sense, menopause occurs as a result of aging. Changes in the structure and function of the female ovaries  lead to a drastic drop in estrogen  levels and permanent cessation of menses. Unfortunately, its associated symptoms can make this process quite uncomfortable for many women and can negatively impact their social life, psychological health and overall well- being.1 The most common concern in postmenopausal women are hot flashes; these cause an episodic feeling of heat, intense sweating and flushing of

An Introduction to the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis

The hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis (HPG axis) plays an important role in  the  development  and  regulation of a number of the body’s systems, such as the immune and reproductive systems. Fluctuating hormone levels cause changes in the hormones that are produced by each gland and as a result have a variety of widespread and local effects in the body. The HPG axis can be influenced by lifestyle and dietary factors such as stress, inadequate  sleep, illness, the use of certain medications including hormones, as well as poor dietary habits. This axis can also be subject to disorders such  as hypothalamic–pituitary failure or

B Vitamins

MYTHS AND CONTROVERSIES Social media posts often warn us of the dangers of certain foods, products and supplements. Although some posts have merit, many are based on misinterpreted research or poorly designed studies. This has often been the case with B-Vitamins. Although they have a reputation for being “energy boosters,” and have many vital functions in the body, studies and headlines have been published that link supplemental B vitamins (vitamins B2, B6, B12, and folic acid) with autism and cancer. Let’s take a closer look to find out what the research is showing. DOES FOLIC ACID INTAKE INCREASE THE RISK

The Vital Role Vitamin B Plays in our Life Story

The role that vitamin B plays, from the time we are in the womb right through the ageing process, cannot be underestimated. Let’s explore the importance of this family of vitamins throughout our life cycle. The Importance of Vitamin B during Pregnancy Nutritional deficiencies can lead to adverse outcomes in reproduction such as infertility and miscarriage. In pregnancy, a B12 deficiency can lead to complications in neonatal development, increasing the risk of preterm birth and lower birth weight1 Low levels of maternal red blood cell folate and high homocysteine values mid-pregnancy have also been found to be associated with reduced

Destigmatizing Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Mental Illness

Fiery sex is no joke. That burning sensation might be a sign that you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhea or chlamydia, but don’t worry – there’s a condom, cream, pill, or shot for that. Even though STI’s pose a serious and very real public health problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 448 million new cases of curable STIs, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, occur worldwide, we need to keep perspective that many are STIs are both preventable and easily treated. I say this because while the physical side effects of STIs

Beat the Bloat: The PMS Bloat – Why it Happens and Five Natural Ways to Manage it

Do you notice that you feel more ‘puffy’ during certain times of the month? You are not the only one. Bloating is one of the most common premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Period bloating is the feeling of fullness or heaviness in the abdomen, most common right before your period starts. Although you may feel like you have gained a few pounds, this uncomfortable sensation is actually due to fluid retention in the body. Why does bloating happen and how do you beat the bloat? Why Does Bloating Happen? PMS bloating occurs due to the natural fluctuations in female hormones during