Friday, January 29, 2016

How Is Menopause Effecting Your Life?

Menopause is often a time of much physiological and mental stress for many women, but how does  menopause affect husbands and partners who spend their lives with women struggling with all of the symptoms involved with menopause?
 Here are just a few of the physical and emotional symptoms that can affect our relationships:

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Mood Swings:  Hormonal changes during menopause may cause a woman's mood to fluctuate from being depressed, irritable and sad to extremely happy and calm. This can confuse partners who aren't quite sure how to adapt to such changing emotions. The key thing here is to learn to communicate openly regarding your feelings. 
Quite often, as menopause symptoms begin to appear, women are also dealing with other significant life changes. Children moving out of the home, upcoming retirement, and a change in life focus may cause increased stress in a woman's life. These huge life changes, coupled with volatile mood swings, may create an incredible amount of stress on an otherwise happy marriage.
Physical Changes: A woman's body goes through a number of huge physical changes besides stopping their periods and the beginning of hot flashes and night sweats. As hormone levels fluctuate, women have an increased tendency to gain weight. Thinning hair is another symptom some women experience during menopause. Often, the physical changes to a woman's body greatly affect her feelings about herself and cause sadness or depression which can add much stress to a  marriage.
Getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet can help you lose  extra weight  and improve one's mood. Exercise is also a great way to relieve the stress and anxiety which often bother women going through the menopausal transition.
Decreased Sex Drive:  It is common for  menopausal women to  experience a decrease in libido, which puts added stress on their relationship with their partner. Many also suffer from vaginal dryness, which may lead to uncomfortable sex, pain, thus resulting in less sex. The lack of intimacy and avoidance of sex can leave partners feeling unloved and unwanted.
For some women, the loss of menstruation indicates a lack of fertility, often making her feel less feminine. For others, a lack of communication in other areas of life causes arguments and hurt feelings, resulting in less interest in physical intimacy. It is extremely important to your partner about your feelings regarding sex and set aside time for each other. There are many treatments for vaginal dryness and low libido, so it is very important to discuss options with your physician.
 Bottomline....always try to communicate openly with your partner or spouse.  Talk about your symptoms and emotional struggles, so they understand and can be a part of the solution. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Going Beyond Insurance Coverage: Actionable Ways to Protect Your Family’s Health

We found an interesting article about protecting your family's health.  We thought it would be good to share. As responsible adults, we can never assume that quality health insurance equates to happy, healthy children. No, we adults need to do the heavy lifting. As role models to our kids, we teach them that everyone must make their own healthy choices. In that spirit, whether you’re a parent or teacher, this guide has the information to help our youth lead healthier, happier lives.

Monday, February 18, 2013

How To Combat Menopause Naturally

Doctors traditionally offer  women going through menopause drugs like HRT to help ease their symptoms, but with the continuing controversy over hormone replacement therapy, many women seem to be seeking natural alternatives.
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Simple changes like positive thinking, exercise and diet can all help to ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweating, weight gain, depression, memory loss and a low libido
So often menopausal women are always hot and feel fat and unattractive during the menopause. It is important to take a step back, acknowledge your the feelings and then try to find solutions.
You basically have two options:  feel  sorry for yourself, or decide to take care of your body, by being careful with what you eat, exercising regularly, changing your environment and changing the way you think.

Surveys show that the most common complaints of  of menopause are hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes usually start as a feeling of intense heat in the chest and neck which then moves to the face and the rest of the body. The average woman has fiver or more hot flashes per day
The first step in combating hot flashes is to keep a trigger journal. What is it that brings them on?
It is important to note the  time of day, your stress level from 1 to 10, what food or drinks seem to exacerbate the problem, what clothes make it better or worse.
Most women in our survey notices that  they had more hot flushes when they were stressed,  after drinking alcohol, or eating sweets or junk food. Once you have figured out the pattern, you will know what to avoid.

There are many things to change environmentally.

During the day wear layers of wicking clothing. At night wear wicking pajamas sometimes known as menopause pajamas or menopause sleepwear to stay cooler and drier. Make sure also that you are drinking enough water. Dehydration can make hot flashes and night sweats much worse and cause leg cramping.

Another thing to consider for night sweating is temperature regulating sheets, mattress pads that keep you cool and cooling pillows. This type of cooling bedding can definitely help combat night sweats.
Women who ate soy -rich foods and other foods like garbanzo beans, yams and sweet potatoes — which all contain plant-based oestrogens — reported a noticeable improvement.
Deep yoga breathing can bring instant relief as well.  By taking full, deep breaths into our chest and  lungs, rather than short shallow breaths, our bodies can  get rid of  the heat naturally.
Some women are lucky because they pass through menopause relatively lucky with few symptoms, while other women ages 55-65 will continue battling hot flashes and night sweats even after the menopause.

If the hot flashes continue  then it can  affect the quality of life. This is especially true if you're not sleeping. Lack of sleep can cause all kinds of health issues. So if you do need extra help with menopausal symptoms, then there are some herbal remedies like agnus castus, vitamin E, cod liver oil supplements that have helped some women improve their quality of life during the menopausal transition.

Most menopause experts recommend regular exercise, especially using weights,  to help   combat other symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, and prevent osteoporosis. Taking daily calcium and vitamin D supplements will also help.

Consider speaking with a  nutritionist to ensure that your diet is properly balanced and has enough zinc and iron nutrients to make up for the loss through the inevitable heavy and inconsistent periods.
The most important thing to remember is to keep  a positive attitude, and take control of of your symptoms with positive action, rather than being the victim of the transition. Empower youself with information and take control so that you can effectively cope with menopause.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Best Ways To Travel Inside Turkey

Getting To Turkey

There are a number of airlines which fly to Turkey from various departure cities.  You can check out Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, Air France, British Airways, KLM, Qatar Airlines, Emirates, Gulf Air, Delta and a host of many other airlines. Most international flights will land in the Atatürk International Airport, the biggest airport in Turkey in the city of Istanbul. There are other airports that serve travelers on both international and local flights. Some of these airports are Şakirpaşa Airport in Adana, Gazipaşa Airport in Alanya, Trabzon Airport in Trabzon and many more. The country has over twenty airports.

You could also enter the country using a ferry from nearby countries such as Greece and Italy. You may also drive into the country if you are from the same nearby nations.

Traveling inside Turkey

To travel while you're in Turkey, you can take local flights from one city to another using Turkish Airlines and other domestic airlines. You can hire a car to travel around Turkey. These are numerous and easily available. There are large international car hire companies where you can get any kind of car you want.

There are small cars available which are automatic or manual, you can get SUVs and four wheel drive vehicles. Maneuvering Turkish traffic is not hard but it can be tricky during the rush hours and in the crowded city areas. You will drive on the right side of the road and you need to have a valid driver's license from your country.

You can also travel by train from city to city as it is convenient and fast and it is cheaper that taking a domestic flight or hiring a car. Turkish trains are modern with air conditioning and are fast and comfortable for traveling long distances. Train tickets can be purchased online and at the station using automated ticket machines. There are plenty of taxis that are available for travel within the cities. Make sure you use certified taxis and the meter is working.

Buses are the easiest, cheapest and most convenient way to travel in and around Turkey. Most buses provided by various companies are modern with plenty of amenities such as air conditioning, entertainment and in some, Wifi internet connections. If you are traveling from city to city, you will not need to make reservations are there are plenty of buses and they run almost every hour. You just go to the bus terminus and you will purchase your ticket there. Buses are faster compared to the train service for long distances and will reach way ahead of the train.
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Of course, the very best way to see the country is by traveling on a road bike.  On a bicycle, you can stop and smell the roses, so to speak.  It is a much more relaxed method of travel between cities and because of the slower pace, you are able to take in much more than from a car, train or bus.  Take a look at some of the cycling tours of Turkey to see how posh and affordable they can be.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Questions About Menopause?

Should I take Hormones When I Start Menopause?
Doctors used to give every postmenopausal woman hormones, but these days they are only prescribed for symptom management. If a woman has night sweats and  hot flashes that  dramatically affect her  life, they will most likely be improved after about two weeks of  estrogen HRT   Also, the lower estrogen levels in women who are around 60–65 may manifest themselves in vaginal dryness or burning. This can be remedied topically,  with vaginal estrogen cream, a tablet, or estrogen ring.

Are Hormones Dangerous?
It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all kind of therapy.  Research has shown that women who are on combined estrogen and progesterone have higher rates of breast cancer and blood clots, though lower risk of bone fractures,. There is also data that shows women who begin hormone therapy at the start of menopause and continue it regularly have lower rates of dementia. But ultimately it’s all about your priorities, medical history, and family history.

Will My Sex Life Change?
Many women find that they’re not quite as into it as they used to be. This is something to be discussed with your health care provider. If you have pain during intercourse, something is wrong. There’s a lot that  can be done to help women have a satisfying sexual relationship with their partners.

Does Menopause Cause Weight Gain?

Managing and maintaining a healthy weight before menopause should be your priority. Read the article in the Cool-jams Blog about the menopausal diet. In a large study of US nurses, weight gain between ages 30 and 50 was more important than any other factor in your risk of developing breast cancer so another reason to watch the junk food.

What Happens to My Bones During Menopause?
Not only will regular exercise at any age help keep the pounds off, but it will also benefit your heart through aerobic exercise. Strength training is also important to maintain bone density and boost metabolism because women often loose bone density as they approach menopause.

Should I take Vitamins?
Postmenopausal women should take 1,000–2,000 iu of vitamin D and 1,200 mg of calcium a day. Since the body can only absorb 500 mg of calcium at a time, though, space out your dosage.  It is  also wise to take a women’s formula multivitamin.

Should I see my Doctor When I Feel Like I'm Beginning Menopause?
Women should get age-appropriate regular screening for mammography, colonoscopy, and bone density checks, as well as regular blood testing for chronic conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes. They should also work with their doctors to help identify risk factors or issues to pay attention to for health in the 70s and beyond. Seven out of 10 leading causes of death are lifestyle-related. No one  has control over their genes, but we can control how healthy we are with a great diet, enough sleep and exercise.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Does Your Menopause Affect Your Mind and Your Brain?

 Doctors so often blame estrogen for menopausal brain issues, because estrogen levels drop in the years leading up to menopause . And as many women realize lower levels of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, poor sleep, night sweats and more frequent urination. Many women worry that reaching menopause will unbalance their emotional well being.

All of these things can disrupt a women's sleep. And tired women are at  risk of being depressed and agitated. Oftentimes midlife in general  is a time people can become   depressed,  have mood swings and irritability. If  menopause seems to be affecting your mental well being, be sure to consult with   your doctor.

Here are seven things to consider before contacting your physician

• Were you depressed before menopause? Could this be part of a preexisting issue that might have gotten worse?
• Is your aging body and lack of energy making you feel old and negative about yourself ?
• Do you have increased stress in your life?
• Are your menopausal symptoms so severe that you fell fatigued and sad from lack of sleep?
• Do you have a support network with friends and family?
• Are you having financial problems that might be effecting your mental health?
• Are you sad because your life is not what you expected it to be regarding family or career?

Below are a few ideas on how to help yourself:
•  Talk openly about menopause with your doctor. Consider HRT and find out if it is a good choice for you or if not, discuss alternatives to hormones
• Consider talk therapy with a psychologist  or someone trained to deal with issues like depression and menopause. ISo  many women going through menopause need guidance. There are many support groups out there and women must remember that they are not alone. Talking with friends in person and in online communities can be lifesavers.
• Discuss meds for depression with your doctor.  He/she will be able to find the prescription most suitable to your needs.
• Be sure to get enough sleep....7-8 hours seems to be the optimum sleeping time for most menopausal women. If you are not sleeping due to night sweats, try some of the natural solutions like wicking pajamas, temperature regulating sheets, cooling pillows, cooling mattress pads and blankets.
•  Exercise everyday either for at least 30 minutes at least four days a week. Consider hiking, pilates, yoga, gardening or biking. Not only good for your body, but a great stress release.
•  Make time to de-stress  by  listening  to relaxing music, reading, yoga or meditation.  Click here for a free relaxing meditation.
• Use positive affirmations daily.. "I surround myself only with  healthy relationships," "I  deserve success," . " I can do whatever I set my mind to, I am capable." and  "I believe in myself and others believe in me too."  These types of positive affirmations really do help you feel better about yourself if used daily.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cyber Monday Gift Deals: Why Not the Gift of Sleep?

With the holiday season fast approaching searching for the perfect gift for that special someone just got easier. Shoppers everywhere can browse stress-free on the Internet from the comfort of their couch. 

According to shoppers in the US will spend $54.47 billion on online shopping this holiday season, up almost 17% from last season. Why trudge to the mall on Black Friday when the perfect gift is just a mouse click away? founder Anita Mahaffey explains that some of the most popular holiday gift items purchased online are solution-oriented gifts. That explains why Cool-jams Sleep Products sales have already doubled over last year.

To entice customers to shop online at starting the Monday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, Cool-jams is offering free shipping on every order, 10% off sleepwear with promo code EASY and extended holiday returns accepted through January 31, 2013. As a bonus when a customer requests gift wrapping, Cool-jams uses a specially designed reusable satin gift bag, plus they include a complimentary relaxing meditation CD with every gift wrap request.     

"Why not give the gift of sleep with Cool-jams moisture wicking, temperature regulating sleepwear?" continues Mahaffey. Cool-jams performance sleepwear is made from an innovative technical fabric developed to draw any excess heat and moisture away from the skin and evaporate rapidly so the wearer never feels too hot or too cold—always just right. Cool-jams are perfect for men or women who want a great night's sleep and a traveler's dream because they're lightweight, compact, wrinkle resistant and quick drying. Just rinse in the sink, hang to dry and they're ready to wear in a couple of hours. Whether you're buying a gift for a hot sleeper, a frequent traveler or someone who just wants a great night's sleep in a super comfortable pair of pajamas Cool-jams are a great solution-oriented choice.

Available in men's and women's styles in sizes S-3X. Sleepwear prices range from $29 to $109. Cool-jams has scientifically engineered special features into their fabric to include high moisture absorption, high thermal absorption and quick dry technology. By doing so, Cool-jams has created one of the most innovative and versatile sleepwear collections around. Additionally, Cool-jams offers a line of temperature regulating bedding for the utmost sleeping comfort. Sleeping experiences will further improve with the gift of Cool-jams temperature regulating sheets, cooling mattress pads and cooling pillows.

Top rated Cool-jams has been featured in numerous national women's magazines, newspapers, radio shows and on TV shows like The Doctors. In an effort to give back Cool-jams also donates a percentage of its profits to family-centered charities so each purchase is helping others in need.    With easy ordering, low prices, high quality and quick shipping customers discover that holiday shopping is truly stress free at

Cool-jams, Inc. was founded by San Diego-based entrepreneur Anita Mahaffey in 2007. Cool-jams ships to 150 countries worldwide via distributors and its own retail website which offers several collections of moisture-wicking sleepwear for both men and women and top quality temperature regulating bedding.