Feeling Hormonal?

Feeling Hormonal?

By Juliette Lie Baxter
Best Health


Whether you’re battling PMS or staring down perimenopause, there are strategies and solutions to help minimize distress. Juliette Lie Baxter investigates how to manage hormonal changes with grace – and fewer mood swings.

There was a time when a pair of stretchy pants with a soft waistband that hugged my bloated belly and a loose-cut tee that skimmed over my achy breasts were all I needed to survive PMS. But things changed over a year ago, when I turned 41. Now I have a laundry list of monthly letdowns, which include increased anxiety, brief crying spells, fatigue and heartburn. I have loose stools, foggy brain, ovulation pain and headaches. My cycle has stretched from 28 days to 38 days, which also means my PMS can last up to 10 days. I have hot flashes (that’s a temperature surge with no sweats)
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Dispelling Urban Health Myths

Dispelling Urban Health Myths

By Esther Konigsberg
Hamilton Jewish News


In my Integrative Medicine practice I often see health conscious patients who are interested in pursuing the best possible health and well-being. Influenced by social media, the media at large or lay “health experts” perpetuating urban health myths, many people are misinformed about issues that directly affect their health. In this article, I will dispel three myths to help you get to the true bottom line.

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How to stop being a stress junkie

How to stop being a stress junkie

By Maureen Halushak
Chatelaine


To look at Karen Rempel a year ago, you’d think she was the queen of Zen. The Vancouver 46-year-old practised yoga, meditated daily and ran at least three times a week. She also avoided jitter-inducing sugar and caffeine. But despite these healthy habits, she couldn’t shake the feeling that her life was out of control. The combination of long hours at work as a writer, a gruelling commute and volunteer commitments was starting to take its toll.
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The Dangers of Stress and How to Handle Your Stress

The Dangers of Stress and How to Handle Your Stress

By Samantha Kemp-Jackson
Parents Canada


The world keeps turning we were once told, and boy does it ever. In 2012, the pace of life continues to increase and that precious “down time” that many of us look for doesn’t seem to be anywhere on the horizon.

The advent of the Internet, and the subsequent 24-hour news cycle, has given birth to the Information Age with everything at our fingertips. Digital technology’s spread to the lives of everyday folks means that we sometimes surf the web for hours – watching movies, emailing and gathering information. At the outset of this new era, a decade or two ago, this was enticing. But it’s wearing thin.
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