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  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness
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    alzheimersJune is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Did you know that there are 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death and every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s in the United States. Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women in the US.

    Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease. It is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory loss and cognitive decline. Researchers believe that Alzheimer’s begins 20 years or more before you notice symptoms, usually develop slowly and worsen over time. In the early stages, memory loss is mild, but in the late-stages parts of the brain that enable a person to carry out basic bodily functions are affected. People lose the ability to talk, walk or swallow. The cause may include a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

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  • Celebrate National Women’s Health Week
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    During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. National Women’s Health Week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 20th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day and is celebrated through May 18, 2019.

    May is also National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women. Each year stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. However, this fact is widely unknown to the general public. Women are also less knowledgeable about the risk factors and don’t perceive themselves at risk for stroke. 55,000 more women have a stroke than men.

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    Stroke

    Hypertension remains the single most important modifiable risk factor, accounting for nearly 48% of strokes. With eight in 10 people experiencing their first stroke having hypertension, getting your blood pressure checked is an important first step in controlling your stroke risk.

    Research has shown that unhealthy behaviors such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and smoking have an adverse effect on health and increase your stroke risk. For example, smokers have an increased risk of stroke, up to two to four times, compared to a nonsmoker or those that have quit for longer than 10 years.

    Beyond reducing your risk for stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke are equally important.  Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke and around 800,000 people will have a stroke in the United States this year alone.

    A common misconception is that strokes occur only in older adults. Although your stroke risk increases with age, a stroke can happen to anyone at any time. About 15% of ischemic strokes occur in young adults and adolescents.

    During National Women’s Health Week and National Stroke Awareness Month, the National Stroke Association is urging the public to look at their stroke risk factors, and pledge to make at least one change to reduce their stroke risk.

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  • Heart Month – Shine the Light on Women’s Health
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    We’re at the end of February, the month of the heart; specifically the beautiful women’s heart, who is more at risk for having heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain. The symptoms of a heart attack are sweating, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness or dizziness, jaw pain, upper back pain, neck & shoulder discomfort, shortness of breath, abdominal discomfort, and nausea or vomiting.

    According to The Mayo Clinic, “these symptoms can be more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain as pressure or tightness. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their main arteries but also in the smaller arteries that supply blood to the heart – a condition called small vessel heart disease or microvascular disease.”

    So as we seal up 2019 heart month, let us take a look at today’s challenges women face in the quest for a healthy heart.

    Understand the Symptoms

    It could be difficult to realize you are experiencing heart attack symptoms if you’re a woman. Women may describe chest pain as pressure or tightness. Due to lack of knowledge, a woman will likely not seek help.

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  • February is American Heart Month
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    american-heart-monthHeart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Several health conditions, your lifestyle, your age, and family history can increase your risk.

    Nearly half of American adults have at least one of the key risk factors for heart disease: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. Nearly 1 in 3 adults has high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol can be hard to detect. It often shows no signs or symptoms. High blood pressure is a silent killer. Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for high blood pressure. With proper treatment and management, you can control your blood pressure.

    There is good news. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. Learn what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace, and any eating occasion. Exercise to get your heart pumping. A good starting goal is 150 minutes a week. Find forms of exercise you like such as walking, jogging, tennis or yoga. Along with healthy eating and being active, make sure you are getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night), managing stress, keep your mind and body fit, and socialize with friends and family.

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  • Detox Cleanse – Is Your Body Ready?
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    There have been over 80,000 toxins introduced to our environment in the last couple of decades… 800 are serious hormone disruptors. It is no wonder that healthcare professionals often suggest a detox cleanse as an important way of supporting a healthy lifestyle.

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    With Orenda’s 10-Day Detox Cleanse, you will begin to see and feel the added benefits of feeling good, better energy… a healthy way to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew. You soon realize how much those toxins were holding you back. A cleanse three or four times a year is an effective plan, and many use the changing of the seasons as a reminder that it is time to start another.

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  • Winter Wellness Guide
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    With what feels like a seemingly endless cold spell ahead, ’tis the season to revisit your wellness regime. While the winter months tend to hinder our health goals, whatever those may be, through good food, fitness, sleep, and self-care choices, you can stay fighting fit for the long freeze ahead. Read on for expert-approved tips that will help you weather the winter months.

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    Good Fats

    Load up on healthy fats, such as avocados, fatty fish, dark chocolate, chia seeds, whole eggs, extra virgin olive oils, nuts, and even cheese to help beat winter fatigue, advises Vesna Skul, MD, an internal medicine and women’s health specialist, and Life Stage Health Coach at TONE Networks. “These healthy fats act as natural anti-inflammatories, helping with everything from joint aches and pains to brain function to mood enhancement, which is particularly good during this time of year when 1 in 3 people, mostly young adults and women, experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD),” she says.

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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    We are at the end of October and as you all know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please remind your mother, sister, aunt, niece or any female friend to get a mammogram. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. One out of every eight women will get breast cancer. Most women who develop breast cancer will not be able to pinpoint one specific cause.

    Breast cancer charities work throughout October to increase awareness of the illness. Not only do they work hard year after year in search of a cure, but especially in October. Cancer charities take the month of October to really capture the attention of many people who may be unaware of the issue.

    Where did Breast Cancer Awareness Month Start?

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month was born in 1985. Thanks to The American of Family Physicians, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, Cancer Care Inc, and a few other sponsors. These sponsors were the first group to promote Breast Cancer.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month has received notoriety from corporations branding and promoting the issue. One popular corporation is the NFL. Players chose to exchange the color of their usual uniforms to pink, as it represents breast cancer. The NFL decided to partner with the American Cancer Society in 2009, and since then the reputation of breast cancer has increased.

     

    Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWhat is the Cause of Breast Cancer?

    According to the National Breast Cancer organization, “women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer.” They are basically exuding that some women have an increased risk of getting it based on family heritage, which cannot be avoided.

    However, avoiding alcohol, smoking, and poor eating habits could dramatically increase the odds of getting breast cancer. These are all choices of your control.

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  • Thermal Receipts Could be Hazardous to Your Health
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    Have you noticed some stores ask if you want your receipt by email? Whenever you’re out shopping and running errands; keep in mind that accepting thermal receipts could be hazardous to your health. Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS) are both linked to thermal receipts.

     

    thermal-receiptsWhat is Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS)?

    Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS), endocrine disruptors that can get absorbed into our bodies when we touch them on the paper. BPA and BPS have been linked to numerous health risks such as completely altering the male and female reproductive systems, heightening occurrences of breast cancer and abnormal delays in children, according to the World Health Organization. BPA is usually found in products like water and juice bottles, food containers, CDs, DVDs, eyeglass lenses, and many more.

     

    Thermal Receipts Health Threat

    A big threat to our health and our environment are thermal receipts we all use as a society, on the daily basis. Whether you are out buying clothes or just getting gas from your local gas station, avoiding hand contact with these hazardous receipts is close to impossible. These thermal receipts are not printed in ink but rather coated with chemicals that react to heat and color change to create the appearance of printed type. According to Mind the Store campaign director Mike Schade, “These chemicals can leach from the receipt, get onto our hand and make their way into our bloodstream,” Shade says, “Exposure to bisphenol chemicals has been linked to cancer, fertility issues and more.” After doing a ton of research on these receipts, I personally recommend anyone who uses these receipts on a daily basis; like cashiers, to use gloves while handling this toxic material. Also, recommend employees to wash their hands before eating as it is easy for those chemicals to get into one’s system and or bloodstream. With that being said, it seems as though avoiding these receipts are impossible, as stated above. However, there are ways to steer clear of them.

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  • Natural Sunburn Remedies
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    Summer is finally here and that means sunburn season is here too! Despite your best intentions, you may end up with a sunburn for the better part of a week. First, there is the pain, then the itch, and finally the peeling. You can shorten your discomfort by using natural sunburn remedies that reduce pain and speeds skin healing.

    sunburnVinegar – Mix one cup of white or apple cider vinegar into a bathtub of cool water. The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a topical pain reliever equivalent to an over-the-counter pain medication. Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t use soap. It will dry and irritate your skin. After soaking, rinse with cool water.

    Aloe Vera – Fill an ice cube tray with Aloe Vera gel and let it freeze. Soak a cloth in cold water and then wrap the ice cubes in the cloth. Apply the cloth over the sunburn for several minutes and repeat a few times. The coolness will reduce inflammation and Aloe Vera promotes healing.

    Tea Bags – Apply tea bags soaked in ice-cold water to your eyelids. The tannic acid in the tea eases the pain and decreases the swelling. And tea is gentle on eyes.

    Vitamin D – Vitamin D eases the pain, reduces inflammation and redness, and speeds skin repair. Taking a single high dose of vitamin D within an hour of being sunburned provides fast relief. Researchers found that vitamin D increased the levels of anti-inflammatory enzymes that trigger skin repair.

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  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and What that Means for You
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    Colorectal CancerThis is what we know and Colorectal cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

    Sometimes, there are no symptoms of Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it.

    If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.

    If you have symptoms, they may include:

    • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
    • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
    • Losing weight and you don’t know why.
    • These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
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