DIY Microdermabrasion

Skin care: my favorite topic next to hormones. Everyone wants beautiful, radiant skin and a lot of you turn to microdermabrasion treatments. What it does is exfoliate and removes the outer layer of your skin, bringing us back to the baby skin underneath. I like it and I do it weekly, but I do it at home! The spa is nice, but it gets expensive…treatments can be anywhere between $85 to $400! 

I went around and did a little bit of shopping and research. Going to the spa is like going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. You can’t just have your teeth cleaned and not come home and brush your teeth. You have to maintain. Same with microdermabrasion. I found that after my first treatment, they wanted me to sign up for three more treatments to get the optimum effect. That would’ve been $400 total!

No, no, no! Ladies, we can do this at home! Get a product that comes in a jar called microdermabrasion creme. It exfoliates deeply and smooths the fine lines and wrinkles. It greatly approves the appearance and texture of your skin. The creme compliments in-office microderm if you’re already doing that, but you can use this as a stand-alone. If you’re using bleaching treatments to treat sunspots or age spots, microderm is your new best friend! Also, for acne, you’ll be surprised at how your acne will be under control.

Now, what is the cost of doing it at home? I’ve done a lot of research and picked out my two favorite cremes. The first is Physician’s Complex which is $57, and the second is Derma-E which is $32.50. You can pick the cheaper one or you can buy the expensive one in the beginning and get the cheaper one to maintain. 

More information about these products can be found at www.bhnformulas.com. Please call me if you have any questions. The number can be found on the website. Also, I’m always trying to help you all out with the prices so if you mention that you read this blog post when you call in to order, you can receive a 10% discount!

Start now if you really want your skin to look fresh. This is my little secret to still having great skin!

Understanding Your Thyroid

Can I use bioidentical progesterone with my thyroid medication or should I use it? Yes, yes, yes!

Progesterone supports healthy thyroid function. Problems occur when your thyroid is not producing enough of its important hormones. The natural balance of ALL the hormones in the body is upset when the thyroid is not doing its proper job. The thyroid and the reproductive hormones are very closely related. That’s why when hormones go low at menopause, hypothyroid also occurs. ‘Hypo’ means LOW thyroid function.

The symptoms of low thyroid function include fatigue, low concentration, weight gain, hair loss, low libido, always feeling cold and brittle nails. The factors that can put you at risk are excessive stress, environmental toxins, use of birth control pills and Intrauterine (UT) devices. It also occurs during menopause or peri-menopause when the hormones are fluctuating. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy can also lower thyroid function.

How can you best support your thyroid? Well, first let’s understand what can happen. Excess estrogens come in and block normal thyroid function. Your thyroid gets confused. There’s too much of one hormone, normal estrogen, and it pushes the thyroid hormone down. Progesterone can combat this. Progesterone balances the estrogen level to keep the thyroid working at its optimum level.

Your next question is: What if I’m on thyroid medication, like Levothyroxine? Levothyroxin is a synthetic. The bioidenticals are Armour Thyroid, Nature-Throid and Westhroid. Once you go on a synthetic thyroid medication, the thyroid reduces its production of hormone. When women use progesterone, they often find that they do not need the same levels of medication because progesterone optimizes the thyroid hormone production.

I also advise you to use a multivitamin mineral complex that has selenium, iodine, and zinc for maximum support. These are the supplemental minerals that support the thyroid. I really like one called ThyroCare. ThyroCare is designed to provide adjunctive herbal and nutritional support for the thyroid gland. It contains a balanced blend of nutrients and herbs to support the healthy function of the thyroid gland while maintaining healthy body temperature. It can also be used with thyroid medications.

For those of you who want more information, I recently attended a lecture by Dr. David Brownstein and I’ve compiled an 8 page handout for you explaining how the thyroid functions and what the various medications do. If you are interested in receiving this, please email your information to info@bhnformulas.com.

Wishing you Better Health Naturally!

Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

"Help! I’m burning up!"

"I feel like someone is pouring hot water over me!"

85% of women have hot flashes during peri-menopause and menopause. They can best be described as a wave of heat passing through the body causing much discomfort and ‘flushing’ of the face, neck and chest. One woman succinctly described it as “a feeling like a blow torch being held to my face. Another called them “my own private summers” as she tried to put a positive spin on the experience.

What do they feel like?

You do not have to wonder whether or not you have had a hot flash - when you have one, you’ll know what it is! First you might get a feeling that something unusual is happening to your body. That is because your internal temperature is dropping abruptly. In response to this, your skin begins to sweat to give off heat and you will experience a tremendous flash of heat which usually starts at the top of the head and extends throughout the body. You will feel like you are “on fire” and you may have one flash after another.

What are night sweats?

When you have hot flashes at night, they are called “night sweats”. They will wake you up abruptly and you may bolt upright in bed, hot and sweaty and, “on fire.” Then you may get so chilled that you will feel like you need a down comforter to get warm. In the meantime, your bed clothes and sheets and hair may be soaked with perspiration. Some flashes last 15-30 seconds and others can last about 5 minutes.

What causes hot flashes & night sweats?

As hormone levels drop significantly at menopause our thermostat (the hypothalamus) begins firing repeatedly, trying to tell the pituitary to tell the ovaries to ovulate. The ovaries cannot respond because its supply of eggs is depleted. The inability of the ovaries to respond is due to a final depletion of eggs and their surrounding follicle cells. This over activity of the hypothalamus and pituitary signal begins to affect the vasomotor area of the brain which controls capillary dilation and sweating mechanisms. You now experience a hot flash. They may also be due to low serotonin levels as women age.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Use a natural progesterone crème (ProHELP or Menopause Moisture Crème). This is an enormous help.
A study found that 83% of women had a decrease in frequency and/or severity of their hot flashes while using natural progesterone. This was printed in Dr. Christiane Northrup’s book The Wisdom of Menopause. Other studies have indicated that progesterone can eliminate up to 75% of all hot flashes in many women.

How to Use?

Menopausal women: ¼ tsp twice daily for 25 days of the month.
Menstruating women: 1/4 tsp. Day 12-26 of menstrual cycle
Women with severe hot flashes have increased their dose as needed and then down-regulated it after they became more comfortable.
If you have access to your crème during a flash, you can rub some crème on every 15 minutes until the flashing subsides. Because the palms of the hands are a good absorption spot, you can rub the crème there; acting like it is a hand crème if you are in a workplace or other venue where you do not wish to advertise the fact that you are having hot flashes. If you are already using a progesterone crème, for extra help I really like a product called Flash Pause. It contains USP micronized progesterone, Vitamin B-12, Black Cohash, Dong Quai, Siberian Ginseng, Acai, and Maca. Maca has been shown to be beneficial for hormonal problems including PMS and hot flashes.

Another Great Supplement

Garden Rhubarb extract has been used in Europe for menopausal complaints since 1993. This phytoestrogenic extract has been shown to offer fast and effective hot flash relief and is perhaps the only natural approach shown to provide consistent and significant symptom reduction comparable to conventional Hormone Therapy. A good one is called Estrovera by Metagenics.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE HOT FLASHES?

Typically, hot flashes cover about a 2 year span, but for a small percentage of women, they come and go over a 5-10 year period. For other women, they last only about 2 months and some women say they have never had a hot flash. Thinner women seem to have more hot flashes since fat cells convert hormones secreted by the adrenals into estrogen.

Remember: You will get through this!  Hot flashes are not life-threatening. No one has ever died from a hot flash, but synthetic hormones have caused deaths by heart attack, stroke, breast cancer and blood clots. HRT works because of the high estrogen levels they produce, but this is what causes the harmful side effects.

See the compilation of tips for other ways to deal with hot flashes and night sweats; these tips come from hormone experts and your fellow “flashers.”

Caution: Did you know that many mainstream medical doctors are now prescribing antidepressants to control hot flashes? This can be dangerous in terms of addiction, but in light of the concerns about synthetic hormones, the doctors have turned to alternative drugs. Don’t fall for it! These are natural preventions.

NATURAL WAYS TO CONTROL HOT FLASHES 

1. Use progesterone crème. Use ¼ teaspoon twice daily. For severe episodes, you may increase your dosage to ½ teaspoon twice daily.

2. When actually having a hot flash, apply 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of crème every 15 minutes for 1 hour during and following the episode. If you use progesterone directly following the first flash, you may prevent a wave of flashing.

3. Take Vitamin E. Vitamin E has a long history of reported benefit in women experiencing hot flashes. The dose that has the most effect for women is 800 IU per day, tapering to 400 IU when flashes subside. I find that about 60% of women find Vitamin E very helpful. It may take about 2 weeks to notice improvement.

4. Evening Primrose Oil or Borage Oil. Look for an oil that contains Gamma-linolenic Acid from Borage Oil in the amount of 240 mg.

5. Black Cohash: This herb has been heralded as being effective for hot flashes and I personally believe that it works as so many women have used it successfully. Take a break from it about every 6 weeks.

6. Decrease your consumption of caffeine, spicy foods, hot drinks, alcohol, sugar, and large meals during periods of increased hot flashes. Spicy foods ALWAYS set me off because I love hot foods, I would “grin and bear it”.

7. Keep a thermos of ice water on your night stand or in your refrigerator and sip it during hot flashes.

8. Sage Tea: Sage has been found to have anti-hidrotic properties, meaning that it can stop sweating. It has a long history of being used for hot flashes and night sweats and also is found to calm the nerves. Drink several cups daily. Use 1 tablespoon of sage for 1 cup of water. Infuse for 20 minutes.

9. Wear cotton night clothes and use cotton sheets. No BLENDS - Your night sweats will increase.

10. Keep your room temperature at home at 65 degrees, especially at night.

11. Use deep breathing techniques-slow abdominal breathing, 6-8 breaths per minute. Do this when you feel a flash coming on and also 15 minutes twice daily. Hard to do in the middle of a flash, but it works.

12. Do some light exercises, as exercise has been shown to increase the amount of estrogen circulating in the blood. It also raises endorphin levels which drop during a hot flash. As little as 20 minutes 3 times per week can lower the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

13. Ladies have told me that sucking on a piece of hard candy during a hot flash can either make it less intense or head it off entirely. Worth a try!

14. Pycnogenol (French pine bark extract) has been helpful for some women. It can be found online or in health-food stores. Use 50mg in morning & 50mg at night.

15. The more vegetables you eat the less hot flashes you will have.

Anxiety

Anxiety. You’ve all felt it, I’m sure. The symptoms are feeling shaky, suddenly sweaty, feeling tense, insomnia, feelings of dread or fear, restlessness, choking, twitchy, pulling on your hair or eyelashes…and those are just to name a few. Furthermore, you feel like there is no reason for it. You go see a doctor and they prescribe you Ativan or Xanax. You feel calmer, but you’re slurring your words or you feel like a zombie. Now, you want to know if there is anything natural you can do for your anxiety. Well the good news is there is!

First, let’s talk about anxiety. There is a reason we can point to. It can be either hormonal or involve your neurotransmitters. Those are the two types of anxiety and they are interrelated.

The first reason, hormonal, is something I can speak of out of experience. I had postpartum anxiety and why did I have that? Because my progesterone was so low that my GABA receptor sites were thrown off. And what is GABA? It is Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid and it suppresses the the excitatory responses of the brain. When you use natural progesterone, it activates the GABA sites and works to make you feel calmer within 7 to 10 minutes. I have to travel a lot and I don’t like to fly. If I grab my progesterone and slather it on, I feel so calm in 7 to 10 minutes that I feel like I can fly the plane!

Now, what’s the other type? It’s the one the doctors call “It’s All in Your Head” Well guess what? They’re right. it is all in your head…it’s based on neurotransmitter imbalances. We are not deficient in Ativan or Xanax, we are deficient in the GABA we’ve just talked about. If you have high adrenaline, high norepinephrine, and low GABA, you’re going to feel very anxious. Think of all the impulses and signals that come into your brain each day, telling you what to do. Impulses that tell you to walk, smile, laugh, breathe, etc. Those impulses are supposed to come in smoothly in a nice flow when your brain is balanced. When your brain is not balanced, the signals come in herky-jerky. If you balance your neurotransmitters, you go back to feeling normal and non-anxious.

Moving on to the natural solutions. Well, I’ve talked about progesterone creme. You can also buy GABA over the counter, you do not need a prescription. You take about 500mg twice a day. There’s also another substance called L-Theanine, which is a substance found in green tea. It will calm you in about 30 to 35 minutes. If you’re looking for one, I highly recommend Calm-Pro. I’ve handed this one out like candy and people love it. There’s also another one called Zen Mind, which is a wonderful GABA supplement. This one you can chew and has a Casein component. Casein is what is found in milk so if you’re lactose intolerant, you can’t use this one. They’re little chocolate chews that work quickly and efficiently. There’s also one called Nusera that I like.

If you have have severe anxiety, please go see a health practitioner and let them help you. But if it’s mild to moderate anxiety, you can use these natural methods.

A summary of the products I just mentioned:

  • GABA: Zen Mind
  • L-Theonine: Calm-Pro
  • Faster Help: Nusera

More information about these products can be found on my website. If you need more information or want to chat, write to me at info@bhnformulas.com

Wishing you Better Health Naturally,

Acne Be Gone!

Acne is a tough problem that plagues the best of people. But don’t be disheartened! Everybody deserves beautiful, healthy skin and I’m going to tell you how to get your skin acne free.

If it’s not hormonal, what usually causes acne? It’s bacteria! It’s not because you have oily skin or ate the wrong things. Sebum, the oil in your skin, usually drains to the surface. If it gets blocked, bacteria grows and causes white heads and black heads. Whiteheads are lesions below the skin that have not yet erupted. Blackheadsoccur when the pore has opened and the sebum oxidizes, turning brown or black. It is more difficult to get rid of blackheads because the sebum drains slowly to the surface and can remain there for a long time.

So what can you do? I believe that the secret to an acne-free complexion is Benzoyl Peroxide. BP opens impactions, penetrates the pores, and kills bacteria. With the proper maintenance, it won’t come back strong.

Dr. James Fulton has an excellent line of products for acne that can change your life! The first is called the BP Wash. If you have mild acne, wash your face everyday with it. If you have problem spots, use his BP Gel. To use, apply the gel all over your face if you have oily skin. If you have dry to normal skin, apply only on the spots. Dr. Fulton also has a line of over-the-counter Vitamin A products that work on the dermis and epidermis. They speed up the process of cell turnover, (which is usually 30 to 40 days), to 15 to 20 days. The new cells won’t produce acne! So if you are worried about acne eruptions, use the Benzoyl Peroxide products. If you are interested in long term prevention, use the Vitamin A products.

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On top of that, please remember to exfoliate with glycolic acid every week! Exfoliating really helps your skin. I have been acne-free for 20 years and I am surrounded by acne-free people thanks to this regimen.

Here’s a great testimonial: 

"I cannot put into words, the miracle your products are for my face. Since I was 16 I couldn’t go out without make up and when I was wearing make up, my face still looked bad. I don’t want to remember those days. I had no self confidence and bad skin. I was not happy. I didn’t want to go out or talk to people. I tried everything in the world. I used all my money in savings for my face, but now I am here with beautiful skin. It’s clean & shiny and every morning when I go to wash my face I cry and I pray for you. I thank God for this miracle. Thanks Barbara for giving me a new life." N.S., California

All of these products mentioned can be found on my website or call me at (877) 539-6200 if you want more information.

What You Need To Know About Hysterectomies

Hysterectomy is a topic of concern for many women. One of the big questions is do I need hormones if the doctor left my ovaries or one ovary?

First of all, there are two types of hysterectomies: Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH), where only your uterus is removed, and Total Abdominal Hysterectomy - Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy (TAH-BSO), where your ovaries are also removed. You want to know if you need natural hormones if you still have your ovaries. My answer is YES!

Hysterectomy is also called surgical menopause. Most of us go through menopause and peri-menopause over a period of time and the transition is gradual. For those who have had a hysterectomy, you are going through menopause overnight. You don’t get to ease into it. In a hysterectomy, a branch of the uterine artery is cut and tied off. Even if your ovaries are left, a blood supply is cut off and that yields a loss of ovarian function. Within two to five years, studies show that ovaries atrophy and eventually stop their hormone production. This usually results in the development of the 35 symptoms of menopause.

If you have already had a hysterectomy and regret it, don’t go there. We don’t look back, we only look forward! Do not worry, there are answers. Studies suggest that the use of hormones, specifically, natural progesterone, reduces symptoms. Women who use bio-identical hormones tell me they feel better, more balanced, and more energetic. We can feel that way too! You don’t want to go into what I call “MEAN-pause”.

Now, what can you do and how can you talk to your doctor? Tell your doctor you want NATURAL bio-identical hormones, not synthetics. If you cannot find a doctor that will give you bio-identical hormones, you can help yourself and use over-the-counter products. My favorites are Menopause Creme and ProHelp Creme. The ProHelp is your natural progesterone alone and the Menopause Creme is progesterone with phyto-estrogen. You can find both of these on my website. There is help for you. Don’t suffer for years! Plan ahead if you are contemplating a hysterectomy. However, take note that it is estimated that about 85% of all hysterectomies are unnecessary. ALWAYS get a second independent opinion…preferably from a naturopathic or integrative medicine physician who is less likely to believe “heal with steel” or “when in doubt, cut it out.” Knowledge is power!

Wishing you Better Health, Naturally

Barbara Hoffman

Hair Loss

Naturally, we are so attached to our hair. We’ve had it since we were babies! I want you to know that if you are experiencing hair loss, you are not alone. Two thirds of all women over the age of 45 experience hair loss. Why? Most of it is hormonal. When estrogen and progesterone levels get low, we start losing hair.

How can you tell if it is indeed hormonal? Hair loss due to hormonal imbalance tends to start at the crown and is diffuse instead of bald patches. If this is you, I have good news! It can be corrected. When progesterone and estrogen levels fall, your androgens (male hormones) dominate. Testosterone is one of these androgens that becomes dominant. It combines with an enzyme and forms DHT, dihydrotestosterone, which causes your follicles to go in to a resting phase. The hair coming out of the follicle becomes thinner and thinner with each cycle. Finally, the follicle closes up and produces no new hairs.

Hair loss also occurs as a result of stress. If you experience frequent or chronic stress, your adrenal glands will stop producing their hormones and you get adrenal-stress-related hair loss. Hair loss of this type is usually on your head only and is a result of low estrogen and progesterone and high levels of adrenal stress.

Your hair loss could also be related to thyroid problems. If you experience hair loss all over your body, including your armpits and pubic area, then it’s your thyroid.

The goods news is that hair loss is not just genetic. As I said, it is commonly a result of hormone imbalance. Many women experience hair loss during pregnancy, post-birth, menopause, and peri-menopause when hormones levels are fluctuating. Hair loss can also be caused by adrenal dysfunction, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, low protein, low essential fatty acids (70% of us do not have sufficient essential fatty acids in our blood streams), and the use of anti-cholestrol drugs (statins), antidepressants, and birth control. Anorexia and bulimia also cause hair loss.

What can be done? You’ve all heard of Rogaine, which contains Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a SYNTHETIC drug that works by re-stimulating your follicles. If you are looking for natural treatments, here they are:

1. Progesterone

2. Bio-identical Estrogen
If you’re experiencing hair growth on your face, you might need some bio-identical estrogen. Make sure it is bio-identical! Do not get the synthetic estrogen.

3. Cortisol or Adrenal Vitamins
If you experience adrenal stress, then these are for you!

4. Vitamin B-12
Rodex Forte is found to reverse the graying of hair.

5. Fish Oils

6. Vitamin E

7. L-Tyrosine
L-Tyrosine nourishes the thyroid gland. Don’t wait for a thyroid crisis to take care of this important gland.

Finally, I would like to leave on the note that hair is adaptive. Those follicles can be restored. Your instinct is to be gentle with your hair when you wash it, but you want to stimulate those follicles. Give yourself a nice head massage or buy a stimulating shampoo. A good one that I like is called Chinese Herb Regenerating Scalp Serum that contains apple stem cells.

Thin hair runs in my family, but I did something about it! I don’t think there’s a single follicle on my head that has not been stimulated. That can be you too! Take care of the hair that God gave you. Write or call if you need more help! 877-880-0170

Love,
Barbara

The Botox Alternative

Looking for an alternative to Botox, peels, laser, or abrasions? Well, I’ve got one for you! It is called Relastyl. Relastyl was formulated by the same family that invented the Tylenol gel cap. They are a family of  learned researchers who seek to give consumers alternatives to expensive drugs and treatments… something over the counter that really works.

Relastyl is a non-invasive topical alternative therapy that works by stimulating collagen and elastin. It helps hydrate, firm, repair, soften, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and expression lines by about 68% in three to eight months! In addition, Relastyl works to thicken thin, aging skin, renew elasticity, lighten age spots, and reduce the appearance of stretch makes and cellulite! How great is that! The effects are cumulative so continued usage will make your skin look better and better after 2, 4, and 6 months.

Now,  how and when do you use it? Relastyl can be applied under makeup and is actually a very good makeup base due to its non-greasy formula. The botanical ingredients, which include evening primrose oil, squalane, shea butter, witch hazel extract, and cucumber fruit extract, give your skin a renewed, youthful glow. It is good for any skin type! You can apply the cream anywhere that your skin needs rejuvenation - face, under eyes, lips, crow’s feet, stretch marks, chest, neck, hands, thighs, etc. It is also safe to use during pregnancy! To apply, cleanse your skin thoroughly and pat it dry. Rub and massage it in to get the benefits. The cream is designed for nighttime use but I believe that more is more! I use it twice a day.

Botox is expensive and costs about $800 for just two syringes. Relastyl is a fraction of the cost and has just the same benefits of Botox! I want you to have healthy, radiant skin naturally! Let Relastyl be your own private “time machine”!

This magical cream can be found and purchased at my website. Find me on Facebook to have your questions answered or call me at (877) 539-6200. Have a great day, everybody!

Love, B

Peri-Menopause & Menopause, Which One Are You?

What is the difference between permenopaus and menopause? Which one are you?

Peri-menopause:

Peri-menopause can start as early as the mid 30’s. Unfortunately, peri-menopause is beginning earlier and earlier due to all of the stress we undergo and the environmental toxins. Our menstrual cycles get interrupted and we do not manufacture the wonderful progesterone we need to stay balanced.  Progesterone is made only when we ovulate. 

Well, what exactly causes the symptoms of peri-menopause? The ability of our follicles to make a mature egg, which usually causes the production of progesterone, sputter and you become anovulatory. Being anovulatory means that you are not releasing an egg each month. If you don’t release an egg, you are not producing progesterone but you are still producing estrogen in your fat cells. This is described as estrogen dominance, which will cause you to become symptomatic.

There are 35 symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Acne
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Depression
  • Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hair loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Headache, including migraines
  • Heavy periods
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Infertility
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Urinary frequency
  • Dry eyes
  • Bloating / Fluid retention
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Inability to concentrate

For more information on these symptoms, I invite you to watch my video on Youtube.

Because estrogen dominance can start as early as age 30, you can experience 20+ years of these symptoms! Often times, your doctor will check your estrogen levels, but not your progesterone levels. This is a bad thing! While you are in peri-menopause, your estrogen levels are fluctuating. If your estrogen levels are up, your doctor will say that you are normal in estrogen and give you sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills, or anti-depressants for your symptoms instead of some wonderful bio-identical progesterone. If you are low in estrogen on that particular day, your doctor will probably prescribe you estrogen supplements, which will make you feel worse as it will contribute to your estrogen dominance. It can cause endometriosis, fibroids, fibroid cystic breast syndrome, and ovarian cysts. Twenty years of that is a long time…but the good news is, you don’t have to experience those symptoms! There is help!

Now what about Menopause?

Have you gone one year without a menstrual cycle? One solid year? If you have, then it’s official…you are in menopause.  Which means cessation of menstruation. Although I have heard it called Men On Pause and Mean Pause.   Not what I want for you!  We were not meant to become cranky as we age, but rather meant to become wise and wonderful!

Now that you know the difference, you can begin to help yourself. Get a bio-identical progesterone cream. Bio-identical progesterone brings in the progesterone that you don’t have in your anovulatory cycles or after menopause. You don’t need a doctor to get progesterone creams. They can be obtained over-the-counter!

You were not designed to suffer..our good God did not intend for you to suffer every month! There is hope for your hormones! Visit my webpage for more information and find me on Facebook for questions, giveaways, and free samples. I want you to have Better Health Naturally!

Love, B

Coffee Is Good For You!

Are you a lover of that “cup o’ joe”? Well, good for you! You are doing your body good!

Last year, researchers at Harvard University and the University of Madrid assessed data on more than 100,000 people over 20 years and concluded that the more coffee they drank, the less likely they were to die during that period from any cause at all. Can you believe it? It’s true. Coffee can affect the development of prostate and various cancers, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. It can also lower the risk of acquiring cavities, gallstones, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Prostate Cancer

The prostate cancer study compared the coffee-drinking habits of 50,000 men with their incidence of prostate cancer over 20 years, and also took into account family histories of prostate cancer and how frequently they had screenings. The more cups of coffee the men drank, the less likely they were to be in the most lethal group. Men who drink coffee have a 60% reduced risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.

Diabetes

At least 18 studies have found that drinking three or more cups of coffee a day is linked with a lower risk of developing the disease. Coffee contains traces of hundreds of substances, including potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E as well as chlorogenic acids, caffeol and diterpenes that have antioxidant properties. These may protect against cell damage and inflammation that can be precursors to cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Parkinson’s, Cirrhosis, Dementia, Cancer

Studies have shown that people who drink coffee regularly are 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and liver cirrhosis. Two more studies from 2009 have also suggested that drinking coffee lowers the risk of developing Dementia. Many studies have also highlighted coffee’s key role in reducing risk for multiple types of cancer. People who drink coffee are up to 50% less likely to develop liver cancer. Research has also suggested that they are 25% less likely to develop colon cancer.

Breast Cancer

In the Nurse’s Health Study, a reduction in breast cancer was noted in post-menopausal coffee drinkers.

Alzheimer’s

Researchers believe moderate daily consumption of caffeinated coffee is the best current option for long-term protection against Alzheimer’s memory loss. Coffee is inexpensive, readily available, easily gets into the brain, appears to directly attack the disease process, and has few side effects for most people.

A new study shows that it may not be just the caffeine, but a combination of caffeine and coffee’s compounds that together cause an increase in blood levels of a growth factor called GCSF (granulocyte colony stimulating factor). Patient’s with Alzheimer’s disease have low levels of GCSF.

Cognitive Functioning

Coffee can help you increase short term recall. Also, in tests of simple reaction time, choice reaction time, incidental verbal memory, and visuospatial reasoning, participants who regularly drank coffee were found to perform better on all tests, with a positive relationship between test scores and the amount of coffee they drank regularly. Elderly participants were found to have he largest effect associated with regular coffee drinking. Another study found that women over the age of 80 performed significantly better on cognitive tests if they had regularly drunk coffee over their lifetime. Wow! I want that to be me!

Five Reasons Not to Not Quit Coffee

1. It protects your heart: Moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups a day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. Immediately after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it can actually lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric oxide, widening blood vessels.

2. It prevents diabetes: Coffee’s antioxidants boosts your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar.

3. Your liver loves it: It appears that the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2 cup increase in daily coffee intake reduced liver cancer risk by 43%.

4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive functioning to work better. 

5. It helps headaches: Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine - about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee - provides relief from headaches, including migraines. 

So my friends…recent studies have shown that coffee can be very beneficial to our well-being! Now, you can sit back with a freshly brewed cup and be comforted by the fact that you no longer have to feel guilty about it! I know I certainly won’t!

Blessings,
Barbara