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Beat the Summer Heat with this Survival Kit

Mele in the Grass © lynette sheppard

Mele in the Grass © lynette sheppard

The dog days of August are upon us, which is a double whammy for an already thermically challenged Menopause Goddess. Time to head for water – a pool, riverbank, or beach. Or even your back yard. And to help you cope with the summer heat wave, we are offering a giveaway to one lucky goddess.

Estroven, a well-known company in helping women manage hot flashes and more through the menopause transition, has sent us their “Beat the Heat” survival kit, designed to keep you cool while you enjoy summertime. It includes a beach towel, a water bottle (got to stay hydrated), sunscreen, (wrinkle prevention), a two month supply of Estroven weight management (which also helps with hot flashes – sort of a 2 for 1 supplement, woo hoo), an ice sphere which is a cute little plastic thingy that you can freeze water and fruit in and add to any beverage for extra cooling and flavor, and a booklet of nutrition tips from Estroven’s expert, LeAnne Skinner.

And of course, you’ll need reading material, so I will throw in an autographed copy of “The Big M”, the chronicle of our Menopause Goddess group adventures, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. (And there are lots of helpful tips for surviving, even thriving during menopause and beyond.)

OK, so the contest. All you have to do is “like” Estroven (click here) and Menopause Goddess Blog (click here) on Facebook. Once you have “liked” both pages, send your mailing address and email to me at lynette@9points.com. We will draw a lucky winner from the contestants in one week – on Monday, August 11. (BTW, I only need your address, etc. to facilitate getting you your prize, should you win. I won’t use it for any other purpose.)

Oh, and if you have already “liked” Menopause Goddess Blog FB page in the past? Then just “like” Lusome’s FB page and send me your info. You don’t get left out just because you are an early adopter or loyal follower.

Note: The Estroven supplement contains soy isoflavones and black cohosh. If you are allergic to soy (like me, sigh), then you may not take the supplement. OK, stay cool and start liking!

PS. Congratulations to Peg Daley, who won the Lusome sleepwear giveaway!

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Older Ladies Rock!

Donnalou Stevens

Donnalou Stevens

Donnalou Stevens is a true Menopause Goddess. Her hilarious midlife song Older Ladies has gone viral. Watch it and you’ll see why. This may just be our new anthem as we journey our Second Adulthood. Enjoy. And you can find more on her website at donnaloustevens.com

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Menopause Supplements and Licorice

Candy Dish © lynette sheppard

Candy Dish © lynette sheppard

This informative guest post comes to us from our friends at menopausesupplement.com. Licorice may just relieve our hot flashes – just think, we might be cool without hormones or the latest trend of prescribing antidepressant drugs. (Talk about using an elephant gun to kill a fly – antidepressants purely for hot flashes? Really?) Read on for enlightening info including how licorice has effects similar to SSRI antidepressant drugs – without the big dog side effects.

Menopause Supplements and Licorice

When faced with menopause symptoms, many women turn to menopause supplements because of the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy. The most common herbal remedy for menopause is black cohosh. While some women have experienced success with black cohosh, many have been left disappointed and forced to take more drastic action for their menopause symptoms. What many women do not know is that licorice is a viable alternative and research is continually showing what a great menopause supplement it can be.

A recent study conducted with 90 women showed that licorice root is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes. In fact, licorice showed approximately a 90% reduction of severe hot flashes while the placebo only showed less than a 10% difference. After 8 weeks the test group stopped taking licorice which resulted in hot flashes going back to their original levels, confirming that licorice is effective.

No one knows for sure why licorice is effective for hot flashes but it may be a combination of two interesting properties of licorice. First of all, licorice has similar properties to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).  A SSRI influences a neurotransmitter called serotonin which is thought to have a role in affecting body heat and thereby reducing hot flashes. Additionally SSRIs are generally used for their role in elevating mood and may be beneficial for women going through mild or moderate menopause mood symptoms*.

Another reason licorice may be so good at alleviating menopause symptoms is that it is a phytoestrogen which means that it mimics the effects of estrogen in the body.  Menopause symptoms are closely connected to diminishing estradiol (a type of estrogen). It was previously known that that glabridin, a molecule in licorice, functions like estradiol.  In one of the pioneering studies on glabridin, glabridin was proven to be a phytoestrogen that actually binds to estrogen receptors in the body. According to the study, “The stimulatory effects of 2.5–25 μg/animal glabridin were similar to those of 5 mg/animal estradiol.” So it makes sense that a natural substance that shares the same structure as estradiol, and is confirmed to operate similar to estradiol in the body, will have beneficial effects with respect to relieving menopause symptoms.

Overall, licorice-based supplements have been clinically studied and found to greatly reduce common menopause symptoms by naturally replace the bodily substances that are diminished during menopause.

While it may be tempting to attack the candy aisle at the grocery store, you should know that licorice candy is not really licorice and furthermore taking licorice for an extended period of time can be bad for your health. There is a menopause supplement based on a licorice extract called MenoSupp that is specially formulated for safe daily consumption. You can learn more about licorice and MenoSupp at: www.menopausesupplement.com.

1. Lida Menatia, Khosheh Khaleghinezhadb, Mitra Tadayonic & Amir Siahpooshd. (2013). “Evaluation of Contextual and Demographic Factors on Licorice Effecting on Reducing Hot Flashes in Postmenopause women.” Health Care for Women International, 00:1-13 (2013).

2.  Ofir R., Tamir S., Khatib S., Vaya J., Inhibition of Serotonin Re-uptake by Licorice Constituents. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 2003 Apr 20 .(2):135-140

3. Snait Tamir, Mark Eizenberg, Dalia Somjen, Sarit Izrael, Jacob Vaya. “Estrogen-like activity of glabrene and other constituents isolated from licorice root.” Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 78 (2001) 291-298.

 

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Top Home Remedies To Cure Bacterial Vaginosis

Abstraction V © lynette sheppard

Abstraction V © lynette sheppard

Vaginitis, vaginal atrophy, vaginosis. These can afflict us during and after Menopause. Guest blogger Joydeep Majumder shares some simple, effective home remedies for vaginosis. Remember these conditions can mimic one another and/or occur together. For this reason, it is helpful to consult a health care professional to determine the state of your vaginal health.

Top Home Remedies To Cure Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis causes strong itchiness, swelling, and bleeding in the vagina. It starts inflammation when bacteria count increases in the vagina. There are a number of home remedies for treating this condition.

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis

  • Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a very effective remedy for vaginosis. A cup of apple cider vinegar in the bathtub to soak the vagina will help to kill the bacteria and toxins.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil contains strong antifungal property, which helps in killing harmful fungi. Rinse your vagina in 2-3 tbsp tea tree oil in water. It also removes unpleasant vaginal odor.
  • Garlic: Garlic also possesses strong antifungal and antibacterial agents that kill bacteria. A few slices of fresh garlic ground in paste needs to be applied to your vagina. Rinse it off with water later.
  • Fenugreek: Soak fenugreek in a glass of water in the night and then drink the water in the morning. Drink the water on an empty stomach. This solution balances the hormones efficiently and regulates menstrual cycles.
  • Tea bag: A wet tea bag reduces itchiness in the vagina. Freeze it for several minutes and then put into the vagina for 10 minutes.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt helps to balance normal vaginal pH level. Soak a tampon in the solution, which includes yogurt and water. Pass the tampon through the vagina for 3-5 minutes and rinse it later. Because of the presence of lactobacillus acidophilus, yogurt helps in proper restoration of equilibrium in a woman’s vagina.
  • Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C that fights against vaginal infection and fights against vaginal odor.
  • Diet concerns: Avoid high fat foods including butter, milk, chocolate and the like.
  • Vitamin E content: Get enough Vitamin E through fruits like avocado, broccoli, kiwi, and other fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid certain products: Avoid fermented items, chocolate, soy sauce, vinegar, cheese and the like.
  • Douche: Douche, specifically boric acid type of douche helps in the acidification of overall pH of the vagina. Those sensitive to Boric Acid should refrain from using it. Potassium iodide-rich douches are effective in terms of lowering the overall pH or you can use vinegar with less concentration. Some experts believe that one should refrain from douching, but do consult someone before doing this practice.
  • Warm water bath acts as a powerful home remedy for the disease. It helps soothe the vaginal tissues.The warm temperature of the water also helps in eradicating weak organisms present in the vagina. It is important to set the right temperature of the water to avoid any skin injury.
  • Practice of Safe Sex: In addition to the above, safe sex is a must. Use protective means to avoid getting organisms. Vaginal condoms are necessary in this regard. This will also help reduce the possibility of transmission to your partner.

It is important to consult experts to determine the possible complexity of using any of the solutions for bacterial vaginosis. The best solution should be used for eradicating bacterial vaginosis. Abstinence is essential for better healing of this disease.

Author Bio:

This article is written by Joydeep Majumder. Bacterial Vaginosis has been affecting lots of women these days due to different factors. These bacterial vaginosis remedies can help you cure the disease painlessly and effectively.

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Aging Gracefully Both Outside and Inside

 

Always Rising © lynette sheppard

Always Rising © lynette sheppard

Enjoy this guest post by Suzanne Coblentz advocating common sense strategies for aging gracefully.

Aging is an inevitable part of human life. And yet some people approach the process with fear and trepidation, while others embrace each new day with unmatched optimism.

What distinguishes these two groups?

Many experts point to genetics, finances, and a whole range of external factors to explain this discrepancy. But anyone can age gracefully if they plan for success.  By adopting a holistic approach to personal health, you can dramatically reduce both the signs and effects of aging.

The following is a simple checklist of do’s and don’ts to help you age gracefully, inside and out.
Mental Health Tips for Aging

You’ll probably feel the effects of aging in your body first. But the most important thing you can do right now is believe that positive change is possible. It doesn’t matter how old you are; it’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Before you do anything else, make a firm commitment to follow the steps outlined below:
1.  Don’t Ever Stop Learning
To reduce the mental effects of aging, never stop learning. Instead:

  • Take on a new hobby
  • Travel more often
  • Pick up a crossword puzzle
  • Learn a new subject

Even something as simple as switching hands when you brush your teeth can keep the neural synapses in your brain active.
2.  Increase Your Social Interactions
The positive link between happiness and aging is well documented. In a landmark 2004 study, researchers discovered that those with an optimistic outlook had a 55 percent lower risk of dying over the course of the study, and a 23 percent lower risk of heart failure than pessimists did.

But how do you consciously increase happiness?

Recent research out of Harvard Medical School reveals that increased social interaction is one of the fastest ways to boost happiness levels. As social animals, we’re hardwired to seek communication, acceptance and belonging.

Some turn to Facebook and other networks for social support. But you can just as easily:

  • Host more family gatherings
  • Reconnect with long-lost friends
  • Volunteer within your community
  • Take on a group hobby (e.g., team sports)

The more social support you receive (and give), the happier you’ll become.
3.  Meditate and Reflect
Another powerful way to boost happiness is through meditation. This doesn’t mean you have to become a reclusive monk. Just five or 10 minutes of peaceful reflection can do wonders for your optimism.

Many find that counting their blessings improves their outlook. By writing down three things you’re thankful for every day, you discover new sources of joy hiding in plain sight.
Physical Health Tips for Aging

With a well-focused (and happy) mind, tackling the physical aspects of aging becomes much easier. Let’s review some simple do’s and don’ts for the body.
1.  Exercise Daily
Sitting still is the physical equivalent of not learning. Your body is a machine that must remain active. This means that the TV is not your friend. Neither is the couch, your favorite easy chair or the hammock.

Instead, exercise regularly. Thirty to 45 minutes of daily cardiovascular activity is ideal — even long walks can help get your blood circulating. Certain hobbies (such as gardening or bowling) offer the dual benefit of increased physical activity coupled with constant learning.

An important but often overlooked aspect of exercise is stretching. If you can’t join a yoga studio, try out these simple stretching exercises instead.
2.  Sleep Well and Often
Physical activity is important, but never underestimate the rejuvenating effects of sleep. Some of the many benefits of regular rest include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Higher energy levels
  • Faster memory recall
  • Better concentration
  • Increased immunity
  • Healthier skin
  • Fewer medical complications

Make sure your body gets a minimum of six and a half hours of sleep every night (eight hours is even better).

3.  Eat Healthily
You are what you eat. The food you put in your mouth is what powers all of your physical and mental activities day in and day out.

With plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins in your system, you’ll have more positive energy than you ever thought imaginable. And if you regularly dine with friends and family, you’ll reap the benefits of increased social interactions as well.
Adopt a Holistic Approach to Health

There is no shortage of quick-fix anti-aging pills on the market. But what all of these solutions have in common is a failure to appreciate the holistic nature of your body and mind. Aging is a journey, not a destination.

By incorporating positive daily habits (like the ones outlined above), you can prolong the journey and reap cumulative rewards as you embrace a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Author Bio:
Suzanne Coblentz is the Director of Offline and Social Media for Nava Health & Vitality Center. Nava Center aims to introduce all their clients to a new side of total body wellness.

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Menopause: The Heat is On

Flame On © lynette sheppard

Flame On © lynette sheppard

PMS. The bloating, the cramping, headaches and irritability – who could have known that it was the barest hint of what was to come?? Who imagined that we could and would feel so so so much worse? Hot flashes can be one of the most intense of physical changes symptomatic of the Change. When your body temperature goes from 98.6 to 3098.6 in the space of a heartbeat, your attention becomes solely fixated on that HEAT! No matter what clever euphemism is chosen to describe these incendiary bursts: power surge, short personal trip to the tropics and the like, the fact remains that they peg the discomfort needle well into the red zone.

The word “Flash” is actually a misnomer except in relating the intensity and speed of onset. It can be likened to a strike of a lightning bolt. Flash conjures up images of “short”, “burst”, “over with quickly”. But alas, that is rarely the case. A flash can last 5-15 minutes, or more for some of us. A menopausal theory of relativity applies here. (As so much with womanly experience, this is scientifically unproven, but anecdotally FACT. Just ask a group of midlife women.) As we approach the heat of light, time slows down and that five minute hot flash seems like a blazing eternity. Telling us to go to hell is an empty threat. Been there, done that.

Our Goddess group ultimately have agreed that the next person who tells us that they think of hot flashes as wonderful ‘power surges’ gets the full brunt of our fury. Power surges are a serious hazard. Ask any electrician. We need industrial strength surge protectors – we are frying our circuits!

Take heart, though. If you are just starting this journey, know that it gets better. Although some women report having milder versions of their hot flashes well into their seventies and eighties. All we can say about that is: WTF?

(excerpted from the book of our adventures through perimenopause and The Big M:  Becoming A Menopause Goddess.)

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Ruminations on Seven Decades

© Carol Aldinger

© Carol Aldinger

Celebrating your seventies? Why not! Wise woman Carol Aldinger first posted her ruminations on this milestone on our Celebrate What’s Right With The World Facebook page. I was so inspired, I begged her to let me post it for all of us on Menopause Goddess Blog. Not since “When I’m An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple” has a piece filled me with so much joy and hope about our aging. Or should I say ripening. I hope you enjoy this as much  as I did. Oh, and yes, the photograph is Carol, walking her talk. Rowrrrrr.

“Wasn’t it just the other day, I looked ahead to the far distant future, the turn of the century to a new millennium? That was a date so far in the future it was incomprehensible to a 30 year old gal. My thoughts ran like this: Lets see, in 2000 I’ll be HOW OLD? No way. Fifty Six!!! I’ll be ancient!

Somewhere in my thirties, I had an epiphany. I quit caring what other people thought about me and what I looked like/ acted like/ was. It was liberating! Exhilarating! And so much fun just being myself!

We experienced the miracle of birth twice, and raised two wonderful offspring, who succeeded in their own lives marvelously. We went out to the wilds every chance we had, and taught our kids the wonders and beauties of that natural world. They still love it nearly as much as we do!

Hubby had a successful career and unusual for an engineer managed to put in 30 years at one location, allowing us to stay in this adopted state we’ve come to love.

Then he retired, and after two uneventful years trying to travel the western states, and finding it an empty cup, we found a whole new calling, as volunteers for the Forest Service at a visitor center only 70 miles from our home. It allowed us to LIVE in our mountains, and to share with travelers the hidden gems and secret places of our region. What a joy!

Well, 50 came and went with barely a ripple in my life, then 60. Yes, I think 60 is the new 50. But now……… this one is scary – 70. Time to take stock.

The past? Pretty darn Good! Plus
How do I feel? With my hands of course. Seriously? No major health problems. Plus
Eyes? I can see pretty darn well, and my glasses don’t have coke bottle lenses. Plus
Ok, so I have astigmatism and every picture I take comes out crooked. Correctable.

I can enjoy the splendor of a sunset, the mystery of a flower petal, the beauty in a winter landscape, and the sunshine of a child’s smile.

Hearing? No hearing aid required, and if people don’t speak quite as clearly as they used to, I can still hear the glorious spring chorus of birds, the giggly laughter of children in the park near our home, the babbles of the various creeks and streams when we’re in the mountains. Plus

Nose? I can smell with ease the perfume of my neighbor’s lilacs, the subtler scent of our apple tree in bloom, the yummy smells in a bakery, the cat’s sandbox, (oops) and a hundred others. Plus

Taste? I can relish Chocolate! Nuf said. Plus

Touch? The softness of my kitties’ ears and nose! The tickle of a butterfly. The delicate texture of a shiny new leaf or flower petal. All these I can feel and so much
more. Plus

Weight? Back where it should have been 20 years ago when we still backpacked! Plus

Ease of movement? Range of motion of some joints isn’t as good as it was once upon a time. Minus

But: Even though our hiking range has slowly become shorter and shorter, from 16 miles down to 7 or 8, WE CAN STILL HIT THE TRAIL, explore, enjoy all the places that were too close to consider a decade or two ago. On the whole this one gets a Plus too. Plus

Taken in total, Life is Good! We are lucky! Of all our neighbors, some our age, some younger, we are the healthiest folks on our block!

So, if I choose to run through the sprinkler, shout at the full moon, make echos in culverts, just laugh with me! Even better, unleash your inner child and come join me!
Time to Celebrate what’s right with my life!”

Come on over and check out the Celebrate What’s Right FB page – and post your own celebrations! Let’s hear it for less cable news and more celebrating what’s right with the world!

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Feeling Beautiful in 2014

Bird of Paradise Plumage © lynette sheppard

Bird of Paradise Plumage © lynette sheppard

Sarah from the Daxon blog across the pond shares this infographic citing 15 ways to find ourselves looking fabulous. The best part? It doesn’t involve fancy creams, sadistic workout regimens or cosmetic surgery.

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Does Estrogen Increase Risk of Breast Cancer?

Painted Lady © lynette sheppard

Painted Lady © lynette sheppard

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we bring you this informative guest post from gynecologist Bill Rawls. Estrogen sources run the gamut from oral contraceptives to HRT to surprising areas of everyday living. Women of every age should read this article with common sense advice for our health.

Does estrogen increase risk of breast cancer?
Proving that breast cancer is linked to estrogen is not difficult.  
If a woman has her ovaries removed at a very young age, and does not receive estrogen replacement, her risk of breast cancer decreases profoundly.  Of course, it’s not a very nice thing to do to someone, because risks of all other diseases, especially heart disease go up, and the body begins aging rapidly.  Even so, removing ovaries at a young age is sometimes necessary to save a life or halt a disease process.  It has occurred enough times over the years to recognize a link between estrogen (or lack of estrogen) and breast cancer…having functional ovaries that produce estrogen defines a certain risk of breast cancer.

But the baseline rate has not been stable; the past seventy-five years has seen a dramatic rise in breast cancer.  The increase has to be estrogen related, and the extra estrogen has to come from somewhere, but where?  Initially experts speculated that birth control pills might be the source.  Obvious choice – oral contraceptives contain estrogen, and if breast cancer is estrogen related, adding estrogen would increase risk, right?   Actually it doesn’t work that way.  Low dose birth control pills suppress estrogen produced by the ovaries, so the little bit of estrogen added by the pill does not raise total estrogen levels; in other words, it’s a wash.  And even though the type of estrogen in oral contraceptives is synthetic, it is metabolized similarly to natural estrogen, and therefore extra stimulation of breast tissue does not occur.  Thirty years of studying use of low dose pills has not defined any significant increased risk of breast cancer – deep breath, relax…  (Taking oral contraceptives for ten years or greater does, however, decrease risk of ovarian cancer by 50%!)

Postmenopausal estrogen replacement has also been targeted as an explanation for the rise in breast cancer...and here we might have some traction. For the past fifty years the standard for postmenopausal hormone replacement has been conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin).  Not a single estrogen, but a combination of different estrogens derived from horses, this product is very stimulating to breast tissue.  Twenty-five percent of the product’s estrogens have no look-alike in the human body and are slowly metabolized. The process of conjugation slows metabolism and increases potency even further.  When the Women’s Health Initiative, (a large study done in 2001 to evaluate postmenopausal hormone replacement) showed that conjugated equine estrogens increase risk of breast cancer, it should not have been a surprise…but use of Premarin does not explain the dramatic rise in breast cancer that has occurred in premenopausal women.

It has to be related to estrogen; and if women are not producing more estrogen and birth control pills have been proven safe, then it must be coming from the environment.  Bingo…the rise in breast cancer has directly paralleled the rise in environmental toxins; many (if not most) of which have estrogenic activity.  Virtually all pesticides have estrogenic activity and many byproducts from the plastic industry are estrogenic.  Insidiously, these chemical compounds make their way into the food supply and water supply. Even meat from the grocery store is suspect.  Hormones are readily used in the livestock industry to encourage growth.  Add to that pesticides from the corn and soybeans the animal consumes every day and finding an association between red meat consumption and increased breast cancer risk is not surprising!

And so, how do you enjoy a normal lifetime of having ovaries, live in the modern world, and still not get breast cancer?  The answer really has two parts.  The first is awareness.  Toxins with estrogen-like activity (sometimes called xenoestrogens) can enter the body by only three different routes.  They can be ingested in drinks and food, breathed in a through the lungs and absorbed through skin.  The solutions are obvious.  Eat organic whenever possible.  Lean toward fresh vegetables and fruit and cut back on meat and dairy (with the exception of fresh fish and farm eggs).  Avoid processed food.  Filter your water.  Never microwave food in a plastic container.  Keep your drinking liquids in glass containers.  Live in a place with clean air.  Be careful about things that you rub on your skin.

The second is detoxification.  Elaborate detoxification protocols are really not required; the body is designed for detoxification; it just needs a little help.  Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, kale and especially broccoli) help the liver detoxify estrogen and estrogen-like compounds through a pathway that actually decreases risk of breast cancer.  Fiber from fresh vegetables and fruit helps pull toxins out of the body.  Hydration is also important, and the best hydration is from a source that most people don’t think about.  Living cells inside fresh vegetables and fruit hold a lot of water.  As the food is digested during the day, clean water is slowly and continually released; perfect for the detoxification process (compare this to the dehydrated stuff in processed food that actually requires water for digestion).

Certain supplements can enhance the detoxification process.  Milk thistle is top on the list.  This well-studied and well-tolerated herb is known to protect liver cells, increase bile flow (important for flushing the liver and getting toxins out of the body) and encourages regeneration of liver cells.  About 400-600 mg per day is enough for the average person.  Beyond milk thistle, there are scores of natural and herbal supplements that can protect liver function, improve detoxification and decrease cancer risk…anyone and everyone should take advantage of this extraordinary resource.

Awareness is essential!  Cultivate good health into your life!

Dr. Bill Rawls practices gynecology at Soundside Healthcare (Morehead City, NC) and is also the co-founder and medical director of Vital Plan (https://vitalplan.com), a wellness and herbal supplement company. For more information, visit his blog at http://rawlsmd.com.

 

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Red Hat Sisters Embrace Menopause and More

© dewitt jones

© dewitt jones

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the most important Menopause help is not a prescription or book, not a fan or linen sheets, not even chocolate (although it is very important in many ways.) The sisterhood and support of other women is the lifesaving grace for every perimenopausal, pausal, and post menopausal woman. Literally, the goddesses don’t know how they’d have survived this transition, let alone thrived. And ladies, we have thrived!

We had our annual meeting in early September. This slumber party with a focus was our best one yet, we all declared. And in the coming blog posts, we will explore the topics uppermost in our minds at this latest gathering. Hint: we talked about Health with a capital H, our vision for five, ten, fifteen years down the pike, weight gain and loss (some really amazing things), best new products we’ve found, and brain training.

We also talked about aging/ailing parents and how to be proactive in our own eventual changes, including death. Yeah, I know. Heavy topic, but our folks are a preview of coming attractions and we’d best have a plan.

Stay tuned, and be thinking about these issues. We’d love to know your thoughts as well. Women sharing wisdom – that’s what keeps us going. We have a huge community – and we are growing all the time. You never know when you might run into a “sister”. Or a bunch of them.

Case in point: after our gathering, I took off for Colorado to meet hubby Dewitt for some golf therapy. (Considering my scores sometimes, maybe I need therapy to help recover from my golf.) Still, wide open spaces, fresh air, natural beauty as far as the eye can see – Ballyneal Golf Club definitely qualifies as therapy in my book.

I was relaxing one evening on the restaurant patio, awaiting yet another glorious sunset, when I looked up to find several spunky, gorgeous women. Wearing red hats! And purple! Now I’m not a Menopause Goddess for nothing – I recognized a group of sisters right away.

© dewitt jones

© dewitt jones

Clearly these ladies belonged to the Red Hat Society, a global group of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness.  They are dedicated to reshaping the way women are viewed in today’s culture. Oh, and when they go out together, they wear red hats and purple everything. They make a statement.

Before I knew it, we were chattering away about all the things women of a certain maturity (and style) talk about: hot flashes, travel, getting together with other women, hobbies, Menopause Goddess Blog, etc. We ladies even had a group portrait taken by my Dewitt (before he escaped to the room.)

© dewitt jones

© dewitt jones

Lucky me! I went from one sisterhood to another and there is nothing more interesting or rejuvenating. Here’s a shout out to my Red Hat friends from Holyoke, CO, Lamar, NE, and Imperial, NE. You go, girls! Love ya all!

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