Health Topics

  • VVA... Do you know what it is?

    In menopause, dryness is usually one of many symptoms of VVA. Another term is ‘genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM)’ because the bladder is affected by the low estrogen status related to menopause.

    There is an association between VVA and painful intercourse, called dyspareunia, which is estimated to affect around half of all women at some point in their lives. Inadequate lubrication is a common cause of dyspareunia which is defined as recurrent or persistent pain with sexual activity that causes marked distress.

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  • Menopause and UTIs: Why they are linked and what can be done

    Lower urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections (cystitis) are infections caused by a bacterium, virus, or fungus; the latter two are rare except in hospitalized patients who have catheters in their bladders. Almost 50% of women have a urinary tract infection in their lifetimes. Recurrent UTIs (rUTIs) are more common after menopause. Upper urinary tract infections involve the kidneys and ureters and can lead to dangerous sepsis or infections of the blood stream. The only safe way to treat a lower UTI is with a prescription oral antibiotic. Most infections are cleared with antibiotics in 3-7 days.

    UTIs are very painful and people who have them report frequency of urination, urgency, dribbling, burning or stinging with urination, cloudy or blood-tinged urine, and incomplete emptying. The good news is that they can often be prevented and treated quickly. Read more!
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  • Benefits of a (More) Plant-Based Diet for Seniors

    The benefits of a plant-based diet for seniors include increased weight loss, decreased inflammation, and a lower risk of disease. Here’s why you should try it. View Post
  • Put the Brakes on Incontinence

    Do you suffer from an overactive bladder? If you answered yes, know that you are not alone. Urinary incontinence is a fact of life for many people, women in particular, sometimes even before the onset of menopause. View Post
  • The Health Benefits of Ashitaba

    If you’re someone who’s interested in herbal benefits, you won’t want to overlook what Ashitaba has to offer you. This plant has been around for many, many years, and is often considered to be one of the top medicinal plants available today. It’s sometimes dubbed the ‘longevity herb’ because it has so many healing qualities and those who use it may help themselves live a longer life.

    This plant is also extremely fast-growing. If you break off a leaf one day, plant it that afternoon, typically, by the next morning, you might already be able to see the sprout growing. This means that it can be found in abundance and the chances that it becomes hard to source are really quite low. 

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  • Why Are Fats Important in Your Diet? The Benefits of Healthy Fats

    Why are fats important in a healthy diet? From hormone health to weight management, dietary fat plays several essential roles.

    Dietary fat has had a pendulum-like reputation for the last several decades. Once demonized as a leading cause of heart disease, dietary fat is now on the upswing, featured in promising medical research and meal prep programs such as the ketogenic diet.

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  • How Healthy Is Your Bladder?

    Bladder Health is often overlooked until we personally have a problem. But why wait until you suffer from things like bladder incontinence when you can start caring for your bladder today?The urinary system works to produce urine to get rid of waste and extra water. Sometimes though with age, die... View Post
  • Hormone Balance For Women Over 50

    From the very moment we are conceived, until our final breath, ‘hormones’ play an integral part in our health and overall well-being. Each and every step of life is influenced by an ever-present cascade of hormones. Hormones have a direct regulatory impact on every cell, tissue, and organ of the ... View Post