Month: March 2021

5 Reasons Every Woman Should Exercise

You may not want to hear it, but exercise is very important for you. Everyone should be fitting regular fitness into their routine, but you also have some unique benefits as a woman. Here are 5 different reasons to start exercising on a regular basis.

1. It Gives You a Natural Mood Boost

One of the great things about exercising regularly is that it makes you feel so much better. It is high on the list of the best ways to naturally make you happier and reduce stress at the same time. This is all thanks to endorphins, which are happy chemicals you already have in your brain. When you exercise, it helps you release those endorphins, helping you to feel happier and more energetic. Exercising for around 30 minutes or so a day really boosts your mood.

2. You Can Reduce Certain Health Risks

Exercise is wonderful for so many reasons, from weight loss to giving you more energy. Another reason you should exercise is because it helps to reduce your risk for serious medical conditions. This includes physical conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease, both of which are a high risk if you are a woman. Exercising has also been shown to reduce the risk of dementia in older adults. There is no cure for dementia, so prevention is your best chance.

3. It Helps with Your Sex Life

If you feel like your sex life has been lacking as of late, why not feel sexier and get more confidence with exercise? There are many ways exercising can improve your sex life. First of all, it will give you more confidence due to becoming fit, healthy, and losing weight. It can also improve your sexual desire thanks to the natural mood boost and increase in energy you get. This is great for both women and men.

4. You Can Lose Weight

The reason many women choose to exercise regularly is to help them lose weight. While you should still follow a healthy diet, exercise definitely helps you manage your weight. It is important at any age, from teen and young adult years, to being an older adult and senior. Weight loss also has other benefits, like improving your confidence, helping with your sex life, and reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

5. Exercise is Great for Mental Health

While your physical health is very important to pay attention to, you should also be focusing on your mental health as well. It is imperative that you not forget about your stress level and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Exercise can help you manage these types of mental health conditions.

The Benefits of Kelp for your Hormones and Thyroid

When I say, “kelp,” you say…

If “gross” or “slimy” are the first words that come, read on and let me introduce you to the wonderful world of flavor and health that this gorgeous sea green has to offer.

Kelp is a type of seaweed that boasts health benefits and provides variety in the kitchen. From the nori wrapped around your California roll to seaweed snacks, kelp is a culinary king of algae.

Kelp is rich in many of the key minerals and vitamins that our bodies require, and it boasts many significant benefits from anti-aging and hormonal balancing properties to protecting thyroid health. It contains natural fiber, alginate, which helps to block fat while eliminating the fat absorption in the gut. Kelp is a rich source of iodine, vitamins B12, K, A, and the minerals magnesium, iron, molybdenum, manganese, and copper.

Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of kelp.

What is Kelp?

Kelp is a large brown algae or seaweed, which grows in saltwater. It thrives in shallow waters closer to the shore and grows in dense groupings. It is a significant part of the underwater ecosystem as it provides food and shelter to many fish and other marine species. It is among the fastest-growing plants, which means it is easily replenished and less likely to absorb pollutants if harvested routinely.

Benefits of Kelp

Some of its potential health benefits include:

1.    Supports Thyroid and Breast Health

Kelp is among the richest natural sources of iodine. Iodine is significant when it comes to the production of thyroid hormone and prevent hyperthyroidism.  It is an essential element that helps in the regulation of hormonal functions and enzyme activity throughout the body.   Adult recommended daily intake of iodine is about 150 mcg; however, the needs may be higher if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

2.    Supports Balance (blood sugar, weight, and inflammation)

Fucoxanthin is a compound found in kelp and other brown seaweed.  Studies show that it helps support weight loss, balances blood sugar, and reduces systemic inflammation[1]. Besides fucoxanthin, kelp has an impressive omega-3 content that may help reduce anxiety and depression while lowering inflammation and protecting against heart and brain issues. Research has also shown that kelp has potent cancer-fighting capabilities, acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Break kelp into pieces and add them to soups and stocks.  Larger pieces can be strained out, but kelp is edible and adds a deep salty flavor that many enjoy.

Powdered kelp can also be used in place of salt.  Shake some onto salads, veggies, or anywhere you would add a dash of salt.

Are you convinced yet?  Anti-inflammatory, hormone-regulating, blood-sugar stabilizing, weight balancing, cancer-fighting goodness from the sea!


How Yoga Breathing Can Ease Hot Flashes

Yoga is an ancient practice, developed in India thousands of years ago. It is a powerful and effective way of maintaining health, wellness and a connection to your body.

Yogic wisdom can help facilitate your passage through perimenopause, menopause and beyond. Not only is Yoga a form of exercise but it is also a meditative practice that helps you develop peace with and within yourself.

For women who need support accepting the changes that menopause brings, Yoga postures and Yoga breathing can help a woman foster a healthy relationship with herself.

The practice of Yoga has two parts:

  1. Structured breathing
  2. Structured postures/poses.

Postures are held for a particular length of time that is measured in breaths.

The beauty of Yoga is that it can be enjoyed at virtually any age and by any physical ability. Instructors are versed at creating adaptations so all can experience the benefits that Yoga has to offer. 

Yogic Breathing 

This form of breathing is deep and full. You experience the fullness of the chest expansion as you inhale and the depth of release as the abdomen and diaphragm push air out of the lungs on the exhale.   

In a 1992 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers experimented with paced Yoga breathing to reduce hot flashes. Thirty-three women who were experiencing frequent hot flashes tried this technique and reported a significant reduction in the frequency of hot flashes.

Try the following as a hot flash is coming on:

  1. Slow your breathing to a rate of about one breath every 10 seconds.
  2. It helps to count slowly from 1 to 5 for each inhalation and from 1 to 5 for each exhalation.
  3. As you slow down your breathing, you may feel your hot flash release!

Rhythmic, deep breathing like this also calms the central nervous system, ease the mind and can help release emotions. Mood swings and irritability can be tempered by this type of breathing as well.