Menopause and Gastrointestinal Distress

Numerous women report that menopause comes along with gastrointestinal distress causing uncomfortable symptoms such as indigestion, flatulence and sudden bloating. Not only are these annoying and embarrassing, they can also be quite painful. During menopause, gastrointestinal bloating is caused when air fills the abdomen, creating a full feeling. Even though your stomach remains the same size, your pants probably feel tighter and your waistline just seems to keep expanding. Excess intestinal gas is produced by bacteria in the intestines. Sugar located foods often contribute to the growth of this bacterium. Poor digestion, a lack of lactose – an enzyme that breaks down food and liquids, can cause gastrointestinal distress as well. Gas distress can also be rampant during menopause due to lack of estrogen. Medical studies have suggested that a menopausal woman’s diet can be to blame – particularly too many high sugar foods including fruit, and certain vegetables such …

Feeling Stressed Or Depressed? Try Some Flowers!

Beautiful flower gardens have been a part of our world for thousands of years. Yet, flowers don’t provide us with food, clothing fibers, or any other item considered necessary for survival. So, why do we spend so much time planting and caring for flowers? A recent study conducted at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, offers scientific proof that flowers do provide happiness, surely a necessity for our emotional well being. The study was conducted under the direction of Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., who is a psychologist and internationally known expert in emotional development in human behavior. Of the results, Dr. Haviland-Jones said, “What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way.” The study lasted for 10 months and produced proof of the following: • Flowers immediately affect happiness. • …

What Are The Underlying Causes Of Depression And Stress To You?

When you say that the positive tendencies are the cause of happiness in an individual, in the same breath you can say that the negative tendencies are the cause of unhappiness. Well, extreme stress, anxiety and frustration pave a clear way towards depression. It is the same old story through the ages- the eternal conflict between the Light and Darkness. These two forces can not exist at the same time at the same place. When the Light arrives, we need not order the darkness to go. It automatically disappears. Rather it has to. Similarly when the Light goes without thinking a wee-bit, Darkness arrives to boss over once again! It is worthwhile here to contemplate over the common causes of depression and stress found in most of the people today. Distorted or ill-balanced economic condition is one major reason. Well, to have fallen short of the required funds shall not …

The Stress of Car Boot Sales!

Spend the whole day before the event organising your clutter. In and out of the loft, back and forth to the shed. All those arguments about what can and can’t go. Clean your clutter. Well you do want a good price for it at the car boot sale! Check that your car can carry the huge weight of the clutter to your local car boot … Check your cars tyres, check the petrol gauge. Complete all the rudimentary checks would normally undertake before going on a journey with half a ton of extra weight in the back. Pack your car with the newly identified clutter. Repack your car several times with the newly identified clutter until it actually fits. Unpack your clutter when you realise your partner will not be able to get in the car. Optional – Repack your car but leave several items out so your partner can …

Stress Reduction – 30 Easy Things That You Can Do

Stress affects the whole person – body, mind, feelings, and behavior, and just as symptoms can take many forms, so there are many simple actions that you can take to relieve these symptoms. Take Action on Stress. Ask yourself “Am I stressed, or am I in denial?” Simply making a conscious decision to act upon your situation will bring to you, such a sense of relief that this unpleasant situation is going to change, that you will immediately start to feel some benefit. Chunk Down. Chunking down helps you to define what the problems actually are. It helps you to divide the problems causing you stress into smaller and therefore more manageable parts. You can then look for solutions, options and ways forward. This is a good problem solving technique. Speak to Someone. A problem shared is a problem halved, it’s good to talk. Talking it over with a friend …

Stress and Weight Loss: Why Dieting Alone Is Not Enough

Many individuals struggle with attaining and maintaining their ideal weight. Many people spend enormous amounts of money on gym memberships, personal trainers, and dietitians but achieve very minimal or unsatisfactory results. More than just a problem of metabolism and food intake, recent studies show that stress and anxiety might be among the top reasons why people have a hard time losing weight. The human body actually responds to stressful situations by initiating a burst of energy; and by increasing metabolic rates and blood flow. The body also produces a substance called Cortisol, a natural steroid-like hormone that is also called the “stress hormone.” It is known as the“stress hormone” because large amounts of this substance are released whenever a person feels stressed out. It is an important hormone in the human body because it is used by the body for proper glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, immune system function, …

Stress Less, Breathe More

I must start our by stating that I believe there is good stress and bad stress. As in most things in life, there are opposites: good and bad, yin and yang, light and dark…(you get the idea). Let’s start with the good kind and then work our way along the continuum. When you are put in a situation where you are challenging your capabilities, whether it is competitive sports, public speaking, or starting your own business, you are having an intimate experience with good stress. Without these challenges, your life would remain stagnant, albeit comfortable. If you are content to live life just below the surface, great; but maybe you just need a little encouragement or a fresh perspective. Try replacing your fear with a heightened sense of awareness. Look through eyes which are not placing judgments on situations or people, and simply observe. Practice this relaxed state of mind, …

Signs And Symptoms, Causes Of Stress

First of all, let’s understand this. Stress is not the pile of papers sitting on your desk. Stress is not the child screaming in the living room, or the clean laundry the dog just dragged out the door. Stress is not the phone that is ringing off the hook, throwing you behind schedule. Stress is your response to those things. They are stressors, not stress. A Stressor May or May Not Be a Cause of Stress When we look for signs and symptoms, causes of stress, we must look at every stressor as a potential cause of stress. I say “potential” because stressors do not have to cause stress. Different people will respond differently to them, and it is the response, you remember, that is the stress. For example, a great cause of stress for one secretary may be a stack of documents waiting to be filed. She hates filing …

Recovery From Addictions: Part 1

(This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on addiction). Just about everyone in our society is addicted to something. Addictions can take many forms: SUBSTANCE ADDICTIONS: addiction to alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription meds, caffeine, nicotine, food, sugar, carbohydrates. PROCESS ADDICTIONS: addiction to love, connection, caretaking, anger, resistance, withdrawal, and to activities such as: • TV • Computer/internet • Busyness • Gossiping • Sports • Exercise • Sleep • Work • Making money • Spending money • Gambling • Sex, masturbation, pornography • Shopping • Accumulating things • Worry • Obsessive thinking (ruminating) • Self-criticism • Talking a lot • Talking on the telephone a lot • Reading • Gathering information (if only I know enough I will feel safe) • Meditation • Religion • Crime • Danger • Cutting themselves • Glamour, beautifying We can use anything as a way of avoiding feelings and avoiding taking responsibility for our …

Photic with Improving your Health

Photic is the latest stimulation tools that incorporate, working with some of the groundbreaking brain adornment programs. These PS tools combine unique features that exploit a series of strategies that guide you to relax. Photic stimulators employ tools that attach to the eyes. Once these tools are attached, it enables you to visualize the flashes that appear across your monitor screen. The flashes fascinate your medulla oblongata, i.e. your brain. Silvery electric rhythmic impulses transmit frequencies of light bolts that epistolize to your brainwaves, which is where you get your hunches. That is you have the ability to think when these brainwaves are properly working. These flashing lights choreography across your monitor screen. The strobe runway lights approach other lights sending it to LED lights. Glasses or goggles are needed with some of these programs to protect your eyes from the dramatic impacts. You can put forth the lights as …

Over-eating, Stress, and The Modern World

There mere fact that the term, “comfort food” exists is proof enough that eating certain foods is good for relieving stress. Whether it is some sort of psychopharmacological thing, something connected to mental health and memories, or an evolutionary instinct, the fact is that eating is effective stress relief. However, when one considers all the stress and anxiety that gets tossed around in modern society, it isn’t surprising to learn that the weight loss pill market is on a steady increase. Indeed, as people are put under more and more stress, with less and less time to find stress relief for it, food becomes an increasingly tempting option. Sure, stress and anxiety are not the only factors behind the increasing number of people with obesity, but it does have to take some of the flak. People look to food as a cost-effective means of stress relief, mainly because a number …

Losing Your Crowning Glory to Stress

Our hair is often referred to as our crowning glory. Its state can add or detract from the physical attractiveness of any person. Like our skin, our hair can be a good indicator of our over-all physical and psychological condition, telling us if our body is in balance. A physically and emotionally healthy person’s hair will be radiant and shining, their scalps pliant and moist. Our hair becomes dull and lifeless, prone to loss and split ends, and will become waxy from overactive sebaceous glands. Hair loss is a fairly common condition that affects both men and women. While it is normal to lose up to one hundred hairs on a daily basis, anything in excess of that may be considered hair loss. This condition may be classified as either hereditary or be brought on as a side effect of an underlying medical or psychological condition. Apart from those, hair …

Learning to Relax to Ward Off Holiday Stress

Some people think of the holiday season as tiring and stressful, and could sometimes make them lonely or depressed. It’s not new for us to break a leg when it comes to this time of season where everyone wants to make extra effort in dealing with their demands– parties, holiday shopping, cleaning, baking, caring for loved ones, and a whole list of household chores and holiday tasks. It may sound normal for some, but for some people, the holiday season can be such a stressful and tiring time of the year. Giving out healthy tips that could help lessen the holiday stress can make a huge difference in making everyone enjoy the holiday season. There are three main factors that contribute to holiday stress and depression: relationships, physical demands, and finances. By understanding these factors, one could minimize the stress and depression that is usually experienced during the holidays. It …

Is Your Weight Stressing You Out?

I have been asked recently, what is my secret for my weight loss. I jokingly just say I quit eating. But I am serious. Who says you must eat 3 meals every day? Did GOD tell Adam he must eat 3 balanced meals a day? I have also heard it said that to lose weight you must eat 3 meals a day. Wow, who comes up with this stuff. What I have found to be true in all my current research is this. Most people who are over- weight; (and how many people do you know that are not over weight, especially our children?) are overweight because their body is suffering from mal-nutrition. You may ask, how can someone 100lbs over their ideal body weight be suffering from mal-nutrition? Folks, as we have all heard it many times before, and this is my opinion, there is nothing good in processed …

Is Your Food Stressing You Out?

I’m in a continual state of alert regarding so-called cures for stress, depression and anxiety. I want to be aware of any new breakthroughs that happen and I also want to be equally aware of new solutions that simply offer false hope. Snake oils and magic bullets are offered to sufferers by the dozen, offering plenty of hope but little in terms of a permanent cure. Snake oils and magic bullets are always associated with forms of quackery. More often than not it will be dietary supplements, potions, mysticism or new age remedies such as ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, crystals, magnets and such like. However, snake oils and magic bullets can be provided by more trusted sources such as the medical community. An antidepressant drug being the main magic bullet that is anything but. Another far less obvious magic bullet is provided by the ubiquitous food police. In our society, it …

Is Eating Right All The Time Causing You Stress?

Stress can stop your weight loss goals about as much as eating a family size bag of Nacho chips and a 2-Liter bottle of pop can. My approach to weight loss was in gaining my health. Losing 300 pounds was not the first thing that occurred to me, but rather “what could I do to get healthy and eat right”. It was a very strange approach given that I was obviously clinically obese and immediately needed some quick weight loss. I had no idea that our body used food in a very specific manor and that we could improve our energy levels by working with the body, not against it. There were some very specific rules to follow, so being the good student I followed them. It became a religion for me and as I preached it, I made many people quite crazy. I became an outcast because I had …