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Prostate Problems – The Great Male Taboo

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Prostate Problems - The Great Male Taboo

The issue of prostate trouble continues to be a taboo subject for a large number of men. Often, men confuse a healthy prostate gland with virility.

What man would dare admit to having a weakness in this area? Prostate trouble has even been called an “old man’s illness.” A man’s reluctance to have a doctor examine his prostate as a preventive measure—in a process that involves the doctor inserting a finger into the patient’s rectum—is also the reason that so many men act as though nothing were wrong. That’s why only about 40% of men who may be considered at risk seek treatment—with a majority preferring to remain silent.

When left untreated, prostate ailments make it increasingly impossible for the bladder to empty itself completely. Residual urine begins to accumulate, and bacteria, which thrive in this warm environment, quickly begin to multiply.

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Enlarged Prostate – Can Food Effect It?

by Sonia Chartier, on 25 May 2014, Men's Health
Enlarged Prostate - can food effect it?

 “You have to eat anyway, so you might as well eat things that are good for your health in general and your prostate in particular.”

WHAT IS BPH?

BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) swelling of the prostate, which obstructs the flow of urine from the bladder, creating uncomfortable symptoms such as incomplete emptying of the bladder (and the consequent feeling that you constantly need to go to the loo), a weak urine stream, and getting up several times a night for an unsatisfying pee.

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Stress Management 101

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 April 2014, Stress and sleep
Stress Management

Everyone goes through stressful periods in their lives, and some of us suffer from chronic stress. Learning how to cope is the key to living an enjoyable and healthy life – thankfully there are natural  ways to beat stress.

What is stress?

Stress may be defined as the mental state when we are unable to cope comfortably with events facing us. These can occur suddenly and be short-lived or be around us for long periods of time.

This results in the release of specific chemicals or hormones into our bloodstream, namely adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, triggering a stress response in the body.

When we speak of stress, we usually refer to stress on the mind or psychological stress, rather than that on the body (physical stress).

Stress symptoms

Many of us are so used to living with stress daily that we may not even understand what stress symptoms are. Here are some signs: Continue reading >

Healthy Living: Your Road Map to Optimal Health

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 April 2014, Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Healthy living. Isn’t that just what you are doing? Or at least hoping that’s what you are doing? What is healthy living exactly? It is not an easy question, yet the answer lies in one word: balance.

Balance is key for your weight and fitness, your digestion, your sleep pattern, your stress level…and it’s not boring! You will find that by living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, you will actually have more time for your favorite hobby or to spend with your family. Continue reading >

What is Menopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 29 March 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
What is Menopause

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments 

Menopause is not an illness, it’s a transition; part of aging.  You cannot stop the process and revert to your twenties, but you can make the transition more pleasant.

By definition, a woman reaches menopause when she has not had her period for at least 12 consecutive months, and can no longer conceive.  The process leading up to menopause can last a few years.  This process is the body’s progressive decline in producing reproductive hormones. This is most welcome for some, dreaded by others and the symptoms can feel overwhelming at times.

The typical menopausal symptoms are caused by the fall of estrogen and progesterone levels, especially if they fall precipitously or out of sync with each other.

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