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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance found in every cell, but concentrated in the brain, liver, and blood. Essential to the body, cholesterol helps form cell walls and protective sheaths around nerves, aids in hormone production, and supports digestion. It is present in all animal source foods, but not in plant-based. Cholesterol is absorbed from…

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Hypotension or Low Blood Pressure

This is an abnormal condition where a person’s blood pressure (the pressure of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels during and after each beat of the heart) is much lower than usual, which can cause symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness. When the blood pressure is too low, there is inadequate blood…

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Insomnia

The term insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or to problems waking up earlier than planned. An episode of insomnia that lasts only one or two nights is often to stress or excitement. But often insomnia can become a chronic disorder that persists for months or even years, especially when the root…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS, also known as spastic colon, mucous colitis, and nervous bowel, affects 15% to 20% of the adult population. It afflicts twice as many women as men, usually developing in late adolescence or early adulthood. The condition is characterized by intermittent periods of constipation or diarrhea, often accompanied by bloating or abdominal pain. Helpful Supplements…

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Menopause

Menopause is intended by nature to be a gradual reduction of a women’s ovarian reproductive hormones until she is no longer able to conceive and bear children. Normally this phase of a woman’s life begins somewhere in her mid-forties and ends in her mid-fifties. In a well-nourished, healthy woman, the adrenal and other glands and…

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Migraine

A migraine is a severe, pounding headache so intense and overwhelming that it can be debilitating. Though migraines can affect the entire head, they usually begin on one side (hence the name migraine, from the Greek word hemicrania, meaning “half the skull”). In some cases, a migraine is preceded by a series of early warning…

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Muscle Aches/Spasms/Cramps

When muscles feel pain, soreness, or stiffness, it’s usually due to one of two reasons: overexertion or a cramp. Overexertion, or overdoing some physical activity, can bring on what doctors call delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. A cramp (involuntary spasm) comes on suddenly and unexpectedly. Unable to relax, it causes severe pain that usually…

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Peri-Menopause

Menopause is that phase of a woman’s life when her ovaries are no longer releasing eggs for fertilization or producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. During peri-menopause, she still releases eggs, or ovulates, during some cycles. But during others, she may not ovulate at all and therefore may not produce as much progesterone. This…

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Premenstrual Syndrome/PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome* The often distressing symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, are familiar to many women. A week or two before their menstrual period, three out of four women experience some combination of bloating, breast pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, crying, angry outbursts, or any of 200 other symptoms associated with PMS. PMS may stem from…

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Prostate Problems

The prostate is a walnut-size gland, unique to men, located just beneath the bladder. As a man ages, his prostate enlarges, and experts estimate that more than half of all men over age 50 have an enlarged gland. This disorder, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is by far the most common prostate problem. Because the…

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