The Hormone Dilemma

Elena From Boston Writes:

I am 53 and have just gone through menopause. My doctor is suggesting that I consider hormone replacement therapy. My friend had a negative experience with HRT. What are my options? Can I do anything naturally?

Dear Elena,

Metabolism Mastery

Tommy From Arizona Writes:

My greatest challenge recently has been losing the belly fat. I have been exercising and eating healthy for the last several years. My doctor says everything is fine. I am 56 and I feel like my body is not working the way it used to. My energy levels are down as well. Any thoughts?

Dear Tommy,

The fact is that our body does slow down some as we age. A few unique steps that are controlled by our daily lifestyle choices affect our metabolism. The way our body uses energy directly affects how our body handles shedding the pounds. Here are some basic triggers that can cause our metabolism to slow down and pack on the pounds, and what to do about it.

What Your Breath Says About Your Health

Jose from California Writes:

My wife has been telling me recently that my breath smells like fruit. I have included more fruits and vegetables into my diet recently. Is this what could be causing the fruity breath?

Dear Jose,

Way to go! Glad you are eating more fruits and vegetables. The fruity breath could be of a concern. Sometimes halitosis (bad breath) could be a sign of something else occurring in the body. Poor dental hygiene is the typical cause for the odor; however, any scent from the breath could be a sign of something more serious. There are now clinical ways to examine what the breath may actually be telling us about our health. Here are some basic signs to look for outside of not using the toothbrush and floss!

The Top Secrets Of The Skinny

Cara from New Hampshire Writes:

I am frustrated. Many of my friends are seemingly effortlessly thin. They drink their coffee, drink wine, and indulge in junk foods, yet don’t seem to gain any weight. I’m 37 and have gained over thirty pounds recently.  I eat healthy and exercise about 3 days per week. What could I be doing wrong?

 

Dear Cara,

8 Heart Essentials

Steed From North Carolina Writes:

I am 38 years young and I have a strong family history of heart disease. My doctor says I should eat healthy and exercise. I understand that, but what else can I do to make sure I stay ahead of any potential heart issues?

Dear Steed,

It’s great to hear that you want to stay ahead of the game with your health. Heart disease is now the No. 1 leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC says that heart disease claims about 600,000 lives each year with more women than men dying of heart disease. Regardless of your age, certain genetic factors may come into play around 15-20%, however how efficiently the heart can deliver oxygen is the key to maintaining great energy, youth, and vitality. Here re some basic steps to help you stay ahead of the game and on top of optimal heart health.

Defeating Depression

Bri From New Mexico Writes:

This has been a tough year so far. I have recently lost my job and I have three children to take care of. We have gone through some tough financial times. I have been extremely tired, have severe joint pain, and I can’t sleep. I also don’t have the excitement for life that I always had. My doctor says this is depression. Is it?

 

Dear Bri,

How Our Hair Reflects Our Health

Dean From Florida Writes:

Recently I have seen many changes in my hair. It has started turning gray, receding, and becoming very brittle. I have noticed that my energy has been lower and I’ve gained some extra weight. What do you think could be the issue?

Dear Dean,

Our hair actually can tell us quite a bit about what is going on with our health. Many times we are nutritionally deficient in key areas that may cause a variety of health issues. Here are some key factors to look for when you see changes in your hair.

1.Your Hair Becomes Dry and Thin
If you see these types of hair changes you might be looking at a potential thyroid condition called hypothyroidism. Look for symptoms such as excessive fatigue, cold intolerance, and joint pain. Blood testing will also help determine if there are any issues. 

Surprising Reasons For Low Energy

Candice in New York Writes:

I am 42 and am seeing my energy levels take a real drop. I have 3 kids and usually am running around like the energizer bunny. My doctor has run all the tests and said that I am checking out to be ok. What could this be?

Dear Candice,

Low energy has become a resounding issue for so many people today. You are definitely not alone. Low energy can be attributed to conditions like anemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, and even cancer. However in this case, you may want to look at the most common reasons, which are usually dietary in nature. The top reasons we see for a decline in energy has to do with several choices that we make each day. Lets look at some of the basics and see what we can do to make better lifestyle choices.

Surviving Gout

Michael From Florida Writes:

Gout has been a challenge for me over the last few years. My doctor frequently gives me medications that help temporarily. I feel like I can’t eat what I want, or I will immediately have a flare up. Am I stuck eating boring foods just to avoid the gout pain? What can I do?

Dear Michael,

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