Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Good Night Sleep Unattainable For Moms

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A new research study revealed that sleep deprivation is more prevalent in women than men, and women are 1.4 times more likely to report insomnia than men. Nighttime restlessness include difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep including interrupted or impaired sleeping patterns for an extended period of time.

Women who were getting less than five hours of sleep at night were at higher risk for depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Your quality of sleep will effect your quality of life. Feeling inadequately rested in the morning may leave you fatigued, irritable and anxious and no amount of caffeine will restore your energy level.

A group of Swiss and French Scientist found that participants fell asleep quickly and also had deeper sleep in a hammock because of the rocking motion. 

So, if hammocks provide superior quality sleep my question is; "are individuals willing to replace the traditional ubiquitous king size four poster colonial bed with a non-conventional sleeping apparatus?"


Perhaps a Caribbean Island destination is beckoning you.

Helpful Tips  To Prepare For  A Goodnight's Sleep:
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages late in the evening
  • Avoid eating past 6:30pm
  • Avoid heavy, spicy meals at dinner
  • Avoid sugar - eating sweets before bedtime (chocolate, cookies, cake etc)
  • Try relaxing exercises, some stretching before bedtime
  • Listen to relaxing music - spa, waves, ocean
  • Sprinkle Lavender essential oil on your pillow, dab on your P.J's & behind your ears.
  • Take a relaxing candlight essential oil bath (lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, bergamot)
  • Create a relaxing environment in the bedroom - dark room
  • Diffuse essential oils in bedroom (lavender, sage, orange essence or oils mentioned above)
  • No TV in the bedroom
  • Take magnesium and zinc before bedtime
  • Have a cup of tea - Valerian and organic chamomile can help calm nervousness and restlessness.
  • Curl up in bed with a good read - something uplifting, romantic, inspirational.

Canadian Living Magazine - Light and Dark Therapy - Click Here

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movember - Prostate Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Statistics 2011:

An estimated 25,500 cases diagnosed with prostate cancer among Canadian men. The Canadian Cancer Society offers information and support services for prostate cancer patients and their families. The CCS is raising awareness and fighting back against prostate cancer by educating men about early detection, funding world-class prostate cancer research and also advocating cancer-related issues.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that men over the age of 50 talk to their healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing.

For more information regarding:

- What is prostate cancer
- Signs & Symptoms
- Early detection
- Risk factors
- Treatments

Click Here

Mo Sistas Taking ACTION!

Move Over Gents! Women are stepping up to support Movember. We're not giving up our lip waxing just yet and wearing a falsey synthetic debonair "moustache" is just a fashion "faux pas".  So what's a gal to do to support her fellow men?   Click Here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hopes To Raise Celiac Disease Awareness

Mrs. United States 2011: Shannon Ford Hopes to Raise Celiac Disease Awareness

Case of The Missing Blueberries

According to a Rutgers University study if you suffer with UTI - urinary-tract infections toss a handful blueberries into your a.m. smoothie. Like cranberries these small blue berries have been identified as a "superfood" which provide extreme benefits. Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign study found that anthocyanins - which give them their blue hue attack cancer free radicals and even block the growth of tumor cells. 

Ideally, blueberries are available in the warmer months and continue to ripen until September. So, you're probably wondering why I've decided to post an article on blueberries for the month of November. 

Recent Trends and Developments:
A trendsetter? New evidence has shown a significant increase in this method of advertisements. Have you ever asked yourself this question when holding a packaged food item at the grocery store: "What is the nutritive quality of this product? How will it affect my health?" 

What every consumer needs to know:

Looks like a blueberry, taste like a blueberry, is it a blueberry? 

"Pictures of blueberries are prominently displayed on the front of many food packages but turn the packages around and suddenly the blueberries have disappeared."   Click Here

Meet The First IBD ICON

Living Beyond Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Any of the 1.4 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—either ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease—who pursues dreams without giving in or giving up to the disease. IBD Icons is an awareness campaign that aims to find and celebrate these unique individuals.

Casey Abram's, American Idol Contestant - Casey is an IBD Icon because of his can-do attitude and relentless persistence in pursuing his musical dream despite the challenges of living with UC.  (Read More)