Swimming: More Than A Workout

This picture was taken just moments before I dove into the pool. While I enjoy most forms of physical activity, swimming is my favorite. That’s because it’s so much more to me than a way to burn calories and stay healthy. Sure swimming works the entire body and offers numerous health benefits. It’s also easy on the joints and best of all-you don’t have to sweat.

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Cherries: The Sweet Way To Reduce Inflammation

Every year my family and I look forward to our vacation in Northern Michigan: long days, cool nights, clear blue water, and cherries. That’s right, cherries! Traverse City, Michigan boasts itself as being the Cherry Capital of the World and it’s no surprise. Situated on a peninsula at the 35th parallel, thousands of cherry trees grow fantastically well (along with wine grapes and peaches) with the optimal moisture, soil and temperatures from both the East and West Grand Traverse Bays. There is nothing like biking along the bay and stopping to pick and eat cherries.

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Pregnitude: A First-Line Natural Treatment for all Women with PCOS

Myo-inositol (MYO) is a supplement for all women with PCOS, not just those looking to get pregnant. Before I tell you why and my experience with it, I want to briefly discuss what MYO is and how it can improve PCOS.

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Have PCOS and Not losing weight? It could be your GI

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Do you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and are struggling to lose weight? You’re not alone. As many as 80% of women with PCOS are overweight. The reason? High insulin levels, the central cause of PCOS. When insulin levels are high, it causes our bodies to store fat, usually in our bellies. Weight loss is difficult because it’s hard to break down fat if your body is in fat storage mode. In order to lose weight, you have to lower your insulin levels. You can lower insulin by diet, exercise and insulin-lowering medications (metformin). If you have been taking insulin sensitizers and are exercising and watching your diet and still aren’t seeing results it could be the types of foods you are eating. Here’s what to know.

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PCOS, Periods and Iron Loss

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Women who experience heavy or frequent menstrual bleeding may be at risk for iron deficiency. Here’s how to prevent it.

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New Name for PCOS? A Summary of the NIH Workshop on PCOS

The NIH Office of Disease Prevention held an important workshop on PCOS that took place December 4-5, 2012. Top researchers in PCOS from all over the world met for this 2 day workshop to present evidence-based information on PCOS and to clarify the following:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic criteria
  • The causes, predictors, and long-term consequences of PCOS
  • Optimal prevention and treatment strategies

After the meeting concluded, an executive summary was drafted. Here are some highlights from that summary and what it means for women with PCOS

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