How to Have a Heart-Healthy Diet

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. That’s why it’s vital to manage risk and take preventative measures to ensure your heart health now before the worse should happen. Fortunately, most cases of heart disease are due to lifestyle choices. That means managing this portion of your risk level is completely within your control. Changing your diet now will help control your weight, reduce your cholesterol, and lead a heart-healthy life. Check-in with your HealthLynked provider to cultivate a meal plan that’s right for you. In the meantime, here are the basics.

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Overlooked Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

           Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately, our knowledge of what to look for regarding heart attacks in women is dangerously uninformed for as large as the health concerns are. The cliché of a woman clutching her chest and doubling over in the movie is merely a Hollywood shorthand. The symptoms of heart attack differ between men and women. While women experience chest pains, they are far more likely to experience other symptoms not classically associated with heart attacks.

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How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her First Period

           How and when to initiate “The Talk” is a question that vexes most parents. When is too soon, when it’s too late, what information should you give her, what questions will she ask, how can you prepare for those? There’s a lot to consider. One thing is certain: Your daughter’s first period is a huge moment in her lifetime, marking her transition from childhood to womanhood. It’s normal for her to feel bewilderment, wonder, fear, and curiosity about her body.

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What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

If you’re going through menopause, then you know that the symptoms can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, even life-altering. Between the mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes, you might wonder if there is anything out there that can offer you some relief. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also called estrogen replacement and menopausal hormone therapy, is considered one of the most effective treatments to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. The treatment replaces the estrogen that your body stops making when you enter menopause. Once you choose to begin the therapy, you must decide how you would like the hormones administered.

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Breastfeeding 101: Basics for Mom

Women have been breastfeeding their babies since the beginning of time. There’s nothing more natural or maternal than nourishing your baby from your body. The experience is one of magic and comfort that improves health and vitality for the child, as well as the sense of connection for the mother. As natural as the action of nursing is, it doesn’t mean that it comes naturally for every woman, especially in the early days. If you choose to breastfeed your child, you can look forward to cultivating new levels of patience.

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Caring for Caregivers

           Caring for someone who can’t care for themselves is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. After all, you’re literally facilitating the health and wellbeing of someone you love. But as a society, we underestimate the toll caregiving takes on the caregiver and lack sufficient resources to offer the estimated 40 million unpaid caregivers in America, 61% of whom are women, the support they need.

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What Can Meditation Do for You?

Meditation is a time-honored, ancient practice. Historical records indicate meditation as a common practice in India as early as 1500 BCE, but most historians believe humans started far earlier, likely 3000 BCE. The only difference between now and then is that medical science can measure the effect meditation has on the body, hence the sudden rise in interest in the general population. Clinical trials involving meditation and mindfulness have exploded from only eleven in 2006 to 216 in 2015, with more coming every year. Still, we’ve only scratched the surface on how the benefits of meditation go. 

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Could You Have a Hormonal Imbalance?

We need our hormones. Hormones are the body’s messengers, telling it how to regulate mood, energy, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, and everything else that our body needs to survive and function optimally. Hormonal shifts occur in everyone daily; when you eat, sleep, get stressed, or even laugh, our bodies adjust the hormones accordingly. For women, hormonal fluctuations occur regularly as part of their menstrual cycle, but this also leaves women open to more cases of hormonal imbalance.

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What You Should Know About Menopause

Menopause is when a woman’s body begins to naturally decrease its production of reproductive hormones, signaling the end of a woman’s fertile phase of life. She’s considered officially in menopause when she has not had her period for one year. The average age of menopause onset is fifty-one in the United States, while the global age is around forty-six.

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5 Breast Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

It’s happened to us all. You stare into the mirror in horror at a tiny stray hair sprouting from your nipple. A suspicious bump on the underside of your breast. Maybe one hangs differently than the other or is another size. Is there something wrong with you? The answer is no. These variances are normal for everyone and are usually nothing to be worried about, and certainty nothing to be embarrassed to bring up with your doctor. (They’ve heard it all, rest assured). If you still need a pep talk or a little reassurance before making an appointment through HealthLynked, read on for the top breast questions on the minds of Oohvie users.

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