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Healthy Halloween Snack: Apple Monsters

Granny Smith apples are best when cooked, tossed into salads, and blended into juices. But there is another very important use of this tart fruit: carving into Halloween monsters! This creative activity is fun for the whole family to get involved in! ...
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menopause wellness guide

Menopause Women’s Wellness Guide

Packed with helpful tips and advice, this FREE Menopause Women's Wellness Guide by Walnut Lake OB/GYN & Wellness is a simple guide to help you through perimenopause, menopause, and life beyond. You'll learn: 4 surprising symptoms of menopause How to optimize your hormones Natural solutions to menopause Superfoods for menopause BONUS! Free 3-Day Recipe Guide & Meal Plan! ...
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fun fall pregnancy

8 Ways to Have a Fun Fall Pregnancy

The leaves are turning, the temperature's falling, and change is in the air. Check out these fun fall pregnancy ideas, and make the most of the season. Go back to school (sort of)! Kids aren't the only ones who kick-start their learning each autumn -- if you're expecting, you should educate yourself too. Sign up for a childbirth or parenting course, or get a jump on breastfeeding by attending a seminar or meeting with a lactation consultant. They just might be the most useful classes you ever take. Schedule an outdoor maternity photo shoot. Gorgeous fall foliage makes an amazing backdrop for maternity photos, so if your bump is showing, hire a pro -- or grab a friend and a camera and get outside. Indulge in the flavors of the season. Now is the time when farmers' markets are bursting with pumpkins, root veggies, apple cider, and apple-cider donuts. (Yum!) Go ahead and satisfy your pregnancy cravings (a warm bowl of butternut-squash soup? Yes, please!) Just make sure that cider is pasteurized. Dress up your bump for Halloween. Even if you think Halloween is only for kids, pregnancy is an undeniably fun time to get into the spirit and dress ...
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dancing and postmenopausal health

Improve Your Postmenopausal Health By Dancing!

A new study suggests that dancing may lower cholesterol levels, improve fitness, improve body composition and improve self-esteem in postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women are more likely to experience weight gain, body adiposity increases and metabolic disturbances, such as bad cholesterol. As a result, they often suffer from decreased self-image and self-esteem, which are directly related to overall mental health. The study analyzed the effects of dance on body composition, metabolic profile, functional fitness and self-image/self-esteem in postmenopausal women. A total of 36 postmenopausal participants (mean age 57 years) danced three times per week for 90 minutes each day. The researchers evaluated body fat and lean mass, blood lipids, functional fitness, self-image and self-esteem before and after 16 weeks. The "dance intervention" was found to be effective in improving the women's lipid profile and functional fitness, as well as their self-image and self-esteem. Although the sample size was very small, the results suggest that this type of physical activity can be beneficial for both physical and mental wellness. Activity such as a dance class three times weekly, can help improve not only fitness and metabolic profile but also self-image and self-esteem in postmenopausal women. In addition to these benefits, women can ...
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breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is a time to remember all of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. It is also a time to remember that we must carry the torch to educate as many women as possible about the importance of self-awareness, annual screening, and support the cause. Most people in the United States know a friend or family member who has been impacted by breast cancer. The following stats show how much of a widespread issue it is: One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 246,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. As of this year, there are more than 2.8 million women who have had, or are being treated for, breast cancer. The combination of mammography, regular breast exams by your health care professional, and awareness of changes in your breasts may be the best way to find breast cancer early when it is more easily treated. Women who are not at high risk of breast cancer should start breast cancer screening at age 40 and no later than age 50. Women at higher risk may be screened before age 40. Talk to your health care professional about the ...
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national coffee day

September 29 is National Coffee Day!

September 29th is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY. Now we know what you are thinking. Every day is National Coffee Day, and we agree. BUT! Why not shake up your September coffee with this yummy recipe from Half Baked Harvest? If you try this Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee recipe, let us know on our social media! ...
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foods for bladder health

10 Fall Foods For Bladder Health

If you have a sensitive bladder, you will not have to miss out on tasty foods this fall. The key is to know which foods are more likely to irritate your bladder and which ones are more likely to soothe. In general, you will want to avoid coffee, alcohol, citrus fruits, tomato-based products, artificial sweeteners and spicy foods. Read on to learn about 10 bladder-friendly foods. 1. Pears. They are good fall fruits that generally begin to ripen in September and sometimes October depending on the region. Pears are a good source of fiber and about 100 calories per serving. 2. Bananas. Typically available in grocery stores year-round, bananas are great as snacks, toppings for cereals or in smoothies. 3. Green beans. At about 31 calories per 1-cup serving, green beans will add some color to your plate. You can eat them raw, add them to salads or roast them with a little olive oil. 4. Winter squash. Do not let the name fool you. Winter squash are available in both fall and winter. Squash varieties include acorn, butternut and spaghetti. 5. Potatoes. Need a bladder-friendly comfort food when the weather cools down? Try white potatoes or sweet potatoes (yams) ...
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menopause awareness

Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Even if you’re not in Menopause, you probably know someone who is dealing with it. You may have seen their ups and downs. When does Menopause begin? Menopause usually begins around the ages of 51-52. Typically, if a woman has not had a menstrual cycle over the course of a year, she is in Menopause. What are some “typical” Menopause symptoms? The most common symptom experienced by 80 percent of women during Menopause is hot flashes (daytime) or night sweats. Some women may also experience muscle and joint pain (arthralgia), mood swings, “brain fog,” loss of libido, and weight gain (to name a few). Many women begin to develop insulin resistance and diabetes, osteoporosis, and arthritis, all caused by hormonal deficiencies. Intimacy can become painful due to vaginal dryness. How is it clinically proven that I am in Menopause? We treat the WHOLE patient as every patient is different and has different needs. Among other tests, we order a complete thyroid and hormone panel INCLUDING testosterone, estradiol, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). What are proven solutions to relieving the symptoms of Menopause? After Menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often prescribed to resupply the body with ...
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PCOS Facts

September is PCOS Awareness Month

PCOS is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is the leading cause of female infertility and an usher for other serious conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and endometrial cancer. If you would like to learn more about polycystic ovary syndrome, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at 248-926-2020 ...
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national yoga month

September is National Yoga Month

Yoga is not only an amazing physical exercise but a way to check in with your mental and spiritual health. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga has increased in popularity as people have used the ancient practice to combat depression and loneliness. To celebrate National Yoga Month, here is a great online class teaching yoga poses to help you strengthen the muscles needed for a healthier pelvic floor ...
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