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About Lisa Fielding

Lisa Fielding is the VP Marketing of femMED. For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, culminating in her role with femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women's health and encourages women to become their own health advocates.

Skincare + Menopause…How to Care for Your Skin

RENEW Issue 2 is now available for download with purchase of Libido. A sample article that can be found in the new RENEW is the latest from Dr. Jennifer Pearlman,MD, Women’s Health and Wellness. In this article Dr. Pearlman answers our questions about how to best care for our skin in menopause and beyond.

 

What steps can women in perimenopause/ menopause take to protect their skin?

Estrogen loss in the perimenopausal years contributes to rapid facial aging with marked loss of volume and hydration. Women can counteract these changes by consuming ample purified water, eating a diet rich in anti-‐oxidants, and taking extra vitamin D3 in the form of a supplement. Skin care regimens should combine anti-‐oxidant and hydrating nutrients without harmful chemicals such as parabens, phalates, and petroleum products. A mineral based broad-‐spectrum sunblock should be applied daily to provide UVA and UVB protection.

Are age spots associated with menopause and what can be done about them?

Hyperpigmentation commonly occurs during periods of hormonal change such as when using oral contraceptives, in pregnancy, and

early in perimenopause. The pigment cells and melanocytes can become activated by the high estrogen levels that precedes menopause. Women may note pigment changes on the face and chest. Other skin changes such as red dots (cherry angiomas) on the chest and skin tags on the underarm and breast area may appear during this time. Hyperpigmentation is best managed with vigilant prevention using mineral based sun blocks. For the treatment of existing hyperpigmentation, consult with a dermatologist.

Why is getting a good night’s sleep especially important for your skin during menopause?

We’ve long accepted the idea that when we are well rested we tend to look healthier. However, new science has now provided evidence that beauty sleep is more than just an expression, its science. Research has shown that sleep-‐deprived people

appear less healthy, less attractive and tired compared with when they are well rested. The good news is that a good night’s sleep won’t cost you a penny! Aim for 8 hours and use natural remedies over sleeping pills to help get you there.

What foods should you include in your diet eat that can help keep your skin healthy?

Eating a diet rich in colourful anti-‐oxidant foods such as carrots, berries and kale can lead to better skin tone and texture. The anti-‐ oxidant power of these foods helps protect the skin from age-‐related deterioration, and the B vitamins help support cell turnover and collagen synthesis for improved skin tone and firmness. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as wild salmon, chia seeds and almonds can help maintain a more youthful complexion and have been shown to help reduce age and sun induced deterioration.

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10 weird and wonderful facts about sex

For anyone who has ever found themselves surfing the net at 2:00 in the morning, chances are you stumbled across the site Listverse. I know I have spent hours on this site, which essentially has hundreds if not thousands of different top ten lists on everything from technology to history and yes, even sex.

And just when you think you know everything there is to know about sex, along comes the “Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Sex”.

Did you know that penquins engage in the oldest profession? Yep, you guessed it. There are actually penquin prostitutes that exchange sex for pebbles. And despite the widely held belief that humans are the only species who’s libidos lead to sex for fun…guess again. Read what other species indulge in sex for fun + 8 other little known facts about sex. 

 

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What is Your Sleep Style?

One of the most important items in getting a good night’s sleep is choosing the correct pillow.

Pillows come in all different shapes, sizes and materials, however, a pillow should always be the correct height to keep your head level with your spine. Knowing your sleep position will determine what type of pillow you should choose.

Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you are best to choose a pillow that is not too firm or too high since this will raise up your head and neck too far resulting in neck pain. Ideally, your head should be level with your upper back and spine.

Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, which the majority of people do, your pillow should conform to the shape of your neck to and should be high enough to keep your head aligned with your spine.

Stomach Sleeper

Stomach sleepers should choose the slimmest pillow possible or no pillow at all, since stomach sleepers can run the risk of hyper-extending their neck.

A physical condition may also dictate an extra pillow be used.  The Canadian Chiropractic Association suggest for people who suffer from  lower-back pain, a pillow placed under the knees if you sleep on your back or  in between her knees if you sleep on your side will further help to support the spine.

Materials

Pillows can be made from feathers, down, polyester fibre, memory foam or organic products such as buckwheat hulls. If you suffer from allergies, in particular dust mites, you should consider a hypoallergenic material such as those made with polyester fibre or polyurethane.  If you suffer from dust mite allergies, you can buy special mite-proof covers for both your pillows and mattress, since these are both locations that dust mites take up residence. The new mite covers are soft the touch, yet provide a complete barrier between you and the dust mites.

If you suffer from asthma, recent studies have indicated that both feather and cotton pillows are better than synthetic pillows in controlling dust mite populations. This may be in part due to the tight weave used on these pillows that create a barrier much like the barrier created by the new mite covers.

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Women Who Have Trouble Sleeping May Pack on the Pounds

A study that tracked 68,183 middle-aged women for a period of 16 years found that compared to women who slept 7 hours per night, women who slept for 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% were more likely to become obese. Women who slept for 6 hours were 12% more likely to have major weight gain and 6% more likely to become obese.

Another study by Finnish researchers that followed more than 7,300 40-60 year olds between 2000-2002 for seven years found was that women who reported they had trouble falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep on at least 14 nights gained weight verus those women who didn’t. At the outset of the study 20% of women reported to having frequent sleep problems and those same women also reported a major weight gain of 11 pounds or more by the studies end.

The most recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Minnesota Obesity Center and the Mayo Clinic provides a glimpse into the reason why weright gain and lack of sleep may by linked. The study followed 17 healthy young men and women for eight nights with half of the participants sleeping normally and the other half sleeping only 2/3 of their normal sleep time. Both groups were allowed to eat whatever they wished during the experiment.

What researchers discovered was that the group that slept 1 hour and twenty minutes less than the control group consumed 549 additonal calories per day. Researchers also found that the amount of energy used wasn’t significantly different between the 2 groups, suggesting that those who slept 1 hour and twenty miniutes less didn’t burn additional calories.

The focus of the study was to determine whether lack of sleep affected hormone levels of leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is the hormone that tells you that you are full and to stop eating. When you are sleep deprived, you have LESS leptin. Gherlin is the hormone that tells your body that it is hungry and when you are sleep deprived you have MORE gherlin. More gherlin + less leptin =weight gain.

Even though this was a small study it’s implications are large, especially for people who don’t make sleep a priority or for those people who expereince difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Read some tips here for getting a good nights sleep.

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Good Habits are Hard to Break

I am often asked by my girlfriends how I remember to take my supplements everyday…since they only work if you take them.

I’ve made it part of my nightly routine. You see, at night before you go to bed, you don’t have to rush off to work, get the kids lunches made or walk the dogs. You have time to yourself…possibly the only time you’ve had to yourself all day.

So, I keep my supplements in my bathroom, right beside my toothbrush. That way I am always reminded and there never is a pressing reason to forget.

Remember, it takes 3 weeks of doing something consistently to form a habit…good or bad.

Try for a good one this time.

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