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    How to deal with the symptoms of menopause, naturally.

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    How to deal with the symptoms of menopause, naturally.

    Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, but can happen earlier or later. Menopause is characterized by the permanent end of menstruation and the decline of estrogen and progesterone production in the body.

    Symptoms of Menopause

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    The most common symptom of menopause is the cessation of menstrual periods. Other symptoms may include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, and mood changes. Some women may also experience joint and muscle pain, headaches, and weight gain.

    The top 35 symptoms of menopause include:

    Hot flashes: a sudden feeling of warmth or heat, often accompanied by sweating and a rapid heartbeat.

    Night sweats: excessive sweating that occurs during the night, often causing sleep disturbances.

    Vaginal dryness: a decrease in the amount of natural lubrication in the vagina, causing discomfort or pain during intercourse.

    Mood changes: feelings of irritability, depression, and anxiety.

    Sleep disturbances: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or waking up feeling unrested.

    Memory problems: difficulty concentrating or remembering things.

    Weight gain: an increase in body weight, often due to changes in metabolism and hormone levels.

    Fatigue: a feeling of being constantly tired or lacking energy.

    Headaches: recurrent headaches or migraines.

    Joint and muscle pain: aches and pains in the joints and muscles.

    Breast tenderness: soreness or discomfort in the breasts.

    Bloating: feeling of fullness or swelling in the stomach.

    Constipation: difficulty having bowel movements or passing stools.

    Diarrhea: frequent loose or watery stools.

    Urinary symptoms: frequent urination, urgency, or incontinence.

    Skin changes: dryness, wrinkles, or age spots.

    Hair loss: thinning or loss of hair on the scalp.

    Nail changes: brittle or weak nails.

    Dizziness or lightheadedness: feeling unsteady or faint.

    Palpitations: feeling of a fast or irregular heartbeat.

    Chest pain: discomfort or pain in the chest.

    Breathing difficulties: shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

    Loss of libido: decreased interest in sex or sexual activity.

    Difficulty achieving orgasm: difficulty reaching orgasm during sexual activity.

    Vaginal itching or burning: discomfort or pain in the vagina.

    Vaginal discharge: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in its consistency.

    Genital itching or burning: discomfort or pain in the genitals.

    Genital discharge: an increase in genital discharge or a change in its consistency.

    Uterine cramping: discomfort or pain in the uterus.

    Ovarian cysts: small fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries.

    Endometriosis: a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of it.

    Ovarian cancer: cancer that develops in the ovaries.

    Uterine cancer: cancer that develops in the uterus.

    Cervical cancer: cancer that develops in the cervix.

    Breast cancer: cancer that develops in the breast.

    How to Know if You’re Experiencing Menopause

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    If you have gone 12 months without a menstrual period, you are considered to be in menopause. Additionally, if you are experiencing the symptoms of menopause and have a blood test that shows low levels of estrogen and progesterone, you may also be considered to be in menopause.

    What Are The 3 Stages of Menopause?

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    Menopause is a gradual process that typically occurs in three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.

    Perimenopause: This stage usually begins several years before menopause, when the body starts to produce less estrogen. During this time, women may experience irregular periods and symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances.

    Menopause: This stage occurs when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest, and symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances may be more severe.

    Postmenopause: This stage occurs after menopause and is characterized by the permanent cessation of menstrual periods. Symptoms may continue, but they typically become less severe over time.

    Treatment

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    Treatment for menopause symptoms varies depending on the individual and the severity of their symptoms. Some women may find relief with natural remedies such as exercise, diet changes, herbal supplements, acupuncture, and mind-body practices. Others may opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help relieve symptoms. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment for you.

    There are several natural ways to alleviate symptoms of menopause, including:

    Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce hot flashes and improve sleep.

    Diet: Eating a healthy diet that includes soy products and phytoestrogens (found in flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and chickpeas, among others) can help reduce hot flashes and improve overall health.

    Herbs: Some herbs, such as black cohosh and red clover, have been found to be effective in reducing hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

    Acupuncture: This traditional Chinese medicine practice has been found to be effective in reducing hot flashes and improving sleep.

    Mind-body practices: Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being, which can help alleviate menopause symptoms.

    It is important to consult a healthcare professional before taking any natural supplements or beginning any new exercise or diet regimen.

    Remember: Menopause is a natural process and a part of life for every woman. It is characterized by the permanent end of menstruation and the decline of estrogen and progesterone production in the body. Symptoms do vary and if you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, it may be worth consulting with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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    Kombucha that’s good for body and soul

    Naturopath and Kombucha City founder Gail Matthew shares her latest passion project designed to provide you with a healthy drink and help war-ravaged Ukraine.

    If you have been reading my column each month, you will already have a good understanding of the health benefits of kombucha.

    Because it’s fermented, kombucha is considered a good source of probiotics, which help promote digestive health, increased energy and a healthy metabolism.

    It can also improve your mood, keep you cool this summer and boost your immune system.

    But do you know when kombucha is even better? When drinking a bottle is contributing to a great cause.

    Our Passion for Ukraine project

    Meet Kc Kombucha’s new flavour, KcU Passion for Ukraine.

    Not only does it boast a vibrant purple hue and an exquisite tropical zing that tantalises the tastebuds, but sales of this product will also help people living in war-torn Ukraine.

    Like most Kiwis, our family has been incredibly saddened by the events in Ukraine. And because we have a personal connection – we have a friend living through the war – we really wanted to do something to help.

    So, we decided that a dollar from every bottle of the new flavour sold will be used to support our friend to get access to the basics he and his family need to survive, and further profits will be donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

    KcU Passion for Ukraine contains real passionfruit, organic butterfly pea flower, blue cornflowers, purified water, organic sugar, organic green tea and kombucha culture.

    It’s the fourth flavour in the range, joining Kc2 Japanese Lime, Kc3 Springtime and Kc4 Boysenberry Burst on the shelves. All Kc Kombucha drinks are traditionally brewed, naturally fermented low-sugar kombuchas, made with wholefoods, free from preservatives, additives and artificial flavours.

    KcU Passion for Ukraine is perfect for summer

    You can enjoy it straight out of the bottle, over ice in your favourite wine or beer glass, or use it as a base for this yummy summer drink that’s a refreshing twist on a cocktail classic. If you want to be super healthy, omit the rum and opt for a non-alcohol version.

    Beat the heat this summer

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    Naturopath and Kombucha City founder Gail Matthew looks at how you can stay cool, calm and collected to beat the heat as the weather hots up.

    Statistics from NIWA show 2021 was New Zealand’s hottest year on record and NIWA scientists are predicting the next few months will be warmer than average in most parts of the country.

    Most of us will be looking forward to some warm weather after a wet, cold start to spring but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. We’ve got some tips on how to lower your body temperature and cool your environment so that you can chill out this summer.

    Drink kombucha

    Naturally we are big advocates for the wellbeing properties of kombucha and research has shown it can help keep you cool as well as quench your thirst.

    Kombucha contains antioxidants which fight the free radicals that damage our cells and support organs such as our liver. Liver toxicity creates heat in the body so when you help your liver to get rid of toxins, it doesn’t have to work as hard and it won’t create as much heat.

    Kc Kombucha


    The antioxidants that are found in food and beverages are better for you than taking supplements. Kombucha made with green tea, like Kc Kombucha drinks, is higher in antioxidants than kombucha made with black tea. Green tea has been shown in a number of studies to have an antioxidant effect on the liver.

    In fact, studies on rats have shown that drinking kombucha can reduce liver toxicity by up to 70 per cent. Although no human studies exist, this seems like a promising area of research. We’ll leave that up to the scientists and just keep enjoying a daily glass of Kc Kombucha to keep our livers working well.

    Mint and ice

    A mint solution

    Mint or peppermint is one of nature’s coolants thanks to the menthol it contains. It’s great added to a cool foot bath. Put cold water and some ice cubes in a bucket, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and soak your feet for 20 minutes. You can also use peppermint essential oil in a diffuser in your house to take advantage of its cooling effects.

    Water with lemon and cucumber

    Stay hydrated

    Staying hydrated is important because the body can’t produce sweat if you are dehydrated. Sweat is a natural cooling agent for the body. Man (or woman) can’t live by kombucha alone, so you need to increase your water intake. Try putting citrus, cucumber or melon in your water to improve the flavour. The better it tastes, the more likely you are to drink it. Aim to eat more foods high in water content – this includes fruits such as strawberries or watermelon and vegetables such as celery and cucumber.

    Be fussy about fibres

    Wear loose, lightly coloured clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, or silk – and if you are out in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Make sure you have natural fibres on your bed as well – cotton, linen or bamboo works best. Man-made fibres are like wearing plastic bags and no one wants to wear a plastic bag in the middle of summer!

    Sea vew

    See the sea

    Cool down with a swim in the ocean – it’s so much better for you than a chlorinated pool because salt water is full of minerals that promote healing in the body. If you don’t live near an ocean, a lake or river is the next best option for chilling out and enjoying the benefits of being at one with nature. But wherever you swim, remember to stay safe. Wear appropriate swimwear, check for warning signs, currents or rips, swim with others or where lifeguards are on duty, don’t swim after consuming alcohol, watch children carefully and know your limits.

    Lighten up

    When it comes to summer eating, ditch those carb-heavy comfort foods and stodgy stews. Options such as salads, which are less dense and higher in water content, will make you feel lighter and cooler. Lighter foods are easier to digest and digestion is another function that creates heat in the body.

    Cold shower

    Dial down the hot water

    Keep your showers cooler in summer – it will keep your core temperature down and having a lukewarm shower also means you will use less hot water. Energy saving is good for our planet.

    BBQ

    Bring back the barbecue

    When the weather is good, consider cooking outdoors on the barbecue as much as possible. It will prevent indoor cooking appliances heating up the house, leaving it feeling hot and stuffy. Everything tastes better on the barbecue. The other option is to opt for meals that don’t need heating – cold meats or smoked salmon combined with salads are simple, healthy, cool options.

    Say hello to aloe

    Aloe vera gel can help to lower body temperature. You can apply it in the dip behind your ears or on your wrists where it will have the desired cooling affect straight into the blood vessels. Use either the gel found in a fresh plant or a pure aloe vera gel from the pharmacy or health store.

    Aloe vera gel


    However you choose to stay cool this year, the team at Kombucha City hopes you have a relaxing, safe summer.

    The Cosmetic Clinic Queen Street for Laser, Skin, & Injectables

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    Interested in Cosmetic Injectables? Laser Hair Removal? Clear Skin?

    The Cosmetic Clinic Queen Street can fulfil your heart’s desires!

    Specialist Claire Waterworth manages the Cosmetic Clinic on vibrant Queen Street in the heart of the city. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, The Cosmetic Clinic Queen Street provides a range of services to suit your needs! Specialising in Injectables, Laser, and Skin Treatments, the team at Queen Street will ensure that your experience is smooth and enjoyable.

    If you’re concerned about smile lines, dark under-eyes, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, thinning or uneven lips, or fat reduction, The Cosmetic Clinic offers:

    • Anti-Wrinkle Injections
    • Dermal Filler
    • Skin Hydrators
    • Skin Renew Skin Rejuvenation
    • Microneedling
    • LED Light Therapy
    • Laser Hair Removal

    And so much more!

    Interested?

    Check out The Cosmetic Clinic Queen Street here, or give them a call at 09 220 4366.

    Getting A Smarter Mortgage With Rachael Thompson

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    Rachael Thompson is The Smarter Mortgage Lady, based in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Rachael Thompson’s story is amazing, as a single mother the bank said NO to her attempts to get a mortgage. Working with a mortgage broker who specialised in 1st home buyers with little deposit, Rachael was not only able to secure her own home together with her sister – with a bit of help from the bank of Mum and Dad – Rachael decided that becoming a mortgage broker was her calling.

    New Zealand currently has some interesting rules around bank and mortgage lending so it pays to listen to an expert like Rachael.

    Check out these videos to find out how you can:

    • Work to secure a mortgage with less than 20% deposit
    • Getting a mortgage with 20% or more
    • Getting a mortgage with the help of the bank of Mum & Dad.

    Find Out More

    To find out more about Rachael Thompson The Smarter Mortgage Lady visit her website:

    https://rachaelthompson.co.nz

    Guide To Better Living TV Show Season 2 Episode 10

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    It’s episode 10 this week! Kiwi celebrities, Kombucha and Eye health!

    This week we chat to Gary Brown, creator of the NZ Walk Of Fame! Gail Matthew from Kombucha City NZ shares how she created her very tasty health drink! And Associate Professor, Dr Andrea Vincent discusses inherited Retinal Disease in association with Retina New Zealand Inc.

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    Guide To Better Living TV Show Season 2 Episode 9

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    It’s episode 9! Rarotonga, Mortgages, and Music!

    Today Guest Presenter Mike Hogan from the Travel Guys chats with Rachael Mackey about Rarotonga

    The Smarter Mortgage Lady Rachael Thompson is back to discuss what to do if you have less than 20% deposit.

    And award winning Accordion player Tracey Collins discusses how she’s disrupting the music scene, in a good way!

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    Guide To Better Living TV Show Season 2 Episode 8

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    It’s episode 8! Rarotonga, Mortgages, Living Green and Champagne!

    Today Guest Presenter Mike Hogan from the travel guys chats with Rachael Mackey about Rarotonga

    The Smarter Mortgage Lady Rachael Thompson is back to discuss your options if you have 20% deposit or more!

    We meet Sigrid & Nigel McLisky from Living Green sharing how they created a product range for people with sensitivities

    And finally, Real Housewife of Auckland Anne Batley Burton shares another Champagne Etiquette tip!

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    Guide To Better Living TV Show Season 2 Episode 7

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    It’s episode 7! Rarotonga, mortgages, staycations and champagne!

    Today guest host Mike Hogan from the Travel Guys iChats with Rachel Mackey about the Cook Islands!

    The Smarter Mortgage Lady Rachael Thompson shares tips for first home buyers

    We take a second look at luxurious staycation spot – The Doubletree by Hilton in Karaka

    And finally Real Housewife of Auckland Anne Batley Burton shares another Champagne Etiquette tip!

    Brought to you in association with Beds n Lounge Direct!

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    Low carb / keto scone recipe

    Low carb / keto scone recipe

    Hi: Monique Bradley here. I’ve been on a low carb / keto journey since I learned I was carb intolerant in 2017. YES! It’s a thing! (If you want to find out more, please get in touch.)

    I have to be honest: I’ve always been a scone addict and while white flour scones are delicious, my body, my blood sugars and my gut disagree!

    These wee lo carb / keto and gluten free gems are my adaptation of a bunch of tried and tested recipes that I’ve experimented with since I’ve been on this low carb / keto journey.

    For me, the hardest thing about the journey has been that feeling like ‘I’m missing out on my favourite treats’, but as they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, so through sheer desperation, this recipe was created. It’s a fantastic ‘base’ recipe for a scone and I’ve added in a few ideas for optional extras if you want to mix it up a bit.

    Remember though: this is not a perfect replacement for a white flour scone. Nothing beats that kind of carb-loaded goodness, but it IS a nice alternative when you have a hankering for some baked goods or a high tea. Good luck and let me know how you go!

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups of Almond Flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 3 tbsp melted butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp of your preferred sweetener
    • 1/4 tsp of salt
    • dash of almond milk of lactose free milk (it’s lower in carbs) A dash is roughly a couple of TBSP’s.

    Optional: a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and mozzarella cheese or bacon bits for a savoury scone, or sugar free choc chips, some blueberries, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of zest, or simply add 1/2 a tsp of vanilla essence for a sweeter more flavoursome option.

    Method

    Mix all the ingredients together till a dough forms.

    You can then either flatten out your dough between 2 pieces of baking paper and cut into circular or square scones OR roll them up into balls and place in your air fryer like I did below

    Oven:

    If you’re cooking them in the oven, pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees using Fan-bake.

    Place each scone on a greased baking tray or on a piece of baking paper.

    They will cook in roughly 12 – 15 minutes – depending on your oven – so check them at 10 minutes. They’re done when they are golden on the top, like the image above.

    Air Fryer:

    I pre-heated my air fryer for 3 minutes on the baking heat, then placed by dough balls straight on the plate. I cooked them for 8 minutes at the baking heat of the 160 degrees, then checked to find they were still a tiny bit gooey inside (though still delicious….!).

    I put them back in the air fryer for another 2 minutes at the same heat, and they were perfect!

    Once they’re done, leave them to cool slightly as they are quite delicate and prone to crumbling. Cooling helps them hold together better.

    Add butter or your favourite low carb toppings and enjoy!

    How To Pick The Perfect Mattress

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    How To Pick The Perfect Mattress

    Thanks to the team at beds n lounge direct for submitting this article to help you get a better nights sleep! beds n lounge direct are our official furniture partners, so have read of the article and find out which mattress could help you get a better nights sleep NOW!

    Picking a mattress can be a challenging task with many factors to consider. From comfort levels to time of life, there are many different needs to take into account and if you’re sharing a bed with a significant other who may also have different preferences, how do you find the perfect mattress? In this article we plan to demystify the whole process with an easy to follow range of preferences and some solutions to make your mattress purchasing experience easier!

    What Kind of Sleeper Are You?

    • Back sleeper? 
    • Side sleeper? 
    • Stomach sleeper? 
    • Or all of the above?

    The most important factor when choosing a mattress is your sleeping position. There are technically four kinds of sleepers; side, stomach, sleepers and those that are a mix of all three.  

    Back sleepers

    Newcastle Extra Firm Euro-top Pocket Spring Mattress

    Back sleepers need a mattress that is firm enough to provide support while being soft enough to be comfortable.

    If the mattress is too soft, your body and your back will bend, causing aches and pains. 

    Side sleepers

    Cloud Plush 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    For side sleepers, a medium soft mattress is a great choice as it gives you support without creating pressure points on your shoulders, ribs and hips. 

    Stomach sleeper

    Cloud Firm 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    Most sleep specialists do not recommend sleeping on your stomach as it can impact the curvature of your spine.

    If you are a stomach sleeper, it may be worth investing in a firmer mattress, distributing your weight more evenly while preventing hyperextension of the spine.

    Multi position sleeper

    Cloud Medium 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    For multi position sleepers, a medium mattress provides the best overall support and comfort while allowing your body to adjust naturally as you sleep.

    Basically – if you’re uncomfortable as you sleep, you’ll find your way to a better sleeping position automatically. 

    Additional considerations

    While the feel and firmness of a mattress primarily depends on your sleeping position, it’s also important to consider your body type, weight and size, and how much space you need too. Partner disturbance can be a big challenge, as can time of life so here’s some additional information to consider.

    Latex and memory foam

    For midlife women – as an example – a latex topped mattress or gel infused memory foam layer on a mattress is a great option providing both bounce and cooling qualities.

    Gel infused memory foam provides a restful sleep experience especially for those with higher body temperature or who tend to sweat as they sleep, and it also has a better open cell structure than standard memory foam or latex, making it more breathable and airy. 

    Pocket Spring Mattresses

    Chelsea 6 Turn Pocket Spring Mattress SG | KS | Double | Queen

    Mattresses with pocket spring systems allow each spring to work independently from each other supporting the correct positioning of your body and only responds to the pressure applied to that area. This helps to prevent “roll-together” while reducing the transfer of movement to other areas of the mattress. 

    Adjustable Beds and Mattresses

    Adjustable Bed with Memory Foam Mattress

    Adjustable beds and mattresses are a very popular option, initially designed to cater to people that suffer from certain conditions that may cause pain or discomfort, now becoming increasingly more popular for all! They give you the freedom and flexibility to individually change your position from prone to upright, including adjusting the position of your legs, without affecting the positioning of your sleeping companion!  Adjustable mattresses can also prove practical for people that are prone to snoring as this could be a result of incorrect sleep positioning, so if you have a snorer in your household, this could be a great option. 

    There are many other factors to consider.

    • Need more space?  Try a bigger bed and a bigger mattress!
    • Do you and your significant other sleep in very different positions? A medium mattress is a great choice!
    • Not sure where to start? Come and see us!

    The knowledgeable team at beds n lounge direct have many years of experience when it comes to both sleeping and mattresses, so get in touch and let them help you find your way to a better night’s sleep!

    And as you’re buying at wholesale prices, it’s a great decision worth sleeping on!