Saturday, August 9, 2014

How You Can Shrink Fibroids Naturally with Food and Herbs

When I found out I had uterine fibroids* nearly a decade ago, they were small and inconsequential. But over time, my fibroids quietly grew and I started to get a lot of unsolicited questions about my “baby bump.” 
That’s the sneaky thing about these non-cancerous tumors (more than 99 percent of fibroid cases are benign.) They can grow slowly, rapidly, or remain the same size. They range from pea-size seedlings to bulky masses that distort the shape of the uterus. Now my biggest fibroid is a whopping 12 cm, about the size of a grapefruit.
According to The Mayo Clinic, 3 out of 4 women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives. African-American women are at an increased risk and suffer the most complications from fibroids.
African-American women are at a higher risk for uterine fibroids.

While the cause of fibroids is unknown, their growth has been linked to an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and heredity.  So if your mother or sister has fibroids, you’re likely to develop them, too.
Although some fibroids shrink on their own, especially after menopause, when they’re huge like mine, most doctors recommend surgery--either a myomectomy to remove the fibroids or a hysterectomy to remove the uterus, with the possibility of removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

But before you opt for the ER, why not consider a natural alternative?
Natural health practitioners believe there are natural ways to prevent and shrink fibroids, and ease sometimes debilitating symptoms such as heavy and prolonged periods; frequent urination; constipation; and lower back pain. Here are some of the options recommended for shrinking fibroids naturally.
Hormone-balancing foods
Research shows there’s a relationship between diet and developing uterine fibroids. Eating foods that are high in fiber helps to significantly decrease estrogen levels, which in turn may cause the fibroids to shrink.
In Healing Fibroids Naturally: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Care, Dr. Allan Warshowsky recommends a diet rich in fruits, dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and cold-water, deep-sea fish like salmon and tuna.
Women with fibroids should reduce or eliminate red meat, dairy products including eggs, wheat and gluten, soy, alcohol, and foods high in sugar, caffeine and saturated fat from their diet.
Detoxifying herbs
Herbs like milk thistle, chasteberry (vitex), burdock, yellow dock, red clover and artichoke help the liver detox, balance hormones, and reduce excess estrogen and inflammation.
Other herbs effective in treating fibroids include black cohosh, Siberian ginseng, Echinacea, goldenseal, red raspberry, licorice root, motherwort and dong quai. But women experiencing heavy bleeding should avoid dong quai, as it could increase blood flow.  The herb is also not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.
Castor oil packs
Naturopaths believe placing a warm castor oil pack prepared with hexane-free castor oil and a white flannel cloth (both available in health food stores) over your abdomen several times a week is another effective method to shrink fibroids and relieve pain. While relaxing with the pack, this is the perfect time for meditation and positive visualization exercises to reinforce the desire for optimal health.
Exercise
Research suggests exercise also combats fibroids. Aerobic exercises like walking, running, swimming and dancing stabilize insulin levels and help prevent hormonal imbalance. Eastern disciplines like yoga and tai chi stretch, tone and increase the flow of energy (chi) to the pelvic organs and hormone glands. And weight training improves muscular health and strengthens the muscles that support the uterus.
If you have fibroids, Everything She Wants wants to hear how you manage them naturally? And check out a blog I came across that chronicles one young woman's quest to shrink her fibroids naturally.
(*Portions of this post originally appeared on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Wellness Today blog.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What Hormones Do to Your Skin and How Skin Inc. Can Help!

With age comes wisdom and hopefully a shift from the turmoil of your teens and insecurity in your 20s to more self-confidence in your 30s, 40s and beyond.  But feeling more comfortable in your skin emotionally, doesn't necessarily mean that your skin isn't literally going through changes physically.  


According to WebMD, after age 30 women lose one percent of our collagen per year. And as women approach or enter menopause (usually somewhere between 40 and 58), estrogen decreases and so does the body's ability to produce oil and retain moisture, and dry skin becomes more common. 

So what's a girl to do?  

Skin Inc.'s customized skincare solutions help women create their own fuss-free skincare regimens to target your skin's problem areas, including hormonal skin. The curated range of paraben-free products includes nine serums, two cleansers/exfoliator, one multi-tasking mask and one moisturizer.

Everything She Wants experienced the products firsthand during a press event at Manhattan's luxe The Spa at Trump Soho, and emerged from an indulgent facial looking and feeling refreshed. Here are the three Skin Inc. products prescribed for my hormonal and stressed skin (each product is then blended in a single bottle in the color of your choice, to create a potent daily serum called My Daily Dose):

Renew: Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is a natural cell revitalizer – it activates the production of energy in cells, helping to renew cell functions and increase the absorption of nutrients in skincare products – slowing down the aging process for more youthful skin.

Repair: French Pine Bark
Extracted from the bark of French coastal pine, this super anti-oxidant is 350 times more effective than Vitamin C and 170 times more powerful than Vitamin E. It is combined with EGF, a protein found naturally in skin that increases DNA synthesis and cell growth that moisturizes the skin and reduces the signs of ageing skin.

Reinforce: Ceramide
Contains four different types of Ceramides to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier. This prevents dehydration of the skin and protects it from external stimuli such as chemicals, dry air and UV rays. This serum can also be used to relieve the symptoms of eczema.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Back-to-School Women's Shoe Trends from Harley-Davidson

We know, these are the three dreaded words no student (or teacher) wants to hear--back-to-school (but it's music to most Moms' ears). But a pair of new shoes will certainly make the transition a little easier, so here are some fashionable footwear styles, including gladiator sandals and colorful cowboy boots, from Harley-Davidson Footwear that will put a spring in your step from late summer into early autumn.  That's right, Harley-Davidson doesn't just make boots for bikers, anymore. And get this, new for fall the expanding brand has a collection of work-ready flats.


Brightly colored leathers, ornate embroidery, uniquely distressed treatments and just enough H-D attitude combine to create the Western Collection, featuring Emma-Lee Tan, Emma Lee Blue, Loreley Green, and Jesse Black (not pictured).

Each season, H-D Footwear does a limited run of sandals, including Leoine, a strappy gladiator sandal. Check a H-D store near you to see if it's still in stock.

These Denna flats are perfect for work or play and have a cushion sock lining for extra comfort.

Photos by Everything She Wants




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Healthy Summer Snacks and Sweet Treats

To help you pack some healthy snacks for your next picnic or outdoor party, here are a few of Everything She Wants' new summertime snack faves.

NatureBox

NatureBox is a monthly subscription box that will deliver delicious, healthy sweet and savory snacks to you at home or at work.  Each month, subscribers select five full-size bags of gourmet snacks or you can opt for a surprise box of goodies. We were gifted a three-month NatureBox subscription and always looked forward to getting our delivery. Among our favorites are the dehydrated 'Big Island' pineapple; whole wheat figgy bars (they come in blueberry, strawberry, lemon and raspberry); and honey crunch crisps.  New items are regularly introduced, and subscriptions range from $15.95 to $19.95 per month.

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags makes iced tea easy. You don't even need to heat the water, and the tea bag's long cord makes it easy to remove from the pitcher one the tea has steeped. The line of all-natural XL tea bags come in four signature blends flavored with fruits, flowers and spices; each one is identified as sweet, refreshing, fruity and uplifting. Each bag makes 16 oz of tea (use two for a quart-size pitcher). Individual packages of six XL tea bags are sold for $12.50 and the Selection of Summer Teas Box is $29 (16 bags; 4 of each).


BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips

BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are a unique kind of all natural snack crafted from top quality Nam Hom coconuts from Thailand. They're baked and not fried, gluten-free and made with seven ingredients or less (that you can actually pronounce) and never contain artificial ingredients. The coconut chips are available in five crave-worthy flavors including Simply Toasted, Show Me the Honey,  Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. BARE also specializes in apple chips and dried fruit snacks.



Monday, June 30, 2014

June Summer Sandals Style from Aerosoles

Me modeling my Yet Another sandals./Everything She Wants
I love being a blog ambassador for Aerosoles. With a new style to try out each month, who wouldn't? For June, I picked out the low stacked wedge gladiator sandal, "Yet Another," in tan (the trendy style also comes in black and olive green).

The shoe stands out because of the three contrasting buckles on the leather upper.  To be honest, when I first tried the shoes on, I wasn't sure how comfortable they would be mainly because of the location of the buckles.  But when I actually wore them to work, they were surprisingly easy to navigate the hard city streets in.  And each time I wear "Yet Another," the better they feel.

The shoe's comfort factor is due to the Heel Rest Design that distributes weight towards your heel and away from the ball of the foot, and the Diamond Flex Sole absorbs impact and disperses friction and weight.

"Yet Another" is way too modest a moniker for these signature sandals.  But once you get one pair, you may want to pick up...yet another.

Aerosoles' Yet Another./Photo from Zappos



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Skincare Tips from Celebrity Aesthetician Joanna Vargas

During the summer months, we get a natural sun-kissed glow.  But we still need to take time to exfoliate, hydrate and protect our skin from sun damage--especially our faces.  So Philips Pure Radiance Facial Cleansing System (the only cleansing system in the world that has a unique Sonic Technology with Advanced Dual Motion) enlisted celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas to give us her tried-and-true tips for flawless skin this summer and year-round. 

Celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas.

Everything She Wants was gifted a Philips Pure Radiance Cleansing System to try out and we love how gentle and lightweight it is (move over Clarisonic Mia); and we've been a client of Joanna's for several years, and always leave her tony Manhattan salon rejuvenated and refreshed. 

Joanna's tips for sumer vacation-ready skin.
  • Sleep in an enzyme mask overnight. It will gently break down protein in dead skin cells and lightly exfoliate the skin. Enzyme masks are also known to improve circulation, tone, texture, and smoothness of the skin. It’s basically an overnight miracle worker!
  • I also recommend using a fruit acid peel. They become truly detoxifying when you increase the skin’s circulation. Give yourself a facial massage while it’s on the face or use a peel that also contains paprika to get the blood flowing.
  • Whether you’re traveling for vacation or to an upcoming event, flying on an airplane is really rough on the skin. I tell my celebrity clients who travel all over the world to spritz a rosewater spray mid-flight to re-hydrate the skin and exfoliate once they land.
  • Headed to a fabulous island for some rest and relaxation? Don’t forget to dry brush your skin! It is my favorite old-fashioned yet effective tool to fight cellulite. If you want to have a perfect, beach ready figure you need to dry brush every day right before the shower. It increases collagen production, elasticity, and circulation immediately.
  • Sunscreen is a must for so many reasons- elasticity, lines and unwanted pigment. I love when my clients use mineral sunscreen powders throughout the day- these products are great because they can be reapplied and never clog your pores. In fact, many of them contain zinc which helps keep control of your oil production.
  • We all love that post-vacation glow, but the sun damage isn’t worth it! Use a product like Philips PureRadiance to fool your friends. The facial cleansing system stimulates blood flow improving microcirculation, resulting in radiant skin. As an added bonus, it’s sold with a travel pouch so you can take it wherever you go.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mobile Fun's Genuine Samsung Galaxy S3 Flip Cover

Me with my new Samsung S3 flip case./Everything She Wants
A few months ago, I finally upgraded my outdated, clunky smart phone to the streamlined Samsung Galaxy S3.  While it's a couple models behind the latest Samsung Galaxy phone, I love it. And the Genuine Samsung Galaxy S3 flip cover I was gifted from Mobile Fun has made my phone even better.

I selected the official Samsung case in a fashionable dark pink color.  Besides being lovely to look at, it fits and protects my phone without looking bulky or detracting from the phone's super slim profile.

Admittedly, I'm not a tech gal.  So in a "blonde" moment, I originally tried to fit my phone into the case without removing the back cover. But my gadget-savvy hubby (his review of the I-Phone 5 case he picked from Mobile Fun is coming soon), quickly showed me how to easily snap the phone into the cover.

The sturdy yet feminine case is great to travel with (see the photo of me with the case on a recent trip to Sandals La Source Grenada resort), and the trendy flip cover provides privacy and shields from the glare of the summer sun.

Since the pink flip cover is a bestseller on Mobile Fun.com, it may be currently out of stock. But check the site if you want this cute case, which I was unable to find at any of my cell phone carrier's stores. Mobile Fun also has plenty of other stylish S3 cases and covers to suit everything you want.