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Adam & Eve!

 

Hi there!

 

A human female is an organism that produces egg cells.
The first human female on earth was Pandora.

According to the Greek mythology, Pandora was moulded
from earth by the god of fire Hephaestus, the son of
Zeus, the king of gods, and Hera, the queen of heaven,
following his father’s order.

Pandora was then dressed by Athena, the goddess of wisdom,
daughter of Zeus, and given her name by the god Hermes,
the messenger and son of Zeus.

Pandora was the mother of all human females.

 

Eve (Temptation)
Pantaleon Józef Szyndler, 1846 – 1905

 

Drawing Power

 

Being a female offers a number of advantages.
Here are the most important ones to consider:

a)     Women live longer than men    a whole five ( 5 )
to ten ( 10 ) more years.

b)     Women have a higher pain threshold.
As a consequence, not only it takes more time for the pain
to register in their brain, but also they can tolerate it for
much longer.

c)     Women have a stronger sense of smell, because their
brain contains many more odour detecting cells.

d)     Women’s HDL cholesterol levels are higher than that
of men’s;   consequently, they are better protected against
cardiovascular disease.

e)     Women are much better at remembering various
things and information, while men are more forgetful.

f)     Women’s brain is releasing less quantities of the
neurotransmitter Dopamine.
Therefore, they are less addictive to any substances.

g)     Women develop most fat in their lower body, which
is more protective against heart disease, some cancers
and inflammation.

h)     Women are better communicators in all kinds of
conversations, due to using a larger variety of sentences
and words.

 

Pandora
Jules Lefebvre, 1834 – 1912

 

The Downside

 

Certainly, being a female has also the following disadvantages:

1)     In many large religions, as well as prehistoric civilisations,
women
have always been considered as property and inferior
beings, and
they have been judged negatively and treated badly.

2)     No matter how successful women have managed to
become 
in their life, they will always be referred as …. for
a woman .

3)     Women need time to try and look presentable in order
to 
attract the necessary attention and succeed in their
pursuits.

Their appearance has to be appropriate for the occasion, in 
order for them not to be ignored or judged unfavourably.

4)     Women suffer more mental and emotional problems
than men.
As a consequence, and through history, they have been
considered hysterical, neurotic and crazy, and managed
and treated accordingly.

5)     Women suffer monthly menstrual cycles, and go through
the hardest thing ever, which is giving birth.
Also they go through menopause, and lose their fertility.

 

Creation of Adam (detail)
Michelangelo 1475 – 1564

 

Line Of Work

 

According to the Bible, Adam was the first male created
by God, and he is the father of all humanity.

Being a male has a number of benefits, as follows:

a)     According to various studies, men are less likely to 
suffer from chronic stress and anxiety, in comparison
to women.

b)     Men possess much greater muscular strength than
women, and they are taller.
Consequently, they are more able to defend themselves
against various attacks and rape.

c)     In accordance with research, men are less likely to
suffer from depression and other mental illnesses.

d)     Men can continue being reasonably attractive in 
their later years, in comparison to women.
They do not go through menopause, and as a consequence
they can be fertile well into their eighties.

e)     During history, and across different cultures, men
were always more likely to be involved in politics.
Also even today, they can still get better and more well
paid jobs than women, in general.

f)     Men normally feel more confident, bold, fearless,
as well as more comfortable and relaxed doing what
they want.

 

Adam
Lucas Cranach the Elder
1472 – 1553

 

The Negative Aspect

 

On the other hand, there are also a number of disadvantages
being a male, as follows:

1)     Men die up to ten years earlier than women do, due to
various reasons.

2)     Males are more hostile, aggressive, destructive and violent.
They can attack each other easily, and be involved in many
criminal activities.

3)     Usually, men tend to act without thinking, so being more
frivolous.
Consequently, they can be drawn in to various difficult, challenging
and 
undesirable situations.

4)     Men are always very sex orientated, most of their life;
which often leads them to complications, problems, and unpleasant
and troublesome circumstances.

5)     Although men can achieve very high incomes due to their
hard and dedicated work, at the same time, they can be extremely
wasteful in very many aspects    and especially when they are
looking to attract mates.

There, you have it all.

 

 

 

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Jelly – Belly !

 

Hi there!

 

Cat and Chez met at their gym this afternoon, since
they were both taking the six o’clock aerobics class.
They warmed up in the jogging machines for a
while, then entered the room waiting for their
trainer to start the class.

It was an extremely enjoyable routine for fifty
uninterrupted minutes, after which they went
next door to the cafe for a drink and a chat.

I’m still very concerned about this bulge in my
abdomen;    I’ve already limited my calories, and
as you know,  I’m exercising every day.
But to no avail  —  it still persists ,
Cat said feeling distressed.

I don’t feel good in my body or in my clothes;
and I don’t know what to wear, especially in the
summer, to cover up this growth in front of me
she continued almost in tears.

I know exactly what you mean;   it’s very difficult
to lose belly fat  —  I’ve been fighting against this 
upsetting problem myself for many years now
Chez replied in a sad tone.

 

Fat Flower

 

Hot Potato

 

Lower body fat is a considerable worry for most
women.
Everybody wants to feel comfortable, attractive
and relaxed in their clothes.
Unfortunately, this abdominal fat is really stubborn,
and it will still stay there even if you diet and
exercise regularly.

This dangerous fat is connected with a number of
health problems, and it really is worse than just
being generally overweight.
So you do need to take all necessary steps to regulate
it and keep it under control.

Obviously it is not easy to eliminate this fat, so you must
be very willing, absolutely determined and completely
persistent to undertake solid permanent lifestyle changes.

A small amount of belly fat is good for you to protect
your lower internal organs.
But if it becomes a lot it is not healthy any more.

Apart from being overweight in general due to 
over-eating and muscle loss, the most common causes
of stubborn abdominal fat are the following:

 

Red Flower

 

a)     Adrenal Imbalance

When you are constantly stressed your adrenal glands 
keep on releasing excess cortisol and adrenaline,
causing serious hormonal imbalances in your body.
As a consequence, it starts accumulating surplus of 
fat in the abdominal area.

The Answer

Manage your stress levels by avoiding or minimising
all stressors in your life.
Also use meditation, deep breathing, herbs and nature
walks 
to reduce your cortisol levels.

b)     Oestrogen dominance

Excess oestrogen in your body encourages storage
of fat in the abdominal area.
Accumulation of this female hormone is encouraged
by eating conventionally raised meats and their
products as well as fish.
Also there is another contribution by the
environmental 
toxins and poisons.

The Answer

The only thing you can do to avoid oestrogen
overload is to avoid all the above mentioned
harmful items in your everyday life.

c)     Menopause

During the climacteric years the female hormones
fluctuate a lot, and as a result the body stores
fat in the abdomen to balance these changes.

The answer

Manage your menopause status by reading detailed
advice in my earlier post Vicissitude!.

d)     Insulin Resistance

If you follow an unhealthy diet , eventually your
body will be unable to respond properly to insulin
production.
The final result will be that the excess blood sugar
will be converted to fat and stored in your
abdominal area.

The answer

Eliminate all processed carbohydrates from your 
diet, and eat only pure whole foods.
Also eat healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, organic
meats and wild sea foods.

 

Fat White Flower

 

Cause Celebre

 

Here are some more tools for you to help you 
lose some abdominal fat:

1)     Exercise to build and maintain muscle tissue.
Adopt the simplest of the exercises, which is Walking.
Walk every day at a moderate pace for thirty ( 30 )
minutes.
Keep on moving and standing the rest of day.

2)     Sleep for seven ( 7 ) hours every night, including
weekends.
This will keep you relaxed and burn fat in the body.

3)     Boost and support your gastrointestinal microbiota
to help you digest and absorb your foods better.
Eat fibrous foods and take a high quality probiotic
supplement, every other day.

Believe in yourself.

 

 

Vicissitude!

 

Hi there!

 

Lee was a professional woman, married but
childless, in her early forties.

For the last six months she had been experiencing
a number of unusual symptoms, which kept
her from sleeping during the night.

Suddenly I start feeling so hot that I really need
to cool down;   so I get up in the middle of the night
and have a refreshing shower , she said one day.

After considerable thinking, she decided to visit her
gyn and discuss with him
her many annoying problems.
It was then that she learnt she was entering an
early
menopause.

I don’t mind entering this new stage, and I really
don’t care about losing my fertility.
The only thing I want is to do whatever it takes
to feel good and keep my self image intact ,
she thought.

Some years later and now approaching fifty, Lee
met her friends once again, who asked her about
her latest experiences.

I must admit that this is a very lengthy rough
journey;   so I advise you to be understanding
and patient.
Also I believe you need to discuss your feelings
with your spouse to avoid any misunderstandings.
Likewise, I suggest you take good care of yourself
in order to be able to enjoy this new stage of
your life .
She told them feeling pleased with herself.

 

Hat Lady

 

Pathway To Potentiality

 

Menopause is not a disease but a natural part
of the ageing process.
It is an unavoidable fact of life, and all females
will go through it eventually.
It usually occurs between the ages of forty ( 40 )
and sixty one ( 61 ).

As females age, their store of eggs is depleted,
and less estrogen is produced by the individual.
Consequently, the whole body starts behaving
very differently than before.

This whole process happens very gradually
over many years.
So here we have the four ( 4 ) natural stages of
menopause:

a)     Premenopause Stage:

This is the number of years during which the
female is fully fertile, and before any symptoms
of the second stage have started happening;
that means since menarche and before the age
of forty ( 40 ) years.

b)     Perimenopause Stage:

This is the transition years leading to the next
stage.
During this stage hormonal changes start taking
place, and you will experience some menopausal
symptoms.
Typically it is starting after the age of

forty ( 40 ) years, and lasting from six  ( 6 ) to
( 10 ) years, including the one ( 1 ) year after the
actual cessation of the female monthly cycles.

c)     Menopause Stage:

During this stage hormones continue falling.
This stage signifies the permanent cessation of the

female monthly cycles, and marks the end of
her reproductive period.
It usually lasts one year ( 1 ).

The average age of natural menopause is the age
of fifty one ( 51 ) years old.

d)     Postmenopause Stage:

This is the period starting one ( 1 ) year after the
physical cessation of the monthly cycles;
it lasts for several years and until the female
hormones drop completely, usually between
two ( 2 ) and ten ( 10 ) years.

 

Yellow Flower

 

Journey To Freedom

 

For all females, the menopause is a very personal
experience;   and although it is an absolutely
natural change, it brings with it a good number
of symptoms, which for some individuals can
be debilitating.

Here is a guide of all the usual symptoms of
menopause, for your consideration and peace
of mind.

Physical Symptoms

1)       Hot Flashes
2)       Night Sweats
3)       Irregular Monthly Cycles
( Heavy, Missing, Scattered, Short, Painful, Changed )

4)       Vaginal Dryness, Itching and Soreness
5)       Lack of Energy and  Overall Fatigue
6)       Muscle Stiffness, Tension, Tiredness, Weakness and Pain
7)       Back Pain 
8)       Joint Pain, Stiffness and Inflammation
9)       Breast Pain, Tenderness and Enlargement
10)     Headaches and Migraines
11)     Indigestion, Bloating, Cramps, Acid Reflux,
Constipation and IBS

12)     Insomnia and Other Sleep Disturbances
13)     Incontinence and UTIs
14)     Dry,  Spotty, Itching and Irritated Skin
15)     Brittle Nails
16)     Tingling in the Extremities
17)     Formication
18)     Thinner Skin and Loss of Fat all over the Body
19)     Shrinking and Drying of the Outer and Inner
Genitalia, and Painful Intercourse

20)     Heart Palpitations
21)     Dizziness and Nausea
22)     Thinning Hair on the Head and Legs
23)     Burning Mouth and Tongue
24)     Taste Changes
25)     Receding, Swollen, Bleeding Gums and Loose Teeth
26)    Various Mouth Allergies
27)     Fat Gain Around the Abdomen
28)     Change of Posture ( Neck, Shoulders, Back )
29)     
Facial Hair Growth

30)     Dry Eyes and Mouth 
31)     Dry Lungs, Breathlessness and Asthma
32)     High Cholesterol
33)     High Blood Pressure
34)     Changing Body Odour
35)     Fibrocystic Breast Disease
36)     Tinnitus
37)     Restless Leg Syndrome

Psychological Symptoms

1)       Loss of Focus and Concentration
2)       Brain Fog
3)       Poor Memory
4)       Loss of Libido
5)       Mood Swings
6)       Irritability
7)       Anxiety
8)       Panic Attacks
9)       Depression
10)     Feelings of Loss of Attractiveness
11)     Feelings of Loneliness
12)     Anger and Frustration
13)     Loss of Temper
14)     Impatience
15)     Absent Mindedness
16)     Loss Of Confidence

Long Term Effects

Osteoporosis
Cardiovascular Diseases
Lung Function
Prolapse  of the Abdominal Organs

 

Feather Lady

 

Midlife Rebirth

 

During Menopause your body is going through
a lot of significant hormonal changes.
So your whole lifestyle and diet have to change
in order to fit the new standards;
because now the body is unable to heal and
repair in the same way as it did before.

Many women do feel that they need to review
the way they take care of themselves, so that
they can keep things under control during
this difficult transition.

The following advice will help you cope better:

L i f e s t y l e

a)     Taking regular exercise will help relieve
stress, keep the body strong, reduce symptoms
and control the weight.
Choose from Cycling, Vigorous Walking, Yoga
and Swimming.

b)     Stop smoking, if you do, now;   because
if you do not, you will be at a much higher risk
of developing osteoporosis and coronary
heart disease.

c)     Avoid drinking completely;   because if
you do not, not only your symptoms will be
exacerbated but also you will be increasing
your risk for breast cancer.

d)     Use various relaxation techniques to calm
any
anxieties you suffer in your mind, and avoid
all stressors
in your life as much as possible.

e)     Develop good sleep habits by adopting
healthy evening routines, and ensuring that
your bedroom is pleasant, dark, quiet and cool;
and your bed is very comfortable.

f)     Love and laugh a lot, socialize and keep
your relationship strong, so that you can
feel happy in your life.

g)     Spend enough time in nature either this
is mountain or sea in order to feel connected
with the Universe.

D i e t

” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be
thy food ”             

Hippocrates

a)     Keep your body fully hydrated by drinking
plenty of liquids during the day, like herbal teas, pure
water and coconut water.
Doing so will detoxify your body, improve your
circulation and enhance your energy levels.
In addition, you will sleep better and reduce
your mood swings.

b)     Eat plenty of vegetables, and especially all
green leafy ones, which not only will alkalize your
body but also they are loaded with much needed
vitamins and minerals.

c)     Eat only organic and free range chicken,
turkey and eggs for full animal protein.

d)     Eat only wild caught fish, like salmon, cod,
sole and swordfish.

e)     Eat  only healthy fats and oils, like organic
virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and organic
butter.
Also eat all nuts and seeds, their oils and butters.

f)     Avoid all processed foods, sugar, soy products
and refined carbohydrates because they create
all kinds of imbalances in the body as well as
dangerous inflammation.

 

Dark Red Flower

 

Powerful Evolution

 

Menopause is an all natural development of
life, and it does not require medical treatment.
Together with the above mentioned advice
you can apply some alternatives, like massage,
reflexology and aromatherapy.
You can also use a vaginal moisturizer to keep
you comfortable.

In addition, you can take the following supplements:
*     Vitamin C     1000mg
*     Vitamin E        400IU
*     Vitamin B complex     50mg
*     Omega 3 Fish Oil     1200mg – 2400mg
*     Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D/Boron/Vitamin K/Zinc
       all together preferably in one pill.

In the event that you are experiencing severe symptoms,
you should take HRT/ERT treatment for a few years,
preferably as a skin patch or gel.

Also note that you can use only a vaginal estrogen
cream/gel for as long as you wish.

Finally, it is totally natural to feel and notice that
your whole body is changing dramatically.

Try to ignore all changes because you have no choice
in this matter  —  they will happen anyway.

Take full responsibility of your health, and love
yourself and your ageing body.

Enjoy your life !!

 

 

 

Roly-Poly!

 

Hi there!

 

During the last six months Ila has been going
through a lot of stress, and suffering from anxiety.
Her mother was seriously ill and dying, and her
marriage was falling apart.

It was impossible for her to sleep at nights any
more, and during the days she was struggling
to get by and survive.

Her one and only consolation was food.
Utterly confused she kept on eating …… eating
anything, especially sweets    and the weight
was piling on.

It’s so unbelievable how much food I can eat
in a day she thought one evening.
She started feeling ashamed of herself, and awfully
guilty for eating so much.

Then suddenly she realized that there were many
advantages being overweight.
For starters, she felt protected, and not so vulnerable,
defenseless and exposed any more.

 

Fat Ladies

 

Fishing Expedition

 

In human history, being fat was always a sign 
of prosperity and affluence.
Nowadays, being fat is considered a great health
danger.
But latest research reveals that being moderately
overweight is useful and beneficial for you in
many ways.

According to these latest studies, although being
highly overweight or obese you are at a higher risk
of 
developing certain chronic diseases, at the same
time, being moderately overweight you will
enjoy a longer life.

It all comes down to your genetic make-up, how
much physically active you are in your daily life,
your diet habits, and certainly it depends on your
overall lifestyle, 
how healthy or unhealthy it is.

It is a common belief among medical professionals
that being overweight can protect you against a
number of serious diseases.
It can also provide you with extra energy during 
sickness times.
In general, having an excess of fat cells in the
body enhances longevity.

 

Cup Cakes

 

Lightning Bolt

 

There are numerous health enhancements you 
will enjoy if you are moderately overweight.
Some of the most unexpected benefits are the
following:

a)     Stronger Immune System

Fat around the various body organs interacts
and 
aids the immune system’s response.
Damaged tissue is repaired rapidly and
heals better.

b)     Faster Recovery Time

When you are ill your body needs much more
energy to rebuild and cure.
Fat tissue provides the extra energy needed
to recover as quickly as possible.

c)     Protection Against Senility

Being overweight will defend against any mental
disorders and brain deterioration.

d)     Alleviation Of Arthritis

Abdominal fat helps prevent the onset and
consequent attacks of chronic arthritis.

e)     Delayed Ejaculation For Men

Abdominal fat carries female hormones that
inhibit the male orgasm, giving you an extra
eight ( 8 ) minutes.

f)     Overall Body Protection

Excess fat around the body will cushion and
support all important organs in the event of
various accidents.

 

Aztec Women

 

Second Childhood

 

Having extra fat around the body is much more
important for older adults.
Plentiful studies during the last years have revealed
that being overweight after the age of fifty (50 ),
offers serious protective effects against all

illnesses.

Also, being overweight is particularly beneficial
and guarding against any bone problems, as well as
assisting with better recovery should any health
trouble arises.

In addition, if you are a menopausal woman,
if you have excess fat all over your body, you will also
have higher levels of estrogen circulating in your
blood;    because estrogen is produced and stored
in the fat tissue.
This can be advantageous in the alleviation,
relief and delay of the menopausal symptoms.

Therefore, for any person above the age of fifty
it is absolutely crucial not to restrict his/her
nutrition in any way in order to lose weight;
because keeping your weight up, you will definitely
increase your chances for a healthier and 
longer life.
Weight loss after that age signifies the general
decline of the individual.

Body Mass Index

BMI     between   25   and   35   =   Low Mortality
BMI     <   25   =   Higher Mortality
BMI     >   35   =   Higher Mortality

Treasure and Cherish your Love Handles !!

 

 

 

 

 

Anhydrous!

 

Hi there!

 

For the last eight months she has been going
through a difficult and very stressful divorce.
She was feeling worried, continuously tense
and extremely scared of the future.

Once again she woke up in the middle of the
night totally distressed.
She started tossing and turning  —  and the
time was passing without her being able to go
back to sleep again.

For some time now she has been feeling complete
discomfort in her private parts.
As the time was going she found out that her
vulvae had become dry as a bone.

It’s unbearable.   I can’t go to my gym anymore,
I can’t walk properly, I can’t sleep at night ……..
I must get some
advice as soon as possible ,
she thought.

And so she did, although she was feeling extremely
embarrassed to discuss this delicate issue…………

 

Red Rose

 

Lusus Naturae

 

Vaginal dryness is the quiet plague.
It is the widespread problem most women
hesitate to discuss with anyone because they
feel nervous, afraid and embarrassed.

It can affect any woman between the ages
of
18 to 45 years for various reasons;
but 
it is much more prevalent in women above
the age of 45 years old, when female hormones
start declining and menopause usually starts.

According to surveys an average of 55% or more
of all menopausal women have experienced
vaginal dryness.
Unfortunately this is an extremely uncomfortable,
painful, frustrating and depressing condition,
which needs to be handled properly.

 

Purple Rose

 

Fan The Fire

 

The following are the main risk factors and
triggers for vaginal dryness:

a)     Too much stress and anxiety.
b)     Emotional & Relationship issues.
c)     Intense and excessive exercise.
d)     Childbirth & Breastfeeding.
e)     Allergies & Anti-histamine medications.
f)      Vaginal infections.
g)      Surgical removal of the ovaries.
h)      Endometriosis.
i)       Diabetes.
j)       Radiation & Chemotherapy.
k)      Autoimmune disorder.
l)       Smoking.
m)    Menopause. 

The consequences are very disturbing and can
become debilitating, as follows:

1)     Severe burning.
2)     Intense itching.
3)     Irritation & Inflammation.
4)     Acute soreness.
5)     Sharp Pain.
6)     Difficulty walking.
7)     Reduced sex drive.

 

Pink Flower

 

Shot In The Arm

 

The following are the best recommended
treatments to alleviate this distressing
and painful problem:

a)     Vaginal moisturisers to be used regularly.

b)     Water based lubricants to be used during
any sexual activity.

c)     Vitamin E pure oil or gel.

d)     Natural pure vegetable oils.

e)     Topical use of oestrogen cream/gel for
actual cure.

 

L i f e s t y l e    C h a n g e s

 

1)     Avoid all feminine hygiene products.

2)
     Wash externally only with warm water

using your hand and pat dry.

3)
     Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear and

other clothing.

4)
     Reduce stress by removing most stressors

from your life.

5)
     Maintain a healthy weight.


6)
    Take regular exercise.


7) 
    Eat a healthy diet and drink liquids to stay

hydrated..

8)
     Engage in any sexual activity.

 

Be calm and very patient.

Never give up hope.