FEMALE INFERTILITY HAS MANY FACTORS

Infertility means being unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying (or six months if the woman is over age 35). Infertility results from female factors about one-third of the time and male factors about one-third of the time. If a woman keeps having miscarriages, this is also called infertility. Female infertility contributes to nearly 50 percent of all infertility cases.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN WOMEN

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

What happens now?  That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.  How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?  According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen. The blood in the coronary arteries carries oxygen to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when a blockage slows down or stops the flow of blood through these arteries.

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grains. Be sure to read the ingredi- ent list on the foods you buy at the grocery store. Some “clean” processed foods include yogurt, cheese and whole wheat pasta.


Limit sugar intake.

The majority of Americans consume more than the daily recommended amount of sugar. Sugars can be found in almost everything; however, added sugars should be avoided. Try cutting out sodas, candy and baked goods. When you are shopping, look for foods that do not have sugar as an ingredient.

Many people ask what “eating clean” means. This common question has a simple answer. Eating clean is eating foods that are natural and healthy instead of unhealthy, processed foods. It means trying to embrace more whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as healthy proteins and fats. The Mayo Clinic describes eating clean as a way of living that lends itself to improving your health and well being.


Eating clean is not an easy task. There are so many temptations on a daily basis at your job, grocery store and celebratory events. Try to find healthy alternatives and focus on fresh, natural ingredients. Eating clean is not always realistic for every meal, but here are five simple steps you can take to begin making healthier choices and start your eating-clean journey:


Purchase fresh produce.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 76 percent of Americans do not consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and 87 percent do not consume the daily recommended amount of vegetables. Eating fresh produce can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Try to purchase fresh produce from the local famer’s market or even try growing your own. Fresh produce is more likely to be organic and have higher nutritional value.

EATING CLEAN IMPROVES HEALTH AND WELL BEING

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Eat whole grains.

The best whole grains to consume are those that require the least amount of processing. Whole grains have all the parts of the original kernel, including bran, germ and endosperm in their original proportions, according to registered dietician Keri Gans. Whole grains are known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and they help with digestion because of their high fiber content. Some examples of healthy whole grain options include brown rice, quinoa and oatmeal.


Eat less meat.

Research is starting to find eating less meat can be healthy for you. You do not have to become a vegan and cut out animal products completely, but reducing meat consumption can have many health benefits. It can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your chances of heart disease and help you lose weight. Try eating grassfeed beef and wild-caught salmon instead of cold cuts and bacon.


Avoid processed foods.

We all know processed foods are convenient and easily accessible. However, it is best to avoid these foods because of their high content of sugar and refined