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Peppermint Oil for Hot Flashes

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Question: My hot flashes are worse than ever in this heat! I've heard of a hot flash spray - can that help?

Actually, it could. High temperatures very often trigger hot flashes for many women. These sprays contain peppermint oil. Peppermint is an essential oil that has a positive effect on hot flashes because it is among the most powerful vasoconstrictors in aroma therapy and therefore helps relieve hot flashes.

 

How does it work? The menthol tricks the brain into thinking your body needs relief from heat. Also, it can help with achy legs, hands, and feet. So, it is a very nice oil for those of us in perimenopause or menopause.

 

But be aware, most sprays contain just water and alcohol which dries quickly with only modest benefits. Ladies, you can make your own spray!

 

Get some peppermint oil. Add 1-2 squeezes of the dropper to 4 oz. of water. You can double the amount if you have a lot of hot flashes. Put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on your wrists, chest, and face and back of the neck for an instant cool down. Or you can store a vial of peppermint oil in your fridge. Whenever you feel flashy, add a dropper full to some unsweetened juice (I like cranberry) and drink it. No calories plus relief! You will prevail!

 

For more information on hot flashes, watch my hot flashes video...the link is below. Or email me for some written information that I can put in your hot little hands. LOL!

 

            Hot Flash YouTube:

             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD5W26bFUag

            Email: Barbara@askbarbarahoffman.com

 

Remember, hot flashes are not lethal. Synthetic hormone prescriptions for hot flashes can be lethal. In fact, having hot flashes means that your vessels are in better condition than women who do not have them so there is a silver lining. However, let's be comfortable!

I'm on your side.

My favorite peppermint oil can be found here: http://www.bhnformulas.com/new-custom.html

 

Warmly,

Barbara

 

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Dodge Vacation Pounds!

Category: Weight Loss  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, September 08, 2016

How can I dodge vacation pounds?

 

Q: I recently lost 23 pounds and can't wait to go on a cruise with my husband. I plan on having a great time - and that's going to include eating a lot more than I usually do. Do you have any tricks I can use to avoid gaining back the weight?

 

 

A: Your first line of defense against vacation pounds is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This omega-6 fatty acid has been shown to stimulate fat burn and promote the creation of metabolism-revving lean muscle. Conjugated linoleic acid helps maintain lean muscle mass and fight sarcopenia. The one area that has seen extensive clinical trials involving CLA is weight management. There are over 100 studies showing that CLA has a positive affect on those who are looking to reduce body fat and maintain lean muscle mass. As people age, they experience "sarcopenia", a degenerative loss of muscle mass and strength. And while sarcopenia is a natural process that comes with aging, it can be slowed and even reversed by CLA.  In fact a study concluded that (muscle) increased in people taking conjugated linoleic acid. And, although the increase in muscle was very slight, the onset of the increase began very soon after taking the CLA supplements. That will help ensure that any extra calories you consume on your trip (pina coladas included) will be burned for energy instead of stored as fat. CLA is so effective, in fact, that subjects in a study who took CLA daily shed 88 percent more body fat over 8 weeks than those who didn't take it. Wow!

 

In addition, researchers have also determined that CLA can decrease body fat mass. It does this in four distinct ways:

  1. CLA decreases the amount of fat that is stored after eating
  2. CLA increases the rate of fat breakdown in fat cells
  3. CLA increases the rate of fat metabolism
  4. CLA decreases the total number of fat cells.

   This is an INCREDIBLE benefit. Less fat cells!

 

These four fat fighting mechanisms actually operate two separate ways. CLA works on the adipocytes (the principle site where fat is stored) and the skeletal muscle cells (the principle site where fat is burned for energy). A study concluded that CLA may be more effective at protecting against fat mass regain following weight loss. In their conclusion, the researchers wrote "CLA supplementation among overweight adults significantly reduced body fat over 6 months and prevented weight gain during the holiday season."

 

CLA also balances blood sugar and curbs the output of hunger hormones to keep cravings at bay. To get the perks, take 1,200 mg of CLA at least once a day throughout your trip. Many women find they come home slimmer than when they left! Conjugated linoleic acid helps to fight and break the yo-yo effect. This is when one successfully looses 5, 10, even 25 pounds only to put the weight back on.

 

Conjugated linoleic acid's safety is not in question. So while conjugated linoleic acid is not a magic bullet for weight loss, it is a safe and viable option for those who are looking to prevent weight gain and maintain lean muscle mass. And if you want to keep the pounds from piling up next holiday season, embarking on CLA supplementation plan now makes a lot of sense.

 

As an added bonus, CLA has potential anti-cancer properties. Studies have demonstrated that even small amounts of CLA have been shown to slow the growth of a wide variety of tumors, including cancers of the skin, breast, as well as cancers of the lung, prostate, and colon.

 

I'm taking 3 CLA per day. My favorite is a big pill, but it does a BIG job.

 

 

Love,

Barbara

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Progesterone Interference

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, September 01, 2016

 

Q: Can the use of transdermal natural progesterone interfere with my body's own production of progesterone, making my body dependent on the supplemental progesterone?

 

A: This dependence can happen when supplementing with hormones, such as cortisol and thyroid. However, these hormones are released, respectively, from the adrenal glands and the thyroid glands all day every day.

 

In contrast, progesterone is produced by the ovary in a monthly cycle. If you are premenopausal and use progesterone cream at a point in your cycle before you ovulate, it may signal the brain to suppress ovulation, and thus in that sense it could suppress your body's own production of progesterone.

 

However, if you begin using the progesterone cream after you ovulate, it will simply be augmenting whatever your ovary made or did not make.

 

Since the progesterone levels of women over 45 or menopausal women can be zero or close to it, this is not really an issue for them. If you use the normal physiological dose of progesterone (40 mg per day), you will NOT shut down your body's own production of Progesterone.

 

And if you are deficient or estrogen dominant, you are going to feel MUCH better!

Write to me for my free progesterone booklet!

          Email: Barbara@askbarbarahoffman.com        

 

Warmly,

Barbara

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Makeup Tips

Category: Younger You, Younger Me  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, August 26, 2016

Makeup Tips

 

Hello, Ladies! Lots of you ask for my makeup secrets to look Youthful...well, I do have a little bag of tricks / tips. Here you go!

 

 

The most radiant, beautiful skin has a subtle sheen so stay away from anything matte, full coverage, or heavy. I use only Tinted Moisturizer. If that is not enough coverage for you, then go ahead and mix it with a little foundation...but chooses a natural finish, light coverage type. Don't look old, dull and have makeup annunciating your wrinkles. Wrinkles are a sign of our journey, but let's not accentuate them!

 

 

Concealer: It will help you look well-rested and will brighten your look. Cancel out redness by tapping a few dots of your concealer under the eyes and even on top of your lids. Be Gentle! You want to show off your natural skin texture as much as possible. I apply mine with a fluffy little brush, using dabbing motions. I love the New Healthy Skin Duo Concealer! Put the light shade on first to "correct". Follow with the darker shade to "conceal".

 

The Glow: To make your face look like it's glowing from within, dab a cream blush across the apples of your cheeks, then blend it along your cheekbones. I like to tap the excess from my fingers into the cease on my upper lid for a TOTAL glow!

 

EYES:

Cream: eyeshadows are great. They're finger-paint fun to apply, easy to wear, when they stay, they stay. And, so youthful!           


 

Powder: While the moist consistency of cream shadow seems to be a better choice, don't rule out silky powders in your favorite shades. Make sure they are silky, not matte.  

 

Also, red eyes destroy a luminous look, but toxins in the environment or dry eyes can cause unpleasant redness. Keep a bottle of eye drops handy. Squeeze a few drops in each eye BEFORE applying makeup, to avoid makeup running. The clearer your eyes look, the brighter the rest of your face appears.

 

More Glow: Lightly spritz your face with a botanical facial mist. Hydrated skin looks really youthful. I love New Healthy Skin Purifying Facial Mist with Lavender, Aloe, and Rosemary. Do this whenever you want a beautiful moist look or if you makeup is looking dry or creasy. 

 

Oily?: If you absolutely must take away some shine, stick with colorless pressed powder, which will diffuse the light without altering color. Apply with a big fluffy brush and blend!

 

Okay, ladies...nothing complicated. Looking glowy and youthful is easy and, I think it's fun!  No "old lady" look for us!

 

To see my complete line of makeup, visit www.newhealthyskin.com or www.bhnformulas.com. I've worked diligently to bring you the best products at the best prices!

 

Love,

Barbara

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Liver Detox

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, August 19, 2016

THE HORMONE BALANCE SECRET WEAPON! Your Liver!

Do you need a liver detox? Probably! Especially if you are

peri-menopausal or menopausal. There is a vital connection between hormone balance and the liver. What is the correlation between the two?

 

So many women write me and tell me that "hormones didn't work for them. Well, bio-identical hormones do work in so many ways. But if your liver is damaged, toxic, or sluggish your hormones don't get metabolized. So, you believe they are not working for your symptoms, including your estrogen weight gain. A toxic liver can't metabolize hormones when it is full of contaminants. One of the worst issues is weight gain! Oh, No!

 

Your liver does a lot more than break down toxins and help you digest food - it also revs your metabolism and helps steady your blood sugar and energy levels and keeps hormone levels in balance. It's an estrogen detox organ! To keep this hardworking organ in tiptop shape, try rejuvenating your liver with milk thistle and/or curcumin. I personally use both. After Menopause, our liver is our new Best Friend.

 

 

 

 

Milk Thistle is packed with silymarin, an active compound that not only protects the liver from toxins, but can actually regenerate damaged liver tissue, cutting your risk of liver problems at least 43%. It helps the body detox excess estrogens and can stimulate the production of new liver cell to replace older damaged cells. Just 300 mg. daily is all you need! Milk thistle protects the cells of the liver by blocking the entrance of harmful toxins and removes these toxins from the liver.

 

Bonus: Silymarin helps your liver excrete trapped fluids and toxins, in as little as eight weeks according to German researchers. You only need one per day!

Find our milk thistle here: http://www.bhnformulas.com/milk-thistle.html

 

Curcumin is a flavonoid. It reduces the ability of alcohol, and toxins to damage the liver.

Dose: 2 capsules daily

Find our favorite curcumin here:  http://www.bhnformulas.com/curcumin.html

 


You can't go wrong in God's Pharmacy!

 

Love,

Barbara

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