Hormones and Heart Disease: A Connection No One Should Ignore

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According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths with coronary heart disease (CHD) being the most common. What’s worse, every year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack, with over 500,000 being their first…

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Female Empaths: 11 Reasons Why Men Cannot Handle Them

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Everyone knows an empath. Just reading those four words, there are likely one or two people who pop right into your head. One of the reasons that is, is because empaths are different than the average person. When people are different – for some reason – their lives are filled with a unique set of…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Vulvar Cancer: How One Mom’s Skin Condition Turned into a Dangerous Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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Imagine going through two decades of unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and visits to specialists. It would be a miracle if you didn’t lose your mind trying to nail down what was ailing you. What would be worse is finding out years later that this mysterious problem of yours is actually an uncommon and dangerous type of…

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Early Signs of Cancer that Every Woman and Man Needs to Know

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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Cancer is a mysterious killer we still know so little about. Despite successful treatments and declining death rates in the United States, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1,735,350 people will be diagnosed with cancer by the end of 2018. (1,2) That’s approximately 4,700 cancer diagnoses every single day. Over the last two decades, a…

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Mom Survey Finds Having Exactly 3 Kids Is the Most Stressful for Parents

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Kids are cute, but kids are stressful! Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or even camp counselor, you are no stranger to the stresses of taking care of children. Even though this stress is shared by people around the world, for some weird reason, they still find themselves comparing who is more stressed or who…

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Explained

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The glands throughout your body secrete hormones that help regulate your natural bodily functions. Everything from your brain to reproductive organs rely on stable hormone levels to optimally perform their vital functions. Despite their importance, hormone levels can swing out of balance due to medical conditions, bodily changes and even certain medications. When this occurs,…

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Life in the Womb: Breathtaking Video Shows 9 Months in Under 5 Minutes

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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Babies… the miracles of life. They’re beautiful but it’s easy to forget that that beauty came into being nine months earlier. Any woman who has experienced pregnancy can say that it changed her body, her emotions and, most of all, her life. Sandra Chami Kassis, a Lebanese author, captured this sentiment best in a single…

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Fish Pedicures Associated With Health Concerns: Why You Should Say No to the Fish Spa

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Victoria Curthoys, of Perth, Australia, was vacationing in Thailand in 2010 when she stumbled across a spa that offered fish pedicures.  The service had grown extremely popular globally and involves submerging your feet in water populated with tiny fish (garra rufa, or “doctor fish”) that eat the dead skin from your feet. Those who have…

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Baby Was Photographed with the 1,616 IVF Needles It Took To Conceive Her

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The single most special thing we can create in this world is new life. But, what happens when the body you’ve been given doesn’t allow you to have a child of your own? Some people accept their reality, some choose adoption, and others look to other alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). And that’s…

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A Month Before A Heart Attack, Your Body Will Warn You With These 9 Signals

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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In recent decades, scientists have realized that heart attack symptoms can be quite different for women than for men. In 2003, the journal Circulation published the findings of a multicenter study of 515 women who’d experienced a heart attack. The most frequently reported symptoms didn’t include chest pain. Instead, women reported unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety….

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Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

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We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. What really causes it? Will there ever be a cure? Are there any natural preventatives? How do my other medications that I’m taking affect my risk of such problems?…

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How to Lose Weight Even If You Have PCOS: 8 Science-Backed Tips

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects up to 20% of pre-menopausal women. The exact cause is unknown, but an imbalance of male sex hormones (called androgens) is a big culprit. One of the most common symptoms is weight gain. In fact, 39% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese…

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Mom’s Post Desperately Asking Husband to Help with their New Baby Goes Viral.

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Most moms and wives find themselves overwhelmed and stressed out by the numerous day-to-day tasks they are required to juggle. Even more so now then they did before! In addition to being a wife and a mother, women have full-time jobs and careers they have to maintain. Even with the help of babysitters, women today…

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Doctors Now Have To Warn Women Not To Stick Wasp Nests In Their Lady Parts

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Doctors (and common sense) are warning against a pseudoscientific practice that involves eating and putting mushed up oak galls into the vagina, claiming it’s an “organicâ€� way to clean, heal, and tighten the vagina. The product was being peddled by a Malaysian “health shopâ€� on the e-commerce site Etsy. The instructions advise customers to boil the…

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New Research Says Women With Big Butts Are Healthier And Smarter

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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There’s an energized focus on body awareness and acceptance these days. People are starting to become comfortable with various body types that differ from the modern beauty standards. Over the ages, different body parts and types were fetishized, depending on the condition and priorities of the civilization. As it turns out, larger butts are indications…

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How A Lack of Pregnancy Signs Led To One Woman Giving Birth On The Toilet

Pierre Van ZylHeal, parenting, Women’s Health

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Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life that is characterized by a plethora of bodily changes. From a growing belly, to swollen ankles, to morning sickness – pretty much every inch of your body is affected by the life growing inside of you. But what if you don’t realize you’re pregnant until the…

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Top 6 CBD Oil Uses Every Woman Over 39 Needs to Know

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Did you notice it? The very day you blew out more than 39 candles on your birthday cake, things started to take a subtle shift. You used to be able to sleep through the night, and now you’re suddenly dealing with insomnia. You thought painful periods were a thing of the past? “Think again,” says your…

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Hands Down the Best Natural Way to Beat Stress & Anxiety

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health, Women’s Health

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Jump Straight To… Does Sex Relieve Stress? 4 Science-Based Reasons We Say Yes Thanks… But There’s Still a HUGE Problem This Trick is Helping Women Break the Stress-Sex Cycle Sometimes words like ‘tired,’ ‘stressed out,’ and ‘busy’ just don’t cut it. At this point, most adults have a lifestyle of chronic stress. So much so that…

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CBD Oil: The Quickest and Safest Way to End Cramps, Migraines, Joint Pain, and More

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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Sometimes popping an Advil extra strength when you’re experiencing pain simply doesn’t cut it, and the unwanted side-effects of using NSAIDs can make you feel even worse over time. Luckily, there are alternatives out there that can help relieve your chronic pain. One alternative, in particular, has worked especially well – cannabidiol (CBD) products. The…

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8 Hormone Imbalances that Affect Weight Gain for Men and Women

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Hormones influence several systems in the human body keeping them running properly, but they can also have side effects if not in balance. And although we may think that women are the only ones who become hormonal, the truth is that men’s health is also affected by hormonal imbalances. Our bodies send signals when things…

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Natural Remedies for Vaginal Atrophy

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Women’s Health

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Vaginal atrophy is inflammation, dryness, and thinning of the vaginal walls. The condition is also known as atrophic vaginitis. There are many forms of treatment for vaginal atrophy. This article examines some natural remedies, lifestyle changes, and medical treatments that can help. Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy The symptoms of vaginal atrophy can vary and a woman…

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5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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Whether ready or not, all women come to the stage of life when menopause is upon them. The majority of us are familiar with this stage of life that marks the end of menstrual cycles due to the natural decline of the female reproductive hormones. Menopause is officially diagnosed once 12 months have passed without…

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Memory Loss is a Women’s Health Issue! Menopause Could Be Among Alzheimer’s Disease Causes

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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To say the impact of Alzheimer’s on women has reached epidemic proportions would be an understatement. Alzheimer’s strikes every 65 seconds and approximately 66 percent are women. Upwards of 5 million Americans have been diagnosed, and that figure could exceed 14 million by 2050. Consider that Alzheimer’s ranks as the sixth leading cause of death…

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How Kelly Clarkson Lost 37 Pounds By Managing Her Thyroid Problem

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Kelly Clarkson is well known for being a successful powerhouse singer and the first winner of American Idol, but her weight has also garnered a lot of attention over the years. Kelly recently made headlines for losing weight and she revealed that the real reason she was able to shed the pounds was because she…

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There Is a Hidden Epidemic of Doctors Abusing Women in Labor, Doulas Say

Pierre Van ZylNews + Discoveries, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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Moms spend nine months preparing for their new bundle of joy, making choices about their life before they’re even born, and planning as best we can to have a comfortable and safe labor. However once those crucial hours of laboring arrive, many women suddenly find themselves pushed to the backburner of their own experience –…

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Hashimoto’s Diet: The 8 Worst Foods To Eat If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease (And Top 8 Replacements)

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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Before we can talk about the Hashimoto’s Diet, we must first learn what Hashimoto’s is. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the autoimmune disorder of hypothyroidism. In a nutshell, antibodies attack the thyroid gland which leads to chronic inflammation throughout the body. I can personally attest to the frustration of having Hashi’s with symptoms such as chronic fatigue,…

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7 Best Health Supplements for Skin

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There are plenty of ways to approach being healthy, from eating right to exercising to reducing stress, there’s no one way that is better than the other and they all compliment each other. These three approaches also affect skin health and we should strive to practice them, but we’re always looking for that extra edge…

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7 Ways to Avoid the #1 Cause of Premature Death and 7 Signs to Watch For – Especially Women!

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Women’s Health

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Heart disease is the number one cause of premature death in North America. Whether you think you thrive on stress or not, prolonged, chronic psychological stress has the capability and tendency to erode your health. For many years, heart disease was thought of as primarily a male issue: I am sure you are familiar with…

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Lady’s Mantle for Menstrual, Gastrointestinal Relief, and Other Benefits

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Lady’s mantle — it’s such an interesting name for an herb that has so many possible health benefits. What is lady’s mantle used for? Given its namesake, it’s probably not surprising that women use it to help with painful or heavy menstrual periods and menopause symptoms. But this herb is also highly acclaimed for its use in…

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3 Reasons Why You May Want to Avoid Getting a Mammogram So Fast

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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The mammogram debate is alive and well. Some people praise mammograms while others oppose the x-ray imaging system. Over the years, however, some cancer experts have even started to question the seemingly outdated and potentially harmful breast cancer screening method that is still so prevalent today. But with so many institutions claiming that mammograms are…

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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Linked to Skin Rashes

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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Since the early days of The Hearty Soul, we have always valued homemade skincare recipes. Whether it be strengthening hair masks to moisturizing makeup removers, going all-natural and non-toxic seems like such a no-brainer! Especially when you hear horror stories about big-name hygiene and cosmetic companies whose products cause dramatic hair loss or skin damage….

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EFT Tapping For Stress & Anxiety (Detailed Exercise Guide)

Pierre Van ZylHealthy Aging + General Wellness, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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When you start to feel depressed or suffer from other emotional and internal issues, what are some of the things you do to cheer yourself up? Meditate, binge watch your favorite television show, or talk to your family and friends. If you do, then consider adding EFT as another alternative solution to tackling your internal issues. What…

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Bride-To-Be Loses 60 Pounds in 6 Months Without Ever Stepping into a Gym

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Move, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Wedding season is upon us and for 21-year-old Connecticut native Kaylene Vymola, like so many others, she wanted to get in better shape for the trip of a lifetime. With plane tickets purchased and the departure date looming, Kaylene had less than six months to transform her body. “I have always kind of been on…

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Does CBD Oil Work? One Women Shares Her Experience

Pierre Van ZylPain Relief, Women’s Health

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The cannabis industry is growing rapidly. CBD hemp oil is one of the more popular hemp products in the health industry because of its benefits.  Extracted from hemp seeds it contains tons of vitamins and minerals making it a great natural supplement. Since it is low in THC it gives you all the benefits of…

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Essential Guide for Taking Vitamins and Supplements

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Men’s Health, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Vitamin supplements, so many forms, brands, and varieties.  While it’s easy to be intrigued with the benefits offered by vitamin supplements, determining which ones are best for you, can be a daunting task.  A multitude of factors are to be considered when purchasing supplements such as age, gender, health conditions, and lifestyle. When possible, attaining…

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Fibromyalgia Isn’t All In Your Head

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Do you have widespread pain and feel excessively tired most of the time? Do these symptoms get to the point where they become debilitating? Well, it’s not all in your head and you shouldn’t blame these feelings on being overworked. You might actually have a condition known as fibromyalgia. Like most invisible illnesses, fibromyalgia is…

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Be Careful: Trips to the Tanning Bed Can Give You Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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Tanning is a quick way to change up your look, but you might want to think twice before doing so. Lisa Pace from Tennessee used to tan all the time, insecure about her pale skin and freckles she would visit the tanning salon almost every day in college. It wasn’t until she went for a…

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This Woman’s Unbearable Period Pain Came from a Dermoid Cyst

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Women’s Health

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Period pain is common for a lot of women. Bloating, nausea and cramps are all part of the package that comes with menstruating for the majority. But when the pain becomes unbearable to the point of passing out- that definitely is something to be concerned with. Undiagnosed Dermoid Cyst: Calle Hack’s “Little Monster” Growing up,…

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