Although menopause is a normal change that happens when a woman has not had a period for 12 months in a row, the signs surrounding it can feel anything but ordinary. In short, it’s no walk in the park. But one thing that can help the transition is separating fact from fiction. Here are three myths about menopause that need to be busted.
Myth: Menopause is a sex killer.
Truth: Many people link the decline in hormones that happens as women age to a decline in libido. A greater factor in determining how your sex life will play out is whether you had issues with desire and orgasm before menopause. If you did, then the challenges are more likely to continue
Myth: All hot flashes are created equal.
Truth: Yes, more than 70 percent of women do get hot flashes and night sweats. But not every menopausal woman does. And some get major hot flashes that are extremely agitating, while others get minor ones that are perfectly tolerable.
Myth: Absolutely nothing can be done to reduce menopause symptoms.
Truth: Recent research has demonstrated how regular exercise can help menopausal women not only lose weight and feel better about themselves, but also control hot flashes and other symptoms. The Menopause Society says, “Growing evidence indicates that an active lifestyle with regular exercise enhances health, quality of life and fitness in postmenopausal women.” She also noted that exercise has been shown to result in fewer hot flashes and a better mood.
Mondays get us down for lots of reasons. Needless to say, our collective case of the Mondays is strong. But getting out of bed doesn't have to be a nightmare. Conjure a smidge of motivation and it's actually a primo day for a healthy kick-start. Here's how to beat what's bringing you down and turn your Mondays around.
Monday is awful because you think it’s awful. Perception is a powerful thing. Come up with a fun tradition to kick off each week (a fancy latte, grabbing lunch with a pal). With something to look forward to, you can gradually rewrite your mental script.
Monday is also awful because Your circadian rhythms are out of whack. Staying up late on the weekend—and then sleeping in the next day—creates a mini jet lag that's akin to flying from New York to L.A. on Friday and back again on Sunday. Keep weekend sleep/wake times within an hour of weekday ones. If you veer off schedule, throw open the shades as soon as you get up; a.m. light suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin and sends a "rise and shine" cue to your brain for a less rude awakening.
Lastly, shifting from an R&R-filled Sunday to a busy work week is stressful for your mind and your bod. It can cause your blood pressure to surge, which may be why docs see more heart attacks and strokes on Mondays than any other day. Try a calming breathing exercise upon waking (inhale and exhale deeply for 30 seconds) to keep your BP in check. Then include half a cup of spinach in your lunch: It's high in heart-healthy nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
By now, you better know that tanning is dangerous. Exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays boosts your risk of skin cancer, and studies suggest that people who use tanning beds triple their risk of melanoma.
That said, we get it: sometimes you still want that bronzed, just-back-from-the-beach glow (minus the skin cancer risk, of course). That's why there are hundreds of skin-safe self-tanning options out there that can take you from pale and pasty to sunny and summery in minutes. But as anyone who's ever wound up with streaky, orange skin can attest, not all of these products are created equal.
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- 6 (5 oz) salmon fillets
- 4 garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon white white
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Dijion mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Coat a small saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook and stir garlic until soft, about 3 minutes. Mix in white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with oregano.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes, or until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Brush fillets with remaining glaze, and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula to transfer fillets to serving platter, leaving the skin behind on the foil.
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