Category Archives: Women’s Heart Health Wellness

Nurturing Women’s Heart Health

Helping women re-define health beliefs, attitudes and behaviors
so they can nurture & cherish their arteries and heart function

In general, the mind holds one thought and the body experiences that thought. For example, the body experiences a sense of cold, hot or warm. However, cold hot and warm are not experienced at the same time. The body’s sensation will be (one) cold, hot or warm. This is because the mind holds one predominant thought and the body experiences that one thought/message. Additionally, the sense of cold hot or warm is uniquely experienced or perceived by each individual.

Beliefs regarding heart health also tend to be experienced as one thought. Such beliefs tend to be either positive or negative. During the past decade, the media messaging regarding women’s health heart has been stress invoking and negative. This stressful messaging is often internalized and conjures a sense of vulnerability. Women then feel disconnected or uneasy with their heart health because a belief has been negatively structured . . . and this belief conflicts with the natural harmony of the body. (to nourish and renew)

As a result women at midlife tend to experience anxiety, and worry regarding blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and such. Essentially, because the mind holds the one thought, in this case negative energy; women then avoid or neglect their heart health.

The articles among this website help women replace misperceptions about blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and worry about heart attack /stroke with an ability to nurture their cardio-vascular health. You may like to read Menopause, Estrogen and Blood Pressure,  and Salt, Arteries and Blood Pressure and Calming Thoughts About Women & Blood Pressure.

every thought contains a seed.

every thought contains a seed.

The term cardio-vascular refers to the blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, veins) and heart function. Arteries are much like the roots/stems on a beautiful rosebush; the heart would be the joyful rose. The arteries provide nourishment (food & oxygen) to the heart.

Following this thought, if the arteries (roots/stems of the rosebush) become weak, damaged or blocked the heart will not function well (the rose will not be vibrant). So the key to cultivating a beautiful rose (a healthy heart) is to maintain the function of the roots (arteries). It is also comforting to keep in mind that even if the roots are a little damaged, with attention and nurturing the roots will renew.

Addressing (not avoiding) cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar at midlife will significantly help to prevent heart attack and stroke . . . and even heart failure during the later years. Much like a gardener cultivates the garden in early spring by tending to the roots of the plants, and by clearing, loosing & nourishing the soil . . . midlife women can cultivate the health of their arteries.

It is said that every thought contains a seed. For women a meaningful step towards achieving well-being during their empty nest years is to let go of mis-perceptions regarding cardio-vascular health and replace out dated beliefs with attentiveness, positive energy (knowledge) and healthy behavior (self care).

Enhancing health knowledge instills confidence and capability.

Kindly, keep in mind cultivating heart health much like cultivating a garden is not effortless; one needs to actively participate. Reviewing the information is a healthy start to participating in cardiovascular wellness.

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Menopause, Midlife Weight Gain

Baby Boomer Women and Weight Concerns . . .
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Diminished estrogen production due to menopause has an effect on women’s weight at midlife. Estrogen has a role in regulating the size and number of fat cells (adipocytes). After menopause, the potency of estrogen receptor(A) diminishes. This receptor was in charge of regulating the size and number of fat cells. After menopause. insulin secretion, insulin clearance and insulin sensitivity; the manner in which sugar (glucose) is utilized by cells also changes.

Katha Soma FaithAppreciating these changes provides opportunity to modify meal planning to balance with the change in glucose metabolism. This modification can be self managed, translates to a lower cost in groceries and nurtures the heart and blood vessels. The end of the menopausal transition essentially provides internal guidance for women to nurture cardiovascular health.

A healthy weight at mid-life can be achieved by replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods, participating in joyful exercise and by internalizing a shift in thinking about food, exercise and heart health.

Exercise improves insulin sensitivity and increases insulin stimulated glucose uptake. Exercise enhances the ability of insulin to transport sugar (glucose) to cells. It is important for sugar to go into cells to create energy, not float in the bloodstream. When sugar floats in the bloodstream, it eventually converts to fat (stored body fat). In addition to weight gain, this fat becomes troublesome to the cells.

Physical activity also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in women through improved muscle insulin sensitivity – independent of body weight. Muscle is metabolically active tissue and burns more calories at rest than fat does, as such, when muscle is lost, metabolism slows.

For midlife women replacing high glycemic foods with low glycemic foods harmonizes with the change in glucose metabolism. Adding soy and whey protein shakes to the diet helps curb appetite and contributes to beautiful muscle tone. This type of dietary change also reduces the risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke because high blood sugar, like high salt, is very troublesome to cardiovascular health. For additional overviews about nurturing heart health please read Menopause, Estrogen and Blood Pressure, and Menopause Low Estrogen, and Salt, Arteries and Blood Pressure.

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The natural decline in estrogen production due to menopause can disrupt vulva tissue hydration and renewal, resulting in symptoms that include dryness, irritation, and/or burning sensation of the labia and vulva. Keirá Feminine Ointment, a Kathá Soma skin care therapeutic addresses symptoms of labia dryness and vulvar atrophy (thin fragile vulva tissue). CLICK HERE to learn more about Keirá Feminine for vulva and labia comfort.

The information presented in the Katha Soma health blog helps women replace fear of heart attack with an appreciation for and an ability to nurture cardiovascular health. Sharing health knowledge helps thousands of women cultivate heart health regardless of age, race, demographic or socio-economic status.

DISCLAIMER The content presented in the Katha-Soma health blog is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. 2015

Menopause Low Estrogen

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Estrogen nurtures non reproductive tissue such as bone, skin, the brain, blood vessels and heart function. Before, menopause estrogen positively affected cholesterol metabolism and distribution by increasing plasma levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol) and inhibiting low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) from free radical damage.

Before menopause, estrogen also has a protective effect on blood vessels and helped regulate vascular endothelial activity, vascular smooth muscle cells and blood pressure. During the menopausal transition, the potent effect of declining estrogen in arteries is evident via hot flashes. A hot flash occurs when blood vessels close to the skin expand allowing for increased blood flow which generates a sensation of heat. Perspiration then occurs to cool the skin.

However, the menopausal transition results in significantly diminished estrogen production. Externally, the effects of diminished estrogen are visible as wrinkles, less skin elasticity, dry skin, thinning hair and at times weight gain. Thirty percent of skin collagen is lost within the first five years after menopause. Lost of collagen can also contribute to weaken blood vessels.

Internally, bone density, brain processes, cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism, vascular and cardiac cells also experience changes in function due to diminished estrogen. After the menopause transition, sympathetic adrenergic (go fast) tone tends to increase and parasympathetic (relax) tone decreases. Body and mind centering activities (calm abiding) help to increase parasympathetic (vagal) tone and blunt adrenergic over stimulation.

The content within this Katha-Soma health blog provides guidance for women to maintain healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Reviewing the information provides is a healthy start for women to participate in cardiovascular wellness.

Maintaining well-being is not effortless one needs to participate in nurturing activities.
The arteries and heart will respond in kind.

Keirá Feminine to soothe labia/vulva skin

Keirá Feminine to soothe labia/vulva skin

Keirá Feminine Ointment for vulva – labia comfort. The natural decline in estrogen production due to menopause can disrupt vulva tissue hydration and renewal, resulting in symptoms that include dryness, irritation, and/or burning sensation of the labia and vulva. Keirá Feminine Ointment, a Kathá Soma skin care therapeutic addresses symptoms of labia dryness and vulva atrophy (thin fragile vulva tissue). CLICK HERE to learn more about Keirá Feminine.

 

Omega 3 fatty acids help modulate sympathetic and parasympathetic tone.
Intake of oily fish such as albacore tuna and salmon (omega 3, EPA & DHA)
have significant beneficial effects on parameters influencing
heart rate variability (the variation in the interval between heart beats),
an increase in vagal tone, modulation of adrenergic mediated baroreceptor activity
and improved sinoatrial node function.
Source:
Dietary fish and Omega 3 fatty acid consumption and Heart Rate Variability in US Adults.
Circulation, Vol. 117, March 4, 2008, pp 1130-37

DISCLAIMER The content presented in this website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. 2015

Salt, Arteries and Blood Pressure

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The term cardio-vascular refers to the blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, veins) and heart function. Arteries are much like the roots/stems on a beautiful rosebush; the heart would be the joyful rose.  The arteries provide nourishment (food & oxygen) to the heart.

Stiff arteries tend to develop little tears, and scratches stimulating a cascade of inflammatory cellular activity to patch the damaged tissue. This cellular type patching changes the structure and stiffens the middle layer of the artery and contributes to plaque buildup on the inner layer of the artery. This cellular buildup contributes to stiffer arteries and higher blood pressure. Stiff arteries do not pause (or pulse) which requires more work, more non-stop work from the heart. The efficiency of the heart as a pump then eventually wears out leading to heart failure in advanced years.

High sodium intake also increase blood volume; the heart then has to work harder to push/pump thicker blood. For example, it is easier to blow thin cranberry juice through a straw than thick ketchup. When the heart is consistently working in overdrive to pump thick blood to body tissues/organs the efficiency of the heart as a pump wears out; leading to heart failure in advanced years.

Just a brief, more in depth explanation of how high sodium lessens arterial function and changes artery structure. Besides altering blood pressure, salt exposure triggers structural and functional pressure independent changes in the vascular wall. These pressure independent changes are caused by abnormal endothelial function (protective cells that line the artery), increased smooth muscle tone, intimal medial thickening, and increased collagen, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid and collagen cross-link formation. Wow, there is a lot of activity going on in the artery.

The cells of the body renew constantly. The health of the arteries can also be renewed and nurtured. Beginning a low salt, potassium rich diet today, nurtures and comforts arterial health (blood pressure) today. Low salt meal planning, with more homemade food, less pre-made or store prepared food is also very economical. Blending omega 3 foods, such as walnuts, albacore tuna, and salmon with lots of colorful, vibrant, Ph balancing vegetables like peppers zucchini and red beets brings beauty, creativity and tranquility into the kitchen.

Maintaining healthy blood pressure can be achieved through a variety of options that include dietary modification, hushing sympathetic stimulation, dietary & herbal supplements,  prescription medications and exercise.

A low salt, high potassium diet, soy isoflavones (a cup of soy milk after Tai Chi) and stress management activities that hush sympathetic over activity will work in synergy to nurture and relax the arteries.

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DISCLAIMER The content presented in this website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations.

Menopause, Estrogen and Blood Pressure

When cultivating women’s arterial and heart health it is helpful to appreciate that estrogen has a regulatory role on blood pressure. Women over age 50, experience a natural, yet significant decline in estrogen due to menopause. This diminished estrogen contributes to the incidence of high blood pressure in many postmenopausal women.

More specifically, estrogen helps regulate blood pressure through three mechanisms:
1) sympathetic nervous system activity
2) L-type calcium channels
3) angiotensin/renin activity

Vascular smooth muscle cells are located in the middle layer of the artery. Estrogen generates a calcium balancing effect on vascular smooth muscle cells and cardiac fibers. In the artery, the movement of calcium ions across the cell membrane causes squeezing and tightening. Prior to menopause, estrogen had balanced the entry of calcium into these cells, contributing to relaxed arteries. Prescription blood pressure medications that help regulate or block L-type calcium channels are called Calcium Channel Blockers.

Estrogen also modifies sympathetic nervous system activity. For many women diminished estrogen production due to menopause contributes to enhanced sympathetic (excited) nervous system activity and parasympathetic (relaxed) nervous system withdrawal. Sympathetic stimulation tightens arteries. Tight, narrow arteries contribute to high blood pressure and cause the heart to work harder. For example, you have to blow harder through a narrow straw to push liquid out. Yoga, mediation, and Tai Chi help quite and calm sympathetic over-stimulation. These peaceful practices send signals, like little whispers, to your arteries to stay relaxed.

Estrogen also regulates another blood pressure mechanism involving renin, angiotensin and aldosterone. After menopause, for many women this part of the blood pressure regulating system become off balance. Specifically, angiotensin II activity brews which causes increased systemic vascular resistance and arterial pressure, increased sodium and fluid retention and increased sympathetic nervous system stimulation: adrenergic activity. Prescription blood pressure medications that regulate angiotensin mechanisms are called ACE inhibitors and ARB blockers.

Soy isoflavones behave similar to estrogen and help keep arteries soft and relaxed. Soy isoflavones are available in soy milk, soy flour, tofu, and soy nuts. Red clover (sprouts) and chick peas also provide isoflavones. It is healthy to select isoflavone foods that are organic or non genetically modified. Pacific Foods a west coast USA natural food manufacturer offers Ultra Soy Vanilla (organic). This is an excellent high calcium, magnesium, potassium organic soy milk. A thoughtful gift idea for you are a loved one!

Keirá Feminine to soothe labia/vulva skin

Keirá Feminine to soothe labia/vulva skin

Keirá Feminine Ointment for vulva – labia comfort.  The natural decline in estrogen production due to menopause, medical conditions and medications can disrupt vulva tissue hydration and renewal, resulting in symptoms that include dryness, irritation, and/or burning sensation of the labia and vulva tissues. Keirá Feminine Ointment, a Kathá Soma skin care therapeutic addresses symptoms of labia dryness and vulva atrophy (thin fragile vulva tissue). CLICK HERE to learn more about Keirá Feminine.

Kathá Soma skin therapeutics are for people with vulnerable and troubled skin. Our naturally derived, nutrient enriched skin care formulas penetrate the top (epidermis) and middle (dermis) skin layers to protect and renew skin.

Katha Tibet logoDISCLAIMER The content presented within the Kathá Soma website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. Kathá Soma Consumer Health USA/2015

Calming Thoughts About Women & Blood Pressure

This is a good day, because reading this information helps move thoughts beyond awareness of heart disease & worry about heart attack (stressful energy) to the positive energy of cultivating heart health.

pink roseThe term cardio-vascular refers to the blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, veins) and heart function. Arteries are much like the roots/stems on a beautiful rosebush; the heart would be the joyful rose.  The arteries provide nourishment (food & oxygen) to the heart.

Please take comfort in learning that a low salt (sodium), high potassium diet intensely reduces a woman’s risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease. Arteries tend to tighten under the influence of sodium. High sodium also causes blood to thicken. As such, dietary salt significantly impacts the cause and progression of high blood pressure. In addition, around mid life people tend to become more salt sensitive. The body (cells) find high sodium intake to be overwhelming and troublesome.

Potassium has a favorable impact on blood pressure. A key concept for healthy blood pressure is low sodium and high potassium. In general beans, vegetables, prunes, orange juice, Greek yogurt and oat bran provide high potassium. To help prevent or slow the progression of high blood pressure it is important to read food labels for sodium content. Prepared boxed and frozen foods, and foods like canned soups also tend to have very, very high sodium content.

High sodium intake also increase blood volume; the heart then has to work harder to push/pump thicker blood. For example, it is easier to blow thin cranberry juice through a straw than thick ketchup. When the heart is consistently working in overdrive to pump thick blood to body tissues/organs the efficiency of the heart as a pump wears out; leading to heart failure in advanced years.

Kathá Soma skin therapeutics are for people with vulnerable and troubled skin. Our naturally derived, nutrient enriched skin care formulas penetrate the top (epidermis) and middle (dermis) skin layers to protect and renew skin.

Katha Tibet logoDISCLAIMER The content presented within the Kathá Soma website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. Kathá Soma Consumer Health USA/2015

Sympathetic Nervous System Blood Pressure

The sympathetic and parasympathetic system is somewhat like the Yin and Yang of cardio-vascular function.

Stormy weather . . . high wind, heavy rain or snow occurs when energy becomes excessive and unbalanced. The result of unbalanced weather energy is visible. Physical structures become worn or blocked and regular function is altered. However, structures with strong foundations weather the storms impact with less damage.

At times the body/mind also experience unbalanced energy which can result in diminished health and well being. With regard to cardiovascular wellness, unbalanced energy has an un-healthy effect on the structure and function of the blood vessels and the heart.

More specifically, unbalanced body/mind energy can over stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Within the blood vessels, this activation tightens the arteries (vasoconstriction) and inhibits vasodilation resulting in increased blood pressure (hypertension) and wear/ tear on the arteries. Damaged arteries then generate a cascade of cellular build-up which eventually blocks and stiffens the blood vessels: diminished arterial compliance.

Sympathetic over stimulation (adrenergic activity) alters the structure and diminishes the function of arteries. Parasympathetic tone is associated with open and relaxed arteries which eases blood pressure and reduces the workload of the heart.

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To nurture cardio-vascular wellness it is healthful to recognize . . . and neutralize excess body/mind energy that stimulates sympathetic activity. Engaging in body/mind centering activities such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi create foundation, and energy balance. Body and mind centering activities nurture parasympathetic tone which contributes to better blood pressure management, cell renewal and well-being.

Kathá Soma skin therapeutics are for people with vulnerable and troubled skin. Our naturally derived, nutrient enriched skin care formulas penetrate the top (epidermis) and middle (dermis) skin layers to protect and renew skin.

Katha Tibet logoDISCLAIMER The content presented within the Kathá Soma website is not intended as or should be construed as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare practitioner for individual medical recommendations. Kathá Soma Consumer Health USA/2015