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Inquiring Minds Want to Know…”What Should a Woman’s Proper pH Be?”

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As you can see, it depends what stage of life you are in as to the proper pH your sweet spot should have.  Now I don’t need to use a pH testing strip to see if I am off as there are other tell tale signs, but you may need to buy some if you want to know how to correct it.  If you are in the 6 range you are heading toward too akaline and if you are in the 2-3 range you are leaning toward being too acidic.  On a scale of 1-14 we have determined the best range to be between 4-5 to be less cause for irritation and less of a breeding ground for unwanted yeast and bacteria.

To Learn more about pH please see the Knowledge Base area of our site.

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Have you Done your Kegels Today?

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Vaginal fitness made it on the list as one of Redbooks top 10 hottest health trends for 2009.  Now who’d a thunk it?  Well apparently it is all the buzz and for those of you who haven’t had kids read up and get prepared! 

According to Redbookmag.com “Vaginal fitness — including the tightening of the pelvic muscles, as you do with Kegel exercises -— is a new kind of workout goal. Though physical therapists already use Kegels and other therapies to treat pelvic problems such as urinary incontinence, there’s now a center devoted entirely to their teaching: Manhattan’s Phit spa (short for pelvic health integrative techniques) offers Kegel classes, surgery to tighten your vagina post-baby, and more. Lauri Romanzi, M.D., Phit’s founder and a clinical associate professor of gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, says keeping the pelvic muscles fit may give you better bladder and bowel control — possibly even a better orgasm.

Can’t get to New York? You can do Kegels on your own, for free: First, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles for five seconds. (To get the move down, try stopping your urine flow when you’re peeing. That’s the feeling you should have.) Then release them. Do this 10 times, then repeat.”

I’ve had friends say they do this while driving, so they next time you see a girl rising up in her seat and sitting back down, now you’ll know her little secret!

The other top 10 hot health trends are:

  1. Wii Fit – My personal favorite, now I have an excuse to play with the kids and not feel like I am wasting my time.
  2. FitFlop – My sister and mom actually got these and love them.  They actually claim to tone your muscles and reduce cellulite with every step.  Hey it’s worth a try, right?
  3. Superfruits – Loaded with antioxidants be sure to throw some exotic fruits on your next bowl of cereal.  Can’t find açai, check out healthy chocolate by Xoçai to load up on those free radical fighting fruits.
  4. Food (out) laws – Over the summer, California also became the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants, following the lead of cities like New York and Philadelphia, which passed similar laws in 2006 and 2007, respectively.  Also required is posting calorie information on menus, however, I think the key is don’t eat it in the first place!
  5. Skip the Salt – and reach for low sodium products.
  6. Google Health, Microsoft’s HealthVault and Revolution Health – The online banking of health.   Look for these to become more popular in 2009, not only to keep track of your records, but to flag drug interactions, and send appointment reminders.
  7. Diets Based on DNA – I have heard of diets by blood type, but this one is all new to me.  Obviously if your parents and grandparents were short and round chances are you will be too, but maybe we can reverse that trend and take our health into our own hands by stopping the diseases we are predisposed to before they happen.
  8. Take a Two-Wheeler – Here at SweetSpot Labs many of our employees are able to bike to work to save not only the environment, but get some excercise and keep some cash in their pocket instead of putting it in their gas tank.
  9. Detoxing – While some detox methods can be down right dangerous, ramp up on fruit, veggies, and whole grains — and forget any plan that tells you to skip solid food, with all its essential fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Here’s to a healthy you in 2009 from the inside out!

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Can Talc Cause Cancer?

by Tami Chase

We have a lot of women asking if we will come up with a talc for feminine hygiene, like baby powder, in my reading I am finding that it has been linked to ovarian cancer.  This is a very scary thought as we have all used it on our babies and even on occassion on ourselves.  Beauty Brains has written a great article that breaks down the study, so you can see just what was involved in the testing.  I was looking for an alternative for my son and I think I might have to go throw out my baby powder right now! 

PreventCancer.com says that ‘Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners have shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.”

Now I am asking myself, what is this about silica?  I thought that was good for you, hello, Fiji Water!  Looks like I have to do some more research, after all knowledge is power.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkins?

by Tami Chase

My kids know I always like to do something unique on my pumpkins I carve.  One year I printed out “Chase Family” in cool letters and carved that, it turned out really cute.  So this year I was thinking how cute it would be with a breast cancer awareness ribbon carved out.  Well it is cute and someone already beat me to the punch!  (Like I should have thought no one else could have come up with that, see link above.) 

So I am inspiring you to think outside of the box this year and do something creative and no I don’t mean carve a McCain or Obama likeness, but be inpsirational, make a “cause” pumpkin. 

FACT:  Did you know that pumpkins are chock full of cancer fighting goodness?  According to LifeHacker.com everyone’s favorite Halloween gourd is loaded with cancer risk-reducing beta carotene.

Make Halloween healthy and fun this year!

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7-Eleven for Susan G. Komen

by Tami Chase

I stumbled on some donuts this morning at 7-Eleven, of course my son wanted this $1.19 donut instead of the $.60 one next door.  From the register I said ok, and upon further inspection saw cute little ribbons in different shades of pink sprinkled on top of the pale pink icing.  I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that at least some of that money from the overpriced donut would be going toward a good cause.  It was the last one and I didn’t get to grab a picture before my son had eaten half, but I wanted to show you that it was cute.

“This is an easy, not to mention delicious, way for people to give to this important cause,” said Joe Hermes, 7-Eleven’s senior fresh food director. “They can grab a pink donut for themselves on the way to work, fill a box to take to the office or designate a day of the week as ‘Passionately Pink for the Cure(R)’ day with these donuts and other pink treats like M&Ms(R) Brand Chocolate Candies and coffee in pink mugs.”

Program Information

Benefit to Komen for the Cure: 15 cents per doughnut sold
Suggested Retail: $1.29
Guaranteed Donation: $5,000
Product Available for Purchase: Participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide
Program Active: September 22 through October 31, 2008
Total number of years for program: New product in 2008

 

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Breast Cancer and 6 Degrees of Separation

by Tami Chase

According to Wikipedia “Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is an average of six “steps” away from each person on Earth.”  Which got me thinking, you may not have physically come in contact with someone that has dealt with breast cancer in one way or another, but using the rule above you actually have.

I never thought it would hit so close to home, then my sister went for her annual mammogram (not to be confused with a candygram) and they found something.  Of course they thought they would wait 6 months and take a look again.  It’s not like you can hibernate and wake up when your next appointment comes, so you worry and worry and worry some more, which does nobody any good!  So today was the day for that appointment and the good news is it isn’t cancer. 

So for all of you out there going through your 6 months waiting period, whether it is before, during or after your diagnosis, just rememeber the 6 degrees of separation and that there is another strong women going through it with you maybe even next door.

Keep the courage and remain positive and let’s collectively help raise money to find a cure!

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Snapfish for a Cure!

by Tami Chase

Be crazy this month, get creative!  Snapfish has customizable calendars, notepads, cards, and stickers that you design in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There is something about pink things that is soothing and makes you happy, so why not give the gift of pink?

This October Snapfish is giving 30% of all proceeds of photo calendars and stationery products featuring ‘pink designs’ to BreastCancer.org.

Customers who order photo calendars this October will receive 3 sets of self-exam reminder stickers – one for themselves and two sets to give to women they love! 

To read more on Snapfish merchandising manager Lauren Patterson who came up with this promotion please visit snapfish.com.

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