Can Estrogen Birth Control Pills Affect How You See Other Women?

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birth controlI just read a really fascinating article about how the level of synthetic estrogen in birth  control pills can affect how women perceive other women.  It’s not totally shocking since our hormones can dictate so much about how we behave, our thoughts and views and general demeanor.  I should know, I’m a woman and I always know when my hormones are off :)

In a nutshell, it seemed that women noticed other women’s attractiveness factors more than they normally would have without the extra estrogen hormones from the pill.  This is likely tied into the fact that they were also more interested in whether their partners were seeking other partners or looking around at other female “competitors” as well.

Perhaps this is some sort of built in evolutionary mechanism to help deter other women from “snagging” their sexual partner and provider. A sort of survival mechanism in a way, if you will.  Nowadays, with feminism in full swing it might be called insecurity though, so it’s a fine line!

Women tended to definitely be more in tune to how other women were looking and were more likely to rate them based on their looks and other factors that are typically attributed to a persons sex appeal and general overall attractiveness.

I’m on a pill, but it’s low dose and I have to admit I don’t like reading that the pill might be making me more competitive with other women, I don’t know about you!  I think women really need to support one another, and I don’t like when I see women competing with eachother at all, I think it’s demeaning and diminishing and really takes a lot of valuable energy and directs it to a place that’s totally unproductive.

After all, why should one woman feel threatened by a lady that she perceives has bigger boobs, fuller lips, a better body or whatever else? Can’t we all just get along and appreciate beauty in others when we see it?  That’s how I strive to live and perceive other women .I’ll admit to getting pangs of envy when I see a woman with great hair, a perfect body and gorgeous face, but I really try to keep that in check and not let it affect how I treat or perceive another woman.

I think it’s just really important for us to support one another as women.  It’s not only important in career and life success to be concerned mostly with yourself and not so much with others, but it’s also incredibly important for woman to pass this trait on to their daughters so they can be secure and focused as they get older instead of focusing on competing with and comparing themselves to other women.

Can Breast Implants Help Women with Eating Disorders Accept Their Body?

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I remember reading an interesting article a while back. It purported that women who have had eating disorders ranging from anorexia to bulimia, have reported a more positive body image after getting breast implants, and therefore have enjoyed a lessor severity of their eating disorder as well.  I thought it was intriguing because although it sounded like it could be pure fluff, it also sounded logical to me. Let me explain myself.

What is one of the biggest goals of getting breast implants? It’s usually to improve a woman’s overall body image.  And what tends to improve body image? When a woman (or man’s) body is more “in balance”.  Symmetry is still the ultimate beauty ideal these days, that has not changed.  And when your body seems more proportionate, it is viewed as more “beautiful” aesthetically.  I’m not trying to make the rules here, I’m just relaying what has been a long term ideal in the human race, albeit that it has fluctuated a bit in the past.

And believe me, I feel that all body types should be celebrated. However it has to be discussed and acknowledged that there are definite ideals out there, and that we are all exposed to them on pretty much a daily basis whether it be through print, televised or internet media.  So it’s safe to say that we’ve all been pretty brainwashed when it comes to our body image.  There’s not much we can do about that other than to be self-accepting.  This is not so easy for people with eating disorders, and it’s often not even really about beauty or thinness, but it’s often about control.

But ultimately, when a person looks in the mirror, their perception of how their body measures up in terms of ideals, this is a big control issue.  It makes those with eating disorders feel in control. Heck, it makes those without eating disorders feel more in control!

There are differing views on the issue of course. Some psychologists think that plastic surgery of any kind in a patient with an eating disorder could instill a false sense that they will feel better about themselves and be cured, and become addicted to surgery as a means of being happy with how they look. Others think that having more “up top” might help those with eating disorders be happier when they gain a little “on the bottom”.

What do you think?  Breast implants a good or terrible idea for women who have struggled with eating disorders?

 

Does Red Meat Consumption Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

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Let’s hope not, but there has often been a link between a nice big juicy steak or hamburger and many different types of diseases, not the least of which are  breast cancer as well as some other types of cancer.  Red meat consumption is off the charts these days.

Environmentalists are telling us to scale back because cow’s actually contribute to global warming when they let the gasses escape their bodies that are made when they consume their grains and grass, and doctors seem to always be telling us to consume less to not only help decrease our odds of different types of disease but also often to help us keep weight off and manage a healthy weight on the scale.

So what’s the bottom line? Is there really any hard core, studied evidence that red meat indeed contributes to your risk of breast cancer?

The answer is two fold.  A recent study suggested that while older women may not see a boost in their risk of breast cancer from eating more red meat, younger women who have eaten a lot of red meat may see an increase in their risk, not only in their younger years, but also in their older, higher risk years for breast cancer.

It seems that a common sense diet worked best. What  shocker!  If you think about it, women who tend to not consume a whole lot of red meat probably have other health habits that are better for them anyway.

The study showed that women  who consumed a lot of poultry, pork, legumes and veggies had a lower risk than women who tended to eat a lot of red meat. This can likely be due to the lower fat content of this type of diet though if you think about it.

Poultry and many cuts of pork tend to have low fat while a lot of cuts of red meat tend to have higher fat content.  This may explain some of the risk.  Women who have a higher BMI, or body fat content, tend to have a higher risk of breast cancer due to the excess estrogens that accumulate in the fat.

Also the way the meat is cooked can make a difference. When red meat is charred, the carcinogenic effect goes way up since this process creates chemicals that can contribute to cancer.

When it comes to my red meat consumption, I try to just use common sense. I don’t eat huge amounts at one time, and I do tend to limit my meat consumption in general to only dinnertime so that I’m not weighing my body down with all that protein all day long.

 

Mila Kunis Says Her Breasts Have Gotten WAY Bigger with Pregnancy

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So, does this happen to all women when they get pregnant or only a lucky few?  The term “lucky” being used for women who don’t already feel burdened by large breasts before they get pregnant of course :)

Well, most women do put on weight locally in their breasts when they get pregnant. And a lot of it. Ms. Kunis said in a recent interview that her breasts have pretty much tripled in size. The former petite beauty is now a C cup and is loving it.

It’s a fun time to “play” with having larger breasts when other enlarged areas of the body that typically balloon with pregnancy aren’t so fun to deal with.  A lot of women miss this part of being pregnant – and I’ve seen a lot of my female friends lament that days when their breasts were full during this time, and unfortunately the aftermath is often when they have the baby, the breasts tend to “deflate”, especially if a new mom chooses to breast feed.

It’s kind of a double edged sword to most new moms. You don’t want to be “vain” but the truth is it’s fun to have those fuller breasts you enjoyed while pregnant and before nursing!

It’s your bodys way of preparing itself for nursing infants.  The breasts naturally engorge during pregnancy and stay engorged unless the mother doesn’t nurse when the child is born. This part can be painful. Breasts become tender because the tissue has expanded so rapidly and they are getting used to having all that extra weight on their chest.

But it’s undeniably fun to play with the look while you have it.  Dress it up, wear something that shows a lot of cleavage!  It’s all natural breast tissue, so they’re never going to look that great even if you had gotten breast implants, so have some fun with it while it lasts!

Are Genetics the “All Determining” Factor in Whether you Get Cancer?

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Unfortunately, our genes that we are born with and have no choice on, can really put a damper on life. However, there is more and more research that shows we do indeed have more control over our destinies than we thought we did if we have deadly diseases that happen to run in our family.

We are blessed to live in an age where nutritional and health science has come along in leaps and bounds in terms of what can be done to promote a long and disease free life.

There are of course always cases where a person lives the healthiest, cleanest lifestyle they can and they still are subjected to the whims of their genetics. Genetics is definitely a strong determining factor in many different diseases, including cancer (especially breast cancer, in the female side of the family). However, it is no longer just an automatic given that certain people with genetic predispositions will definitely get a certain disease.

What’s the answer?

Well diet is absolutely one of the first factors that need to be addressed. I find it so confounding how modern medicine still tends to not place a lot of emphasis in the role of diet and disease.  You are definitely “what you eat”, and you can see this ideology at work in your own life. Think about the times you’ve really been eating poorly. Does it now show in your skin, your hair, your weight, your energy levels and overall feelings of power and health?  YES!

That means that the food you eat have a powerful effect on how you feel and how you looks, and ultimately how you live your life out.  It has a lot to do with what goes on internally in your body as well, and this includes the development of cancerous cells.  Many foods are great cancer fighting agents in that they scavenge for the free radical cells that tend to kill off and mutate healthy cells, creating a cancerous environment.

Probiotics are proving to be a potent weapon against disease and also a powerful immune booster. When your immune system is in top shape, your body tends to follow.  Probiotics not only help to have a clean, smooth elimination experience, but they also have a huge trickle down effect on the body’s other organs and immune cells.

Exercising regularly is a weapon against disease in general. Exercise elevates endorphins, reduces stress hormones, and reduces fat cells, which can harbor cancer cells due to their estrogenic activity (breast cancer most notably), and also can promote things like heart disease and stroke.

Some studies have even shown that upper body strength, which is pretty much directly correlated to working out unless you have a heavy lifting job, is correlated heavily to a longer life.  There are just too many studies on the subject of exercise and longevity, and the positive relationship between the two, to ignore the importance of physical activity in not only cancer prevention, but also in general disease prevention.