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Are organic fruit, veggies worth the extra cost?
By LISA STIFFLER, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Published 10:00Â p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2006
It’s chilly this time of year at the Ballard Farmers Market, and there are only a couple of dozen stands set up, but it was worth the trip Sunday for Jill Bramlett, who was on a quest for affordable, fresh, organicÂ foods.
After buying a sack of apples from Tiny’s Organic Fruit and Produce, the Ballard resident said she tries to get all organic dairy items and leafy green veggies. When it comes to other produce, “it depends on how expensive it is,” BramlettÂ said.Demand for organic items has grown faster than a zucchini in summer — swelling 20 percent annually nationwide in recent years. But when does it make sense to plunk down the extra cash for organic milk, spinach and hamburger, and when are conventionally produced items OK? What are the health and environmental effects, and what does the organic label reallyÂ mean?People are turning to organic items for a variety of reasons — often with health topping theÂ list.
“A lot of people with children — they’re the ones that are more concerned with it,” said Kristin Barquist, between customers at the Tiny’s stand. Some of the shoppers buy the organic produce and turn it into babyÂ food.For parents concerned about the effect of the pesticides used in conventional food production, buying organic makes sense, University of Washington researchÂ shows.Children eating non-organic foods were switched for five days to an organic diet and pesticide levels were measured in their urine before and after the change. The study — published this past fall — found that some pesticides disappeared from the children’s urine after goingÂ organic.
For women in their thirties or forties menopause is the last word they want to hear and the last thing they want to think about. No one wants to admit that theyâ€™re at that stage of their life yet, even if it is just the “pre” menopause stage. It doesnâ€™t ever feel like it should be happening yet, especially when most people still have babies or small children at that age. And yet, you can tell your body doesnâ€™t feel 100% normal.
Youâ€™re not eating any differently but you started gaining wait, your breasts are sore, and your periods are becoming irregular. Youâ€™re skin is dry and your sex drive just isnâ€™t what it used to be. Youâ€™re irritable, tired, and getting headaches. So whatâ€™s the deal, what is happening?
Pre-menopause is something that all women either know about or have at least heard about, but no one seems to have a name for it or be able to recognize it when it rears its ugly head. Millions of women are going through pre-menopause or have experienced some kind of symptoms, but donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any possible way itâ€™s menopause because theyâ€™re still in their early thirties.
Some women will say that menopause is a natural experience and quite enjoyable. Most women will not agree. The symptoms of menopause can be confusing and difficult for both women and everyone around them. Diet and exercise can help women ease them into the next stage of their life and it really does make a difference.
Many women go through menopause without even knowing or understanding what is going on with their bodies. The number of eggs in womenâ€™s ovaries decreases and estrogen and progesterone levels waver and then decline. Periods will be irregular for a while (different with all women) and then stop altogether. Because of the drastic hormone changes, womenâ€™s bodies go through various side effects.
Menopause side effects arenâ€™t your everyday headaches and cramps, but instead women could suffer some serious health effects. Weight is usually redistributed and will go straight to the stomach. This is why an exercise program is encouraged. There is also an increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Consuming extra calcium can help prevent osteoporosis. Cholesterol levels also rise in many women.
Symptoms of menopause that most women can expect to experience, whether mild or severe, include hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, frequent urination, vaginal dryness, and even depression in some cases. There are conventional medications that can be taken to boost your estrogen levels and help minimize symptoms. One of the best ways to enjoy a healthy, happy menopause lifestyle is by eating a nutritious and healthy diet.
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Menopause is brought on by low levels of estrogen and progesterone and can cause symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, memory loss and difficulty concentrating, insomnia and fatigue, frequent urination, and mood swings.
Many women going through the change of life opt for menopause natural remedies for various reasons. Most women choose menopause natural remedies because they are worried about the adverse-side effects of conventional medicine.
Vitamin E can be found abundantly in cucumbers, asparagus, mackerel, haddock, lamb, kale, liver, brown rice, safflower oil, sesame oil, almonds, and mangoes. Vitamin E is good in aiding vaginal dryness, but if you have rheumatic heart disease or a history of high blood pressure it should not be taken in excess.
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