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Hyperdocs In #Physed & #Health

Creating resources is all part and parcel of teaching, especially in #Physed & Health. The amount of skill cards I have created or work booklets, I …

Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents & Young Adults - According to a research study by the American Academy of Pediatrics Full Study Here: http://1.usa.gov/Y9iUj6

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What is PMS? By Discovery Health Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a set of hormonal changes that trigger a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms in women. These symptoms can range from anger and irritability, to abdominal cramping and breast tenderness, to food cravings. PMS generally occurs between 7 to 14 days before menstruation (a woman's monthly bleeding, or "period") and then stops once menstruation begins. It can only occur during a woman's childbearing years -- after menopause, it stops. Up to 40 percent of menstruating women experience symptoms of PMS [ref]. In most of these women, PMS is nothing more than an annoyance. But in about 5 percent of women, the symptoms are debilitating enough to interfere with daily life. PMS Symptoms There are more than 150 different symptoms associated with PMS, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Although there is no real test for PMS, doctors will do tests to rule out other conditions that cause similar symptoms. When a woman's symptoms coincide with her menstrual cycle, and she tests negative for other conditions, PMS is usually determined to be the cause of her symptoms. Keeping a monthly diary of symptoms is helpful to confirm the diagnosis. Some conditions to rule out when diagnosing PMS: Anemia Eating disorders Diabetes Alcohol abuse Hypothyroidism Oral contraceptive side effects Perimenopause Dysmenorrhea Chronic fatigue syndrome Endometriosis Autoimmune disorders There are more than 150 physical and psychological symptoms associated with PMS. These symptoms can vary from mild to severe, from person to person and from cycle to cycle. General PMS symptoms include: - Psychological symptoms - Mood changes (e.g., crying for no reason, depression, anxiety, anger, sadness or irritability) - Changes in mental functioning (inability to concentrate or remember) Changes in sex drive (increased or decreased libido) Physical symptoms - Upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation - Fatigue - Difficulty sleeping - Headache - Fluid retention/bloating - Acne - Breast tenderness - Joint or muscle pain - Cramping - Food cravings (especially for carbohydrates, chocolate and other sweets) - Weight gain What Causes PMS? Scientists don't know exactly why women get PMS or why some women experience it more severely than others. But they believe that it stems from a combination of hormonal changes, genetics, nutrition and psychological factors. The Menstrual Cycle Hormones are one of the most studied aspects of PMS's origins. PMS occurs near the end of a woman's menstrual cycle, within seven to 14 days before menstruation. During this cycle, which takes about 28 days, an egg matures and is released from the ovaries for possible fertilization. The hormones estrogen and progesterone play a big part in the menstrual cycle. At around five days into the menstrual cycle, the ovaries release the female hormone estrogen. This hormone helps thicken the uterus, which will nourish an embryo if conception occurs. At around 14 days into the cycle, the egg is released in a process called ovulation. After ovulation, the last (luteal) phase of the menstrual cycle begins, and PMS symptoms tend to emerge. During this phase, the ovaries increase production of estrogen and begin producing progesterone to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized, production of estrogen and progesterone drops. This hormonal drop causes the lining of the uterus to die and slough off, leading to menstruation. Once menstruation starts, PMS symptoms stop with a day or two. Researchers believe that the hormones estrogen and progesterone interact with certain brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, and that this interaction can affect mood and contribute to other PMS symptoms. Let's take a look at some of the specific neurotransmitters researchers believe are involved in PMS. Hormones and Neurotransmitters Researchers believe that the following neurotransmitters are affected by estrogen and/or progesterone during the menstrual cycle and may lead to some of the symptoms of PMS: Serotonin regulates mood and sleep patterns and creates feelings of well-being. Reduced levels of estrogen during the luteal phase may be linked to a drop in serotonin. Lower serotonin levels are associated with depression, irritability, anger and carbohydrate cravings, all of which are symptoms of PMS. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter associated with anxiety and depression. Progesterone may increase the activity of this neurotransmitter. Endorphins increase feelings of pleasure and reduce the intensity of pain. Both estrogen and progesterone may affect endorphin levels. Norepinephrine and epinephrine are neurotransmitters involved in the body's stress response. Estrogen may affect the levels of these neurotransmitters, which can influence blood pressure and heart rate as well as mood. Whether symptoms are influenced by increased or decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone is a matter of some debate. Studies routinely produce conflicting results. Some researchers believe that the key to PMS symptoms lies in the balance between these two hormones during the menstrual cycle. Diet and PMS We don't know exactly how diet impacts PMS. But some research has shown that increasing complex carbohydrates before menstruation helps increase the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a deficiency of which has been linked to PMS-related depression. Although complex carbohydrates (such as those found in whole grains and vegetables) are good to eat during PMS, simple carbohydrates (such as those found in sugary snacks and white bread) can actually increase water retention, irritability and other PMS symptoms. Experts also recommend that menstruating women take vitamins, especially a daily multivitamin containing folic acid (which is essential for the growth of the fetus should conception occur) and a calcium supplement with vitamin D (which helps bones stay strong and may also help alleviate PMS symptoms). Some researchers think Vitamin B6 may ease symptoms, particularly depression, but its effectiveness has not been clinically proven, and very high doses (500 mg to 2,000 mg daily) can cause nerve damage. Dieticians sometimes recommend that women who are experiencing PMS eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. Eating a lot of food at once can cause blood sugar to swing up and down, which some people believe might exacerbate PMS symptoms. Experts say that certain foods should be avoided: Caffeine, because it can increase irritability, nervousness and insomnia Alcohol, because it can act as a depressant Salt, because it can increase water retention and bloating Women should also avoid nicotine because, in addition to its other health risks, it can affect PMS symptoms much like caffeine. A 2005 study found that women who ate a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium had less of a risk of developing PMS than women who didn't eat these nutrients. To see a benefit, the women in the study had to eat at least 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D each day. Researchers don't know exactly why vitamin D and calcium warded off PMS symptoms, but they say it may have something to do with calcium's effect on the hormone estrogen during the menstrual cycle. 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Better-Educated Parent Leads To More Nutritious Children

<b>Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online</b><p>Researchers wrote in the journal <i>Public Health Nutrition</i> that the more educated the parent, the …


Making Sex Ed Fun

<b>What if sex ed employed fun, interactive GAMES, rather than boring lectures with PowerPoint slides?</b><p>Remember your sex ed class? Do you remember it …

Physical Activity and Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Over the past few months I’ve had an amazing opportunity to travel the province and work with teachers from across Northern Ontario providing …

Success with our Fitness Gram curl-up test, Plickers assessments, and Veteran's Day fitness stations. @MissHeins229 #TriangleTigers https://t.co/1IGHHjOhLq

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Our FHS students hard at work with the fitness gram sit-up test! Keep up the good work Warriors! https://t.co/ejiIxEdhTe

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