Marla Ahlgrimm | Sweet as Honey

Marla AhlgrimmHoney isn’t just a sweet treat. According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, the naturally delicious semi-liquid has a number of health and beauty benefits. Here are just a few:

Honey is moisturizing

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women with excessively dry but sensitive skin may wish to look at honey as a facial moisturizer. The retired pharmacist explains that the sugars in the sticky syrup are natural humectants that can actually boost the skin’s water content, even after being washed away. As an added bonus, honey enzymes will gently exfoliate skin.

Honey fades scars and may help heal certain types of wounds

Honey was used by Native Americans to help warriors injured in battle or while hunting. It is a natural antioxidant that Marla Ahlgrimm claims may even reduce scarring. Honey, when applied to a skin abrasion, can reduce the chances of infection if used prior to bandaging. Simply add a dab to the wound, rinse, and wrap.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Kidney Stones Affect 10 Percent of Women

Marla AhlgrimmRetired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm says kidney stones are a painful condition that affects one in 10 women at some point in their lives. Keep reading for more information.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, emergency room across the country treat more than 500,000 people for kidney stones each year. Although men are twice as likely to get kidney stones, women are still affected at an alarming rate. Throughout the last 20 years, issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes have increased kidney stone diagnosis by more than 200 percent.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that a kidney stone is pretty much what you’d imagine from the name: a stone-like obstruction found in the kidneys. They are formed as urine chemicals crystallize, often due to a nutritional defect or overproduction of uric acid. Unlike actual stones, however, kidney stones can grow and often feature stalactite-like protrusions.

One of the primary symptoms of kidney stones is painful urination. This happens when a kidney stone, which can be as small as a grain of sand, get stuck as it travels from the kidneys to the bladder. Marla Ahlgrimm explains there are four types of kidney stone: calcium oxalate, uric acid, struvite, and cystine. Each are caused by different triggers but leave within their wake the same symptoms.

Kidney stones can start as a burning sensation when urinating. Marla Ahlgrimm says that over time the pain becomes more intense and can manifest as a stabbing feeling in the gut, groin, or lower back. Many women report pain so excruciating that it causes vomiting and fainting. If a kidney stone causes a bladder infection, a woman may also experience fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches. Kidney stones may be diagnosed by a CT scan or x-ray. Small stones are often allowed to pass without medical intervention although laser or endoscopic surgery may be necessary, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Weird Hormone Imbalance Symptoms | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmWhen you think of a hormone imbalance, you likely think about moodiness and acne. However, according to HRT specialist and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, there are a number of issues that can arise that you would never link to your endocrine system.

Weird symptom #1: Excessive hunger

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, hormones are responsible for the ravenous cravings you may feel just before your period. But they can also make you hungry at other times if they are out of balance. Hormone imbalance caused by adrenal dysregulation can tell your brain that you need a salty or sweet snack pretty much every minute of the day.

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Marla Ahlgrimm on Birth Control and Antibiotic Interaction

Marla AhlgrimmOne common concern among child-bearing-age women is whether taking antibiotics could have an effect on birth control. The answer, Marla Ahlgrimm asserts, is yes, specifically for women taking estrogen-based oral contraceptive.

Marla Ahlgrimm reports that antibiotics can have a negative effect on estrogen-based oral contraceptives. This is because antibiotics, which are meant to kill bacteria that trigger infection and illness, also attack healthy bacteria in the gut that activates certain types of birth control.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the first indications of antibiotic interference is mid-cycle bleeding, spotting outside of a period. This is a good sign that any oral birth controls being taken may be less effective and that sexual contact should be avoided if other forms of birth control are not immediately available. It is important to note that topical antibiotics, such as creams and gels, are not likely to affect birth control as they are not absorbed into the bloodstream. These are ointments used to heal cuts and scrapes.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Sweet, Sweet, Sleep

Marla AhmlgrimmIf you’ve ever needed an extra reason to curl up under a warm blanket, keep reading as Marla Ahlgrimm answers questions about why sleep is so important and how to get a restful 40 winks each night.

Q: What are the health benefits of sleep?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your health. Not only does it help keep your memory intact, but getting the right amount of sleep, between seven and nine hours each night, may actually extend your life.

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Eating Disorders Start Young, Says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMarch 4, 2018 marked the end of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. But, as Marla Ahlgrimm points out, the issue is one that must be acknowledged throughout the year if we are to make any impact on the number of females – mostly teenage girls – affected by this complex mental disorder.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains there are three primary types of eating disorder: binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. An individual with a binge eating disorder may experience uncontrollable urges to overeat and then immediately feel guilty for the food they consumed. Bulimia is characterized by eating then soon after force-vomiting in an effort to forgo weight gain from eating too much. Anorexia, which is perhaps the most dangerous eating disorder, presents as an irrational fear of weighing too much. Typically people who are already underweight suffer with anorexia.

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