Friday, 24 June 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Reveals Hidden Women’s Health Issue

An abdominal hernia occurs when an organ makes its way outside of its normal location by pushing through weakened muscle or tissue. They are most common (and more easily detectable) in men, but women, who have about a 3% lifetime risk of developing a hernia, tend to suffer more. In the following brief conversation, women’s health pioneer Marla Ahlgrimm touches on this often undiagnosed concern.

Q: Why is it more difficult to detect hernias in women than men?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Women’s hernias are all too often hidden deep inside the abdominal cavity, meaning they are much more difficult to distinguish from other tissue; men’s hernias tend to be noticeable during a simple exam. As well, women’s body composition mean they may have more fat over the area where the hernia is hiding, so it may not be visible during an ultrasound.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Explains Benefits of Automated Activity Trackers

You need a FitBit. Or at least that’s what your Pinterest friends say anyway. Marla Ahlgrimm agrees and says these stylish wristbands are actually more than a passing trend. Here, Ahlgrimm talks trackers and offers alternatives to everybody’s favorite (FitBit) Flex.

Q: What is an activity tracker?

Marla Ahlgrimm: An activity tracker is a wearable device that counts your movement during the day. Some even help you monitor your sleep patterns.

Q: What is the best tracker for the beginner?

Marla Ahlgrimm: In my opinion it’s the FitBit…the FitBit Flex, specifically. At a cost of around $99, it’s an affordable and smart scale compatible device. For about $30 more, you can choose the Wi-Fi enabled FitBit Aria that allows for BMI and lean mass recording. The Surge model is a big upgrade for $250 but offers on board music control, heart monitoring and GPS tracking.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm on the Proper Way to Begin an Exercise Routine

The “overload principle” is how the body adapts to new physical strain, says women’s healthcare expert and author Marla Ahlgrimm. Essentially, this means the body needs time to grow accustomed to activity in order to best benefit from exercise. In the following conversation, Ahlgrimm answers questions about planning a new fitness program.

Q: Is it best to jump head first into a workout and basically “shock” my muscles into performing?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Not at all! The opposite is true, actually. Anytime you start a new routine that involves potential strain on the muscles, it’s better to do it slowly. If the muscles are not properly stretched and prepared for the strain, you could suffer from soreness or overload injury. For instance, if you want to start running three miles a day, you’ll probably be more successful if you walk a mile a day the first week, then work your way up to greater distances and faster speeds.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Lists Top Five Office Exercises

Those stuck behind a desk for eight hours (or more) each day often wonder how they will ever find time to work their muscles. Marla Ahlgrimm, a leading women’s health expert from Madison, Wisconsin, says it is possible and here lists her favorite stretching exercises that can be performed with no equipment – or without interfering with the day’s productivity.

1. Forward chair stretch

A quick and easy way to rest the eyes and return elasticity to muscles. Marla Ahlgrimm explains this stretch begins in a forward facing position toward the front of an office chair. Bend toward the floor and let arms dangle until tension is felt in the hips. Return to a sitting position and repeat.

2. Back stretch

From as far back in the chair as possible and with a straight back, lift arms up similar to when yawning. Hold for five seconds and release. This is another tiny break for the body and mind.

3. Side chair stretch

Marla Ahlgrimm reports that many women feel stiff and even sore after a day sitting stationary. However, these side stretches take literally seconds but can help relieve an aching back for hours. Sitting as straight as possible with one arm crossed to the other side’s chair rail, twist and pull. Hold this position for three to five seconds then repeat on the opposite side.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Women’s Health Expert Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Breast Pain and Exercise

Young women develop breasts due to hormones produced during puberty, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But, does the emergence of this symbol of womanhood have to mean the end of physical activity? In the following brief Q&A, Ahlgrimm touches on the topic of why women tend to skip exercise and how to combat potential damage.

Q: Does exercise damage breast tissue?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It can, if a woman does not wear the right kind of supportive bra during times of rigorous physical activity. About half of America’s adults (those aged 12 to 21) aren’t getting enough exercise. While some of this can be attributed to the dawn of the digital age, many girls in this category simply experience pain when they jump or run, so they forgo fitness altogether.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Reports on the Benefits of Bone Broth

Marla Ahlgrimm
Bone broth is, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, different from stock in that it is made by boiling bone-in meat with other ingredients like onions, tomatoes, or vinegar. It is a delicious and nutrient-rich way to add a side of flavor to most meals, with many added health benefits.

Q: In what ways is bone broth different from regular stock or soup?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Regular meat stock is made by boiling bones and possibly vegetables for long periods of time. The result is a rich liquid that serves as the base of many soups, casseroles, and other dishes. Bone broth is made in a similar manner but, contrary to its name, relies mostly on meat for its flavor and nutrition. Meat, usually chicken or beef, releases more protein than bones alone, meaning bone broth has a higher nutritional value than its protein-deficient counterpart.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Says: Eat More Garlic

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Marla Ahlgrimm has a new favorite saying: “Garlic and Go!” According to the founder of Women’s Health America, garlic has a host of benefits unrivaled in the garden. She says women, especially, should eat garlic every day. Read on to find out why.

Garlic reduces plaque accumulation in the arteries.

Marla Ahlgrimm describes plaque as essentially a waste product that builds up in the arteries. It is made of calcium, fibrin, cholesterol, and fatty substances. As it accumulates, arteries become clogged, which makes it harder for the body to pump blood. This can lead to blood clots, hypertension, and heart attack. A diet high in garlic can slow plaque accumulation by up to 80% and reduce the amount of calcified plaque in the body.

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