Women’s Mental Health: A Global Concern

The current state of mental health in women is a significant concern. Women are more likely than men to experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide for women.

There are several factors that contribute to the higher prevalence of mental health issues in women. One of the main drivers of female mental health issues is gender-based discrimination and violence, which can lead to trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. Women in some societies also experience higher rates of poverty, social isolation, and lack of access to education and healthcare, which can all contribute to poor mental health outcomes.

Additionally, hormonal changes throughout a woman’s life, such as during pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause, can also impact mental health. For example, postpartum depression affects approximately 10-15% of women after giving birth.

It’s also worth noting that women are often expected to take on multiple roles and responsibilities, such as being a caregiver, working outside the home, and managing household tasks, which can lead to high levels of stress and burnout.

Overall, addressing the main drivers of female mental health issues will require a multi-faceted approach, including improving access to healthcare and mental health services, addressing gender-based violence and discrimination, and promoting policies that support women’s rights and well-being. It is important to prioritize the mental health of women and ensure that they have the resources and support they need to maintain good mental health.

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Kerryan Francis Witter, MSc.

Associate Wellness Coach | Associate Counselling Psychologist

Urinary Tract Infection Protocol

What are urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bacterial infections that affect the urinary tract. This includes the bladder, urethra or kidneys.

Symptoms of UTI

  • Frequent urination
  • Lower back pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • High fever
  • Pain / burning sensation when urinating
  • Changes in your urine – cloudy, dark and/or smelly

Causes of UTI / factors increasing your risk for UTIs

  • Dirty toilets
  • Holding in you urine for extended periods of time
  • Some food sensitivities such as dairy and sodas
  • Kidney stones
  • Bacteria from the anus entering the vagina
  • Scented hygiene products such as tissues, bath soaps, washing detergents and fabric softener
  • A weakened immune systems
  • Poor sexual hygiene
  • Some people are more prone to UTIs during pregnancy

The Do’s and Don’ts of UTIs

 Do’s

  • Wipe from front to back when you go to the toilet
  • keep the genital area clean and dry
  • drink plenty of fluids, particularly water – so that you regularly pee during the day and do not feel thirsty
  • wash the skin around the vagina with water before and after sex
  • pee as soon as possible after sex
  • promptly change nappies or incontinence pads if they’re soiled

Don’ts

  • do not use scented soap
  • do not hold your pee in if you feel the urge to go
  • do not rush when going for a pee – try to fully empty your bladder
  • do not wear tight, synthetic underwear, such as nylon
  • do not drink lots of alcoholic drinks, as they may irritate your bladder
  • do not have lots of sugary food or drinks, as they may encourage bacteria to grow
  • do not use condoms or a diaphragm or cap with spermicidal lube on them – try non-spermicidal lube or a different type of contraception

Complications of untreated UTIs

  • A UTI is on average treated quickly and easily when dealt with early.
  • Recurrent infections
  • Extremely painful periods
  • Pain during sex
  • Kidney Infection
  • Permanent kidney damage
  • Women with diabetes are a greater risk when they have UTIs
  • According to WebMD, here are some life threatening complications of UTIs. If a UTI isn’t treated, there’s a chance it could spread to the kidneys. In some cases, this can trigger sepsis. This happens when your body becomes overwhelmed trying to fight infection. It can be deadly. Symptoms include extreme pain and issues with body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and white blood cell count.

What to do if you have a UTI?

(Always consult with your healthcare provider before using any new remedies / protocols).

  • Drinks lots of water
  • Avoid sugar (this includes temporarily reducing your intake of sweet fruits)
  • Avoid dairy
  • Stay away from caffeine and alcoholic beverages
  • Consider Using Natural Remedies (see suggested protocol below)

Natural Remedies Protocol for UTIs

These recommendations have been successfully used by our clients.

  1. Eliminate all irritating foods (as listed above). Instead, eat a nourishing diet.
  2. Increase water in take. On average, adults should be consuming 80-10 glasses of water (approximately 2 liters).
  3. 10,000 Vitamin D3 once daily
  4. Use 1/4 teaspoon of goldenseal nightly for 5-7 days.
  5. Take a high quality probiotic supplement daily 30 mins before breakfast
  6. Supplement with 1,000mg of vitamin C daily
  7. Drink corn silk water daily until the problem is remedied. Recipe: Steep 2 tablespoons in 2 cups (16 ounces boiling water for 30mins). Drink throughout the day like water.
  8. Drink tea made from 2-3 crushed or blended garlic bulbs/cloves several times daily.
  9. Other useful herbs: juniper, parsley, uvi ursi, prickly ash.

Resources:

  1. Nhs.gov.uk
  2. WebMD

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I am Kerryan Witter, Associate Counselling Physiologist, Wellness Coach and Medical Missionary. I am the founder and Managing Director of Living Wholistically by Kerryan. 

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What is Food Security and Why is it Important? (Part 1)

Food is a basic human need. We all know it is essential to life and health. But how much do we know about food security? Should we be concerned about our food security? Is there any connection between the current state of events and our food supply? 

Let’s begin to answer these questions by defining food security.”Food security is the measure of an individual’s ability to access food that is nutritious and sufficient in quantity. Some definitions of food security specify that food must also meet an individual’s food preferences and dietary needs for active and healthy lifestyles.” (concern.net). The main word for me in that definition is ACCESS. Food security means we have access to the foods we need to stay alive and meet our individual dietary needs.

Access to food is impacted by a number of variables, three of which are:
1. Money 

2. The availability of food 

3.The supply chain

More recently our food supply has been impacted by some of the measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 virus and even more recently the war between Russia and Ukraine. People tend to be considered food secure or insecure based on their economic standing. The poor tend to be more vulnerable to food insecurity, while those within higher income brackets usually enjoy high levels of food security. This has always been accepted to be facts. This is understandable. As an International Development practitioner myself, I get it. This is simple logic. It makes sense.

 
The challenge in this day and age, as we navigate this pandemic and now the war, is that we are seeing growing levels of food insecurity among those who are considered poor. A check of the various organizations that track poverty will tell you that food insecurity is on the rise and starvation which goes hand in hand with it, is also on the rise.


But there’s something we may be missing in this whole food security debate. It is the issue of availability. When supply chains are disrupted and shortages arise because of embargoes, sanctions or export restrictions, money becomes useless because there is no food to buy. That’s it. Plain and simple. You could have enough money to fill the oceans, if there’s no food being sold, there’s no food for your money to buy.

Aside from the obvious starvation, what are the implications of the unavailability of some basic food supplies and how can we mitigate this challenge. Check out my next blog for some tips and tricks to help you survive in the face of food shortages.