Cortisol


Is Your Thyroid Causing Weight Gain in Perimenopause?
06 Aug 2019

Is Your Thyroid Causing Weight Gain in Perimenopause?

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexplained weight gain, one of the first questions that comes up is, “Could it be my thyroid?” Thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating metabolism and how the body uses nutrients. And as we age, the thyroid can get sluggish. Hypothyroidism is sneaky and experts say that undiagnosed thyroid disease is an epidemic, especially among women. Add...

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7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance
15 Jan 2019

7 Hidden Sources of Stress that May Sabotage Hormone Balance

We’re all familiar with the usual suspects that cause us stress. Work, money, and family relationships usually top the list. Stress is a huge problem for women whose hormones are out of balance because the cortisol that is released in a stressful situation worsens all of the imbalances. Your body requires cortisol to live so it preferentially uses hormone precursors like pregnenolone to make it;...

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Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life
21 Apr 2016

Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life

Living in a 24/7 world of “busyness” creates a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that your body perceives as stressful. This can leave you with one of your fight-or-flight hormones, cortisol, running the show, putting your health and your business or career at risk. When this happens, you’ve essentially hired cortisol as your C.O.O. And cortisol is not world-renowned for making good decisions! If health and stress management...

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How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps
14 Apr 2016

How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps

Do you feel like you’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive? Tired of marathon sessions on the elliptical trainer only to see the numbers on the scale climbing? You wonder what you’re doing wrong. And your meno-middle (AKA muffin top)  keeps growing. The good news is that YOU may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad news is that your cortisol may have climbed...

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How to Lower Your Cortisol in 4 Minutes
25 Feb 2016

How to Lower Your Cortisol in 4 Minutes

We live in a soundbite, fragmented world. Some days it feels like you’ve been tossed into your Vitamix with no escape route. All of this rushing around leads to high cortisol which creates a LOT of problems you don’t want like insomnia, weight gain, anxiety and that wired but tired feeling most of us know too well. The cure for high cortisol is managing stress....

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Is It Time to Say “See Ya” to Caffeine?
19 Aug 2015

Is It Time to Say “See Ya” to Caffeine?

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and you’ve done any research at all, one of the recommendations you’ve likely seen is to give up caffeine. This is not great news for many of us! Caffeine is addictive and the warmth of that morning coffee ritual may be deeply ingrained. I feel your pain. But here’s why this is important. Caffeine opens up your blood vessels (that’s...

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Hey, Can a Girl Get a Drink Over Here??
14 Nov 2013

Hey, Can a Girl Get a Drink Over Here??

When your hormone symphony is playing off-key and you’re stressed to the max, the temptation to pop the cork on a bottle of Pinot Grigio can be great. After all, what’s the harm in a couple of glasses of good vino to take the edge off? As it turns out…plenty. So What’s the Big Deal? Women are more affected by alcohol than men due to...

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07 Nov 2013

What to do When Perimenopause Steals Your Sleep

Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the clock while your hormones are having a PAR-TAY! What’s a girl to do??? Lack of sleep makes you cranky…that’s bad enough. But long-term insomnia can lead to other problems obesity, diabetes, hyper-tension, heart disease, depression, and impaired...

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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01 Aug 2013

Joe, You Gotta Go! 4 Great Reasons to Say “So-Long” to Caffeine

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and you’ve done any research at all, one of the recommendations you’ve likely seen is to give up caffeine. This is not great news for many of us! Caffeine is addictive and the morning coffee ritual may be deeply ingrained. I feel your pain. But here’s why this is important. Caffeine opens up your blood vessels (that’s why it’s found...

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