Hormone imbalance


5 Sneaky Ways Stress Affects Your Hormones and Your Health in Perimenopause
11 Dec 2019

5 Sneaky Ways Stress Affects Your Hormones and Your Health in Perimenopause

Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of complications, from mood swings to anxiety to leg cramps, and more. And according to a recent survey of 2,000 American women ages 30 to 60, nearly half of them have experienced the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. However, 72 percent of respondents said they weren’t aware that their symptoms were related to hormone imbalances until after they have experienced them....

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Dr. Anna’s 2019 Holiday Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Season When Your Hormones are Cranky
27 Nov 2019

Dr. Anna’s 2019 Holiday Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Season When Your Hormones are Cranky

Hey, hey! Welcome to my annual holiday survival guide!  If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can be challenging. Navigating nightly holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for perimenopausal women who are trying to keep cortisol and the rest...

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Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month
04 Sep 2019

Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month. I remember when I first wrote about this topic a few years ago. I chuckled to myself and thought, “As if any woman who’s in the thick of it needs to have her awareness raised. Who is this for????” But then I realized there are PLENTY of women who actually do need to have their knowledge up-leveled, so I wrote a...

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4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
21 Aug 2019

4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

Perimenopause and weight gain seem to go hand in hand. It is THE top complaint I get from clients and women I speak with. And the problem is more complex than “calories in, calories out.” It usually starts because of hormone imbalances that show up in your early 40’s (or even earlier for some) but gets compounded by habits that seem like the right thing...

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Is Insulin Resistance Stalling Your Weight Loss?
14 Aug 2019

Is Insulin Resistance Stalling Your Weight Loss?

Many midlife weight problems can be tied directly to insulin resistance because when you get to the root cause of weight gain, insulin is always in the picture. This imbalance is underappreciated as a player in midlife weight gain, but understanding it is critical for weight management and preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes. Biochem 101 Insulin is a hormone that’s produced by your pancreas...

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Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)
24 Jul 2019

Supplements for Sleep Support in Perimenopause (and Menopause)

If perimenopause is stealing your sleep, it may be tempting to resort to over-the-counter sleep aids (most contain antihistamines) or prescription sleep medications. But these don’t treat the root cause of insomnia and may lead to dependency. Over time, they work less effectively, which means you need higher and higher doses to do the job. As someone who’s been there and done that, I don’t...

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Well rested blonde woman stretching in bed and smiling in bedroom at home
17 Jul 2019

Sleep Hygiene 101: Good Habits for a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know it. A great night’s sleep is vital for both healing and overall wellness. During the night, we restock our supply of hormones, process significant toxins, repair damaged tissue, generate white blood cells for immunity, eliminate the effects of stress, and process heavy emotions.  Unfortunately, we have an epidemic of sleep disorders in midlife – from trouble falling asleep to often-interrupted sleep to...

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Is Hormone Imbalance Wrecking Your Sleep?
10 Jul 2019

Is Hormone Imbalance Wrecking Your Sleep?

Insomnia is one of the most distressing problems that women experience in perimenopause. It’s not life-threatening, but lack of sleep affects every part of our mental and physical being. Studies show that even moderate sleep deprivation (less than 6 hours per night) results in performance that is the equivalent of driving drunk.  There are many variations on the insomnia theme, but let’s focus on the...

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Declare Your Independence from Perimenopausal Chaos
03 Jul 2019

Declare Your Independence from Perimenopausal Chaos

One of the questions I am asked regularly is, “Will my hormone symptoms get better when I reach menopause?” And the answer is, it depends.  For many women, the fall of hormones to post-menopausal levels is what they need to feel as if a new normal has arrived. For others, estrogen dominance symptoms continue because of ongoing hormone imbalances related to lifestyle, stress, and exposure...

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The Difference Between Bioidentical Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins
26 Jun 2019

The Difference Between Bioidentical Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins

Let’s talk about progesterone and progestins. They are 2 very similar words, but from a hormone balance standpoint, they couldn’t be more different. Both provide a counterbalance to estrogen that helps protect the uterus from a constant estrogen barrage. This helps reduce the likelihood of uterine cancer. This is where the therapeutic similarities end.  What is Progesterone? Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced...

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