Tag: Cortisol


7 Benefits of DUTCH Testing in Perimenopause
03 Jun 2020

7 Benefits of DUTCH Testing in Perimenopause

“I am experiencing many signs of perimenopause. I can’t sleep, I’m tired all the time, I’m anxious about everything and OMG, the flooding periods. I went to my doctor and asked to have my hormones tested. He refused and told me that it wouldn’t be useful because I was too young (42) and hormone levels change constantly. He did an FSH and it was in...

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How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause
27 May 2020

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Perimenopause can be sneaky. Signs of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. While you’re in the thick of raising kids (or considering having more), your ovaries may be making their retirement plan. Maybe you’re having vague signs that something is changing such as insomnia, bloating, breast tenderness, anxiety, feeling tired all the time, or wonky periods (heavier, lighter, irregular, twice a month)....

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How to Manage Stress-Related Hair Loss
15 Apr 2020

How to Manage Stress-Related Hair Loss

As if dealing with all of the recent changes in our lives isn’t enough, many women are starting to notice hair loss. What is going ON? There are many reasons for hair loss in perimenopause like thyroid dysfunction, low iron, high androgens, autoimmune conditions, and changes in hormone levels. But the most likely culprit right now is STRESS, especially if hair loss is a recent...

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7 Ways to Manage the COVID-19 Anxiety Roller Coaster
18 Mar 2020

7 Ways to Manage the COVID-19 Anxiety Roller Coaster

The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused chaos around the world (to say the least). Watching the news and mindlessly scrolling social media to kill time is like feeding your lizard brain filet mignon and a good Cabernet. Your fat, happy lizard brain (amygdala) then sends your adrenals the message to crank out cortisol because sh*t’s gettin’ real! That part of your brain is there...

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Is Your Body Keeping Up with Stress?
18 Dec 2019

Is Your Body Keeping Up with Stress?

Is your stress level putting your health at risk? Every day, your body is subjected to a wide range of physical and psychological stressors that it senses as stress. Typically, we think of work, finances, or relationships when it comes to stress.  But the list is much bigger and broader than this. Lack of sleep, dieting, skipping meals, and winning the lottery are also stressful!...

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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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The Root Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
30 Oct 2019

The Root Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Show me a woman in perimenopause or menopause and I’ll show you a woman who’s very likely to have anxiety as one of her primary complaints. Many women believe that anxiety is purely related to hormone imbalance and it is true that imbalances in the estrogen/progesterone relationship, elevated cortisol, or hyperthyroidism can have an impact on anxiety.  But that’s not the whole story. Anxiety is...

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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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