Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett Asheville


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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6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance
10 Apr 2019

6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance

For many perimenopausal women, wine is the go-to management strategy to take the edge off negative symptoms (or people). April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women’s bodies are affected differently by alcohol than men’s, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol;...

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The Resources You Need to Write Your Own Prescription for Hormone Harmony
27 Mar 2019

The Resources You Need to Write Your Own Prescription for Hormone Harmony

Last week was huge for me! My book is launched and making its way into the world and I couldn’t be more delighted. You can check it out here: www.perimenopausebook.com. I’m often asked why I decided to write a book. There are many reasons, but my main inspiration was a huge gap that I didn’t feel was being filled well. My first clue was in...

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Foundational Supplements For Healthy Perimenopause Hormone Balance
20 Mar 2019

Foundational Supplements For Healthy Perimenopause Hormone Balance

In my last 2 posts, I’ve shared the first two steps of Writing Your Own Prescription for Hormone Harmony. You can read those posts here and here. Step 3 is to support your body with vitamins, herbs and minerals that may be lacking. There are a number of potentially helpful supplements in perimenopause, but for today, I’ll cover my foundational favorites. Vitamin C Vitamin C...

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Why Isn’t My Progesterone Cream Working?
27 Feb 2019

Why Isn’t My Progesterone Cream Working?

Topical progesterone cream is a product many perimenopausal women turn to for help with hormone imbalances. There are many brands available on the internet or in health food stores. The progesterone they contain is synthesized from wild yam, a natural plant source. Progesterone creams are estimated to have anywhere from a 10-80% hormone absorption rate depending on an individual’s skin or other products, like lotions,...

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What Every Woman in Menopause Should Know About Cardiovascular Disease
20 Feb 2019

What Every Woman in Menopause Should Know About Cardiovascular Disease

Many women think that heart disease is just for men. Nothing could be further from the truth. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, after age 50, nearly half of all deaths in women are due to some form of cardiovascular disease. Once a woman reaches menopause, her risk for heart disease increases dramatically because of the drop in estrogen levels. And younger women who...

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Debunking Myths About Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
07 Jan 2019

Debunking Myths About Compounded Bioidentical Hormones

There’s a lot of talk in the medical community about bioidentical hormones. Depending on what you read, you may see that they are “ineffective, dangerous, unproven, safer, curative”, etc. Many of the myths that circulate create fear in women and deter them from getting products that might make a huge difference in their quality of life. What does bioidentical mean? Bioidentical hormones are identical in...

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Are Your Meds Wrecking Your Nutrition?
19 Dec 2018

Are Your Meds Wrecking Your Nutrition?

As a pharmacist, I’ve spent years answering questions about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug interactions and drug-food interactions. Most people think that medications will help them fix a problem and for the most part, they do. But there’s a dark side to all medications that most people never think about. Medications have the potential to steal your nutrients creating new problems and possible life-threatening diseases....

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The Top 5 Perimenopause Myths Debunked
14 Jun 2018

The Top 5 Perimenopause Myths Debunked

I’ve been working with clients who are struggling with perimenopause for over 6 years now. And in that time, the stories about this transition really haven’t changed much. There are more experts than ever now talking about menopause, which is great… but the same misinformation just keeps making the rounds. Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths that I hear. Myth...

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4 Things Sugar Does to Your Brain (and Why It’s Time to Break Up)
31 May 2018

4 Things Sugar Does to Your Brain (and Why It’s Time to Break Up)

If you haven’t paid much attention to how much sugar you consume and what it may be doing to your health, now’s the time to give it some thought. There are articles coming out every day about the effects of sugar on weight, hormones, inflammation and a laundry list of chronic conditions but what you don’t hear a lot about is what it does to...

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