Tag: hormones


While you’re on lockdown during COVID-19, the temptation is to go into “comfort” mode. But your job right now is to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips that your body will thank you for.
25 Mar 2020

6 Lifestyle Practices to Boost Your Immune System

COVID-19 is busy making the rounds in the world. While the news is scary, the fact is that most people recover. While you’re on lockdown, the temptation is to go into “comfort” mode. Think couch, blanket, cookies, and adult beverages to take the edge off. I get this 1000%. But here’s the thing… your job right now is to keep your immune system in tip-top...

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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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The Downsides of Vitamin D Supplementation in Perimenopause
29 Jan 2020

The Downsides of Vitamin D Supplementation in Perimenopause

Vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth in perimenopause.  It may also provide a protective effect against diseases such as cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Levels of Vitamin D Despite all of the benefits of Vitamin D in perimenopause and menopause, more is not...

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A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause
15 Jan 2020

A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause

Progesterone is a sex hormone that is produced when you ovulate. It is the first hormone level to fall as you enter perimenopause since ovulation becomes more and more sporadic. Because of this, estrogen is allowed to run the show all month, creating perimenopause symptoms like breast tenderness, heavy periods, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, and anxiety. Progesterone is typically thought of when it comes to...

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What You Need Most for a Successful 2020
01 Jan 2020

What You Need Most for a Successful 2020

Choosing a word. Making resolutions. Creating new habits. All are ways to mark the beginning of a new year. But truthfully, none of these things will set you up for success in the new year unless your SELF-CARE is spot on. Women tend to put themselves last on their to-do lists (if at all). This kind of negligence is a recipe for burnout and a...

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The Truth About Compounded Hormones
03 Dec 2019

The Truth About Compounded 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 result in increased anxiety about hormone replacement and keep women from getting products that might make a huge difference in their quality of life.  My friend, Betsy Hoida (a compounding...

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
09 Oct 2019

4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that has touched so much of my family as my daughter and I are the only females who have not had breast or ovarian cancer. And we do not have the gene that increases the risk.  Breast cancer is scary business and seems like younger women are being diagnosed more than ever before. Unfortunately, much...

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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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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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What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women
22 May 2019

What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women

by Jill Grunewald I get a lot of questions like:  “How do I know this is alopecia?” “I don’t have an official diagnosis—is it still alopecia?” “I have diffuse hair loss—could it be alopecia and will your program help me?”  “I have female pattern baldness—is this alopecia?” It’s all “alopecia” because the medical term for hair loss (any pattern—total, patchy or diffuse) is “alopecia.” But...

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