Tag: Stress


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 stress putting your health at risk?
12 Feb 2020

Is stress putting your health at risk?

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!  Why? Because all of these situations signal your body to produce cortisol, one of your stress hormones. This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our...

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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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The Links Between Perimenopause, Cortisol and Weight Gain
31 Jul 2019

The Links Between Perimenopause, Cortisol and Weight Gain

One of THE most frustrating problems that women in perimenopause experience is weight gain. When I review the food journals of clients, many times they’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive. And they’re exercising like crazy women. And yet, the needle on the scale continues to creep up. It’s so common that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to it! Sound familiar?...

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How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize
14 May 2019

How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize

We typically don’t realize how our hormones affect our bodies until some sort of imbalance occurs. When there’s a hormonal imbalance, it means there’s either too much or too little of a specific hormone in the bloodstream. This affects the body greatly as hormones regulate most of our major bodily processes such as your metabolism, sleep cycle, heart rate, sexual function, mood, and so much...

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5 Things You’re Doing That Could Shorten Your Life by at Least 10 Years
09 Aug 2018

5 Things You’re Doing That Could Shorten Your Life by at Least 10 Years

Nora Ephron was on to something when she wrote I Feel Bad About My Neck. This is a hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. Midlife is a steady march of change (in case you weren’t aware). While it’s impossible to stop the aging process, we CAN try to slow it...

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Worrier or Warrior? How Your Genes Affect Your Stress Response
28 Jun 2018

Worrier or Warrior? How Your Genes Affect Your Stress Response

Do you ever wonder why some people melt down under stress, but others seem to thrive under pressure? It may not be you, it may be your genes! The prefrontal cortex is that part of your brain responsible for many of the capacities that lead you to succeed in the world; cognitive ability, problem-solving, reasoning, and planning. In order to operate at peak performance, the...

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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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