Self Care

02 May 2013

XenoWHAT? 8 Simple Steps to Avoid X-cess Estrogen in Your Environment

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women….bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia and crying spells for no reason. Estrogen is balanced by progesterone, but in perimenopause, progesterone production slows and estradiol production increases as ovaries age. The hormone symphony gets way off key. Other less commonly thought of sources of estrogen are found in our environment. Xenoestrogens (substances that act...

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25 Apr 2013

10 Health Habits They Don’t Teach In Medical School

As a health-conscious person, you’re already in the loop about the importance of eating your veggies, skipping the booze, cigarettes, and fake foods, daily exercise, plenty of zzzzz’s, and regular check-ups. But as a physician fascinated by why some health nuts still suffer from chronic illness, I dug deep into the medical literature to study what else really makes us healthy – and what predisposes...

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28 Feb 2013

What to do When Menopause Zaps that Loving Feeling

Of all the changes menopause brings, lack of interest in sex is one of THE most common and least discussed symptoms. Many boomer gals in the “free love” generation seem to have checked their lovin’ mojo at the door. So, What’s Going On? Mother Nature gives women a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days...

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31 Jan 2013

Treat Your Brain as Well as You Treat Your Dog: 5 Tips to Maintain Your Brain’s Mojo

The human brain is an incredibly complex system of 100 million miles of axons, dendrites and cell bodies.  But maintaining it is relatively simple. We need to look no further than how we treat our furry friends to learn everything we need to know about keeping this 3 lb. processor in tip-top shape. These 5 steps from the pooch maintenance playbook will keep your brain...

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24 Jan 2013

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

There’s a whole smorgasbord of over-the-counter products available at your local pharmacy, health food store or online that can be beneficial to hormone balance. These products don’t require a prescription…but that doesn’t mean they are always safe. Here’s a perfect example of this. One of my clients recently completed her salivary hormone analysis. When the results came back to me, her DHEA and testosterone levels...

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10 Jan 2013

What to Do When Your Hormone Orchestra’s Out of Tune

There’s a delicate balance between the hormones in a woman’s body, and if the orchestra’s out of tune, a whole host of unpleasant symptoms can surface. Common signs of imbalance may include: fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, night sweats, insomnia, hot flashes, big-time crankiness and about 27 other things you’d rather not deal with. Most of us chalk these problems up to falling estrogen levels....

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27 Dec 2012

How to Start a Resolution Revolution

It’s that time again. The wrapping paper and bows are put away…and next up on the to-do list is New Year’s resolutions. Right? And so it starts. “I have to lose 10 lbs.” “I should go the gym more often.” “I ought to become vegan.” The parade of “shoulds”, “musts” and “oughts” gets longer and longer as the beginning of January gets closer. At the...

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20 Dec 2012

Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health

I was talking to a prospective client a couple of weeks ago and she made a comment that has really stuck with me. I asked her what was motivating her to start taking good care of herself. She replied, “What better gift could I give my family?” And that is so true. When we give ourselves the gift of health (mental and physical), we offer...

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06 Dec 2012

The Art of Receiving

I never really thought about receiving very much. And when I did, it usually was related to material gifts. But a Mastermind group meeting a few years changed all that. One of my groupmates was taking her turn telling all of us about what she was creating in her already-successful. We were all amazed and were telling her how wonderful it all was. But, she...

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29 Nov 2012

Dr. Anna’s 8-Step Happy, Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re experiencing holiday anxiety, consider cutting back on or eliminating caffeine. It only adds to that jittery feeling! Try substituting decaf, water, herbal teas, mineral water with lemon or coconut water.  Eat before you head out to a party. That way you’ll be less tempted to graze through all the “nervous food” (as my friend Christine calls it).  If you’re drinking alcohol, alternate alcoholic...

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