Women’s health


Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer
23 Sep 2016

Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Nearly 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. There are at least 34 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. And many of them can be confused with other hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism or adrenal imbalance. There is an overwhelming amount of conflicting data surrounding the efficacy and safety of treatments for menopause symptoms. In...

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Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix
08 Sep 2016

Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix

Let’s be honest. Wine is a perimenopausal go-to for many women. It takes the edge off anxiety, overwhelm and much of the hormonal chaos we experience. And while it can seem like a good idea on the surface, there are hidden dangers lurking in this management strategy. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. We have less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer...

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The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love
25 Aug 2016

The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love

I’m sure you’ve noticed. It seems as if there is an entire movement dedicated to the science of anti-aging. Creams, potions and pills galore that are designed to keep us looking good and staying healthy for as long as possible- which means slowing the aging process. In the past few decades, the market for anti-aging products and services has grown into a global industry valued...

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Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health
26 May 2016

Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health

Millions of women take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bone and prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia. Yet few of us realize that creating the best bone health involves more than taking a single mineral supplement. Recent research has shown that vitamin K2 is an important addition to make sure that calcium goes to bone and is not deposited in blood vessels. Why Vitamin K is Essential...

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5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis
19 May 2016

5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis

Falling estrogen and testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause can speed up bone loss dramatically. This contributes to osteopenia (the beginnings of osteoporosis) and osteoporosis (thin, porous bones). There are many risk factors for osteoporosis which include family history, medications and lifestyle. But, how do we know whether our bones are healthy or not? We can’t see them like we can see our skin, or...

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Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?
12 May 2016

Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?

One of the most common questions I’m asked in the Hormone Harmony Club is “what is going on with my period!?” These women are experiencing flooding, clots, short cycles, abnormally long periods, cramping and symptoms that are alarming, and in some case, life-altering. Irregular periods are often one of the first signs that a woman is entering perimenopause. The exact symptoms of irregular periods vary depending on...

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How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
24 Mar 2016

How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

As a healthcare practitioner who helps women find natural solutions to balance their hormones, I’m always on the lookout for new options to share with my clients. There are many great herb and vitamin supplements that I recommend to combat the myriad of symptoms that go along with perimenopause and menopause, but one area I haven’t really dived into is the world of essential oils....

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How to Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
10 Mar 2016

How to Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

It never occurred to me in my 30’s that I would need to start thinking about my colon health. But that’s exactly what happened. When I was 35, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC). This is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by crampy, bloody diarrhea. It comes and goes and for me has been blessedly rare in its appearance. But UC puts you...

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What to do When Your Sex Drive Goes Missing
18 Feb 2016

What to do When Your Sex Drive Goes Missing

Tip of the Week Of all the changes perimenopause brings, lack of interest in sex due to hormone imbalance is one of THE most common (and least discussed symptoms). How Perimenopause Creates Hormone Imbalance Thanks to progesterone production, Mother Nature gives us a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days afterwards to make sure our...

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What Every Woman Should Know About Cardiovascular Disease
04 Feb 2016

What Every Woman 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. And younger women who have undergone early menopause or have had...

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