Women’s health


How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine
09 Jun 2015

How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine

When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories – often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire resulting in, at best, no weight loss and, at worst, weight gain. When you combine calorie restriction with intense exercise, the potential for this unwanted result is even higher. A significant calorie deficit will result in weight loss, but often it’s at the expense of your...

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5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause
12 May 2015

5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause

One of my Hormone Harmony Club members recently had a hysterectomy. Within 4 weeks, she was posting questions about how to address the skin changes she was already starting to notice…wrinkles, sagging and dryness. With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you go through menopause (or in this case, instant menopause caused by the hysterectomy). Roller...

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Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick
21 Apr 2015

Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick

By Guest Blogger, Amy Pearson of LiveBrazen.com   Hello my name is Amy and I’m an “approval addict,” recovering with the occasional relapse. Confessions of a Gold Star Chaser I’m a “Performer.” What this means is that for most of my adult life, I’ve been chasing “gold stars” to get other people to approve of me. Not just approve, actually, to adore me. I wanted...

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6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)
15 Apr 2015

6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women are more affected by alcohol than men, 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; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as we age,...

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Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business
31 Mar 2015

Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business

Angelina Jolie is no stranger to controversy. Two years ago, she had a double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA-1 gene that dramatically increases her risk of developing breast cancer. And now she’s making headlines again for having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed for the same reason. As expected, the rush to judge her decision is on. Personally, I think this is none of...

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Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Cardiovascular Disease in Women
28 Jan 2015

Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Did you know that heart disease is THE #1 killer of post-menopausal women? Did you know that more women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer? In women, it’s easy to miss heart attack symptoms in the early stages because symptoms show up differently than in men. Quick action can mean life or death,...

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Why Making Friends with Your Girls May Save Your Life
16 Oct 2014

Why Making Friends with Your Girls May Save Your Life

Breast self-exam (BSE) is widely promoted as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early. The idea is that finding it early will save lives. There’s just one problem: No study ever has found that BSE reduces breast cancer deaths. That’s why after years of supporting BSE, the American Cancer Society revised its breast cancer screening guidelines in 2003 and now calls BSE “optional”....

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7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause
08 Oct 2014

7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause

For many women, one of the more annoying symptoms that come along with perimenopause is sore, tender, enlarged breasts. This is generally a sign of estrogen dominance. This imbalance sets up shop as ovulation becomes more and more irregular, resulting in low levels of progesterone. When progesterone isn’t on board to balance out estrogen, breasts can get bigger, swollen and very sore. If your breasts...

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10 Sep 2014

Celebrating Menopause Awareness Month!

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. I believe it’s essential to provide valuable information and tips on how to manage menopause and maintain overall wellness because knowledge is power and bewilderment is not a fun place to be! Part of my mission is to encourage women to be their own healthcare...

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07 May 2014

Not Loving the Skin You’re In? 5 Ways to Make Peace with Mother Nature

You’d think by the time you hit your 50’s that acne might be a thing of the past. I don’t know about you, but after 40 solid years of fighting this beast, I am tired. And then there are the wrinkles that no potion or procedure can touch. With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you...

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