Tag: Anna Garrett Asheville

23 Apr 2014

The Power of Progesterone

Let’s talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half of her menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the uterus...

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16 Apr 2014

The Upside of Stress

We all know too much stress is bad for your health. Chronic stress can lead to depression and set off dangerous inflammation in the body, increasing your risk for heart disease, obesity, and breast cancer. You can’t open a magazine these days without seeing an article that recommends reducing the stress in our lives. But, is there an upside to stress?  As it turns out,...

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03 Apr 2014

Truth and Transparency: I Think My “OFF” Switch is Broken

If you look at my family tree, there are alcoholics teetering on nearly every branch. Given this, I am keenly aware of a little nagging voice in the back of my mind telling me I need to pay attention. In the last few years, I have started to wonder if I’m heading in the direction of a problem. Not a Ready-for-Betty-Ford kind of problem…but one...

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20 Feb 2014

Wake Up! Your Body’s Talking…

Sometimes, it starts as a whisper. “Psst…psst…ya know, with your family history, you’re gonna need to pay attention to the choices you make.” Or, it could be a not-so-gentle tap on your shoulder….”Mrs. Jones, you have diabetes.” Or, your wakeup call may be the 2 x 4 that smacks you squarely on the head (from the back of an ambulance) as you find yourself on...

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