Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett Asheville


4 Things Sugar Does to Your Brain (and How to Break Up)
28 Jun 2017

4 Things Sugar Does to Your Brain (and How to Break Up)

If you haven’t paid much attention to how much sugar you’re eating and what it may be doing to your health, now’s the time to give it some thought. There are articles coming out every day about the effects of sugar on weight, hormones, inflammation and a laundry list of chronic conditions. But what you don’t hear a lot about is what it does to...

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If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!
31 May 2017

If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!

Let’s talk about clothes. Specifically, holding onto clothes that don’t fit. I recently had a woman in the Hormone Harmony Club complain that because of weight gain, the only clothes she could now wear were shapeless shifts. But she couldn’t bear to part with the beautiful wardrobe she once wore because the clothes were expensive and she could never find ones like them again. Now,...

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How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss
17 May 2017

How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss

Perimenopause can be challenging for many women, especially when it comes to weight gain. Meno-middle (weight gain in the abdomen) is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women and most of them have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds is simply a rite of passage at this time of life and they should just accept their “middle-age spread.” This is crap. Unfortunately,...

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5 Smart Reasons to Think Before You Drink
05 Apr 2017

5 Smart Reasons to Think Before You Drink

I’m giving you fair warning. This topic is a total buzz-kill for many of us. That’s because wine is our go-to BFF when we’ve had a bad day or anxiety and overwhelm has gotten out of hand. What’s the harm in having a glass or two…(or three) at the end of the day? On the surface, it’s not a problem. Until it is. Until the...

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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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Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?
21 Jul 2016

Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. Symptoms of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little grouchier or that your periods aren’t quite as regular. Your PMS symptoms, which were once mildly annoying, are now raging. You...

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What Keith Urban and a Pull Up Have in Common
28 Apr 2016

What Keith Urban and a Pull Up Have in Common

It would have been easier to stay in the basement and hope that he’d show up. But, there was just one problem. It was Idol finale night and the chances that Keith Urban would come to the bowels of the Dolby Theatre where I was hanging out were less than zero. And I was on a mission. Here’s the story. I’m an American Idol fan....

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How to Manage Anxiety in Perimenopause without Medication
28 Jul 2015

How to Manage Anxiety in Perimenopause without Medication

If you put a group of 40+ year-old women in a room, you might expect the conversation to turn to weight gain and hot flashes. These are two very common symptoms of menopause that drive women crazy. But what about anxiety? You might be surprised at the number of women who mention anxiety as their most challenging symptom. And interestingly, this is completely new for...

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8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home
29 Apr 2015

8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and crying spells for no reason. Hormone imbalances due to changing levels of estrogen and progesterone are hard enough to deal with…and on top of that we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals that act like estrogen. These chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly harmless...

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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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