Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett Asheville


09 Apr 2014

5 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially If Your Hormone Symphony is Off-Key!)

Women are more affected by alcohol than men for a number of reasons. These include having less water in their bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; usually smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as women age, they metabolize alcohol less efficiently so blood alcohol levels stay higher longer. A drink a day can actually be...

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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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Are You Shoulding all Over Yourself??
27 Mar 2014

Are You Shoulding all Over Yourself??

Are You Shoulding all Over Yourself?? “I should have a salad for dinner.” “I shouldn’t eat this chocolate.” “I should clean my house.” “I shouldn’t get a new car. This one still runs.” Sound familiar? How do you feel when you say “I should really start exercising more” or “I should have a salad”? Excited? Motivated? Or more like… blah? All those shoulds sure make...

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06 Mar 2014

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Imagine this scenario: Your energy level just hasn’t been what it should be. One of your pals tells you about a supplement she’s started taking that sounds too good to be true. So you hop in the car and head to Whole Foods. You’re standing in the aisle and there’s a whole smorgasbord of supplements staring back at you. You decide to create your own...

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27 Feb 2014

The Truth about Women, Hormones and Heart Disease

Did you know? Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States? That a woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in this country? Many of these could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes? Women in midlife (particularly after menopause) are more at risk for developing heart disease partly because their bodies produce less estrogen. Women who go through early menopause...

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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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Hey, Can a Girl Get a Drink Over Here??
14 Nov 2013

Hey, Can a Girl Get a Drink Over Here??

When your hormone symphony is playing off-key and you’re stressed to the max, the temptation to pop the cork on a bottle of Pinot Grigio can be great. After all, what’s the harm in a couple of glasses of good vino to take the edge off? As it turns out…plenty. So What’s the Big Deal? Women are more affected by alcohol than men due to...

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08 Aug 2013

Menopause Anxiety? Don’t Hit the Panic Button Just Yet.

By Holly Osterman If you were sitting in a room with a group of menopausal women, you’d expect the conversation to turn quickly to hot flashes and mood swings. So you might be surprised at the number of women who point to anxiety as their most challenging symptom. And interestingly, many of these women had never experienced any level of panic or anxiety in their...

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