Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett

27 May 2014

How to Create Your Best Day Ever…Every Day

Ever feel like your life is a great-big ping-pong match (and you’re the ball)? You know what I’m talking about…living in reactive mode 24/7 just trying to keep the ball in play. It’s exhausting! I get it. Believe me. If you’d rather create your life instead of reacting, you need to be clear on one thing. How you want to feel every day. I didn’t...

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14 May 2014

8 Simple Steps to Avoid Estrogen Masqueraders in Your Environment

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia and crying spells for no reason. Your ovaries make most of the estrogen in your body. That’s what Mother Nature intended. But as our society has become more industrialized, chemicals that act like estrogen can be found in our environment. They’re called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly...

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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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30 Apr 2014

How Long Has That Been There?

A few years ago, I got a big wake-up call. It all started very innocently as a routine “get-to-know you” visit with a new dermatologist. I’d just moved to Asheville and since I’m at very high risk for skin cancer, I wanted get established with someone. I grew up in the era of iodine and baby oil, but God bypassed me when it came to...

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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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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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