Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett

13 Mar 2014

Why Sitting is the New Smoking

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. – Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci knew it back in the day…and you’ve probably heard the news by now. Sitting is killing us. All the time we spend parked behind a steering wheel, slumped over a keyboard, or kicked back in front of the...

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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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13 Feb 2014

5 Tips to Put the Sizzle Back in Your Sex Drive

I have a friend who is post-menopausal.  Whenever we talk about hormones, she says “For sure, my whores aren’t moaning, that’s the problem.” She’s being facetious, but it’s a common problem.  According to the findings of an NIH-sponsored survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Feb. 10, 1999) 43 percent of women report recognizable sexual dysfunction.  In fact, 35 percent of the...

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06 Feb 2014

Time is Heart, Time is Brain

It’s easy for women to miss early symptoms of a heart attack because they’re more subtle than those in men. Immediate intervention is critical and minutes can mean life or death, so it’s a good idea for all women to be aware of the warning signs of heart attacks. Heart Attack A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart...

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30 Jan 2014

How to Breathe your Way to Cool Comfort

I get asked lots of questions about what works to help with hot flashes. The truth is, the data is sparse and inconsistent. A whole lot of things have been tried (herbs, antidepressants, acupuncture) with varying degrees of success depending on the study design. However, one technique called paced respiration has been shown to reduce the severity of hot flashes by 44%! No hormones; no...

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23 Jan 2014

She’s Sneaky

She’s sneaky. Some days she’s subtle, but other days she plows through your body like a pack of alien invaders. SHE is perimenopause… the mistress of disguise. Signs of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. While you’re in the thick of raising kids (or considering having more), your ovaries may be looking toward retirement. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little...

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16 Jan 2014

What to do When the Lovin’ is Lackin’

Of all the changes menopause brings, lack of interest in sex is one of THE most common (and least discussed symptoms). So, What’s Going On? Thanks to progesterone, Mother Nature gives us a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days afterwards to make sure our bodies take full advantage of prime time for conception. But...

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09 Jan 2014

The #1 Thing You can do to Make 2014 the Best Year Ever

I was talking to a prospective client a couple of weeks ago and she made a comment that’s really stuck with me. I asked her what was motivating her to start taking good care of herself. She replied, “What better gift could I give my family?” And that is so true. When we give ourselves the gift of health (mental and physical), we offer our...

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02 Jan 2014

Why You Can’t Diet and Exercise Past a Hormone Imbalance

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients (and most women in midlife for that matter) is that they can’t lose weight no matter how much they diet and exercise. This is incredibly frustrating! The thing is, it may not have anything to do with what you’re doing or not doing. It may be your hormones. Any and all hormonal imbalances lead to...

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