Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett


Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer
23 Sep 2016

Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Nearly 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. There are at least 34 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. And many of them can be confused with other hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism or adrenal imbalance. There is an overwhelming amount of conflicting data surrounding the efficacy and safety of treatments for menopause symptoms. In...

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The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love
25 Aug 2016

The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love

I’m sure you’ve noticed. It seems as if there is an entire movement dedicated to the science of anti-aging. Creams, potions and pills galore that are designed to keep us looking good and staying healthy for as long as possible- which means slowing the aging process. In the past few decades, the market for anti-aging products and services has grown into a global industry valued...

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Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?
04 Aug 2016

Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?

If you’ve been in perimenopause for more than a few minutes, you’re very aware of the delicate balance of hormones in your body. Think of your hormones as a group of toddlers playing in a sandbox in the park. They’re building sandcastles and everyone is getting along fine. But it can all change in a second if one of the little darlings gets mad about...

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9 Ways to Avoid Exposure to Estrogen Impostors
07 Jul 2016

9 Ways to Avoid Exposure to Estrogen Impostors

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 in our bodies. These chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they lurk...

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When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide
23 Jun 2016

When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide

My client, Lisa, is in a tailspin. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause. Sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue are making her life hell. And to top it all off, there’s her once-darling 7th-grade daughter, Meredith. Meredith is a ticking time bomb most days. She’s prone to go off about anything and nothing on a moment’s notice....

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7 Ways to Break Free from Midlife Mindset Muck
09 Jun 2016

7 Ways to Break Free from Midlife Mindset Muck

“The biggest problem I’ve had since menopause is lack of passion/interest/direction in my life.” “I feel frozen somehow.” “ I seem to have lost myself.” “ I don’t know what’s normal and what’s not. I focus on every little thing about my body.” These are common comments I hear from my clients and the ladies in the Hormone Harmony Club. It’s almost as if their...

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The #1 Mistake Women Make When it Comes to Weight Loss
02 Jun 2016

The #1 Mistake Women Make When it Comes to Weight Loss

One of the biggest mistakes women make when they start to gain weight is to cut calories. Often dramatically! Unfortunately, this approach can quickly backfire. Significantly cutting calories will result in weight loss in the short-term, but often it’s at the expense of your muscle mass and metabolism.  If you skimp on protein, you lose muscle mass. If you skimp on good carbs, you can...

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Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health
26 May 2016

Beyond Calcium and D3: The Role of Vitamin K2 for Bone Health

Millions of women take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bone and prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia. Yet few of us realize that creating the best bone health involves more than taking a single mineral supplement. Recent research has shown that vitamin K2 is an important addition to make sure that calcium goes to bone and is not deposited in blood vessels. Why Vitamin K is Essential...

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5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis
19 May 2016

5 Signs That You May Have Osteoporosis

Falling estrogen and testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause can speed up bone loss dramatically. This contributes to osteopenia (the beginnings of osteoporosis) and osteoporosis (thin, porous bones). There are many risk factors for osteoporosis which include family history, medications and lifestyle. But, how do we know whether our bones are healthy or not? We can’t see them like we can see our skin, or...

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Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?
12 May 2016

Help! Why Are My Periods So Irregular?

One of the most common questions I’m asked in the Hormone Harmony Club is “what is going on with my period!?” These women are experiencing flooding, clots, short cycles, abnormally long periods, cramping and symptoms that are alarming, and in some case, life-altering. Irregular periods are often one of the first signs that a woman is entering perimenopause. The exact symptoms of irregular periods vary depending on...

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