Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett


How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control
05 May 2016

How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control

Let’s talk about progesterone. This is the magic potion that keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) and YOU cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced in the second half of your menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the...

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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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Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life
21 Apr 2016

Three Ways to Get Back Your Health and Energize Your Life

Living in a 24/7 world of “busyness” creates a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that your body perceives as stressful. This can leave you with one of your fight-or-flight hormones, cortisol, running the show, putting your health and your business or career at risk. When this happens, you’ve essentially hired cortisol as your C.O.O. And cortisol is not world-renowned for making good decisions! If health and stress management...

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How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps
14 Apr 2016

How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps

Do you feel like you’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive? Tired of marathon sessions on the elliptical trainer only to see the numbers on the scale climbing? You wonder what you’re doing wrong. And your meno-middle (AKA muffin top)  keeps growing. The good news is that YOU may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad news is that your cortisol may have climbed...

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How to Identify Adrenal Imbalance
07 Apr 2016

How to Identify Adrenal Imbalance

Is your stress level putting your health at risk? Every day, your body is subjected to a wide range of physical and psychological situations that it senses as stressful. Typically, we think of work, finances or relationships when it comes to stress. But the list is much bigger and broader than this. Lack of sleep, dieting and winning the lottery are also stressful! Why? Because all...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?
31 Mar 2016

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?

If you’re over 40 and suddenly find yourself lying awake night after night or waking up WAAAYYYY too early in the morning, chances are good that your hormones are to blame. I hear you…and feel your pain. Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the...

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How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
24 Mar 2016

How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

As a healthcare practitioner who helps women find natural solutions to balance their hormones, I’m always on the lookout for new options to share with my clients. There are many great herb and vitamin supplements that I recommend to combat the myriad of symptoms that go along with perimenopause and menopause, but one area I haven’t really dived into is the world of essential oils....

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What is “Normal” in Perimenopause?
17 Mar 2016

What is “Normal” in Perimenopause?

Sarah is ready to lock her teenagers in their rooms.  Her nerves are shot and her patience left the house long ago. On the days she’s not biting the heads of her family off, she can barely drag herself out of bed and her anxiety is crippling. Sarah is 42, scared and wondering what the hell is going on. She wants to know if what...

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How to Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
10 Mar 2016

How to Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

It never occurred to me in my 30’s that I would need to start thinking about my colon health. But that’s exactly what happened. When I was 35, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC). This is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by crampy, bloody diarrhea. It comes and goes and for me has been blessedly rare in its appearance. But UC puts you...

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Why Women Won’t Invest in Themselves (and Why It Matters)
03 Mar 2016

Why Women Won’t Invest in Themselves (and Why It Matters)

I recently had a phone call with a potential client, Joanne. Joanne’s really struggling with insomnia, weight gain and just generally feeling like she’s stuck. She’s done a lot of research on perimenopause but has yet to find any real help. We talked through her symptoms, goals and ways I could help her. At the end of our conversation she said, “This sounds like just...

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