Tag: Hormone imbalance


5 Hidden Ways to Sabotage Weight Loss
15 Nov 2017

5 Hidden Ways to Sabotage Weight Loss

Perimenopause and weight gain seem to go hand in hand. And the problem is more complex than “calories in, calories out”. It usually starts because of hormone imbalances that show up in your early 40’s (or even earlier for some) but gets compounded by habit changes that seem like the right thing to do, but ultimately backfire. Fortunately, weight gain doesn’t have to be a...

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10 Reasons Your Supplements Aren’t Working
12 Jul 2017

10 Reasons Your Supplements Aren’t Working

If you’re taking vitamin or herbal supplements and you’re not getting the results you’d like, it may be time to take a deeper look at what’s going on. There are two common misconceptions about natural remedies. First, there is no ONE dietary change, supplement, treatment, or protocol, that will “fix” a chronic health challenge. Second, natural remedies are what I call “root problem” remedies for...

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Hormone Wars! When Menopause Meets Middle School
14 Jun 2017

Hormone Wars! When Menopause Meets Middle School

Gina’s about to lose her mind. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause with sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue that are making her life hell. And the cherry on top of this sundae of crazy hormones is her once-darling 8th-grade daughter, Melissa. Living with Melissa these days is no picnic. She’s prone to go off about anything...

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Unraveling the Top 5 Myths of Menopause
22 Mar 2017

Unraveling the Top 5 Myths of Menopause

There’s a lot of misinformation about menopause floating around in the Googlesphere. The whole transition is confusing enough without having to worry about whether the info you’re getting is good or not.  Let’s take a look at some of the common misconceptions. Myth #1:  Menopause begins at 50 Truth: The average age of menopause is 52…but there’s a huge range of what’s normal. Menopause is...

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Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive
26 Jan 2017

Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive

Facebook is a great place to find support groups related to health-related concerns. They’re everywhere. Menopause, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, iodine deficiency, magnesium deficiency…there’s something for everyone. While they are good places to share stories and connect, they are lousy places to get medical advice. I’ve noticed 2 particularly disturbing trends. The first is an increase in the number of women in these groups who...

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The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance
12 Jan 2017

The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance

Janet was in her late 40’s when we first began working together. She had just split up with her husband of one year and was a financially strapped single mom to 2 teenage boys. Janet had a long history of issues with depression, which culminated at age 42 with 2 hospitalizations for suicide attempts. While any suicide attempt is cause for alarm, what is even...

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Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
01 Dec 2016

Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had enough. Enough of hearing how my clients are dismissed by their health care providers for being “too young” to be in perimenopause or “too far past menopause” to have hormonal symptoms. I’ve had it with the limited options that are offered to help women reclaim their quality of life. I’ve had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of information when there’s...

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Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
17 Nov 2016

Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can spell disaster. Navigating holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for those of us who are trying to manage hormone imbalances with clean eating and good behavior. It doesn’t have to be...

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Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix
08 Sep 2016

Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix

Let’s be honest. Wine is a perimenopausal go-to for many women. It takes the edge off anxiety, overwhelm and much of the hormonal chaos we experience. And while it can seem like a good idea on the surface, there are hidden dangers lurking in this management strategy. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. We have less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer...

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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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