Tag: Hormone imbalance


Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause
16 Jun 2015

Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause

Navigating the waters of perimenopause can feel like being lost at sea in a leaky rowboat some days. Hormonal chaos unleashes symptoms that can be scary (to you and your loved ones), make you feel miserable, and create doubt that you’ll ever feel like yourself again! But there’s a secret weapon that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s progesterone. This magical hormone keeps the...

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8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat
26 May 2015

8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat

Summer in my part of the country is a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. That’s a recipe for disaster when hot flashes already have your body on simmer! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s a girl to do when estrogen swings meet hot...

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6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)
15 Apr 2015

6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women are more affected by alcohol than men, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as we age,...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?
11 Mar 2015

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?

Lying awake night after night staring at the ceiling? Walking through your days with a nagging headache and brain fog? Wishing you could get a solid 8 hours of sleep so you’d feel like yourself for just ONE day?? 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...

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What To Do When Hormone Imbalance Torpedoes Your Sex Drive
11 Feb 2015

What To Do When Hormone Imbalance Torpedoes Your Sex Drive

Of all the changes perimenopause brings, lack of interest in sex due to hormone imbalance is one of THE most common (and least discussed symptoms). How Perimenopause Creates Hormone Imbalance Thanks to progesterone production, 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...

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Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??
13 Jan 2015

Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??

My client, Sarah, is ready to kill her teenage children. Her nerves are shot and her patience left the building long ago. On the days she’s not in a murderous mood, she can barely drag herself out of bed. And she is wondering what the hell is going on. If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not...

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What to Do When Your Hormone Orchestra’s Out of Tune
23 Oct 2014

What to Do When Your Hormone Orchestra’s Out of Tune

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. When everything’s working well the music is beautiful, but when the violin pops a string, a whole host of unpleasant symptoms can surface. Common signs of imbalance may include fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, night sweats, insomnia, hot flashes, big-time crankiness and...

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7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause
08 Oct 2014

7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause

For many women, one of the more annoying symptoms that come along with perimenopause is sore, tender, enlarged breasts. This is generally a sign of estrogen dominance. This imbalance sets up shop as ovulation becomes more and more irregular, resulting in low levels of progesterone. When progesterone isn’t on board to balance out estrogen, breasts can get bigger, swollen and very sore. If your breasts...

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How to Take the Fear out of Menopause
01 Oct 2014

How to Take the Fear out of Menopause

This work I do gives me a bird’s eye view of the spectrum of experiences women go through as they move through menopause. Some journey into this strange land and come out the other side completely unscathed. But then there are the women who watch in horror as their perfectly orchestrated lives unravel into puddles of anger, tears and rage. When women begin menopause the...

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18 Sep 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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