Tag: Hormone imbalance

02 Jul 2014

Is It Hot in Here or Is It Just Me? 7 Ways to Manage Midsummer Hot Flashes

If hot flashes have your body on simmer 24/7, summer brings big challenges! Where I live, we regularly have a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. And that’s not a great combo for us hormonally-challenged gals! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that sudden downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s...

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25 Jun 2014

Does Menopause Misery EVER End???

So. You’ve officially entered menopause. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure.) But Nancy Night-Sweat and her obnoxious sisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun is raging on long after the date has come and gone. What’s up with that?? The ability to cruise through menopause without a hitch relates in largely to your balance of estrogen and progesterone. If the...

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18 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up With Sugar??? (Part 2)

Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. Turns out that it’s not fat that’s the bad actor; it’s sugar that’s making us sick and overweight. Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and...

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11 Jun 2014

Is It Time to Break Up with Sugar??? (Part 1)

Sugar and refined carbohydrates are best known for their effects on weight gain, but these foods are frequently at the root of your worst PMS and menopause symptoms too – especially when it comes to fatigue, cravings, and mood swings. From my own experience and that of my clients, I know that cutting out sugar can make a tremendous difference in how you feel. Hot...

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21 May 2014

Do You and Your Teenage Son Have This in Common?

Seriously, it’s not enough that women have to endure hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and crashing fatigue during perimenopause? Or that we develop meno-middle…that lovely spare tire grows out of nowhere? But man-hair??? Can it be possible that you AND your 15-year-old son are sporting the beginnings of a mustache??? Ugh. While most of us expect a few hot flashes, night sweats and mood...

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14 May 2014

8 Simple Steps to Avoid Estrogen Masqueraders in Your Environment

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia and crying spells for no reason. Your ovaries make most of the estrogen in your body. That’s what Mother Nature intended. But as our society has become more industrialized, chemicals that act like estrogen can be found in our environment. They’re called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly...

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23 Apr 2014

The Power of Progesterone

Let’s talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half of her menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the uterus...

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09 Apr 2014

5 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially If Your Hormone Symphony is Off-Key!)

Women are more affected by alcohol than men for a number of reasons. These include having less water in their bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; usually smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as women age, they metabolize alcohol less efficiently so blood alcohol levels stay higher longer. A drink a day can actually be...

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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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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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