Tag: hormones


The “Experts” Got This Wrong
04 Oct 2017

The “Experts” Got This Wrong

There’s so much confusion when it comes to progesterone and progestins. Even the “experts” don’t always get it right when they’re speaking about these hormones. They are not the same! In this video you’ll learn: The difference between progesterone and progestins What products contain progestins Why there’s a cancer warning label on progesterone creams When oral progesterone may help you more than cream Progesterone and...

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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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How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year
29 Dec 2016

How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn on my self-care journey is how to say no. I was recently approached by a group of friends and asked to be in charge of a fundraiser at the church my husband and I recently started going to. This request triggered all kinds of thoughts. “How can I say no when our church badly needs some...

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9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor
14 Dec 2016

9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor

Talking about menopause with your doctor can be intimidating for many women. Many of us were brought up to believe that doctors know all and that we should follow instructions and not ask questions (if we even know WHAT questions to ask). And unfortunately, many physicians know little about hormone management beyond birth control pills and traditional synthetic hormone replacement. Fortunately, I believe the tide is...

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3 Sneaky Ways Your Hormones May be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
31 Dec 2015

3 Sneaky Ways Your Hormones May be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

Perimenopause brings a truckload of challenges with it, so it hardly seems fair that unrelenting weight gain is one of them. Meno-middle (weight gain in the abdomen) is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. And most of them have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds is simply a rite of passage at this time of life and they should just accept...

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How to Kick Sugar Cravings
17 Dec 2015

How to Kick Sugar Cravings

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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Why Your Hormones Want You to Break Up with Sugar
10 Dec 2015

Why Your Hormones Want You to Break Up with Sugar

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 and 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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How to Manage Anxiety in Perimenopause without Medication
28 Jul 2015

How to Manage Anxiety in Perimenopause without Medication

If you put a group of 40+ year-old women in a room, you might expect the conversation to turn to weight gain and hot flashes. These are two very common symptoms of menopause that drive women crazy. But what about anxiety? You might be surprised at the number of women who mention anxiety as their most challenging symptom. And interestingly, this is completely new for...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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22 Aug 2013

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Most women know that menopause is defined by the end of the menstrual cycle and typically occurs between the ages of 45-55. But many women don’t know about perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage in a woman’s life that prepares her body for menopause during the 5-10 years before menopause actually happens. During this stage, estrogen levels are rising and falling, progesterone is dropping, and testosterone...

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