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Gluten and Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial glands…

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Reduce Male Infertility Risk with The Healthy Sperm Diet

The Healthy Sperm Diet Male infertility is rarely discussed.  But, it's as common as female infertility.  Generally, the cause of infertility for a couple is 30% a male infertility factor, 30% female, and 30% both or undetermined.  Good nutrition can reduce male infertility risk, improve sperm health, and support more stable genetic material in the sperm. A whole-foods, plant-based diet, rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, and antioxidants are…

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Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

"Is dark chocolate healthy?" A better question is… “What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?” It always depends on the client.  Some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  Those women simply haven’t tried Nourrir Chocolate yet! All kidding aside, dark chocolate has a wide variety of health benefits.  And, for people who are…

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Skin Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Collagen

The skin is a window to a woman’s general health.  While there are many health benefits of dark chocolate, skin health tops the priority list for many women. Dark chocolate with collagen, plus an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan, hydration, and sleep are a winning combination for optimizing skin health. Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate In my practice the skin health issues that women tend to struggle with include acne related to…

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Maca Powder Benefits… Is Recommending Maca Good for Hormone Health or All Hype?

Is there any evidence that adding that scoop of Maca powder to your smoothie is a good idea?  Are maca powder benefits all that they're hyped up to be? As with nearly everything… the answer is, “It depends.” In my practice, I recommend Maca for specific situations and it works very well.  But, in some situations, using maca can actually worsen your client’s symptoms.  Let’s tease out the data. Do…

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Healthy Estrogen Detox Smoothie

Estrogen dominance is a common issue for women with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PCOS, PMS, painful periods, fibroids, and breast tenderness.  Also, for women who struggle with weight loss resistance or insomnia, elevated estrogen compared with progesterone (otherwise known as estrogen dominance), is a serious challenge. Fortunately, there are nutrition and lifestyle strategies that are useful for balancing estrogen and progesterone.  These strategies are beneficial to reduce cancer risk, and can…

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Can Probiotics Help Female Athletes to Perform Better?

The short answer to this question is… Yes! Probiotics and probiotic foods are an essential part of any active girl or woman’s nutrition plan for two important reasons: 1. Athletes who use probiotics have direct performance benefits.  In a placebo controlled study of 10 runners given 45 billion CFU of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus strains, the run time to fatigue increased (mins 37:44 ± 2:42 versus 33:00 ± 2:27; P=…

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Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall for postpartum women. A few weeks ago, I…

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From Carb Loading to Gluten Free: Field Notes from an Active Mom (and Physical Therapist)

What are the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes?  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn Dolan, DPT of Renosoar... As a past college athlete and now an everyday athlete in the form of active-mother and occasional Crossfit athlete, I have dramatically changed how I fuel my body to optimize my performance. In one word to encompass how I fuel my body today is the word “gluten…

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Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

As the weather gets colder and we are knee deep in the holiday madness (I mean excitement!), it’s helpful to have a few recipes on hand to soothe your soul, your hormones, and your digestion.  One of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes is my Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup.  It’s gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and full of nourishing vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped…

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