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Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Functional Nutrition Treatment Options for Vulvodynia and IBS When the pain of vulvodynia hits - the painful sex, the pain with wearing tight pants, the pain with just sitting through a movie! - you just want it gone. Fortunately, by taking an integrative approach and getting to the root cause of your vulvodynia, it's possible to relieve your pain for the long term! You might have heard of seeking specialized…

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How to Heal Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia affects over 14 million women in the US alone. Vulvodynia can be a frustrating condition to treat, because vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule), the name of the condition alone doesn’t tell us much about the root cause of vulvodynia. If vulvodynia is provoked, then it’s only bothersome when the tissue is irritated, such as during sex, when wiping after using the…

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Can Women Healthfully Drink Alcohol?

It's the morning after. Your client (or you!) woke up after a night of celebration tired, with a headache, dry skin, dry mouth, just Ugh! Is alcohol ever healthy?  And, are there ways to enjoy alcohol and protect your liver, preventing the next day hangover?  In this video, I explain the evidence... How does alcohol impact hormone health?  Are there any health benefits to drinking alcohol? Sometimes our clients simply…

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7 Strategies for Perimenopause Weight Loss

I don’t like to focus on perimenopause weight loss with my clients, simply because I believe there are far more important things to worry about when it comes to our health and frankly, our lives. As Glennon Doyle famously said,  “Your body is not your masterpiece — your life is.”  However, around age 40, the age that begins the 10-15 years of perimenopause that most women experience, women can have…

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Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year (1), approximately 700,000 in the UK (2), and over 300,000 in Australia (3).  In total, 130 million babies are born in the world every year! (4) After having a baby, the healthcare focus generally shifts from the pregnant woman to the baby.  Immediately the focus is on infant health, feeding, and sleeping habits. Often maternal recovery is…

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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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Women, Safety, and Pain

In a study, recently published in BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, the researchers asked 21 women who had never had children, through face-to-face interviews and written questionnaires, about their experiences.(1)  They were interviewed and questioned before and after their first birth experience. "The overall theme to emerge from the data was that the pain a woman may be feeling during labour is given a meaning and it is the meaning of the…

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Alcohol and Hormones

What effect does alcohol have on female hormones? Do alcohol and hormones mix? As with many things, when it comes to women's health... It depends. Alcohol and Hormones Have Significant Effects on Women's Health Beginning in perimenopause (around age 35-50), the ovaries begin to secrete less estrogen.  However, estrogen is more than just a reproductive hormone.  Estrogen is involved in the neuroendocrine, skeletal, adipogenesis, and cardiovascular systems.(1) 17β-estradiol (E2), the…

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Sleep and Midlife Women

Nearly 50% of women ages 35-55 years have struggles with poor sleep. (1) For the women in my practice, there are many common complaints associated with poor sleep, including: Difficulty falling asleep Getting a second wind late at night Difficulty staying asleep Not feeling rested in the morning Waking up many times each night to use the restroom, take care of children or pets, because of a snoring spouse, snoring…

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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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