Mental Health

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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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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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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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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Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe of therapies, mindsets, and support, healing is available. What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common…

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Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue or Burnout?

Are You Suffering from Compassion Fatigue or Burnout? I want to share with you The 5 Root Causes of Women’s Health Professional Burnout. But first, let me tell you a little story… It was January of 2007.  I had just started a new job working as an inpatient physical therapist.  My expertise was in women’s and pelvic health.  But, the position was an interesting combination of inpatient women’s oncology, high…

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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

Optimal nutrition support for our client begins before she even conceives. Birth control pills make it difficult for women to absorb some nutrients that are essential for healthy pregnancy. Ideally, women who were previously on birth control pills will replete those nutrients before conception. Nutrients that are not well absorbed while women are on birth control pills include folate, vitamins B2, B6, and B12, vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10,…

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