Category Archives: Self-care

Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

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… Continue Reading

Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

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.… Continue Reading

Skin Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Collagen

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… Continue Reading

Alcohol and Hormones

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… Continue Reading

Sleep and Midlife Women

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… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

Exercise and Hormones for Women over 40

80% of adults don’t even get the minimum recommended amount of exercise recommended by the CDC and similar public health organizations – 2 days per week of strength training and 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise.(1)  Exercise for women over 40 is essential.  But, it’s important to consider a number of factors before… Continue Reading

3 Steps to Using Nutrition to Naturally Balance Hormones

3 Steps to Using Nutrition to Naturally Balance Hormones

She started her day with coffee just to get moving. Didn’t have much time for breakfast, maybe grabbed a piece of toast or a banana on her way out the door (or took a few bites of her kid’s leftover oatmeal.)   After the school drop off and commute to the office, she’s tired already. … Continue Reading

5 Steps to Improving Your Patient Compliance

5 Steps to Improving Your Patient Compliance

My patients seem to want to get better, so why aren’t they doing their home exercises/ taking their supplements/ eating gluten free/ giving up sugar/ going to bed by 10pm? I was working as a women’s health specialist physical therapist, working with a client struggling with postpartum back pain. It was 4pm on a Tuesday.… Continue Reading

The Three Magic Pills Method: The Secret to Optimal Health for Women

The Three Magic Pills Method(TM):  The Secret to Optimal Health for Women My clients are always asking me, “What is the magic pill that I need to take to relieve my pain?”  They go from doctor to doctor, therapist to therapist, nutritionist to nutritionist, and more… to find the magic supplement, medication, surgery, or manual… Continue Reading