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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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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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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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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 starting a fitness program. Starting with an intense spinning, Cross Fit, or other training program…

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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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How Adrenal Health and Hormone Balance Support Pelvic Pain Relief

Cortisol and Pelvic Pain Imbalanced cortisol levels throughout the day have been directly related to chronic pain, in general and in patients with chronic pelvic pain.  High cortisol and pelvic pain is more often found in men with pelvic pain, and in women with pelvic pain, flattened cortisol curves are more common (Goodin et al., 2012.) Surprisingly, the foundation of the endocrine system is not the sex hormones, it's the…

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Fertility Strategies to Improve Egg Quality

For the woman over 35 who has been told she has "old eggs," can egg quality be improved for IVF or natural conception? In my practice, women over 40 (or even younger!) who are struggling to conceive are often told by their physicians that they have “old eggs.” What does that mean?  And, are there fertility strategies to improve egg quality? First of all, it’s always important to have perspective. …

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