Hormone Balance

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7 Strategies for Perimenopause Weight Loss

When it comes to my perimenopausal clients, I don't like to focus on weight loss. However, for my clients it's often a welcomed side effect of addressing hormone imbalances, calming the nervous system, and regulating the body's processes.   I believe there are far more important things to worry about than weight loss when it comes to our health and frankly, our lives. As Glennon Doyle famously said,  “Your body…

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How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia

How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia Vulvodynia affects over 14 million people in the US alone. This complex pain syndrome is a frustrating condition to treat. Vulvodynia is a condition that causes pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule). The root cause of vulvodynia is not fully understood. Vulvodynia is most bothersome when provoked and when the tissue is irritated. This often happens during sex, when wiping…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

Sleep issues and endometriosis often go hand in hand. Patients with endometriosis frequently struggle with a variety of sleep issues, including insomnia, pain-insomnia, poor sleep, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and more. But...why is it so common for people with endometriosis to struggle with poor sleep and sleep issues? When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin, and melatonin is an important hormone…

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Celery Juice – Does It Live Up to The Hype?

Celery juice, the hottest new instagram trend for solving all of your health problems, is probably ridiculous, right? That's what I thought, until I looked at the published literature on the specific health benefits of celery. Let's consider why some people are actually experiencing symptom reduction when starting their day with celery juice... Benefits of Celery Juice and Eating Celery 1. Celery juice has significant antioxidant effect: Celery root water…

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Dark Chocolate Benefits

The beautiful thing about dark chocolate is that it is delicious, and let me share some of the best dark chocolate benefits with you... Dark Chocolate Benefits Certainly some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  But, often if they are simply used to eating milk chocolate, it's an acquired taste that can be developed…

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What Causes Acne? Get Glowing and Clean Skin From The Root

Conventional creams and pills don’t address what causes acne. Acne is a common problem for teens. Eighty-five percent of 12-24 year olds experience acne. It’s a growing problem for adult women as well. Fifteen percent of us also struggle with acne. For most women with acne, whether it’s in their teens or beyond, the conventional recommendations for treatment are either hormonal birth control pills, topical benzoyl peroxide and/ or topical…

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Environmental Toxins!

  Environmental Toxins and Women’s Health!

The world is waking up to the fact that everyday toxic exposures are not only real, but a big part of the rise in chronic health issues. In fact, it’s crystal clear that the connection between environmental toxin exposures and women’s health issues is incredibly strong. Health practitioners (and especially those who work with female patients) must become fluent in this topic so they can better support their clients and…

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How to Heal PCOS with Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting between 5%  and 13% of women, depending on ethnicity and criteria used for diagnosis (Ding et al., 2017). African-American and Afro-Brazilian women experience the highest rates of PCOS; Chinese and Caucasian women experience the lowest rates. PCOS Diagnostic Criteria The most updated criteria for diagnosis was made by the Androgen Excess Society in 2006.  The diagnostic criteria…

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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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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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