Self-care

Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin. Melatonin is a key hormone to both help people fall asleep and stay asleep. With increased stress, most of the time, cortisol levels increase generally, throughout the day. But, this is especially problematic when cortisol levels spike or increase at night. It can make it hard to sleep and also keeps people from getting the…

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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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Virus Blaster Smoothie Recipe

Enjoy this nourishing smoothie anytime you feel like you have a cold or flu coming on, or you're recovering from a viral infection like Epstein Barr (EBV.) It's full of anti-viral and immune boosting foods like garlic, ginger, and cruciferous vegetables. Plus, it's nutrient dense, hydrating, and delicious! (And, kids like the purple color!) Learn more anti-viral and immune boosting nutrition here. Virus Blaster Purple Smoothie Recipe 1/2 cup leafy…

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What to Do When You Have The Flu?

According to the CDC between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population comes down with the flu each year. If you’re one of them, let me share with you the strategies that I recommend to my family and friends to strengthen your immune function and minimize the effects of the flu virus. Home remedies for flu are highly effective. Using flu vaccines to prevent the flu and/or using antiviral medications…

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Solutions for Vulvovaginal Atrophy

Vulvovaginal Atrophy is Common Vaginal dryness and vulvovaginal atrophy is a common problem for women. In the United States alone, 32 million women suffer from vulvovaginal atrophy in perimenopause and post-menopause. The symptoms associated with vulvovaginal atrophy include dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, buring, and painful urination. In perimenopause and menopause, vulvovaginal atrophy and dryness are primarily related to the decline in estrogen. With estrogen deficiency,…

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5 Powerful Strategies to Lift The Brain Fog

One of the most frustrating symptoms, second only to intense pain, that my patients struggle with is brain fog. I don’t have time in my life for brain fog (and neither do you!) Let me share 3 of my most powerful tools for clearing the (brain) fog! I do a lot of writing, researching, teaching and working with patients every week, in addition to cooking dinner, taking care of my…

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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. And, it’s a growing problem for 15% of adult women. 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 antibiotics. Topical Tretinoin (Retin-A), Isotretinoin (Accutane)…

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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. I walked into the treatment room to see her, the last patient of the day.…

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Unraveling Values Conflicts is Essential to Hitting Health Goals

As soon as someone decides that they want to lose weight, get stronger, sleep better, recover from a painful injury, or hit any of their health goals, all they have to do is decide and then it’s as good as done, right? Wrong. Wait… I know. They need the correct knowledge and strategies for how to hit their health goals, right? Wrong. I am going to take a wild guess…

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