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4 Reasons Every Woman Should Be Paying Attention to Her Thyroid

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The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.  Identifying thyroid dysfunction is key to living a healthy and productive life, especially for women. In fact, according to the American Thyroid Association, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems! Continue reading

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5 Tips For Navigating Perimenopause

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For women experiencing perimenopause, the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, navigating the transition can be daunting.

Symptoms that occur through the transition include irregular periods, hot flashes and sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal and bladder problems, decreasing fertility, changes in sexual function, loss of bone, and changing cholesterol levels.

Women start perimenopause at Continue reading

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3 Reasons You Need to Be Tracking This Biomarker Now

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There are many insightful markers that give a more comprehensive picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP, is one of the most important.

Knowing this marker is invaluable when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Here are 3 reasons why you need to be tracking this key biomarker. Continue reading

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How to Own Your: Stress (exercises included)

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Can your body tell you more about how you’re doing managing stress? Our biochemistry is telling us yes.

You’ve probably heard cortisol referred to as the “stress hormone.” Your adrenal glands make cortisol in an attempt to help your body handle stressful situations. While a little spike of cortisol is good in response to short-term stressors, it starts to become a problem when the body starts making too much, too often. High cortisol is an overreaction to chronic stress. This can lead to a number of unhealthy issues. Continue reading

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Tired All the Time? 4 Reasons That Could Explain Why

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Do you find yourself reaching for a third cup of coffee in the beginning of the day or wanting to nap under your desk? Do you notice that you can’t muster up the enthusiasm to hit the gym or go to that thing you said you’d go to? Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

6 Things to Do As Soon As Your Blood Test Results Come Back

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Blood draws are inevitable in health care, whether it’s for preventative care, disease management or managing risk.

The good news is that more than ever before health is now in the hands of the consumer. This means you have more tools and technologies to help you be your best self. Knowledge is empowering!

We also know that receiving a bulk of information all at once – especially as digits in a stack of papers – can be overwhelming. Don’t get lost in the sea of numbers, symbols and values. Here is a short and simple guide to managing your blood test results when they come back. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.