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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.

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Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Understanding Vitamin D

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When it comes to something so personal and unique as your health, the volume of information out there can be a lot to sift through. Enjoy this FAQ cheat sheet we made for vitamin D – are there others you’d like us to cover? Leave suggestions in the comments! Continue reading

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5 Basic Facts Everyone Should Know About Their Thyroid

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Meet the gland that can increase your energy, give you better sleep and weight management: The thyroid.

Did you know that more than 12% of the U.S. population will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lifetime? Of those with thyroid disease, 60% are unaware that they have it.

The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.

Because healthy thyroid function is so key to living a healthy life, here are 5 basic facts everyone should know about their thyroid.

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10 of the Best Ways to See How Fast You’re Aging (or How Young You’re Staying!)

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When it comes to the discussion of longevity and aging, you’re no doubt familiar with the so-called Blue Zones1 – environments in which unique characteristics and lifestyles seem to produce the world’s longest-lived people. Elements such as high intake of wild plants, absence of smoking, legume intake, conscientiousness, gratitude, tannin-rich beverages and a handful of other qualitative markers are associated with these zones. And while these markers are indeed valuable subjective measurements of longevity or risk of mortality, I’m a fan of combining such measurements with quantitative, objective data and biomarkers that truly allow one to marry ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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.

What our hormones tell us as women: Progesterone

In Part 2 of our May series on women and their hormones, we are going to talk progesterone.

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Progesterone has the root “-gest-” right in the middle to tell you that its most well-known functions are all about gestation or pregnancy. A woman makes this important hormone in a temporary endocrine gland called the corpus luteum, which is formed in the space that is left behind after an egg is released from her ovary. Pretty cool, right?

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What our hormones tell us as women: Estrogen

Most women know their hormones impact how they feel. In fact, they probably blame these pesky chemicals for things like bloating, skin changes, headaches, and weight gain.  But most women don’t really know what hormones are and how they impact health.

In honor of Mother’s Day and women everywhere, we’ll discuss several important hormones during the month of May.

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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.