If anyone knows about hormone burnout, it’s yours truly. Despite a degree in nutrition, formal yoga training, and a license to practice naturopathic medicine, I spent years struggling with hormonal imbalances and their unpleasant side effects. My issues stemmed from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a complex condition that impairs regular ovulation and results in metabolic, mental health, and sex hormone imbalances. For me, it also meant I couldn’t get pregnant. Traditional medicine … [Read more...] about Hormone Burnout is Making you Older and Fatter
Why do we gain weight? The most common answer is that we take in too many calories. But most of the world has hinged its understanding of weight on some flimsy science. Between 1971 and 2000, the rise of obesity rates is associated with a daily caloric increase of about 200-300 calories¹, and that made it easy to blame the epidemic on calories. A good scientist knows that correlation is not causation, and calories might have very little to do with your weight after all. LIE #1: YOU’RE EATING … [Read more...] about Five Lies your Doctor Told You About Your Weight
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a set of symptoms accompanying the luteal, or the second phase of a woman’s reproductive cycle. For some women, this inhibits their sleep, social schedule, and productivity for up to half of the days in the month. If you think that hormones have something to do with PMS, you’re right! PMS symptoms are essentially hormone aberrations and the resulting inflammation. From a naturopathic perspective, these symptoms are a sign of a physiological imbalance and can be … [Read more...] about Yes… PMS Symptoms Are Optional!
I don't know the question, but sex is definitely the answer ~ Woody Allen A healthy sex life has been shown in many studies to be a determinant of mental and physical health for many different reasons. Since disease states, fatigue and mood disorders can affect sexual desires and function, substances that promote optimal nutritional status like Zinc and Vitamin E have been studied for their role in overall sexual function with positive results for many populations. This indicates what we might … [Read more...] about 4 Herbs to Spice Up Your Sex Life
PMS symptoms often arrive with creeping exhaustion, a dull feeling that can progress into painful cramps for 1, 2 or even 5 days. If you’re a woman to suffer from strong menstrual cramps, you know the shocking agony of their onset. For most women menstrual cramps are simply a nuisance, for some they require planning, and for almost all, they are a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Your doctor will call this dysmenorrhea, which literally means ‘difficult menstruation’. The pain might come and go, … [Read more...] about Solve Your Menstrual Cramps in 3 Months
If you’ve ever sought help managing your fertility, you know firsthand how much information is out there, and how much of it is conflicting. Maybe you’ve even tried some herbs, supplements and diets that made you feel better, lowered your PMS symptoms and gave you some more energy. So why do alternative treatments for fertility make you feel a bit hesitant? Let me guess… You don’t mind paying a professional, but exactly who is qualified to give that kind of information?You love the … [Read more...] about 4 Fertility Myths You’ll Learn On The Internet
New Years tends to be a time of transformation for people from all corners of the globe. As the calendar year moves forward yet again, we can’t help but reflect on both our successes and shortcomings from the previous year. We wonder how we might improve, and especially, what the new year may bring. As we work to reinvent ourselves and move toward our ultimate version of ourselves, we may be immediately inspired after the clock strikes midnight. But what happens when our initial inspiration … [Read more...] about 8 Natural Life Hacks To Easily Reach Your Resolutions