Most woman experience a a period without understanding what the amount and quality of flow mean, how spotting can indicate low progesterone or an infection or what can seem alarming about a bright red streak of blood mid cycle when it's actually totally normal. Part of our every day life, woman sadly haven't been taught how to read the messages their period sends them.
Your Period: What Does It All Mean? Ladies, if you’re reading this blog post I’d venture to say you’ve had a least a couple of periods in your lifetime. And I’d also bet that things have happened related to your period that confused or worried you but you didn’t know if you should ask around […]
Acne is not only a troublesome symptom but a sign that your hormones are out of balance. It is also a beacon from your internal chemistry that you're dealing with inflammation and likely eating the wrong foods. If you have PCOS it is also a clear sign you're dealing with androgen overload or hypersensitivity.
Acne: Is It Your Hormones Or Your Diet? It is both. Your hormones and diet that is. Despite the dermatology party line, “the cause of acne remains unknown” or acne is a vague condition of “hormonal imbalances”, we know a lot actually about what causes acne – and what can help clear up your skin. […]
Losing hair is among the most distressing of all symptoms I see in my office. It can create an extreme amount of stress and guess what’s bad for hair loss? stress. But that’s just one of the multiple reasons you could be losing your tresses. Most women that are concerned about hair loss are taking […]
Alcohol has profound effects that ripple throughout your metabolism. While many of us love a good glass of wine it can wreak havoc on our waistline, skew our hormones in favor of excess estrogen, increased insulin resistance and elevated cortisol. This can leave us with inflammation, insomnia, excess appetite and cravings as well as increased health risks.
How Alcohol Affects Your Female Hormones & Metabolism Wine, cocktails, good times, girlfriends, relaxation, summer fun, Holiday cheer – they all conjure up good times and put a smile on most of our faces. It is called HAPPY hour after all! Since it’s synonymous with fun, it is no wonder why most women are wondering […]
What you eat and how you workout are only part of the picture when it comes to weight loss or getting healthy. Mindset, how you go about these things determine your level of misery, restriction and general angst over health and diet.
I’ve found 5 big misery makers that keep you feeling badly regardless of your health or body weight, repeatedly get you off track and generally steal your sunshine but I’ve also found the antidotes to each one. This is not a post about why some exercises are better than others for fat loss. It is […]
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is among the most common and misunderstood hormonal conditions in the Western world. Getting accurate information about your individual condition is crucial. This is how to identify your type of PCOS and take care of yourself:
The problem is that women often have some aspects of the condition but not others, making our current classification, treatment and nutrition recommendations confusing at best and frustrating for many women with PCOS – or those thinking they may have it. Hormonal disruptions including elevated LH (luteinizing hormone), elevated testosterone (or other androgens like androstenedione, […]
Your genes, cultural beauty standards and your own natural desire to be loved and accepted all play a role in what many of us put our bodies through, trying to fit a one-size-fits-all picture. But can that really hand you a happy and healthy life? These 4 key steps will show you how to be your own best friend and embrace the body you're in.
You have this body. Look down, yup that one. It is yours, forever. It is the one you need to love, right now, as is, perceived flaws and oh-I-wish-it-were-differents and all. I know this is hard for some of us, myself included. There are still those times when I hate this or that, want to […]
I recently saw an article prescribing a square of dark chocolate a day to ward off menstrual cramps….. The idea being that research has shown magnesium can help with cramps and chocolate as far as food goes is considered high in magnesium. Yum right? For sure. But in my experience, this isn’t nearly enough to […]
Asking this question has helped me make some of the biggest decisions of my life and it’s one I pose to my patients regularly as they try to sort through the pros and cons of a new habit, make big decisions about how to spend their time and where they should put efforts when it […]
Eating "Fat" is a tricky area for most people, but if you have PCOS, it's something you need to pay extra-special attention to, as it can affect other hormonal stuffs. Learn the specifics and how to sort out your fatty foods in this post:
While managing carbs gets most of the attention when it comes to PCOS, fat and protein deserve their fair share of attention too. I promise to dedicate an entire post to protein soon but this one is all about fat: how much, what kind and what weird stuff to look out for. If you’ve got […]