Immune System Hormone Guide: How Your Hormone Health Affects Your Immune System

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Your immune system is your body’s natural defense system, protecting your health against disease and infections. It’s a tough job, and with everything in the news, most of us are eager to boost our immunity however we can. A quick search will reveal hundreds of tips to eat right, exercise more, and sleep better to get your immune system working …

The Effects of Addison’s Disease on Your Period

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Addison’s disease is a rare autoimmune condition that causes damage to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands play a critical role in hormones like cortisol and aldosterone necessary for everyday functions.  Addison’s is also called adrenal insufficiency or adrenal failure, but it’s important not to confuse this diagnosis with HPA axis dysregulation, or what some people call adrenal fatigue. HPA …

Estrogen and Histamine

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Your body feels its best when your hormones are in balance with each other. Too much or too little can throw everything off. As a result, I talk a lot about the importance of hormone balance, especially with estrogen and progesterone, but today I want to dive into the less commonly talked about but significant connection between estrogen and histamine. …

ADHD and Hormones

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ADHD in adult women has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. Sometimes the diagnosis is missed when a woman is young, and she’s diagnosed later in life. Other times ADHD is misdiagnosed as anxiety, depression, PMS. Or symptoms are simply overlooked because ADHD presents differently in women compared with men.  In addition, symptoms of ADHD in women might …

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What Are the Benefits of Gratitude for Your Hormones and Health?

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Did you know that there is immense power in gratitude and being kind to ourselves? Yep, it’s true! There are numerous health benefits that come from being thankful and treating ourselves with compassion and respect. Mindset is everything. It’s the secret sauce that helps people heal. I know many of you will be rolling your eyes at this point; skeptics …

The Benefits of Licorice Root for Women

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Native to Asia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe, the licorice plant has a long history as both a medicine and a flavor. Licorice was a favored sweet drink in ancient Egypt, and used medicinally across Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures to treat inflammation, soothe upset stomachs, and more.  Modern studies are finding more evidence for the many traditional uses …

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin B5

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Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is one of the eight B vitamins, each vital for maintaining overall health. Your body uses vitamin B5 to produce healthy red blood cells, to build several important hormones, and to process carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy.  B5 also supports healthy skin and hair, and is often added to skincare and hair …

The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Women

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Black cohosh, a white flowering plant native to eastern North America, was first used in Native American medicine to support women’s health and reproduction, body pain, coughs, colds, fatigue, and weakness. Today black cohosh is one of the most popular women’s health supplements. As research into its efficacy began to grow, scientists began to sort out what it may help …

Cat’s Claw: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

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Cat’s claw has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to support a variety of health conditions. It’s native to South and Central America, where it’s been an essential part of healing and spiritual practices. In more recent years, interest in cat’s claw has grown throughout Europe and North America. It’s often used as an herbal remedy for …