Vitex Guide

The Essential Guide to Vitex and the Chaste Tree

Odds are that if you’re struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, irregular periods, missing periods or any other period problem, you’ve heard of vitex. Today, I’ll be talking more about the benefits and potential uses of vitex (also called chasteberry and chaste tree berry). Consider this your guide to understanding if this herb is right for …

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How Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Cause Hormone Imbalance & What to Do About It

Did you know the average woman is exposed to hundreds of chemicals every single day? And that’s only within her own home. Our makeup products, personal care products, and the cleaners that we use on our clothes and our countertops can all contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals that cause hormone imbalances in the body. In fact, some sources have reported …

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Is Progesterone Cream the Answer for Hormone Imbalance?

Progesterone cream is sold over the counter and widely available. But is it really the best treatment for symptoms of hormone imbalance? And what should you look out for if you use it? Before you dive into what progesterone cream is and who benefits from added progesterone I’d like to help you understand what your natural progesterone is and what it …

What is Mastalgia + What to Do About It

Mastalgia is the medical term for breast pain or breast tenderness. This is a common symptom that as many as 70% of women experience. It is most common to experience mastalgia the week before your period as part of PMS symptoms. Ever feel you can’t walk down the stairs, exercise or even roll over in bed because your breasts are so …

Common Period Problems + 6 Natural Treatments

When Myra first came to see me she listed her number one concern in all caps at the top of her intake form: PERIOD PROBLEMS. For as long as Myra could remember her periods had been incredibly long and heavy and made it impossible for her to leave her house or engage in anything fun at least one to two …

Breast Tenderness: What It Is And What Causes It

Do you often deal with breast tenderness when it’s that time of the month? Do you experience soreness or pain in a specific area of your breasts that keep you from enjoying going out or being active?  You’re not alone. 50% of all women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives, according to the Breast Health Centre. Breast …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalance problems for women. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Common Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance Irregular or heavy periods Water retention Breast …

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Seven Ways to Decrease Your Breast Cancer Risk

We all share one common trait that puts us at risk for breast cancer- we are women. While that is one risk factor we can not change, there are many places in our lives where we can take steps to prevent breast cancer. 7 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk Add More Fruits & Vegetables To Your Diet: Vegetables found …