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What are the health benefits of Maca powder?

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Maca is an herb that has long been used in women’s health to increase energy, boost libido, and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes. Adaptogens are gaining steam in the health and wellness realm, as more and more people are learning how these herbs (many of which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years) can bring balance …

Biotin—The Importance of Vitamin B7

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Looking for better hair, skin, and nails? Biotin is hands down one of the best nutrients to help with strong nails, healthy skin, and luscious locks. But there is a whole lot more to biotin than just looks.  Biotin (vitamin B7) is one of the eight B vitamins. It is an essential nutrient with myriad functions in the body. Today, …

Vitex Guide

The Essential Guide to Vitex and the Chaste Tree

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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 …

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

Ashwagandha Benefits and Uses

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Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that has become increasingly popular as more people learn about how herbal medicine can support their health. It has myriad possible benefits, from potentially acting on your body’s inflammatory response, to promoting a healthy brain. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of Ashwagandha. What is Ashwagandha? According to WebMD, “Ashwagandha is a plant. The …

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Symptoms of Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a common health issue affecting women—one in ten women have it! And I would say that probably ten out of ten women have been dismissed by their doctor at some point in their journey. Because typically, you go to your doctor with signs and symptoms of endometriosis, and the first thing you’re told is, “Oh, girl, just take …

Hypothyroidism & the Menstrual Cycle: Thyroid Hormone Affects Your Period

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Hypothyroidism and the menstrual cycle are intimately tied. While thyroid hormone isn’t a sex hormone, it does play a role in keeping your period regular. What is Hypothyroidism? According to Medicine Net, Hypothyroidism is a: “Deficiency of thyroid hormone which is normally made by the thyroid gland which is located in the front of the neck”. Hypothyroidism (an under active …

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Set an Intention, Not a New Year’s Resolution

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Set an intention, not a New Year’s Resolution. In fact, skip the resolution all together! Yes, you read that correct. As we move into the new year there is a lot to reflect on and there is probably a lot you’d like to see change for the better in 2019. This is the day where most people are making resolutions, …

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Can You Get Pregnant Any Time of The Month?

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Can you get pregnant any time of the month is a very common question women ask in my clinical practice. Heck this, was something I wasn’t even sure about until I got into naturopathic medical school. And this is a question a lot of women don’t know the answer to until they set out to get pregnant. I had the …