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 …

How to Naturally Increase Your Sex Drive in 13 Ways!

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Sex drive gone missing? You’re not alone. In fact, as much as 40% of women experience a low libido and disinterest in sex.  Wondering how to naturally increase your sex drive? You’re not alone there either! This blog is all about reclaiming your libido and finding balance. Your lack of desire can be rooted in low testosterone, dietary imbalance, elevated …

Treating PCOS Symptoms: With or Without The Pill

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a whole lot more than cysts on the ovaries. And the absence of cysts doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. PCOS symptoms can cause a whole host of issues including missing periods, heart disease, and diabetes. Symptoms of PCOS can vary based on the woman and her individual hormonal imbalances. Here are some of …

The HPA Axis and Healing Anxiety

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If you’re suffering from anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, anxiety affects 40 million U.S. adults or 18.1% of the total population every year. One of the key causes of chronic anxiety is HPA dysregulation, which is more commonly called “adrenal fatigue.” HPA dysregulation is a condition in which the communication between the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) and the …

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How to Balance Hormones Naturally

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What is often treated with a laundry list of prescriptions can simply come down to a hormonal imbalance, which is particularly common in women. Things like hormone-blocking shampoo to prevent hair loss, birth control to “regulate” an irregular period, or anxiety medication for hormone-driven mood symptoms are often offered when really the necessary treatment is to naturally balance your hormones. …

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Supplements for PMS

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Premenstrual tension syndrome, commonly known as PMS, can be a real drag. Especially when you’re suffering from symptoms like bloating, cramping, mood swings, insomnia, and acne. And it can get in the way of living your fullest life. As a women’s hormone expert who helps women balance their hormones naturally and eliminate unwanted symptoms. To that end, I recommend that all …