5 Tips for Human Papillomavirus & Cervical Health

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection—but it can also be one of the more dangerous. In fact, we have now identified at least 13 strains of the virus that are known to cause cervical cancer. Yes, the HPV virus is seriously disrupting cervical health. Let’s talk about what is HPV, how it can affect your health, …

10 Best Supplements For PCOS

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Patients often ask me what some of the best supplements for PCOS, a metabolic disorder that can cause a whole lot of hormonal symptoms. While the foundational therapies remain nutritional and lifestyle intervention, supplements can be a helpful supported therapy to restore balance. Many women are looking for alternatives to the typical lineup of prescription drugs, which only mask the …

7 Adaptogenic Herbs to Heal Adrenals Naturally  

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“Every little stressor feels like the end for me! I’m screaming at my kids, my husband, and gritting my teeth with co-workers for at least the last 6 months,” Alice shared in her first visit. She was 10 months postpartum with her first baby and holding down a full time job on top of a household! To say she had …

The Gut Hormone Connection

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“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

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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 …

Healing Anxiety with Functional Medicine

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Anxiety is common enough that I’d venture to guess you at least know someone who has dealt with it, or maybe still is dealing with it. Or maybe that someone is you and you’re trying to understand if there is any chance of healing your anxiety. Functional medicine may just be that step for you. The conventional perspective on anxiety …

Detox Skin Care & Beauty Products in 3 Steps

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At some point in my 20’s I got it in my head that women were supposed to smell like vanilla. And berries and champagne. And whatever the people behind the infamous VS store told me I should smell like. Looking back, in my attempt to smell like the “perfect woman,” I was bathing in lotions and huffing fragrances that were …

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Better Hormones

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As a mom, I always have an eye out for non-toxic cleaning products to use in my home. After all, kids spend a lot of time in contact with the floor and they all inevitably have a “put everything in the mouth” phase that increases their exposure to what’s in their environment. But it’s not just our kiddos that we need …