Which Hormones Affect Sleep?

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Sleep is so important that the Institute of Functional Medicine’s help an annual conference dedicated to it. I attended in  order to help provide you with the most up to date information on sleep to help your hormones. The conferenece reinforced some basic, but crucial information when it comes to hormone balance and, ultimately, our overall health. You see, there’s …

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9 Ways to Improve Low Progesterone & Boost Fertility

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You’re probably familiar with the potential symptoms of low progesterone: mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, low sex drive, and sleep disturbances. For some women, PMS hits the week before their period. For others, the symptoms are more erratic, seemingly lasting throughout the month. If this sounds like a normal month for you, we need to talk. There are natural ways to …

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5 Blood Sugar Balancing Strategies for PCOS

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One of the major characteristics of PCOS and other conditions that cause hormone imbalance is blood sugar dysregulation. This results in surges of high blood sugar followed by deep dips in energy and mood. Blood sugar dysregulation can result in symptoms like irritability, shakiness, and fatigue, or even lightheadedness and nausea. The Blood Sugar Dance Metformin is often recommended for …

5 Hormone Superfoods for Women

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When my dear friend, Bridgit Danner, LAc told me she wanted to share with you 5 hormone superfoods she prescribes to patients I was instantly interested. I know this is the type of actionable information you like and these foods are not typically thought of as superfoods, but do have amazing nutritional benefits.  Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND   5 Hormone …

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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Hold up! Adrenal fatigue isn’t real? Try telling that to my exhausted body! In this article I’m going to explain why adrenal fatigue isn’t real and what is going on instead. Chances are if you’ve been following my work then you’ve probably already heard me explain what takes place in “adrenal fatigue” and how it isn’t really an issue with …

Seed Cycling to Balance Pre & Post Menopausal Hormones

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Seed Cycling is a powerful tool that I teach to many of my patients to gently and effectively balance their hormones. And the best part is that it works no matter what stage you are at in life— pre-menopause, postpartum, post-menopause or even at the very beginning of your reproductive years.  The evidence is stacking up that seed cycling is good for …

Why I Prescribe High Dose Iron to My Patients

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For years, the gold standard for overall health was thought to be long-form cardio. From running to biking to Jazzercise, your best bet was to increase your heart rate for an hour or more. Or so we thought. Many people still enjoy these forms of exercise, perhaps for the meditative quality of a long run or the challenge of participating …

7 Natural Ways to Curb Your Anxiety

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Have you ever felt tired and unable to concentrate and reached for the nearest sugary treat for that familiar, quick rush of energy? It’s true, stimulants like sugar, caffeine, and chocolate do provide a shock of energy, but this is often short lived and followed by a huge dip in blood sugar, resulting brain fog and even less energy than …

Surviving Adrenal Fatigue in Motherhood

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Adrenal fatigue as a mom is rough.  Are you dragging to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel moody often? How about low in energy, an inability to fall asleep at night or maybe you’re craving sugar and salt? If any of these are sounding familiar your adrenals may be in need of some support. One of the …