High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

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“I can’t keep up with the amount of hair on my chin! At this rate, I’m going to end up in the circus as the bearded lady,” 36 year old Shannon shared in our first visit. In addition to hair on her chin, she was now shaving her belly, experiencing terribly oily skin and acne. Shannon’s symptoms pointed to high …

How to Do a Holistic Detox to Balance Hormones

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Balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! Depending on your symptoms, your cycle and your history you may benefit from a 21 day hormone detox 2-4 times per year. How do you know if you’re in need of a hormone focused detox? If you …

PCOS, Inflammation & Insulin

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What do PCOS, inflammation & insulin have in common? Like many chronic conditions and disease, inflammation and insulin dysregulation are at the root of the issue, with PCOS being no exception. In fact, inflammation and insulin resistance can lead to infertility, difficult and painful periods, PCOS, high testosterone, mood disorders, and many other common hormonal symptoms women struggle with. PCOS, …

Prescribed the Birth Control Pill for Your PCOS? Here’s Why That’s Dangerous

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A woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is often met with the birth control pill, maybe an androgen blocker and then sent along her merry way. Told there is nothing that can be done. Told she will never conceive naturally. And told that it’s just in her genes. And since she is more likely to experience anxiety or depression at …

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5 Blood Sugar Balancing Strategies for PCOS (The Secret to Happy Hormones)

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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 …

10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism is a highly common, yet under-diagnosed condition. In fact, it is estimated that over 27 million Americans have a thyroid disease, but more than half of them are aware they have it. 10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism: 1. Fatigue. Do you wake feeling rested? Do you find yourself with ample energy to get through your day? If you answered …

Adrenal Fatigue

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Low energy, inability to participate in activities that bring joy, difficulty waking, dependency on stimulants to make it through the day. Do any of these sound familiar? One of the most common reasons patients come to see me is to get help with their low energy. Fatigue is common in our society and for good reason. We are constantly pushing …