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Why is Sleep More Difficult for Women?

It can feel like torture to fall in bed exhausted from a long day only to toss and turn for hours, unable to fall asleep.  Or to fall asleep but later bolt awake and not be able to fall back asleep. Although sleep difficulties can have many causes, fluctuations of female hormones before and during the…

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Are Your Perimenopause Symptoms Linked to Estrogen?

When perimenopause symptoms arise, hormone replacement therapy with estrogen is one of the first places women look. But, did you know that perimenopause symptoms may come from TOO MUCH estrogen? Excess estrogen is not usually a result of over-production from your body but from external sources in your environment. Where Does the Excess Estrogen Come…

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Short on Sleep? The Secret to the Perfect Nap

You’re not alone! 1 out of 3 Americans, don’t get the sleep they need. Common sense tells us to avoid naps because they can make it even harder to sleep at night. However, an Australian Study published in the journal Sleep found that taking a specific type of nap can actually improve your alertness, memory and decision-making performance…

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Is Perimenopause Disrupting Your Sleep? Try This Exercise

Hot flashes, mood swings and other perimenopause symptoms can interrupt your sleep leaving you feeling frazzled, tired and moody. Here’s a tried and true bedtime routine that can help you get your much-needed 40 winks. This relaxation exercise can help you unwind and bring you out of your ‘work-mode.’ Progressive relaxation exercises are easy-to-do, and can…

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Trouble Sleeping? You May Be Deficient in this Nutrient

If you’re having trouble getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night you’re not alone. About 1 in 3 Americans gets less than 7 hours of sleep. According to Harvard University Sleep Center, insufficient sleep can lead to poor learning, memory and decision-making as well as increased risk for  disease. Since sleeping medications have…

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5 Simple Steps to Successful Sleep

Whether you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep – the culprit may be your bedroom. A few simple room tweaks can stop the tossing and turning once and for all. Here’s how: Stay cool. You will fall asleep faster in cooler air because when you go to sleep, your “set point” – the temperature your…

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3 Myths about Acid Reflux that Can Ruin Your Digestion

Myth #1 Heartburn is caused by TOO MUCH stomach acid. This is false. It may feel like you have more stomach acid than before but the real issue may be that the protective lining inside your stomach has been damaged.  Coffee, alcohol, stress and medications can all disrupt the this protective lining. The result is  it…

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Acid Reflux Symptoms | How Functional Medicine Sees Them Differently

If you have acid reflux, you may look to antacids or acid lowering drugs for relief.   However, these medications pose certain health risks and may not address the underlying causes of your acid reflux. Functional medicine digs deeper, finding the factors that affect you as an individual to address health concerns at the source.…

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Sore Throat? | Is it a Cold or Acid Reflux Symptoms?

Do you or someone you know always have a sore throat? Maybe you try cough drops or mints to soothe the nagging scratchiness. Maybe you might try to rationalize that your just talking too much or it might be a cold you can’t conquer. But there may be a more worrisome explanation.   A chronic sore throat can…

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Acid Reflux Symptoms | Choose the Right Herb to Calm Your Belly

If you suffer from acid reflux you know that it’s painful, but what you may not know is that most of the main food triggers are the ones that are the most difficult to digest. When you’ve indulged at dinner with creamy pasta and an even creamier dessert, acid reflux may not be far away.…

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Abdominal Pain Could be Gallbladder Symptoms or…

So in 1990 a new technique was introduced to remove the gallbladder with a smaller scar, when this happened the frequency of gallbladder removal has risen almost 60%. This is especially true for the United States because gallbladder problems are extremely prevalent. However, the gallbladder plays an important role in digestion and in keeping you…

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What to Eat if You Have Acid Reflux Symptoms

When you have acid reflux symptoms, it might feel like you suffer after every meal you eat. On top of that, if you’re trying to avoid the long list of foods that might trigger your symptoms, it might feel like you’re running out of options. Take a look at these acid reflux friendly foods for…

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Gallbladder Symptoms | What Are Gallstones Made of?

If may surprise you that as much as 50% of the US population suffer from gallstones. However, only a small percentage of those people have gallbladder symptoms. But, have you ever stopped to think of what actually makes up a gallstone? There are actually two different kinds of gallstones: cholesterol stones, and pigment stones.   Both…

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Wondering about Herbal Help for Gallbladder Symptoms?

Many people who want to avoid gallbladder problems look to natural approaches and lifestyle remedies. Herbal supplements fit right into this approach. But which herbs help with gallbladder symptoms?   Milk thistle is one herb that is commonly recommended for gallbladder support. In fact, milk thistle supports both the liver and the gallbladder, since these…

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Stress and Perimenopause Symptoms | What You Can Do

There is one important factor that contributes to perimenopause that many women don’t realize.   Stress is a key contributor to perimenopause because of its effects on the adrenals. When you experience stress the adrenal glands release cortisol. Cortisol then competes with the sex hormone estrogen for its hormonal precursor. Your body prioritizes making cortisol, leaving less of the…

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