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Can Low Estrogen Trigger Insomnia?

A woman’s hormones fluctuate throughout her menstrual cycle but the two primary hormones, estrogen and progesterone, maintain a certain balance. Estrogen has a stimulatory effect on the nervous system, unlike progesterone which is calming. There are several factors that could lead to estrogen becoming too high and out of balance with progesterone. Environmental exposure to…

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What You Can Do At 3pm to Save You From Waking at 3am

Do you consistently wake up around 3 a.m. and can’t seem to just fall back asleep? The reasons for sleep problems can be complex, but waking up too early is often a symptom of low blood sugar and can be remedied through dietary changes and nutritional therapy. You may not think about it but what you’re…

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Could Low Progesterone Be Disrupting Your Sleep?

A woman’s hormones fluctuate throughout the month and throughout her life but normally the two primary hormones, progesterone and estrogen, balance each other. Progesterone is referred to as the “calming hormone” whereas estrogen is more excitatory. So if progesterone becomes low the result can be irritability and difficulty sleeping. The Impact of Stress on Progesterone…

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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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What You Need to Know About REM Sleep

Do you really know what happens when you drift off to sleep? You may think your body is shutting down and relaxing but it’s actually hard at work. What Is REM Sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, what we refer to as “sleep” involves transitions between three different states: wakefulness REM sleep (rapid eye…

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Insomnia? Why Your Circadian Rhythm is Important

So you’re having trouble sleeping and you read an article that says your Circadian Rhythm might be playing a part. You’re probably thinking, what is that and why is it important?  Well, good question. According to the National Institute of Medical Studies, “Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle,…

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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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