perimenopause, symptoms. stress, natural remedies, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone

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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Perimenopause Symptoms | Three Secrets to a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you find yourself waking up at all hours of the night? Depression, anxiety, night sweats and hot flashes associated with perimneopause can make it extremely hard to get a good night’s sleep. Women entering perimenopause who have weakened adrenal function can experience intense sleep problems. Fortunately, there are natural, effective ways to get the rest you…

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Five Foods to Balance Perimenopause Symptoms

If you are suffering from hot flashes, unpredictable periods and mood swings, perimenopause can be an extremely challenging time. During this time your body needs help to process hormones and that can led to minimizing your perimenopause symptoms. Vitamins like B, A, E and C along with selenium and magnesium can be just the fix. Functional Nutrition…

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What’s the Best Diet? | 3 Simple Steps to Improving your Diet

Have you ever thought that if you just had that perfect diet all your health problems would disappear? Do you often blame yourself for struggling with your mood, energy or weight? I know most women want to be strong and do it on own. You feel like it’s your fault that you have health problems. You blame yourself for having low will-power.…

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How to Choose Good Fats to Keep your Gallbladder Healthy

From lowering the risk of heart attacks to improving weight loss, the cure-all, according to conventional medicine, has been a low fat diet. But it turns out there’s more to the picture. Our bodies actually need fat and without good sources we risk having low levels of hormones and higher inflammation. Be aware though that it’s…

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Post-Holiday Blahs? | You Need to Know This Before Doing a Detox

“Detox” programs are being promoted as a cure-all but they need to be approached with caution. There is no miracle remedy that will erase the results of years (or even weeks) of convenience food, rich restaurant fare and medications. If you have spent any time on the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) of coffee and bagels…

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Chocolate Truffles | The Best, Decadent, Healthy Dessert

I’m a big fan of any recipe that has only 4 ingredients. Vegetables roasted with olive oil and salt, or chicken roasted with potatoes, carrots and rosemary, or kale sauted with onions, pine nuts and currants. Real food in simple combinations is a good thing. I love this simple, decadent dessert recipe (with only four…

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Upset Stomach, Indigestion and Bloating? Think Gallbladder

Do you get frequent stomach upset? Stomach pain after meals, nausea, indigestion and bloating are all symptoms that tend to get explained away by “I ate too much” or “I have a sensitive stomach”. But these are the exact symptoms that indicate early stage gallbladder problems. Unnecessary Surgery Surgery to remove the gallbladder is the…

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays | Size Does Matter

Size does matter…the size of your plate that is. Let’s face it the Holidays can be an all out eating marathon. With work, friend and family parties it’s hard to find an event that DOESN’T include an oh-so-tempting smorgasbord of sugary confections. Looking for some simple methods to manage the madness and avoid stress and…

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The Best Butternut Squash Soup for a Wet, Rainy Day

My favorite recipe is 3 sentences long. I got it years ago from the newsletter that came in my weekly CSA* box, Two Small Farms. I laughed when I read it. It went like this: “Microwave 2 or 3 Butternut Squash. Saute lots of garlic and lots of onions in olive oil and butter. Add…

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Don't be fooled by your grocery store, gluten free, what's hiding in your food

Confused about Which Foods Contain Gluten? Here’s the List.

Which Common Foods Contain Gluten? Gluten gives baked goods their doughy-ness. So it appears in many foods, some obvious and some not so obvious. So the list of foods containing gluten is a long one. Don’t be alarmed. Now that awareness about gluten-intolerance is rising there are many ways to make food gluten free –…

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Want a Quick Strategy for Improved, Energy and Health?

Get your bowels moving! I’m not kidding. This probably isn’t something you talk about in casual conversation but it’s one of the basic bodily functions that has to be in working order for you to feel good. I don’t mean just from a comfort stand point. I mean: In order for you to be healthy…

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A Yummy Way to Improve Your Health (and your cooking)

Remember that old wives’ tale about chicken soup being good for? It’s true – as long as you use a really good bone broth as a base. Bone broth is a one of the best ways of adding vital minerals and vitamins to your diet in a easily absorbable form. The minerals are essential building blocks…

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Trouble Sleeping? What You Need to Know Before Taking Ambien

Are you frustrated that you’re not able to sleep through the night? Headlines tells us that lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease, obesity and more frequent colds. So it is smart to find out all you can about getting a good night’s sleep. Trouble sleeping is a common complaint – affecting 69%…

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What are the Lab Tests for Gluten Intolerance?

If you suspect you have a problem with gluten, in can be confusing to know how to find out for sure. Gluten Intolerance is not as black and white as once thought. It used to be thought that only someone with Celiac Disease needed to avoid gluten. Recent studies have confirmed what many individuals have figured…

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