adaptogen

Adaptogens and hormone health. What they are & how do they work?

And most importantly: Are they right for you? Schisandra. Reishi. Rhodiola. Do any of these words make sense to you? If they do, then congratulations: you’re down with the hottest health trend of 2018. Adaptogens! But if you’re scratching your head, going…”adapto-what? Who is Reishi?” then, keep reading. Adaptogens are all the rage right now, so we’re going to study …

periods

Missing or irregular periods—why they happen and what you can do about it.

We all remember what our first period experiences were like. It was a scary, messy, and often confusing time in our lives. It marked the beginning of a new chapter and we watched in fascination as our bodies stumbled into its own particular menstrual rhythm. This stumbling phase often was marked with irregular periods—maybe two periods back to back or …

kids hormones

Hormone imbalance in your kids.

What foods you shouldn’t be feeding them and a few other products to avoid. When we talk about “hormone imbalance,” we’re usually referring to adults. But kids have hormones too, and imbalances are not unheard of. Did you know that certain lifestyle choices can actually cause hormone imbalance in your kids? Before we get alarmist though, let us first reassure …

sex hormones

How “Sex Hormones” Make Your Skin Glow

Those terrible years of teen acne, those wonderful months of pregnancy glow, and that disappointing arrival of menopausal dryness. As different and unique as each skin stage is, they all derive from the same source: what we call our “sex hormones.” Estrogen and testosterone are hormones that both play large roles in the maintenance of our skin throughout our lives. …

hormone mood

Are your hormones ruining your relationship?

How hormones influence your mood. (And what you can do about them.) The changes start gradually enough. Old projects at work that might have fired you up suddenly seem exhausting. Time working out seems like a painful slog. And quality time with family seems overwhelming and difficult. Maybe you noticed a difference in your body as well. Tenderness, bloating, fatigue—all …

hot flashes

What are hot flashes and why do you get them?

And, how to get less of them. If you’re anything like the 80% of women who experience hot flashes during menopause, then you already know: they aren’t exactly comfortable. (And for you lucky 20%, we envy you!) But what’s the precise biological function governing these hot flashes? What creates the sudden rush of sweats and OMG-somebody-turn-on-the-AC! feeling? And if you’ve …

heart disease

What’s the connection between hormone imbalance and diabetes, heart disease, and bone disease?

You probably know hormone imbalance impacts your mood, your weight, and your skin. But how does it affect these life-threatening conditions? When we talk about serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and bone disease, it’s easy to think of them as issues with isolated causes. Diabetes? Problems with insulin. Heart disease? Problems with weight. Bone disease? Problems with calcium. …

hormone imbalance

The 6 Signs of Hormone Imbalance Women Ignore

Do you know what to look out for?   You’re tired. Your digestion isn’t great. And despite your best efforts, you’ve got stubborn weight that just won’t budge. What gives? Most of us know that for women, pronounced hormone changes occur in our 40s and 50s. Those changes affect the symptoms listed above, and so much more. But what you …

self-care

What is the Effect of Self-Care on Hormone Health?

Do things like meditation and good food really have an impact?   Most of us view stress as a way of life, or even a badge of honor. How many times have you heard someone (perhaps yourself) lament, “I wish I could do X, but I’m just so busy!” Often, “busy” is code for “important.” We are in high demand! …

anxiety hormones

Are My Hormones Messing with My Anxiety?

Because mental health and hormone health have a stronger connection than you might realize. If you suffer from anxiety, you know all too well the debilitating effects it can have: panic attacks, restlessness, and, weirdly, fatigue. That’s because when your body and mind is hyped up all the time, exhaustion follows. And you can get into a cycle of panic, …