The Intricate Relationship Between Stress, Cortisol, and Progesterone

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but understanding its impact on our hormonal balance is crucial for maintaining overall well-being. In this blog, we delve into the intricate relationship between stress, cortisol, and progesterone—two key hormones that play vital roles in the body. The Stress Hormone: Cortisol Cortisol, often dubbed the “stress hormone,” is […]

Navigating the Gluten-Free Maze (It’s more than bread and pasta!)

So, you’ve decided to go gluten-free. Welcome to the wonderful world of… endless aisles of suspiciously colorful crackers? That’s right, folks. My journey into gluten-free living has been less “artisan sourdough” and more “mystery meat snack pack.” Because here’s the thing: eliminating gluten can feel like you’re entering a parallel universe of your favorite grocery […]

Hidden Dangers of Seed Oils

As we strive for a healthier lifestyle, we tend to avoid obvious offenders such as saturated fats and excessive sugars. However, we often overlook the hidden adversary in many processed foods: seed oils. While some seed oils, such as olive oil and flaxseed oil, provide numerous health benefits, others pose risks when consumed excessively. Could […]

Are Supplements Safe?

In our quest for optimal health and well-being, the allure of supplements has never been stronger. From Vitamin D to zinc, iron to iodine, and the rising popularity of adaptogens (herbs, roots, plant substances), these nutritional powerhouses promise a myriad of benefits. However, the age-old adage “too much of a good thing” rings true, emphasizing […]

Understanding the Impact of Intermittent Fasting in Women

As a nurse practitioner, one of the key aspects of my practice is empowering women to take charge of their health through informed choices. Intermittent fasting (IF) has gained significant popularity in recent years as a strategy for weight loss and overall well-being. Intermittent fasting patterns vary but often involve extended periods without food followed […]

Women Need Testosterone Too!

Testosterone, often associated with masculinity, plays a crucial role in both men and women. While women naturally have lower levels than men, the impact of testosterone on female health is significant. Understanding the effects of low testosterone in women, the risks and benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), as well as various forms of TRT […]

Meet the Estrogen Sisters: A Tale of Three Hormonal Siblings

The word “estrogen”  is so commonly associated with a woman and her reproductive system, that most are not aware there are different types and amounts of estrogen produced throughout a woman’s life. And while estrogen plays a significant role in fertility, it controls so much more. Depending on where you are in your life’s journey, […]

A Spotlight on Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy

February is not only the month of love but also a time to focus on matters of the heart – quite literally. Heart Health Month serves as a crucial reminder to prioritize cardiovascular well-being, and one aspect that often deserves more attention is the increased risk of heart disease during menopause. Menopause is a natural […]

Balancing Hormones: The Symphony for Women’s Well-being

In the intricate orchestra of a woman’s body, hormones play the role of skilled musicians, each contributing to the symphony of health and vitality. While discussions often lean towards specific hormones like estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, it’s crucial to recognize that these hormonal players work collaboratively, and a delicate balance is key to overall well-being. […]

Lasting Results Take Time: How to Set Realistic Expectations for Healing

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in functional medicine, a holistic approach to healthcare that emphasizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Many individuals turn to this alternative to Western medicine with high hopes and expectations of immediate healing. While functional medicine can be transformative, it’s crucial to understand that the […]