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Dear Mothers of Teenage Daughters; Please Watch for These Symptoms

I wish my mom or Doctor would have noticed my symptoms when I was a teenager so that it would have prevented me years of suffering. 

It affected all areas of my life. 

I am talking about PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

Worldwide, PCOS affects approximately 1 in 10 women, making it the most common endocrine disorder in women of childbearing age. 

The noticeable symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Excess facial and body hair (hirsutism)
  • Acne or oily skin
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weight gain, especially around the belly
  • Male pattern hair loss or thinning hair
  • Skin tags
  • Dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, in the armpits and under the breasts
  • Get hangry often
  • Sugar cravings

The symptoms that you don’t see are:

  • Irregular periods
  • High blood sugar
  • Insulin resistance
  • Elevated testosterone
  • Low progesterone
  • Cysts on ovaries
  • Infertility (when they are ready to start a family one day)
  • May be at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and...
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How I Overcame Horrible Hormone Imbalances, Got Pregnant Naturally at 39 and Had My Son at 40

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I didn’t always live a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that I had horrible PMS, constant fatigue, thinning hair, anxiety, digestion issues, bloating, bad skin, PCOS and wondered if I was ever able to feel good again.

And I constantly wondered if I was ever going to be able to get pregnant and become a Mother someday.

Those were some of the hardest times of my life. I can still remember what it felt like to visit multiple Doctors and walk away feeling defeated because they didn’t know (or care) about my horrible symptoms.

Some days I just wanted to give up and take the anti-anxiety meds or hormonal birth control that they were suggesting that I take, just so I could feel better in the short term.

Then one day something changed. I was laying in bed, googling my symptoms once again trying to figure out what was going on with me and I came across an article about a story of a woman that had experienced burnout. She had decided to go back to...

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A Green Smoothie Every Woman Needs for Hormone Health

Hormonal imbalance can manifest in everything from mood swings and cravings to PMS, cramps, and even infertility. From the annoying to the devastating, the truth is that hormonal imbalance doesn’t have to be part of your reality.

Wouldn't it be great if there was something quick, easy, and tasty that could help support your hormones? Something creamy and cool and so luscious that you’ll be licking your lips and wondering, “how on Earth can this be good for me?” Well, you're in luck!  I'm going to share my tried and true gorgeous green smoothie that every woman needs for hormonal health and balance.

Before we jump into the recipe, let's take a moment to dish about the WHY behind this choice.  Why is my gorgeous green smoothie the perfect choice to help balance your hormones?

Green Smoothies are all the rage (and rightly so)! Dark leafy greens are among the most nutrient-dense and nutritious foods out there. If you're like most people I know, the idea...

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The Benefits of Kelp for Your Hormones and Thyroid

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When I say, “kelp,” you say…

If “gross” or “slimy” are the first words that come, read on and let me introduce you to the wonderful world of flavor and health that this gorgeous sea green has to offer.

Kelp is a type of seaweed that boasts health benefits and provides variety in the kitchen. From the nori wrapped around your California roll to seaweed snacks, kelp is a culinary king of algae.

Kelp is rich in many of the key minerals and vitamins that our bodies require, and it boasts many significant benefits from anti-aging and hormonal balancing properties to protecting thyroid health.

It contains natural fiber, alginate, which helps to block fat while eliminating the fat absorption in the gut. Kelp is a rich source of iodine, vitamins B12, K, A, and the minerals magnesium, iron, molybdenum, manganese, and copper.

Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of kelp.

What is Kelp?

Kelp is a...

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What is your Daily Cup of Coffee Doing to Your Hormones?

Raise your hand if you reach for a cup (or two!) of coffee in the morning!

If you’re like most, coffee gets you going in the morning, keeps you company on your commute, is in hand in the office or at home and provides that afternoon boost.  While there are studies that show the health benefits of moderate coffee consumption[1], there is also evidence linking coffee consumption to some hormone havoc. 

Women’s hormone expert, Alissa Vitti shared her perspective on coffee consumption in an article over on MindBodyGreen[2].  Vitti believes that women, especially, should cut back or stop consuming coffee. Review her reasoning and see if coffee still has a place in your cup.  

  1. Caffeine may impact pregnancy and miscarriage rates:

A 2016 study published in “Fertility and Sterility” found that drinking three or more caffeinated beverages a day raised the risk of early pregnancy loss by 74 percent. The study showed the same risk whether women...

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The Top 11 Foods for Detoxing Your Body Naturally

Detox is a hot topic, and there are a million products on the market that promise miracles in weight loss, boosting energy, giving your skin a gorgeous glow and even managing your mood. 

Whether it’s an article promoting the latest fad diet or advertising for detox teas, keto coffees, juice cleanses, appetite suppressant pills and more, it can be hard to figure out what is safe and effective.   

To silence the chatter and get results, we can turn to nutrition and science.  Using whole foods to support the innate, natural detox pathways in the body is not only safe and effective but also tasty, easy, and fun! Below are the top 11 foods that you should incorporate in your diet if you want a healthy and effective whole foods detox.

  1. Beets:

This red root vegetable works as an amazing detoxifying agent for the body. Beets are jam-packed with vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and beta-carotene.

Those nutrients help the gall...

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The 7 Worst Foods to Eat for Hormone Health

Hormones help control every physiological process in your body.  From metabolism and your menstrual cycle to reproductive health, your immune response, and mental health. Precise hormone balance is vital to feeling good and being healthy.

Foods can help and hinder hormone balance, so eating a well-balanced diet is key.  In this article, we will explore seven foods to avoid.  You may be surprised by what makes the list. Let’s look at the offenders:

  1. Sugar

Sugar can wreck your health and hormone balance. It raises insulin, which puts stress on the pancreas and can lead to metabolic syndrome and diabetes if left untreated in the long term.   

According to Floliving.com, “insulin spike(s) disrupts ovulation – preventing your hormones from triggering ovulation and the creation of progesterone as a result of ovulation. Disrupted ovulation causes hormonal imbalance – without ovulation, you cannot produce progesterone, which leads to...

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Coffee - should you drink it or avoid it?

Coffee is one of those things - you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not (or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream). You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.).

Not to mention the crazy headlines that say coffee is great, and the next day you should avoid it!

There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It's a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you're used to drinking.

NOTE: Coffee does not equal caffeine. Coffee contains between 50-400 mg of caffeine/cup, averaging around 100 mg/cup. Coffee is one of the most popular ways to consume this stimulant. But a cup of coffee contains a lot of things over and above the caffeine. Not just water, but antioxidants, and hundreds of other compounds. These are the reasons drinking a cup of coffee is not the same as taking a caffeine pill. And decaffeinated coffee has a lot less caffeine; but, it still contains some.

Let's look at...

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3 Tips to avoid overeating at meals

Sometimes we overeat on regular days.  Or at regular meals.  Or All. The. Time.

Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals.

(Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the willpower!)

Tip #1: Start with some water

When your stomach is growling and you smell amazingly delicious food it's too easy to fill a plate (or grab some samples with your bare hands) and dive into the food.

But did you know that it's possible to sometimes confuse the feeling of thirst with that of hunger?  Your stomach may actually be craving a big glass of water rather than a feast.

Some studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of water before a meal can help reduce the amount of food eaten.  And this super-simple tip may even help with weight loss (...just sayin').

Not only will the water start to fill up your stomach before you get to the buffet, leaving less room for the feast but drinking enough water has been shown to slightly increase your metabolism.

Win-win!

Tip #2: Try...

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Need a Mood Boost? Eat this.

No question that what you eat can affect how you feel, right?

I know it effects me big time! I don't know why but it took me YEARS of trial and error and becoming extremely self-aware of how I felt if I ate certain foods and took certain supplements.

If I eat too many carbs or sugar without protein and fat to balance it out, I feel jittery, then I have a "crash" afterwards. I also get hangry which is not a pretty sight! Also, if I don't take my supplements, then I start feeling fatigued, anxiety-ridden and don't have as much energy. 

Plus I am VERY sensitive to caffeine and alcohol. If I drink coffee, I am a total and complete mess afterwards and I feel like jumping out of my skin. If I drink alcohol, even just one glass of wine, then I feel awful the next morning.

The funny thing is that I ignored all of the physical and mental signs for a very long time and just ate and drank what I wanted. My motto was "moderation is key" but that didn't work for me in the end. 

What...

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