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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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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 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.

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