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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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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 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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Do you experience bloating, headaches and mood swings? If so, read this.

Estrogen is one of two main sex hormones that women have. The other one is progesterone. Estrogen is primarily responsible for female physical features and reproduction. Men have estrogen, too, but in smaller amounts.

Estrogen governs the growth of the breasts, pubic, and underarm hair. During puberty, it’s estrogen that triggers the start of menstrual cycles and estrogen that helps control the cycle through childbearing and into menopause.  This hormone has other functions too. Estrogen keeps cholesterol in control, protects bone health, and affects your brain (including mood), bones, heart, skin, and other tissues.

Your skin is plumper and more elastic due to estrogens effect on collagen.  Furthermore, it aids in building your muscles and bones, slows down the aging process, increases your libido, balances your moods, and your sleep cycle.

Slow dancing with estrogen is great, but everything takes a 180-degree turn if estrogen dominance becomes an issue.

The term...

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