Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

2021-05-17T20:41:33+00:00Health|

Mark your calendars, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9 — and after an especially challenging year, we think all mothers deserve some extra (extra) love and pampering this year. However, knowing what to buy your health conscious mothers can be difficult, so we’ve put together a selection of hand picked gifts that any mother would enjoy– even those who say they don’t need a thing. ​May Live Reset  Give the gift of learning and health with my upcoming Live May Reset, May 10-27, 2021. This interactive live reset will be focused on understanding and balancing female hormones. Sex hormones–estrogen, progesterone and testosterone–play integral roles in almost every function of our lives. Yet, how many of us were

What’s the best fast for PCOS?

2021-04-24T03:20:17+00:00Health|

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects up to 10% of U.S. women of childbearing age. That's about 5 million women, which makes PCOS one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS tend to produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones, like testosterone. This hormone imbalance can cause irregular periods, infertility, polycystic ovaries, acne and excess facial and body hair. While the exact cause of PCOS isn’t known, there are three factors that influence PCOS: Insulin resistance—this I believe is the root cause of PCOS, I talk about why below. Inflammation  Toxicity   Insulin resistance & PCOS Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that allows cells to use sugar

Intermittent Fasting and Fertility: What you need to know

2021-04-21T16:07:20+00:00Health|

The New York Times recently published an article titled The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction, describing “How Our Modern World Is Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, Threatening Sperm Counts, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race”.  I decided it was time to discuss the topic of infertility, as I receive emails daily from women struggling with infertility and wondering if fasting may help. The short answer is yes, but let’s talk about the two root causes of infertility first.  Underlying fertility are two key issues, insulin resistance and toxicity...and this applies to both men and women.  Insulin resistance If you are a male suffering from insulin resistance, intermittent fasting and simple ketogenic,

5 Steps to Manage Menopause Naturally 

2021-04-13T00:07:29+00:00Health|

Menopausal hormones  First, let’s talk about what actually happens to women during menopause, because this is an often misunderstood time in women’s lives. As women approach midlife, sex hormone production slowly begins to decline over the course of 10-15 years, aka menopause!  During this process, ovaries hand over the job of making sex hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone to your adrenal glands. If you are like most women I know, your adrenals might already be taxed with everyday stress, family, work obligations, etc. When the added work of making hormones is given to adrenals, it often leads to a sudden onset of unpleasant symptoms—low energy, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression.  The decline in estrogen

Can fasting help you with hot flashes?

2021-04-06T16:13:54+00:00Health|

After the age of 40, women’s estrogen begins to decline. Unfortunately this doesn’t usually happen in a steady, calm way, but often what feels more like a wild roller coaster ride! First let's talk about why we have hot flashes. The decline in estrogen triggers the hypothalamus in the brain, which believes it needs to heat the body up, raising your body temperature and creating what feels like a “hot flash”. The good news is there are many ways to manage hot flashes naturally. Three types of Estrogen 3 Types of estrogen Women have 3 types of estrogen, two are helpful estrogens and one is a harmful, cancer causing estrogen. So women approaching or going through menopause will want

Which fast should you do to lose weight?

2021-04-01T21:23:12+00:00Health|

Weight loss is not the result of successful calorie-counting. If it was, we would have solved obesity years ago. Nevertheless many people get caught up in this “calorie in, calorie out” myth, which inevitably leads to frustration and only short term results. The truth is...weight gain is the result of an imbalance in these two hormones: insulin and leptin. Without fixing these two hormones, weight loss efforts will be fleeting. So how do you fix leptin and insulin?  INSULIN Insulin in your fat storing hormone. When insulin isn’t able to manage sugar intake (aka glucose), the body resorts to storing sugar in fat tissue.  Insulin resistance is created over time. It’s an accumulation of years of inflammation in the

Can fasting help with anxiety?

2021-03-29T15:14:00+00:00Health|

Have you ever considered where anxiety comes from inside the body? Well, there is a part of the midbrain called the amygdala and the job of the amygdala is to keep you safe. It’s always on the lookout for danger. When it perceives danger or a stressful situation—whether valid or not—it triggers a “fight, flight or freeze” response.  The thing is, we can often get locked into this constant state of reactivity, where the amygdala gets stuck in perceived danger, usually based on past events. I often refer to this as having an “amygdala brain”. It can feel like no matter what you do, you’re stuck in a feeling of stress and anxiety. While the amygdala sends information to

Should I fast if I don’t have a cycle?

2021-03-25T19:08:41+00:00Health|

Should you fast if you don’t have a cycle? The short answer is yes! In fact, fasting may be the healing tool that energizes your cycle. Fasting has the ability to bring the body into homeostasis and balance, allowing to naturally regulate sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The key is understanding how to use fasting to help your cycle. Women can lose their cycle for a variety of reasons. Women may be on birth control, have had a hysterectomy, are in the perimenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal stage of life, or have a condition such as PCOS.  However, many women aren't sure why they don’t have a cycle. In these cases, I recommend doing a Dutch Hormone Test. The

5 Proven Fasting Hacks for Women

2021-03-22T17:17:21+00:00Health|

While the research is clear that fasting is indeed a powerful healing tool, what most people, including practitioners, fail to realize is that women need to fast differently than men. Here I’ll be sharing my top 5 fasting hacks for women! #1 Fasting hack for women: Stabilize your blood sugar with good fats The key here is increasing good fats, lowering bad fats. Good fats are things like avocado, ghee, grass fed butters, raw nuts and nut butters. Whereas anything that comes in a bag, box, restaurant or is fried and processed is highly likely to contain “bad” fats--trans fats, hydrogenated fats, polyunsaturated fats and commercially processed vegetables oils. Good fats will help you stabilize blood sugar, improve insulin

Are low levels of Vit D causing you weight loss resistance?

2021-03-18T21:02:48+00:00Health|

42% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, creating an increased risk of impaired immunity, fatigue, depression, and muscle pain.  But not just that---did you know that low Vitamin D is also correlated to weight gain, increased fat storage, hunger cravings and high blood sugar? This is because Vitamin D influences the hormones insulin and leptin. Insulin signals your body when to store fat while leptin tells your body to burn fat.  Two studies, done in 1980 and 2019 found that low Vitamin D levels were connected to insulin and leptin resistance. When Vitamin D levels were low, insulin and leptin hormones would become less sensitive or functional, with weaker signals being sent from the brain telling the body to

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