When I frantically cleaned my home a few weeks before my first baby was born, everyone said it was my hormones kicking in. I'm assuming it's the feminine-housecleaning hormone that signals to women that it's time to start focusing on household chores and other motherly duties.
I frequently see patients who have gotten saliva testing for various hormone levels, a common practice in many integrative and complementary health clinics, who want to know whether they can fully test the saliva testing results.
If you take a hormones-first approach to weight loss, you can keep hunger at bay, diminish cravings and stabilize energy. Doing things this way causes the body to eat less, naturally, which allows us to make new changes to our lifestyle without relying solely on willpower.
Weight loss and fat loss are not the same thing. You can be burning calories and losing weight, but those calories and that weight may or may not be fat. In fact, the one-size-fits-all weight loss model of "eat less and exercise more" can result in muscle being lost as readily as fat.
I've written before about the "cortisol switch." Now, let's talk about how cortisol, the main stress hormone produced by your adrenal glands in your mid-back, brings you down and ramps up your risk of serious disease -- and more importantly, what you can do about it.
This uber-hormone may be the ultimate raw material in your entire body. It's so essential to health that it's produced not only in the adrenal glands and sex organs, but also in the brain and spinal cord.
The medical community is divided as to whether or not a thyroid guard is necessary. But since studies show that thyroid cancer is related to radiation exposure, most patients are requesting the extra protection.
Apparently, there are a lot of tired women wondering how to feel renewed and re-energized. Here is nutritional therapist and herbalist China Rose Reid's list of the top five complaints that she hears from women, along with some of her suggestions.
I have come to the conclusion that as we age, we become androgynous. Mother Nature, who is known for getting kicks out of tricking all of us, performs an almost cyclical act when we age, and turns us back into pre-kindergarten, androgynous beings pre-occupied with showing everybody our boo boos.
The FDA will soon announce whether to ban the use of bisphenol-A in food and beverage packaging. BPA is widely accepted by scientists as being an endocrine disruptor, and we support its ban because of demonstrable effects in wildlife and laboratory animals.