4 Helpful Things for Hormone Detox

applesIt is becoming more and more difficult to be a good hormone detoxifier, thanks to hormone-related issues, which are on the rise. We see many of these in our practice in clients of all ages and both genders, but more commonly in women.

Symptoms of these imbalances are as follows:

• Acne and amenorrhea in teenage girls
• PCOS and infertility in those of childbearing age
• Menopause-related symptoms like hot flashes and insomnia
• Hormone-mediated cancers in post-menopausal women Continue reading “4 Helpful Things for Hormone Detox”

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Herbal Support for PCOS

mother-baby2Along with healthy diet and lifestyle habits, herbs can play a very powerful role in helping women to achieve their health goals in managing the hormonal condition, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Herbs and herbal extracts can be helpful in balancing blood sugar levels, regulating hormones, reducing stress, nourishing the adrenal glands, optimizing the body’s detoxification pathways, and managing inflammation levels. Working with a skilled herbalist or naturopath is recommended, so that he or she can best determine which combination of herbs and dosages are most beneficial for you. Continue reading “Herbal Support for PCOS”

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SOS for PCOS: Supplements

pcos-womanPolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women. Symptoms include high testosterone levels, which can lead to menstrual problems and infertility, along with high insulin levels, which can contribute to obesity. In this part of SOS for PCOS, we take a look at supplements.

Keep in mind that it can take at least 6-12 months of consistent lifestyle and diet changes, along with natural therapies, to bring about real change in the body when living with PCOS. In addition to a good diet, supplements have shown to be effective in helping those with PCOS. Continue reading “SOS for PCOS: Supplements”

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SOS for PCOS: Diet

vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Continue reading “SOS for PCOS: Diet”

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SOS for PCOS (or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

mother-babyA friend came to me recently with a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It is one of the most common conditions in women of childbearing age, with almost 1 in 10 women developing this condition at one time or another. And although it is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women, she was having difficulty finding information on how to handle it naturally.

Although the cause of PCOS is uncertain, symptoms include high testosterone levels, which can lead to menstrual problems and infertility, along with high insulin levels, which can contribute to obesity. Continue reading “SOS for PCOS (or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)”

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