Ready to Try an Elimination Diet?

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Not that I am a fan of being overly restricted with the foods you eat. In fact, much of my work as a coach focuses on ‘undoing’ years of chronic dieting mentality, so to post an article about restriction has be a little uneasy. Nonetheless, there are some situations in which a short term food restriction can help problem solve …

Hypothyroidism – Have you been Dismissed?

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Thyroid disease affects an estimated 40 million Americans. Nearly 90% of them are women. That means 1 in 8 women can expect to develop hypothyroidism in their lifetime. Think you might be affected by hypothyroidism? Perhaps you’ve gained a significant amount of weight over a short period of time. Or felt like your memory and cognitive function are impaired. Maybe …

Self Love, Adrenals, Stress, & Hormones

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Wow so many topics that are near and dear to my heart. Did you know that they way you talk to yourself affects your stress response, hormones, and inflammation? Sure does. A study showed that negative, self-degrading comments about yourself can actually increase cytokines in the blood. Cytokines, as you know, are a measurement for inflammation in the body. You …

12 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get Your Period this Month

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Beside the obvious of being pregnant, what other reasons could your period be late? Missed or late period happen for many reasons. Common causes can range from serious hormonal imbalances and disease to as little as having a stressful season at work. Remember that your period is generally going to be ‘irregular’ during your pubescent years as well as peri-menopause, …

Birth Control is an Endocrine Disruptor

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We’ve been on a roll lately, talking about cleaning up your living environment and reducing your exposure to toxicants. Everything from cosmetics to laundry detergent to fragrances. But what about the obvious elephant in the room? Don’t let the candid photo fool you, the little Pill you pop every day or IUD you had implanted are actually considered endocrine disruptors …

Do Essential Oils Even Work?

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This one is for all my chemistry and biology nerds out there! Sure I’m a nutrition and health coach now, but I actually graduated with 2 degrees in engineering. One in chemical engineering and the other in bio engineering. To say that I’ve been indoctrinated with Organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology is an understatement. But that also explains why …

Chemistry of Essential Oils

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What are essential oils? Taken directly from this critical review, “essential oils are complex mixtures of volatile compounds particularly abundant in aromatic plants and are mainly composed of terpenes. These volatile molecules include monoterpenes (hydrocarbon and oxygenated monoterpens), sesquiterpenes (hydrocarbon and oxygenated sesquiterpens), and phenolic compounds. Thanks to their chemical composition, essential oils possess numerous biological activities (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, …

How to Survive the Flu

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It’s winter! Which means cold weather and stuffy noses! Let’s uncover some holistic remedies that can help ease the symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time. What is the flu? Influenza can only be caused by three types of influenza viruses: types A, B, and C. The type A virus is most commonly associated with seasonal flu epidemics …