Coffee & Your Hormones

Ladies, it’s time to have a serious talk about coffee. Are you one of those women who can’t get the day started without a cup (or two) of coffee? Do you need a jolt of caffeine around two or three o’clock every afternoon? I get it. Between work, kids, significant others and covid, you have a lot going on and exhaustion seems to follow. The thing is, (and this might be difficult to hear), for some of you, drinking coffee may be contributing to big problems when it comes to keeping your hormones balanced.

Is Coffee Bad?

You’ve probably seen or heard about the studies that show that coffee is full of antioxidants and polyphenols or that it can help prevent cancer, diabetes, depression and more. It’s true, coffee DOES have health benefits. However, that doesn’t mean every coffee drinker will benefit. And it doesn’t mean that drinking a lot of it will be a good health building strategy.

Think about how you feel after a cup of joe....

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Upgrade Your Health By Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express  gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar

The holiday season is upon us – clearly it’s the happiest time of the year, right? For some, yes… but if you’re one of the people whose holiday seasons are occasionally dampened by stress, sadness or anxiety… not so much. And it’s not only those coping with depression or anxiety who are affected this time of year; some of us also have to deal with intense family relationships or might just get more stressed than usual during the holidays (and really, who wouldn’t with everything going on?). The point is, for some people, wine and therapy may seem to be helpful during this time.  But, for all of us, there is something that we can easily incorporate into our routine that may help improve our mental AND physical...

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Stress, Gut Health & Weight Loss Resistance

If you’re here, chances are you’ve been trying or have tried in the past to lose weight unsuccessfully. Chances are you tried adjusting your diet, exercising at least 3 times a week, and attempted to get more sleep, and yet the weight just wouldn’t budge. If that’s the case, I have news for you – there are other factors that contribute to stubborn weight loss resistance than diet and exercise, with stress and an unhealthy gut being two of the biggest. What does that mean? It means with a few changes, your weight loss struggles could soon be over.

The Basics of Gut Health

The gut is an incredibly complex system filled with millions of bacteria – some “good” and some “bad” – and when the bad outnumber the good, your gut becomes unbalanced, which can have an impact on your body and weight, and can cause numerous health issues.

If you are suffering from a gut imbalance you could be dealing with:

  • Weight...
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How to Ease the Back to Work Covid Anxiety

Covid-19 is still lingering but for many, it’s time to return to work and school. Not surprisingly, returning to semi-normal life in the midst of a pandemic can cause some anxiety. What if you or your child get sick? How do you manage to stay healthy around groups of people? What happens next?

These questions and this anxiety are perfectly normal responses to the ways Covid-19 has changed the world. But there are ways you can (and should!) manage your (and your family’s) anxieties so they don’t overtake you and become something bigger. (Ways that don’t include taking anxiety medicine!)

FIRST STEPS

The very first thing you should do? Recognize that your fears are valid. It’s a scary time and it’s okay to have worries. Recognizing your fears are valid will enable you to face them.

Next, remember the 4 W’s: wear your mask, wash your hands, watch your distance (aka the 6 ft rule), and walk away (don’t stay in large groups of people for...

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4 Ways to Defuse Household Tensions While Self-Isolating

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Has your family been staying in self-isolation since the initial headlines about the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, everyone in your household might feel like their patience is finally running out, even if you can feel a sense of normalcy returning. It can be tough to keep everyone in a good mood under such difficult circumstances, and you may be struggling to come up with solutions. Here’s how to defuse household tensions and promote overall health and wellness for your entire family, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

Addressing a Negative Atmosphere

Does it feel like the energy in your home has become stagnant and negative since the beginning of the pandemic? If so, your family might be cranky, irritable, and quick to criticize each other when something goes wrong. Sometimes, simply sprucing up your environment can help to eliminate this issue.

Create a more positive atmosphere by encouraging everyone to pitch in and...

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How Stress Creates Female Hormone Imbalance

Don’t let this happen to you!

Stay at home. Shelter in place. Quarantine. Lockdown.

Cook. Clean. Work. Home-school. Work. Cook. Clean. Work.

There are so many moms in similar situations right now – trying to work from home, keep up with the cooking, cleaning, and home-schooling (I get it! I have 3 school-aged kids) during this pandemic. It’s super crazy most days, a bit overwhelming at times, and definitely a different kind of “stressful” than we are used to. Right?

I was talking with a client several months ago (well before all of this coronavirus madness), and she shared with me that she felt like as soon as she had turned 45, her hormones were “making her crazy” – she felt like she was snapping at her 9-year-old daughter more often, about things that would never have been a big deal in the past. This type of short fuse was always worse right before her period was due, but lately, it seemed like her mood, energy, patience, and mind...

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Biohack Your Way to Better Sleep

When’s the last time you woke up without an alarm? When’s the last time you woke up feeling refreshed and energized for the day ahead? If you’re like the majority of Americans, the answer to both questions is probably “not in a very long time”. At least one-half of American adults say they suffer from insomnia and two-thirds say they get less sleep than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night. So, what’s the solution?

No, it’s not sleeping pills! Nearly nine million Americans report using prescription sleeping pills, but those come with a laundry list of side effects. Plus, they mask the underlying reason you can’t sleep in the first place. There are MUCH better ways to get the sleep you need.

Are you ready to sleep better? 

WHY SLEEP MATTERS SO MUCH

Our lives are a constant repetition of hustle and go. We never stop and slow down and it affects our sleep. What’s the big deal about that? The big deal...

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Unlock Your Brain's Potential with Nootropics

When you think about it, your brain is a pretty amazing and fascinating organ. It helps you recognize loved ones, communicate, store memories, and basically runs the entire show. Yet sometimes, it seems to stop working for a moment or two – like when you just can’t remember where you put your keys or can’t find that one word you’re looking for. C’mon, haven’t you ever had a brain fart? Or even just wished you could remember things a bit better or have more focus on tasks?

What if I told you there was a way to improve memory and focus and essentially “hack” your brain? If you’ve been looking for ways to do just that, you may have come across the term nootropics before. What exactly does that mean? Nootropics are simply substances, natural or synthetic, that improve mental functions such as memory, motivation, concentration, creativity, and more. While nootropics have been around for centuries, the actual term was only...

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Ways to Maximize the Benefits of Your Yoga Practice at Home

Since recent statistics show about 36 million Americans currently doing yoga, it’s clear that people are really embracing the practice. In fact, this number is expected to grow to as much as 50 million by 2021. If you’ve already dipped your toe in the water but aren’t able to attend class due to pandemic restrictions, you can bring your yoga practice to a higher level at home by taking advantage of certain tools.

Put Technology to Work

Since you’re not able to take regular classes at your yoga studio, you’ll need to consider other options. Many studios are offering online classes during the pandemic, but if your studio isn’t, you’ll need to find a type of yoga and level of practice that suits your abilities and preferences.

A streaming media player is a great alternative for these times when you can’t leave the house for class. Choose a compatible player and you can access different apps that connect you with...

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Boost Your Immune System & Prevent Colds and Viruses

There’s a lot of buzz out there right now about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s finally reached the level of a pandemic (which simply means “an outbreak of a new pathogen that spreads easily from person to person across the globe” not necessarily that it’s deadly; you may remember that the World Health Organization declared a flu pandemic in 2009) and is spreading with more and more cases being reported in the United States. Add to that the fact that it’s still cold & flu season and it’s a fabulous idea to both boost your immune system and do what you can to avoid illness. Today we’ll give you the facts about the coronavirus, the difference between a cold and a virus, plus tips for boosting your immune system and staying healthy!

WHAT IS COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses. They can cause anything from the common cold to something like SARS. COVID-19 is simply a new (or novel) coronavirus, meaning a new...

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