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  • Phytoestrogens: to eat soy or to not eat soy?

    Are phytoestrogens like soy safe to eat? This is a common question in my office. People tell me they have heard soy has strong estrogen-like effects that will worsen PMS or PCOS. They have heard that soy is bad for the thyroid. Soy might even disrupt men’s hormones and cause them to grow breasts. These stories are circulated in the media, particularly online and social media, often enough that I appreciate why people ask the … Continue readingRead More »
  • Body Positive Yoga and PCOS

    Why Body Positive Yoga Matters I wish I could write that all yoga programs are welcoming to all body shapes and sizes. The reality is, though, that many yoga programs cater to a thin body standard and narrow view of what constitutes health and wellness. And sometimes they do not offer the modifications or recommendations that help make all yoga poses comfortably accessible to larger bodies. Or they over-emphasize poses and, however well-intentioned, single out … Continue readingRead More »
  • Why Am I So Tired: Movement

    From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we lack energy can have many causes. In this series, I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home troubleshooting. This week’s topic is: Movement: replenishing the energy that stress steals Stress takes it toll on us in a number of ways, a major one being mental and physical exhaustion. Stress can rob us of the energy we need to … Continue readingRead More »
  • Why Am I So Tired: Nutrition

    From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we feel tired can have many causes. In this series, I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home troubleshooting. This week’s topic is: Nutrition What we eat is important. But even a diet made up of the best quality foods can leave us feeling tired if the timing and quantities of those foods is off.  This is because with rare … Continue readingRead More »
  • Why Am I So Tired: Hydration

    From simple lifestyle habits to complex medical problems, why we feel tired can have many causes. In this series I’m tackling some of the lifestyle factors associated with fatigue that lend themselves to home-trouble shooting. This week’s topic is: Hydration We know water is vital to life. A small decrease in our hydration can lead to an outsized drop in our energy levels, including physical energy that leaves us feeling lethargic and tired, and mental … Continue readingRead More »
  • Outsmarting the Weight Loss Paradoxes

    It is no secret that weight loss is challenging for many people. Why?  The short answer is our brain and behaviors tend to form paradoxes in the face of most weight loss attempts. Paradox #1 concerns some of the intentional and habitual behaviors that affect short-term weight loss, while paradox #2 concerns behaviors, hormones, and mindsets that affect long-term weight loss or weight maintenance. Paradox #1: The physics of weight loss is dependent on a … Continue readingRead More »
  • Is plastic disrupting my estrogen?

    The investigative journalism magazine, Mother Jones, just published a compelling story on the presence of xenoestrogens in BPA-free plastics. Xenoestrogens, synthetic chemicals that are capable of stimulating estrogen receptors in human (and other animal) bodies, are a growing concern worldwide. Exposure to xenoestrogens can come from the food supply, as they accumulate in the fat of animals that are exposed to some to them, primarily through herbicides and pesticides (atrazine is the most notorious), and … Continue readingRead More »
  • The Hormonal Poetry of Sex and Love

    The hormones most directly related to love, bonding, romance and sexual arousal can be remembered through the apt acronym POET: prolactin, oxytocin, estrogen and testosterone. While both men and women respond to these hormones, they do so in different ways and with different results.  There is currently a great article on Medscape on the topic, Miriam E. Tucker. Hormonal ‘POETry’ Key to Valentine’s Day Romance. Medscape. Feb 13, 2014 (note: to access the full article a … Continue readingRead More »
  • Which Exercises Improve Major Depression?

    News we’ve been waiting for years to hear is finally in! A study in the May Journal of Psychiatric Practice has pinpointed what type of exercises are best for improving symptoms of major depression. Exercise is seen to improve the symptoms of depression, such as low mood and sleep and appetite changes, both as a solo therapy or as an augmentation to other treatments, like counseling, nutrients or medications. Here is a summary of the findings … Continue readingRead More »
  • Unmanageable periods? Could be endometriosis.

    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Do you know someone whose life becomes unmanageable around the time of her period due to intense pain or strange symptoms, like allergic reactions, digestive problems or fatigue? The problem could be endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful condition that can cause digestive symptoms, abnormal menstruation and infertility. It occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus, the endometrium, starts growing elsewhere in the body. This most often occurs within the … Continue readingRead More »

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