Berberine, Blood Sugar and Weight Loss

Berberine for Blood Sugar Control |Berberine| Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Since I saw my first patient in 1989, I’ve refined my approach to health and healing. Probably the biggest needle mover is my growing respect for plant medicine and its role in healing. My enthusiasm for berberine is in lockstep with my personal and professional experience prescribing herbs, but also as the evidence continues to…

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PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

Sara Gottfried MD Women's Health Article |PCOS|PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? It is a complex endocrine disorder that affects 20 to 30 percent of women. In medicine, we use the term syndrome to describe a collection of signs and symptoms that don’t necessarily have a single identifiable cause or pathological process. PCOS causes the sex hormones in women to become…

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Sugar and Brain Health: How to Keep Your Marbles As You Age

Sara Gottfried Hormonal Health Article |Sugar|Sugar and Brain Health: How to Keep Your Marbles As You Age

We all know that sugar is not good for the waistline. But do you know the effect sugar has on your brain health? Sugar is perhaps the best-known offender when it comes to your ability to think, learn, and remember—and develop stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  Eating more sugar doubles your risk of cognitive impairment.1 Too…

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Perimenopause & Menopause: How to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

Navigate Perimenopause + Menopause Naturally|Women's Hormone Health|Sara Gottfried MD

Perimenopause is rough on many women. Menopause too. As a woman, one’s sense of equanimity can feel under attack starting in your forties, sometimes earlier. As your ovaries start to run out of ripe eggs, progesterone drops, and it’s harder to soothe yourself. Cravings increase. Many women, myself included, feel less stress resilient. Then there’s…

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7 Benefits of Bone Broth & How-To Guide

7 Benefits of Bone Broth & How-To Guide|Women's Health|Sara Gottfried MD

If someone told you that bone broth can build stronger bones, reverse autoimmune diseases, relieve arthritis, and possibly make your skin look suppler, would you get out a pot to boil some bones right now? In my family, bone broth is a staple. Inherently nurturing and restorative, bone broth serves as a natural medicine.[1] It’s…

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Detoxification: Your Questions Answered

What does detox mean, in a nutshell? Detox is nutrient rehab. Detoxing means cleaning out the body, removing toxins, clearing out your jammed hormone receptors, and resetting key hormones. Most simply, detox is a tool of functional medicine: remove the obstacles to radical health, and add in the factors that support you. We accumulate junk…

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Hair Loss in Women: A Crisis of Vanity and Sanity

Hair Loss in Women: A Crisis of Vanity and Sanity|Hormone Balance| Sara Gottfried MD

You’ve seen the infomercials. You’ve seen the ads with before and after photos. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are two treatments for hair loss. Before I tell you why I don’t think you should be in a rush to slime your hair follicles every day or remove every molecule of testosterone in your body, let’s…

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Ten Travel Tips for Hormonal Harmony During the Holidays

Women's Health Article | Sara Gottfried MD

When you travel, many factors conspire against you. Your circadian rhythm often suffers, and you’re less likely to get a good night’s sleep. Poor sleep may make you choose food and drink poorly the next day, ultimately leading to a snowball effect of dyscircadianism, overeating and/or lousy food choices, drinking too much, and facing January…

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