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Navigate Perimenopause + Menopause Naturally

By Sara Gottfried, MD | May 28, 2018

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…

Ways to Wean Yourself Off of Alcohol

By Sara Gottfried, MD | May 21, 2018

In all three of my books and on this blog, I write about how alcohol threatens your hormonal health. It causes weight gain, robs you off your sleep, wrecks your ability to cope with stress and accelerates your aging. While some argue that an occasional glass of red wine might be good for you, my…

The Truth About Gluten and Going Grain Free

By Sara Gottfried, MD | May 14, 2018

We can’t have a conversation about grains without talking about gluten, which is in so many of our favorite products. The word “gluten” is actually the Latin word for “glue”; it is the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that provides elasticity to baked goods, such as bread, cereal, and pizza. The problem is…

What Happens to Our Hormones After 35

By Sara Gottfried, MD | May 7, 2018

Women, we have it tough. Once we hit our thirties, our hormones just can’t take it anymore. Balance becomes elusive. Mood swings become normal. And our family and friends want to avoid us 90 percent of the time. What gives? Are we doomed to the wild ride leading up to and through menopause?   Hormonal…

Testing Your Adrenal Hormones at Home

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 30, 2018

Many people ask me about self-testing for hormone imbalances. Doing these tests can be insightful and shed light on any particular issues. At-home testing is just one way to take the reins over your medical destiny, learn about the state of your general health, glean important information about how to alter your lifestyle to impact…

Screening Recommendations for Chronic Disease

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 23, 2018

Quick blog today to review the screening recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force. I often get asked how often someone should get their Pap smear or blood sugar checked. I don’t agree with all of their recommendations, but I appreciate that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of…

Top Questions Women Ask About Aging

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 16, 2018

As women age, their hormones take off on a roller coaster, often exacerbating any signs of aging. Most aging women have one major complaint: thinning hair and skin problems such as sagging, wrinkling, and even breakouts. Why? The short answer is that hormones are often the culprit; bringing them back into balance will remedy these…

Why do Hormone Imbalances Happen?

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 9, 2018

Hormone imbalance stems from various factors. In fact, symptoms and sensations you might consider normal as an aging woman are actually from broken hormones that can easily be fixed with some lifestyle adjustments. Here are the main culprits causing hormonal troubles: Stress Hormone imbalance is far too common these days. The main culprit is chronic…

Postpartum Anxiety: A Unique Problem Faced by Women

By Sara Gottfried, MD | April 2, 2018

You’re thinking about the birth or just had a baby. You’re not ill, you’re thrilled about having a baby. You’re not depressed, but you’re on edge and worried about having so much responsibility for this beautiful, helpless baby. If you’re experiencing some of these feelings, you are not alone. In my 25 years of taking…

Can Yoga Keep Menopause Away?

By Sara Gottfried, MD | March 26, 2018

A new study of menopausal women has shown something that we’ve known for decades: that yoga helps reduce symptoms of menopause. Read more about the study right here in a recent press release. In short, yoga was better than no treatment at reducing an aggregate of menopausal symptoms, anxiety-related symptoms, vasomotor symptoms such as hot…