Why do Hormone Imbalances Happen?

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…

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Six Tips to Sleep Better, Detox Better, and Lose Weight.

Six Tips to Sleep Better, Detox Better, and Lose Weight. | Sara Gottfried, MD

You already know the importance of sleep to your health. But did you know that sleep governs over 600 genes? Those include weight loss genes (such as CLOCK) as well as the genes that predict your risk of Alzheimer’s disease (APOE4). If you’re like me and have the variation of CLOCK, you need eight hours…

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Could it be Leptin Resistance?

Leptin resistance is when your cells become numb to leptin, the hormone of hunger and satiety—that is, nature’s appetite suppressant. Under normal conditions, when you’ve had enough to eat, leptin signals your brain to stop eating, i.e., it’s time to put down the fork.  When your brain gets bombarded with high leptin levels signals, it…

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How My Great-Grandmother Influenced My Functional Medicine Practice

My great-grandmother embodied healthy living. She was a whole foodist and yoga practitioner—way before these things were trendy. When she visited us, she came armed not with candies and gum like my friends’ grandmothers, but with kale, carob, and wheat-berry cookies. She drank hot water with lemon every morning and evening. She extolled the virtues of…

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Worried About Holiday Weight Gain? Try These 3 Tips

Women are often on edge about the bathroom scale between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is there really any way to enjoy the holidays and avoid gaining weight? Hell, yes. This year, I’m going to clue you in on three—yes, just three—ways that you probably don’t know can help you stave off extra weight during the…

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Five Healthy Gifts That Benefit Hormones

We tend to let the holidays steer us away from healthiness. Yet the holidays are the perfect time to stay on track and share our commitment to health through the gifts we give. Sure, a gift of fiber powder may not say “happy holidays,” but I’ve found five gifts that help reset hormones and will…

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