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Getting Your Groove Back: Sex and Menopause

Sex during or after menopause can be a pain point for women, often literally. On the one hand, menopausal or post-menopausal women worry less about becoming pregnant or dealing with menstruation, making it easier to relax and enjoy sex for recreation rather than procreation with their partners. On the other hand, menopause symptoms can challenge a woman’s libido and make her unable to physically or mentally enjoy sexual activity.  Fortunately,...

COVID-19: Immunity Boosters You May Not Know About

  It is no surprise that many of us are now thinking about our immune system and its effectiveness more than perhaps ever before. While the COVID-19 pandemic still looms large in the US and vaccines are not yet fully available for mass distribution, we are largely united by the knowledge that we need to continue to protect ourselves as best we can. As a result, you may be wondering...

5 Ways Not to Gain Weight This Holiday Season

When entering into the hap-happiest season of all, it can feel anything but enjoyable if you spend the holidays worrying about putting on unwanted weight. This time of year is full of the temptation to eat unhealthy foods, indulge in sedentary habits, and not allow yourself opportunities for sufficient exercise. You may think you can just work the extra weight off in January as part of your New Year’s resolution,...

How the Holidays Wreak Hormonal Havoc for Women

While joyful, the holiday season can bring overwhelming pressure, especially for women who shoulder substantial burdens that include hosting family gatherings, shopping for gifts, and remembering their family’s event calendar. Unfortunately, this time of year’s busyness often equates to increased stress and the adoption of unhealthier habits. And, as women rush to get more tasks completed, their hormones pay the price through imbalances and the onset of uncomfortable symptoms. Understanding...

Why You Should Fear an Unhealthy Gut

If your body gave itself awards, your gut would likely win in the category,  “Most Valuable Organs.” Your gut drives so many of your body’s functions, from your immunity to your body’s ability to produce serotonin and digest nutrients. When your gut is misaligned and not performing at its best, your body finds ways to tell you. The symptoms of an unhealthy gut make you miserable. If this sounds familiar,...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Synthetic Hormonal Birth Control

  If your doctor prescribes you synthetic hormonal birth control, you may only be aware of its benefits - preventing pregnancy, combating irregular periods, and addressing other conditions. But, these birth control methods can also lead to negative effects that have significant implications for your overall health. Therefore, it’s vital to be informed about synthetic hormonal birth control pros and cons when beginning or ending a regimen. It’s helpful first...

The Skin You’re In: How Hormones Affect Our Largest Organ

  Hormones are the chemical signals that play a role in our mood, reproductive function, sexual energy, metabolism, and the health and beauty of our skin. Our hormone levels slowly rise throughout childhood and peak during our teenage years. Once we enter into our 30s, they begin to drop and continue to decrease as we get older, causing hormonal imbalances that impact everything from our sleep and stress levels to...

Does Testosterone Imbalance Interfere with Your Sex Drive?

Hormones serve as chemical messengers for your body. You can think of hormones as musical conductors signaling your body to keep its complex systems playing in harmony. When your hormones are balanced, the music plays beautifully. However, when the hormone levels drop in your body, the tempo can become quite flat. Testosterone is a sex hormone that works to boost sex drive and arousal in both men and women, so...

4 Benefits of Telemedicine

  Over the last few weeks, telemedicine has gained more popularity than ever before. But what exactly is telemedicine? How does telemedicine affect us as patients during this unusual time? What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine is defined as the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients through telecommunications technology. This method involves the use of medical software and virtual systems to provide services to patients, without having in-person visits. The most common...

4 Tips for Hormone Balance & Liver Function

We regularly discuss the importance of hormone balance, but what most people don't know is that your liver health can significantly affect your hormones.  Below, we’ve outlined how your liver’s health can affect hormones, as well as how to support your liver to counteract negative effects. What Does the Liver Do for Your Body? The liver is responsible for over 200 functions in the human body. It is commonly known...
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