women’s health

12 Chemicals in Personal Care Products You Should Avoid: The Dirty Dozen

Mar 8, 2019 — The term “Personal Care Products” is a very large umbrella term that encompasses cosmetics such as: skin moisturizers, shampoos, lipsticks, nail polish, toothpastes, deodorants, mouthwash, antiperspirants, and acne treatments.[1] Some personal care products are further classified as drugs. Drugs are products that are intended to treat a specific condition, such as anti-dandruff shampoo to treat dandruff. While drugs must be approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the myriad of other non-drug cosmetics do not require approval...

How to Boost Fertility Naturally

Whether you’re planning to conceive in 15 years or hoping for a baby any day now, it is important to consider your fertility and hormonal health. The sad reality is that infertility is a nationwide epidemic today, and even when you feel like you’re ready for a baby, your body might not be. To put it in perspective, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 12.1% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 struggle with infertility, affecting over 7 million American women.

PCOS: A Medical Mystery

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Feb 19, 2019 — One in ten women in their childbearing years may suffer from a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and may not even know it. A total of five million women have PCOS worldwide. What exactly is this disease? If it is affecting so many women, why is there a severe lack of knowledge about it?

How Seed Cycling Supports Women Hormonal Health

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Feb 14, 2019 — The human body is truly a wonderful apparatus, full of promise and complexity. Females are understood to be unique in their experience of a monthly menses. The menstrual cycle itself is a carefully constructed dance played out monthly in the female bodied with the goal of releasing a single egg or mature oocyte. With intricate hormonal interplay, a single egg is chosen from thousands of possibilities to be released for potential fertilization. This elaborate interplay of hormones is susceptible to disturbances and it is estimated that more than 20% of women experience irregular cycles.

The Importance of Circadian Rhythms in Women’s Health

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Feb 12, 2019 — Circadian rhythms refer to the array of biological rhythms within the human body and almost all organisms studied on earth that cycle on a near 24 hour clock. These rhythms are generated by a core of biological clocks present in nearly every cell of the human body and regulated by a ‘master clock’ in the brain. This master circadian clock is comprised of a group of neurons called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) located in the hypothalamus, which helps our body coordinate function based on the time of day...

Addressing Chronic Inflammation

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Feb 11, 2019 — Chronic inflammatory diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide. Stroke, chronic respiratory disease, heart disorder, cancer, obesity, and diabetes all have roots in chronic inflammation. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that diseases associated with chronic inflammation will increase continuously over the next thirty years.

Healing Bodies with Heart-Centered Awareness

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Feb 7, 2019 — Heart centered awareness is a space of consciousness and presence in the moment. It is where we can experience non-attachment, inner stillness, non-judgement, kindness, and appreciation. These states of being constitute a therapeutic presence that you can use either as a practitioner with your clients, or outside of a therapeutic relationship for your own personal transformation...

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder “PMDD”

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Feb 6, 2019 — We are all familiar with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) - what it is, when it arrives, and how it impacts our lives on a monthly basis. Many of us have probably learned ways to mitigate, or at minimum, deal with this time of the month to ensure that it doesn’t completely derail us. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) on the other hand, is a diagnosis women may be less familiar with. This disorder may be present but unnoticed, if symptoms of PMS seem to greatly interfere with quality of life...