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Are you a Zebra?

Are you a Zebra?

If you are a midlife woman who is suffering from fatigue, loss of joy, sleep disturbances, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, aches and pains, loss of libido, (and plenty of other frustrating symptoms)... and you feel your doctor isn't able to appropriately answer your questions and serve your needs... YOU are a ZEBRA! And I welcome you to my FB page and website!

I LOVE Zebras! (I better since I am one myself!)

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You Don’t Have to Tolerate Moodiness and Fatigue

You Don’t Have to Tolerate Moodiness and Fatigue

We are the Hub of our Families. We take care of 100's of things that our male counterpart doesn't even realize exist. And we do it every day! All the little details that make a house a home are swirling around in our heads all the time.

When we feel good about ourselves, and we are happy and healthy, our actions are clearly loving, calm, and and caring and we enjoy doing everything we do.

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Part 3: Androgen Dominance: What Do You Do First?

Part 3: Androgen Dominance: What Do You Do First?
In Parts 1 and 2 of Androgen Dominance, you discovered that many of us suffer with thinning scalp hair, weight gain that is centered in our abdomens and embarrassing mustaches! You also found out why this happens – that it is an imbalance between your level of Androgen hormones (Testosterone and DHEA) with your Estrogen and Progesterone.
 
Often the Testosterone and DHEA levels are actually totally normal levels. It’s just that the levels are high compared to the levels of Estrogen and Progesterone because as the ovaries stop producing Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone, the Adrenal glands kick in and make Testosterone and DHEA, but do NOT make Estrogen and Progesterone.
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How Lack of Sleep Causes "Brain Fog"

How Lack of Sleep Causes "Brain Fog"

Good sleep helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make decisions. When we don’t get enough quality sleep, it impairs our “executive function”—a set of abilities we need to do well in school, at work, and in all realms of daily life. Sleep feeds creativity, synthesizes new ideas, and leads you to “ah ha” moments. Research shows that we need good sleep to feed our high-level, innovative thinking and problem solving abilities.

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Did you know ... Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid?

Did you know ... Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid?
Did you know ... Progesterone is a natural sleep aid? Progesterone is considered our 'calming and soothing' hormone. It helps us sleep because it makes a metabolite (or by-product) called allopregnanolone which interacts with GABA a receptor IN THE BRAIN. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter.

It's also the major inhibitory neurotransmitter and has been implicated in a multitude of health challenges.
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Sex Hormone Binding Globulins (SHBG) the "Bad Boy" Interfering with your Health?

Sex Hormone Binding Globulins (SHBG) the "Bad Boy" Interfering with your Health?
PART II: SHBG (short for - Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) or THBG (Thyroid Hormone Binding Globulin) COULD be the "Bad Boy" that is interfering with Your Health - that hasn't yet been uncovered! Continue reading

15 Most Common Cancers in Women AND Their Associated Risk of Death

15 Most Common Cancers in Women AND Their Associated Risk of Death
If you ask any woman, “What cancer scares you the most?", most women will answer “Breast Cancer.” Women are far more likely to be afraid of breast cancer than they are to fear any other form of cancer or medical illness. But the truth is, Breast cancer causes a mere fraction of deaths compared to almost all other forms of cancer, and just a tiny fraction of the number of deaths heart disease cause each year. Continue reading

Are You Dealing with any of the following 10 Symptoms but Your Doctor says Your Blood Work is Perfectly Normal?

Are You Dealing with any of the following 10 Symptoms but Your Doctor says Your Blood Work is Perfectly Normal?
When this happens, most doctors don't know how to deal with it. They just tell You to exercise more, or lose weight, or take a vitamin. All of those things are good. But that advice is not the answer because it doesn't get to the ROOT of Your problems! Continue reading
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