hormones

Using Food as Medicine to Address Stress

We’re stressed out, right? Well, the increased cortisol produced by stress makes us hungry - hungry for carbs, sugar and fat (and not the good kinds, okay?). If we follow suit and eat like this all the time we start to feel fatigued (and in desperately hoping for a caffeine boost), moody and may even start to find that we don’t think as clearly (some will call this ‘brain fog’). And stress forces our body to utilize a significant amount of nutrients to produce the energy we need to respond - even if our stress is created by sitting in front of a computer all day. 

Chilling Out Cortisol

Chronically stressed out? I won’t lie, me too.

 But yikes, that eventually catches up to you. Cortisol (aka our stress hormone) is important for our functioning (and our ability to adapt to stress) – but too much or too little can be problematic.

Do you know how to deal with chronically elevated cortisol?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - Emphasis on Syndrome

I’m willing to bet you’ve heard the term ‘PCOS’ before.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The first thing I want to emphasize: it’s a syndrome – not all signs and symptoms show up in every individual with PCOS.

So, how do you know if you have PCOS?

What To Consider When Thinking About Male Fertility

Time and time again, infertility problems are often primarily thought of as a female issue. Male infertility is talked about significantly less, and in my own clinical and personal experience, more commonly overlooked. Men considering their own fertility may feel isolated, and even undervalued in their own contribution to the process. So, let’s talk about it.

The Vaginal Microbiome - What Kind of Dysbiosis Are You Dealing With?

What is the vaginal microbiome and how does it relate to vaginal health?

When the vagina is dominated by beneficial Lactobacilli, this is considered ‘vaginal eubiosis.’ When there is overgrowth of other, less desirable bacteria, this is termed as ‘vaginal dysbiosis.’

What’s going on with you? Eubiosis or dysbiosis?