Hormones

Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: 3 Unexpected Reasons Your Period Hasn’t Come Back

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In my practice, I meet many women who aren’t having regular periods. The absence of a menstrual cycle can be especially stressful for women who are trying to conceive a baby or hope to get pregnant in the future.  There are dozens of reasons why a woman might not get her period regularly, but one of the most common diagnoses...
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Sugar: Is It Really That Bad For You?

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Move over fat, sugar is the new public enemy #1 in your kitchen cabinet. For years, the nutrition and food industries have blamed dietary fat – saturated fat in particular – for the rise in chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity and diabetes. But with the case against fat crumbling, many mainstream health and wellness experts have now targeted sugar...
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Hacking PMS: How To Solve 7 Common Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome

When I was at my lowest point of health in the last few years, one of the most frustrating symptoms I was experiencing was fairly severe PMS. While I’ve always had a little moodiness and cramping prior to the first day of my period, I was noticing far more disruptive symptoms such as exhaustion, severe cramping that would even wake me...
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Stress and Gut Health: How The Gut-Brain Axis Causes Your Digestive Symptoms

Has a doctor ever told you your gut symptoms are “all in your head”? Many conventional doctors attribute unexplainable gut conditions to “psychosomatic” causes, meaning their symptoms are primarily due to negative emotions or stress. Suffering patients are usually diagnosed with IBS, which is often accompanied with an “it’s all in your head” response from their doctor. Patients are sick...
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Do You Know How To Rest?

This year has started out a little rougher than I had expected. I’ve shared in the past how I’ve developed “adrenal fatigue” type symptoms from hustling for worthiness and up until recently I felt like I had really moved on from that type of lifestyle. Over the past year I had been feeling positively about my body image, flowing in...
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Unpacking “Adrenal Fatigue,” Hormonal Imbalance, and Caloric Intake With The Paleo Women

I had a fantastic time on The Paleo Women podcast talking all things “adrenal fatigue” (HPA-D), hormonal balance, and calorie intake. Noelle and Stefani were so fun to talk to, and we covered a lot of great topics related to hormonal health and nutrition. If you’re experiencing fatigue, stubborn weight gain, reduced athletic performance, and/or hormonal imbalances, this episode is...
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Fruitphobia: Why Fear of Fruit is Fruitless

Recently someone posted this question on my Facebook page: “Hey Laura, I would love to hear about what you think of fruit? In my nutrition class today (I’m going to be a NTP) they demonized carbs all day and specifically fruit. I know going low carb caused major problems like HA and adrenal problems. It’s hard sitting in class all...
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How Adrenal Fatigue Was Ruining My Health, And What I Did About It

Note: If you’re confused about the term “adrenal fatigue”, read this article to understand why I use this term for this condition. As a health professional, there’s a lot of pressure to be healthy, for obvious reasons. As a business owner, there’s a lot of pressure to be financially successful. Again, obviously! As a woman, there’s a lot of pressure...
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My “Adrenal Fatigue” Philosophy: Important Changes In Light Of New Information

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs One of the things that makes functional medical nutrition therapy really interesting, but also really challenging, is that new information is coming out all the time. And in my opinion, the best practitioners are going...
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“Adrenal PCOS”: Could stress be causing your PCOS symptoms?

 Is stressing about your diet and exercise routine ruining your fertility and causing PCOS symptoms? It’s well known that stress can cause the disruption or total loss of menstrual function in women. (1) And menstrual dysfunction, along with the physical symptoms of hormone imbalance, has become increasingly common over the past few decades. It’s now estimated that up to 10...
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