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Balance Your Hormones While You Sleep

  How to Balance Hormones with Sleep. Enough quality sleep builds our immune systems, repairs cellular damage, reduces inflammation in the body, and resets hormones (including regulating our blood sugar levels and stress hormones).  With chronic sleep deprivation (6 hours or less per night), our cortisol (stress hormone) levels begin to rise, negatively affecting not … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Eliminate Cancer-Causing Estrogens

  What are Xenoestrogens? Xenoestrogens are hormones in the environment that mimic estrogen. Unlike naturally produced estrogens, when xenoestrogens enter our bodies they disrupt our endocrine systems, throwing our hormones out of whack and potentially causing cancer, especially breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Xenoestrogens are most commonly found in plastics, pesticides, … Continue reading

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How to Balance Your Hormones with Exercise

  How to Balance Hormones with Exercise. We all know exercise is good for us. We also know that too much of a good thing isn't good after all. This applies to exercise too! When we exercise, we put our bodies in a state of stress. Cortisol, the 'stress hormone', increases when we exercise just like … Continue reading

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6 Ways Water Helps You Balance Your Hormones

  We Are Water. Water makes up 1/2 to 1/3 of our body weight. Our bodies depend on water for nearly all processes. When we're not well hydrated, our tissues aren't well hydrated, and this can disrupt our body systems, including hormone regulation. Water is necessary to flush out excess toxins and hormones. You know … Continue reading

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Healthy Fats

  Fat is good for you. Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately, but after 30 years of being told otherwise, you still might have a hard time wrapping your head around the fact that fat can be good for you. We are made of fats! Fat cells make up our bone marrow … Continue reading

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Fiber Fiber Fiber!

  Everyone knows fiber is important, but do you know why? You've probably heard that fiber is a good way to maintain regular bowel movements. Maybe you've even heard about its possible role in preventing colon cancer or that fiber is beneficial for immunity. You may not know that fiber can balance your hormones too! Fiber … Continue reading

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Stop Hair Loss in Its Tracks

Hair loss can have several causes, from stress to genetics to autoimmune disorders. Some of these are easier to solve than others, but treating our hair (and bodies) well can help slow -and in some cases reverse- hair loss no matter what the cause.

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Hair Brilliance with Chinese Medicine

Join me for this wonderful class, in collaboration with Berkeley Community Acupuncture. We will make a hair growth serum together in class, which you will get to take home and use, you will also receive a BCA’s Glow Tea for hair and skin! $40 At Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA. Sign up! All information in this … Continue reading

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Menopause and Beyond

Menopause, 'manopause', and mid-life transitions can be beautiful, world-opening times in our lives when we discover new pieces of ourselves and become more at peace in our bodies. They can also sometimes be uncomfortable, tumultuous, and stressful. Just like hormonal fluctuations during puberty, shifting hormones during menopause are a major cause of this stress and … Continue reading

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Plum Blossom for Hair Loss

Plum blossom therapy is a great alternative to prescription finasteride (which can come with unwanted side effects) and toxic creams and over the counter medications. I love plum blossom therapy, it's gentle and effective for hair loss (more details). It involves using a tiny hammer with light pressure just until slight redness appears. This stimulates circulation … Continue reading

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Treating Post-Surgical Constipation

photo credit: Practical Cures on flickr CC Constipation is extremely common post-surgery, especially in combination with constipating pain killers, less physical activity, and irregular fluid and food intake. Often a bowel movement is required before a hospital will let a patient go home, so encouraging this process is especially beneficial to get you home sooner. … Continue reading

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Acupuncture for Scar Treatment

Why Should We Treat Scars? Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual. This is especially true for very large scars; scars with abnormal coloration, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction. Such scars and associated adhesions … Continue reading

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The Soy Controversy

"Women consuming the equivalent of two cups of soy milk per day provides the estrogenic equivalent of one birth control pill... men who consumed the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had a 50% lower sperm count than men who didn’t eat soy. -Chris Kresser's Paleo Code Soy is often touted as … Continue reading