Women’s Health

Pregnancy

How to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

If you’re in a position in which you can plan and prepare for pregnancy, there’s so much you can do to optimize both your chances of getting pregnant and your own nutrients to nurture a healthy baby with ease. When it comes to fertility and pregnancy, there are a lot of things that feel out of our control but how you treat your own body and what you eat are in your control. Give yourself time to prepare and allow space in your life, both emotionally and physically.

healing hormonal imbalances

Healing Hormonal Imbalances and PCOS

I’ve been a hormonal mess since I was 21 years old and never realized that hormones were causing so many unwanted symptoms in my body until I was diagnosed by a functional medicine doctor with PCOS. I had started gaining weight, while eating the healthy foods I had always eaten. I was having insomnia and headaches and irregular periods. Getting diagnosed with PCOS has made me realize how important it is to support your hormones every day because they drive so many of your body’s daily abilities that we often don’t realize until we start to feel awful side effects. I honestly thought PMS was the only side effect from imbalanced hormones, but once I started to heal my headaches and insomnia and exhaustion, I realized that hormones were contributing and causing many of these symptoms I was experiencing every day.

Excess Estrogen

15 Ways to Protect Yourself from Excess Estrogen

Estrogen is a type of hormone that promotes female development and characteristics in the body. It is produced mostly in the ovaries as well as in fat cells, and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and reproductive system. It also helps promote healthy bones and is involved in blood clotting to help prevent excessive bleeding.

endocrine disruptors

10 Hidden Sources of Endocrine Disruptors – And How to Avoid Them

One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine disrupters are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us come into contact with them multiple times in a day. Many of these toxins either block or promote estrogen and other hormones, so either way, they throw off your hormonal balance. They can affect the way these hormones function in your body, causing numerous problems that many people mistakenly attribute to stress, aging or just normal aches and pains.

Autoimmune Disease

Three Myths You Need To Know About Autoimmune Disease

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can be overwhelming. While you may have many questions about treatment and how to manage you condition, a few myths can complicate the full picture. Let’s dispel a few myths about managing your autoimmune disorder.

Feminine Hygiene

Beware of Chemicals in Your Feminine Care Products

Some products have a sort of “halo” around them. We just expect they’ll be made in such a way that we can feel comfortable using them on a daily basis. Most women consider feminine care products to be in this category. They come near some of the most intimate and fragile parts of our bodies, so surely they’re made of safe ingredients, right? According to a recent report from Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), not necessarily. Here’s more, and why you’ll want to be cautious about which products you choose in the future.

Thyroid Examination

Hypothyroidism: Causes and Treatment

Primary Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid gland, may cause a wide variety of symptoms and can affect all bodily functions. Hypothyroidism used to be a laboratory diagnosis. A high TSH blood test signified that one had an underactive thyroid and was placed on synthetic T4 (aka Synthroid). Clinical diagnosis was reserved for people with advanced or severe hypothyroid disease, and even then, if labs were not “abnormal” physicians might have hesitated to treat. Functional medicine physicians are changing this practice by identifying the signs, symptoms, and cause of hypothyroidism early on and starting appropriate treatment.

Pregnant Mother

What are the Key Supplements to Take During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, you will likely need to make some changes to your supplement routine -- or start taking vitamins for the first time. People often say that during pregnancy the baby will take whatever it needs from mom, which can leave the mother feeling depleted. Here are the important supplements that Dr. Lipman and the Be Well team recommends taking to support your own health and the health of the baby.