5 Reasons We Prefer Saliva Testing VS Standard Blood Testing (Specifically for Measuring: Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Testosterone & Cortisol)
One of the most common questions we get from our clients is: "How is saliva testing different from the standard blood test I received from my doctor?"
Typically, the main type of hormone tests provided by traditional doctors are standard blood tests (because they are covered by insurance), which unfortunately do not measure free, 'bioavailable' I.e. active hormone levels, and therefore do not shed nearly as much light on the key imbalances behind the symptoms we are presently experiencing!
WTF!: Women Continue to Be Misled in Menopause (A Reaction to the NYT Magazine Article)
The New York Times Magazine recently published a front page article titled: “We Have Been Misled About Menopause,” which has been making waves for its coverage, yet the contents of the article FURTHER mislead women about their options for safe, hormone replacement therapy in menopause! (NOTE: this is a topic that is relevant to women in perimenopause also!).
Our founder, Hormone Health Educator, Candace Burch (MA), has been working in the hormone health field for over 25 years, includ…
Menopause Rescue Package: Pro Aging Hacks and Habits!
Hi there, it's Candace (YHB's founder)!...here to share my menopause rescue hacks. This is a roundup of the shortcuts and workarounds I’ve found to fan the flames of unwanted perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
Did you know that for 75- 80% of women in midlife, hot flashes are the first clue that menopause is approaching? If you've ever heard me speak on a podcast (like THIS one), you've heard me tell the tale of feeling like a “mean mommy!" In my mid-40s, I had two young daughters and a hi…
7 Tips to Get to the Root of Gut Issues (by Ryan Burch)
Rye here 👋! I've had gut issues for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until my mid 20's that I started experiencing extreme bloating and stabbing stomach aches daily, and I became desperate to get to the root! I saw multiple doctors who told me I had "IBS" (a blanket term for pretty much any gut symptom under the sun) and told me to cut out gluten, dairy and corn. I also saw a gastroenterologist who told me that it's perfectly "normal" to be constipated and bloated (adding that he has a p…
Understanding Menopause: Key Imbalances, Symptoms and Natural Tips for Rebalancing
No one likes being out of balance, especially when the hot flashes, foggy thinking, and mood swings of menopause leave us feeling like a rundown, unsexy and unsatisfied version of our former selves.
Menopause is officially defined as 12 months in a row without a period, typically in the early 50’s when cycles cease and the ovaries stop making balanced hormone supplies for good! During this hormonally challenged time, it’s important to realize that the extent to which we suffer from troublesome…
Understanding the "Fertility Awareness Method"
Whether you’re looking for a non-hormonal birth control option OR trying to conceive, the fertility awareness method (FAM), is an amazing and highly effective technique to consider (up to 99.6% with perfect use and 98-99% with typical use). See the Frank Herman pub med study to back it up HERE. 👏 👏
The Sympto Thermal Method (symptoms + temperature), requires you to track your menstrual cycle, basal body temperature and cervical fluid/mucus to determine fertile and non fertile days 👇 Keep in mind…
5 Common Hormonal Fluctuations in Pre-Menopausal Women
If you're a pre-menopausal woman (i.e. NOT yet in menopause), seeking relief from symptoms, it’s imperative that you learn about the key times in your cycle when hormones fluctuate, and begin tracking those symptoms diligently! The more you make this a practice, the more you should start to notice patterns regarding the timing and severity of your symptoms!
For example, you may notice that you get headaches right before your period (when estrogen levels drop), or that you experience anxiety …
Why Is My Anxiety High Before My Period?
Do you notice your anxiety soar the week before your period? You’re certainly not alone!
This phase of the menstrual cycle, known as the late luteal (referred to as the "PMS" week) is when we often hear women complain about anxiety (obsessive thoughts, worried about small things, overthinking, racing brain etc.) and it can have A LOT to do with the hormonal fluctuations that are happening.
➡️ It is only upon ovulation that we produce progesterone (the “calming hormone”) and when it rises, this s…
Understanding Endocrine Disruptors and the Importance of “Clean” Personal Care Products
Did You Know?
Of 10,000+ chemicals used by cosmetic manufacturers in the U.S., only 11 have been banned or restricted in the U.S. by the FDA.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “no category of consumer products is subject to less government oversight than cosmetics and other personal care products."
Per the FDA’s own website: “Under U.S. law, cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. The FDA does not ha…