Why I Ask Some Patients to Quit Desserts

fructose insulin resistanceYes, desserts and high-dose fructose can be a problem for health, but really only if you have insulin resistance.

With my patients, I tend not to worry too much about sugar as long as insulin is normal on a blood test. If insulin is high on a blood test (insulin resistance), I ask my patients to avoid all desserts and dessert-type foods like dates. They can still have whole fruit.

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When Period Pain Is Not Normal (It Could Be Endometriosis)

When period pain is endometriosisDo you suffer bad period pain?  You shouldn’t have to.

Period pain is common, so we tend to think it just goes with the territory of having periods. But “normal” period pain should not prevent you from going about your day. And “normal” period pain should disappear with the right diet and supplements.

Put it this way: If pain doesn’t disappear with simple treatments, then it’s not normal period pain. It’s strong period pain and could be a sign of an underlying medical condition like endometriosis or adenomyosis.

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Are You Eating Enough to Get a Period?

keto period or amenorrheaLost your period? You might just need to eat more. (A lot more.)

Losing your period to under-eating (or under-eating carbs) is called hypothalamic amenorrhea and is common, particularly in women younger than 30.

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The Curious Link Between Estrogen, Mast Cells, and Histamine

Estrogen, mast cells, and histamine.Headaches. Anxiety. Insomnia. Brain fog. Hives. Nasal congestion. These are just a few of the symptoms of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome.

Histamine problems are more common in women, and are often worse at ovulation and just before the period. Why? Because that’s when estrogen is high compared to progesterone, and estrogen increases histamine.

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