5 Natural Treatments for Depression and Hot Flashes

5 Natural Treatments for Depression and Hot Flashes

Recent study showed that nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild depressive symptoms in women during menopause. Here are 5 natural remedies to lighten your mood, eliminate hot flashes, and help you sleep through the night.




4 Easy Steps to Heal Leaky Gut

4 Easy Steps to Heal Leaky Gut

Many people are unaware that most of their systemic symptoms may be coming from their gut. This post discusses leaky gut and 4 super simple steps to healing this condition.




8 Treatable Reasons Why Your Hair is Falling Out

Here are 8 reasons why your hair may be falling out and how to treat them.

1. Low Progesterone or Estrogen

woman hot flashes

Your mind isn't the only thing you lose when you've entered the PAUSE (peri-menopause & menopause). The frustrating and debilitating experiences of peri-menopause and menopause are the result of the body's depletion of progesterone and estrogen. To make matters worse, the body increases the production of the male hormones (androgens), including testosterone, in response. Thanks Mother Nature! With the help of the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase, testosterone can convert to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the hair follicles. DHT is intimately responsible for baldness in both males and females. In women, female pattern baldness presents as diffuse thinning of the hair on the entire scalp, also known as, Androgenetic alopecia.

  • What to do: Have your doctor check your hormone levels. With today's scientific technology, hormones can be conveniently checked through saliva, serum, blood spot, or urine. If progesterone or estrogen levels are low, there are many routes to restore your hormone levels that your doctor could recommend or prescribe.

2. Thyroid Dysfunction

The connection between thyroid dysfunction and hair loss is well known. High or low thyroid levels can lead to hair loss.

  • What to do: Check a full thyroid panel. Not just Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and/or T4. Many practitioners do not look at the other parameters. Make sure your free T3, free t4, thyroglobulin (TG), & thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO) are also being evaluated. Once the dysfunction is identified, then treatment can be discussed. Regrowth is usually successful after treatment.

3. Cortisol Imbalance

It's unavoidable.  

It's unavoidable.  

Chronic stress can have destructive effects on your adrenals. The adrenals are one of the smallest organs in your body responsible for handling the biggest job in this universe, stress regulator.  The adrenals fervently attempts to keep up with our high demands of stress control by producing more cortisol. When cortisol levels are high, studies have demonstrated hair production is reduced and degradation is accelerated by approximately 40%.

  • What to do: A diurnal cortisol test can give a good picture of what your cortisol levels are at different times during a 24-hour period. The overly taxed adrenals can be supported with relaxation techniques, yoga, calming herbs (yellow balm, chamomile, etc) and adaptogens (Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi, etc).

4. Vitamin B12 deficiency

Eggs are rich in B12. 

Eggs are rich in B12. 

Hair cells are constantly undergoing cell division. B12 is vital co-factor needed for DNA replication during cell division. Without B12, cells will not properly divide.


5. Toxic Metals

Heavy metals can interfere with the body's absorption of nutrients.

Heavy metals can interfere with the body's absorption of nutrients.

The accumulation of heavy metals in the blood are toxic to hair growth and structure by disrupting the hair cycle. 

  • What to do: Heavy metals can be tested via blood or urine. You can naturally detox to remove toxic metals with these 5 supplements:
    • Probiotics- detoxifies the GI system
    • Milk Thistle- detoxifies the liver
    • Vitamin C- antioxidant
    • Cilantro- boosts detoxification
    • Chlorella- natural chelator (binds and removes heavy metal toxin ions from the body)

Chelation therapy remains the gold standard for removing heavy metals and toxins from the body.


6. Progestin (Synthetic Progesterone)

High androgen index birth control pills trigger hair loss. 

High androgen index birth control pills trigger hair loss. 

Synthetic progesterone, like Provera, is foreign and unnatural to our bodies. Certain, older progestins have a relatively greater affinity for androgen receptors than for progesterone receptors. When the progestin has a high androgen index, the effect of male hormones dominate, increasing the risk of hair loss.

  • What to do: Discuss with your physician the option of switching to a low androgen index birth control.

The American Hair Loss Association has provided a list of birth control pills ranging from lowest androgen index to highest:

Desogen, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Micronor, Nor-Q D, Ovcon-35, Brevicon/Modicon, Ortho Norvum 7/7/7, Ortho Novum 10-11, Tri-Norinyl, Norinyl and Ortho 1/35, Demulen 1/35, Triphasil/Tri-Levien, Nordette, Lo/Ovral, Ovrette, Ovral, Loestrin1/20, Loestrin 1.5/30.


7. Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency

Nutrition plays a huge role in the hair growth hair cycle. A deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFAs) produces symptoms such as dry or brittle hair, which may lead to hair loss.

  • What to do: Essential fatty acids are beneficial fats that the body cannot produce on its own.  They must be supplied through our diet. Omega-3 (linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid) are two main EFAs. Omega-3 can be found in fish and olive oil. Omega-6 can be found in vegetable oils. Even though, omega-6 is known to promote inflammation, our body needs a 4:1 (omega-6 to omega-3) balance for our bodies to be optimal.

8. Excessive Styling

Avoid heat as much as possible. 

Avoid heat as much as possible. 

Extreme styling can cause significant strain on the hair root. Also, overly processed hair with perms, hair color, bleach, & excessive heat can cause your hair to fall out overtime. Because these practices can actually traumatize the hair root, your hair may not grow back.

  • What to do: Use conditioner after each shampoo. Deep condition 1-2 times a month. Let the natural air dry your hair. If you must use heat, let the air do 70-80% of the work then blow dry on low heat. Use heat protectant on hair prior to use of heat. Limit use of heat (blow dry, straightener, curlers, etc) to hair 1-2 times a month.

If you are interested in knowing which hair stealing hormones are the culprits for your hair loss, click below.




Sleep for Survival

Sleep for Survival

Reasons why sleep is essential for survival




Am I sick? Or is my detox at war with my toxins?

Am I sick? Or is my detox at war with my toxins?

Some of the most common detox symptoms and how to minimize it




7 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Buy & Eat Organic Food on a Budget

7 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Buy & Eat Organic Food on a Budget

A very loyal patient of mine once asked, "Doctors are always advising me to eat healthy, eat organic, and exercise. Do they not know eating healthy is more expensive than eating fast food?" 




What Exactly is Integrative Medicine?

What Exactly is Integrative Medicine?

Since telling my patients about the opening of my Integrative/Holistic practice re: Reproductive and Fertility Wellness at ReVitaJuve, many of them have asked " What exactly is Integrative/Holistic Medicine?




WOMEN BEWARE: Radon Caused 21,000 Deaths and Now it May be Linked to Cancer in Women

WOMEN BEWARE: Radon Caused 21,000 Deaths and Now it May be Linked to Cancer in Women

Radon, an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas, is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year and Now it May be Linked to Cancer in Women