An estimated 50% of the world population is likely to be vitamin D deficient.  Summer months are a good time to turn that around. But when seasons change, it is a good time to consider what this means for you continuing a Vitamin D supplementation regimen.

Hormones tested in Saliva:

The major sex hormones to assess are estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and cortisol. These five hormones will provide crucial information about deficiencies, excesses and daily patterns, which then result in a specifically tailored treatment approach and one far more beneficial than the old “shotgun" approach. Below is a brief description of each of these five hormones:

Testing and monitoring your health from your own home is now a widely accepted practice. Home testing saves you a trip to a doctor or test facility, and gives you the flexibility to collect multiple samples over a 24-hour period.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that 12-20% of new moms - about 1 million women in the US each year - develop postpartum depression (PPD). However the real number is even higher. This data reflects only those reporting symptoms of postpartum depression after live births. While many women don't report their experiences, many others develop perinatal mental illnesses outside of PPD, and all women are susceptible to these illnesses regardless of whether they have a live birth, miscarriage, still birth or termination. Together, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the number one complication of childbirth.

The pain was unbearable. I had no idea what happened when the heavy luggage went over my foot, but I knew it was nearly impossible to walk.

In the emergency room, the doctor said I broke a bone in my foot, and asked whether I’d been taking calcium and vitamin D. I hadn’t.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and pro-hormone that exists in several different forms.

Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) is not produced in the body and comes from plant sources whereas cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is found in cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, is fortified in milk and is manufactured in the skin with adequate exposure to the suns UVB rays.

A commonly overlooked hormone is DHEA. It is an often misunderstood, yet very important part of the whole hormonal picture. It is a key player in achieving hormone balance.

What is DHEA?

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most common steroid hormone in the body and is mainly produced by the adrenal glands, but smaller amounts are made elsewhere in the body.

When was the last time you enjoyed a truly delicious night of restful sleep? You know the kind: drifting, deep and restful? When was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated?

All too often many women can’t even recall the last time they had a good night’s sleep. That Americans have trouble sleeping is evidenced by the number of sleep aids currently on the market. Instead of addressing the underlying cause of sleep disturbances like insomnia, we settle for medicated sleep, which at best gives us poor quality sleep often accompanied by a host of side effects. You don’t even realize how much you depend on restful sleep until you have trouble sleeping. Sleep is absolutely essential to your health.