Blog — menopause

Vitex Agnus-Castus – Botanical Support for Female Hormone Imbalance

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By Dr. Sherry LaBeck, ZRT Laboratory One of the most commonly used herbs in the botanical toolbox is Vitex agnus-castus, also known as chaste tree berry. During the Middle Ages the dried berries were used in monasteries as a peppery condiment that was said to help suppress libido. Additionally, in the mid-1900s, Vitex was often given to women for “sexual irritability,” nervousness and melancholia. Perhaps for these reasons the herb was regarded as a symbol of chastity and has been known by names such as monk’s pepper, Abraham’s balm and chasteberry. Through the years it was often used to support...

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Menopause: Your Most Common Questions Answered

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By ZRT Laboratory Consultants.  Menopause can be a confusing time for many women and their families, and as a society we tend to steer away from having open, honest conversations about this very important transition in a woman’s life. At ZRT, we aim to change that and equip all women with the tools and resources necessary to maintain optimal health during their menopause transition and after. In this post, ZRT’s Clinical Consultants tackle the most commonly asked questions and misunderstandings about menopause from patients. What Age Does Menopause Occur? Menopause is defined as the natural absence of menstrual periods for...

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A Perimenopausal Game Plan

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By Dr. Allison Smith, ZRT Laboratory Having just entered my forties, my radar’s perked for solid information coming out of the research community on the perimenopausal transition. What can I do to make this 10 or so years of transition useful and even helpful to the future postmenopausal me? As women, we’re no strangers to functioning in some level of consistent discomfort – whether cycle-related, birth control related, pregnancy or post-partum related, or multiple-role related. We just manage through it one way or another with the idea that the pain is for a purpose. That said, perimenopause may be different: for...

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The Younger, Sexy Me…nopause!

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By Margaret Grove, ZRT Laboratory. Sometimes you look back and wonder where all the time went. Let’s see - in my twenties, the younger, sexier me had been to University and embarked on a career in medical research, and I’d been very active in my leisure time – including hiking and skiing every year in the Alps. I was too invested in my career and hobbies to have children and wanted to put that off until the right time. In my thirties, I eventually realized it was time to start a family before it was too late. At age 35...

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The Hidden Truth About Hormones And Weight Gain: Your Questions Answered

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Hormone Health Educator Candace Burch hosted an informational webinar explaining how hormones affect our weight - specifically, how they inhibit our ability to lose weight and keep the pounds off. During the webinar, we received many great questions from the audience and Candace has answered them below. I've reduced my stress and eat well, but still have high cortisol levels. What else can I do? It sounds like you are making progress in reducing your stress and eating well, but as someone once said - "it's not always what you're eating, but what's eating you that is the real problem."...

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