Why you should test your hormones

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2021

Ever felt like you transform into a whole different person around that time of the month?

Or maybe, you like you ran a marathon over the weekend even if you were just lounging around at home? 

Feeling off and exhausted all the time may just be your body's way of telling you that it's about time you tune in. 


If you totally identify with these things I mentioned above, it might be hormone imbalance that's wreaking havoc on your body.  Now is a good time to check on your family's history - try to talk to your mom, sisters, or aunts if they've had or are going through the same experiences. 

Now, before you actually take a hormone test, I'd like you to also consider these 4 influential pillars in your life:

  1. Blood sugar balance
  2. Micronutrients 
  3. Stress
  4. Gut imbalances

Any deficiencies or overflow in any of these pillars influence your hormone levels. Hormone balance is more than hormone tests, taking birth control, or monitoring your...

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Top 5 Podcast Episodes to avoid burnout

I know it's still early in the year, but, there are some of us who still feel the effects of burnout from last year's 4th quarter!

Burnout doesn't happen in just a snap - it's a pile-up of issues and concerns that we tend to dismiss or ignore up until we reach the breaking point. In fact, there's supposed to be 12 stages of burnout that you go through.

Burnout was coined in the 70s to describe an extreme state of exhaustion. It's that feeling of "meh" with when you've gone past the physical and mental limits of your body. 

So, if you're feeling a wee bit out of sorts and feel that you're well on your way to possible worrisome stages of burnout, take a pause, catch your breath and have a listen to these  Less Stressed Life Podcast's episodes I have compiled. 

Oh, but, before you head on and have a listen to these episodes, you may want to take this quiz to see if you're approaching one of the three stages of BURNOUT!

These  Top 5...

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Podcasts episodes for burnout

Uncategorized Dec 24, 2020

I've compiled some of our best free episodes of The Less Stressed Life podcast that can help with burnout and stress resilience. 

These podcasts are my GIFT to you. Please consider subscribing to the podcast on your favorite player & leave a review. 

Episodes with Show Notes: 

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Testing, treatment, foundational considerations and masks: The Sars-Covid2 episode with Jena S. Griffith, RDN, IHC, part 2

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2020


  • Diagnosing thru RT PCR [02:17]
  • Potential False-Positive Rate Among the 'Asymptomatic Infected Individuals' in Close Contacts of COVID-19 Patients [04:58]
  • COVID symptoms [12:54]
  • Treatment [16:30]
  • Similarity of Zinc deficiency and COVID19 [24:19]
  • Study about Vit D nutrition [27:57]
  • Integrative medicine clinicians journal COVID [40:53]
  • European gastroenterology journal internally applied ultraviolet light as a novel approach [44:59]
  • MATH Protocol [46:16]
  • Daily emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic [48:12]
  • Study about mask/ respiratory influenza [53:02]
  • Cluster randomized trial [53:29]
  • Policy review non-pharmaceutical measure [54:16]
  • Commentary Lisa Brosseu at al. [54:37]
  • Recommendation of the use of cloth masks[56:57]
  • New England journal of medicine [59:01]
  • Zach bush interview coronavirus [1:00:43]
  • Wuhan COVID 19 data Q and A [1:01:00]
  • Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among...
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Asymptomatic transmission, going back to school and immunity: The Sars-CoVid2 episode with Jena S. Griffith, RDN, IHC, part 1

Uncategorized Jul 05, 2020


I resisted doing anything CV19 related to the podcast, but I have news fatigue and just need some good research on the topic. That's why I invited my investigative journalist turned dietitian friend Jena S. Griffith back on The Less Stressed Life Podcast for a two-episode series on the CV to talk current research and common questions around asymptomatic transmission, going back to school, immunity, testing, treatment, and masks.



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What are the natural ways to reduce eczema symptoms?

eczema natural treatments May 16, 2020


I've been there.  

Surprised to see angry-red, itchy skin patches on my neck, arms, and even on my eye area.  It was embarrassing to go out in public with these eczema flares front and center on my face.  The problem is, there were so many root causes.  


People think eczema is just one thing that happens on our skin.  But it is actually an umbrella term used to describe different types of skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis, sometimes even acne and psoriasis.  


Eczema treatments are usually skin creams or topical ointments that treat the external symptom.  I, however, believe that in order to address these symptoms, you must manage more than just the itching of the skin and find, through a little research, the root cause so you can prevent any more eczema flares in the future.


Before any kind of remedy is used, looking for your triggers is essential in healing...

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What causes Candida and fungal overgrowth?

Uncategorized May 01, 2020


With Covid-19 rampaging with full force all over the world, you can't blame people getting wary of catching something new.    


A few episodes ago, Kiran Krishnan from Microbiome Labs, sat down with me and did a deep dive on Candida and Fungal overgrowth (check out his episode on the Less Stressed Life podcast!) 


I think one of the main concerns usually aired about Candida and Fungal overgrowth is if it's something contagious.  


No, it's not!


Everyone has candida. It lives in practically every crevice of your body - although 98% of the time, it lives on mucosal surfaces like your mouth, eyes, nose, and lungs, to name a few.  


Having candida present in your body is not really alarming if the population remains controlled. 


The problem arises when fungus starts reproducing. How do you know if you're experiencing candida and fungal overgrowth? There are two main ways to tell.


First, when...

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Why you need these 6 nutrients for healthy skin

A few episodes ago, Chris Masterjohn went on air on the Less Stressed Life podcast show to talk about Nutrients for Skin health.

What profoundly resonated with me was when he said: "What's going on your mouth is a window to the inside of your body."

As an integrative nutritionist, I strongly agree with this statement. It's not overly simple, but how we feel outside is a manifestation of what we feed our body and mind, so it makes sense to be very mindful of the things that we put in our bodies.

Chris talked about his journey to becoming a "vitamins and minerals geek" and touched on his experience with his skin manifesting the deficiencies his body went through. He talked about skin ailments that popped out with specific diets and how he addressed these with the right vitamins and minerals through extensive study as well as trial and error.

After experimenting with food, alcohol, and supplements he found out that these  are the six nutrients you need for healthy...

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How an integrative dermatologist treats eczema

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2020

Integrative Dermatology is relatively new in Western countries despite existing for thousands of years. This kind of dermatology complements existing medical practices with alternative healing modalities that make use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, to name a few. 

An Integrative Dermatologist acknowledges the connection of all the organs, searches for imbalances found internally and externally as well as the behavior of a patient before treating a skin issue. Dr. Peter Lio, one of the more known practitioners, shared his experiences and expertise on how to heal Eczema in one of the episodes of The Less Stressed Life Podcast.  

Here are four ways integrative dermatology treats Eczema: 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A combination of herbs, acupressure/acupuncture, movements like Tai chi, and diet. This kind of modality acknowledges and treats both the mind and body to heal ailments. One of the things...
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11 Reasons Why You Should Forget About What You Know About Probiotics

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2020

I had the chance to sit down and chat with Research Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about Probiotics in this podcast episode of the Less Stressed Life show. 

It was such an insightful discussion on microbiomes, the role of bacteria in building our immune system and how different spore-based probiotics are from conventional probiotics and here are 11 reasons why you should forget about what you know about Probiotics. 


1. Humans are walking and talking rainforest of organisms. Our bodies allow thousands of different species to cohabit and work together to ensure that we are healthy as a whole.  

Image by Iuliia Bondarenko from Pixabay

2. Mom and baby connection is a very significant factor that influences how the immune system is built up.  The exposure of a baby to the "soup of life" or organisms found in the birth canal (and sometimes poop!) influence how strong our immune systems will be.  Colostrum which comes from...

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