Balancing Acts Claudia

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I am a devoted herbalist, alternative health practitioner, and podcast host, deeply passionate about root-cause wellness and what it means to truly thrive in life with vibrant health. My journey into this world began with my own struggle with a myriad of chronic health issues, ranging from severe cystic acne and unrelenting fatigue to mental […]

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, and how it relates to health?   I hit a wall in my early 40s: nightmares, terrible anxiety, feelings of doom and dread, sleep issues, intrusive thoughts, trouble sleeping and even a fear of flying. I saw so many doctors and no one mentioned perimenopause, and […]

Exploring the Connection: Hormone Imbalances and Their Role in Weight Gain

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About 1 in 8 women will be affected by a thyroid condition at some point. Hypothyroidism slows down the body’s metabolism, in an attempt to help to regulate heartbeat and temperature, leading to reduced circulation that causes cold hands, cold feet, and weight gain. Weight is strongly associated with metabolic rate and in studies, higher […]

Progesterone: Key to solving fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts?

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Fibroids     Fibroids (aka myomas) are benign tumors composed of muscle and fibrous tissue that can grow to the size of grapefruits.   What causes fibroids?   Fibroids are due to excessive estrogen and deficient progesterone more than anything else. Interestingly enough, it is possible to produce fibroids in experimental animals by injection of […]

What is progesterone deficiency?

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In a healthy menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone work in a balanced manner. The first half of the cycle is characterized by estrogen dominance, promoting the growth and development of the uterine lining. After ovulation, progesterone becomes dominant, preparing the uterus for a potential pregnancy and counteracting some of the effects of estrogen.   The […]

Why you should know your TSH hormone numbers

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Thyroid Health and Mental Well-being: Research indicates that more than two-thirds of mildly depressed patients and virtually all moderately and severely depressed individuals show low T3 hormone levels. In addition, elevated TSH is observed in almost 55% of these cases. Testing your TSH (and T3) becomes a window into understanding potential links between your thyroid […]

Exploring the Differences: Progesterone vs Pregnenolone

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Pregnenolone is often referred to as the “mother” of steroids because it serves as a precursor to many other hormones, including DHEA and progesterone. In youth, the body produces about 30mg of pregnenolone daily, with a notable concentration in the brain. This steroid hormone plays a crucial role in brain health, contributing to memory enhancement […]

Exploring Hormonal Changes: Does Thyroid Production Decrease During Perimenopause?

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Did you know that perimenopause can affect your thyroid function? 🤷‍♀️   One of the key factors at play is progesterone. During perimenopause, progesterone production takes a nosedive, sometimes dropping to near-zero levels, several years before menopause. 📉   But here’s the twist: the decline in progesterone levels can disrupt your thyroid’s function! 🦸‍♀️   […]

Discover the Astonishingly Diverse Uses of Progesterone

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1. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) MS is more common in women, especially during their reproductive years, suggesting a hormonal connection. Progesterone is being studied for treatment of MS, likely because it plays a vital role in maintaining and repairing the myelin sheath, which deteriorates in multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, the number of brain lesions in MS appears […]

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