Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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I was contacted recently by the makers of a brain supplement called “Happy • Calm • Focused” also known as HCF.  They asked me if they could send a free bottle for me to try in return for giving an honest Amazon review.

I receive more free products than you can imagine.  I am contacted nearly every day with offers to try this product, that product, or this supplement or that supplement.  And I’m certain that you ladies know what I mean.  Perimenopausal women are the demographic du jour when it comes to hawking products to relieve us of our hormonal misery.

Most of the time I turn people down.  Because I take bioidentical progesterone and the occasional bioidentical estrogen, I just don’t like to monkey around with this product or that product.  Plus, I’m not too keen on loading up on pills and supplements when I think food is a much better alternative to deficiency.

But, for reasons that I cannot really explain, I agreed to receive the product and give it a try.

The first thing I liked about the product is that it is all natural.  It is a non-GMO product which is gluten free, preservative free, fragrance free, with no chemicals, chemical coatings, yeast, dairy, nuts or wheat.

So what’s in it then?

  • A special proprietary Amino Acid blend of DL-Phenylalanine and L-Glutamine
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamine E
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, & B6
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B5
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Chromium

I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that I was interested in it because I struggle like crazy with brain fog and short-term memory issues.  I also struggle with HIGH ANXIETY due almost entirely to stress from graduate school and a never ending battle with a jerk-off ex-husband (he’s sooooooooo charming).

Lately I’ve also been having a tough time with waking up inn the middle of the night and just not sleeping well, though I take 200 mgs nightly of bioidentical progesterone for sleep (and it does help).  I am convinced it is because of my stress level.  But, regardless of the source, I need some relief.  So, all things considered I decided to give it a try.

The directions say to take it on an empty stomach with a glass of water before breakfast for maximum absorption.  So, I did.  Approximately 15 to 20 minutes later I noticed a remarkable difference in how I felt – like GOOD.

I felt more alert and clear minded immediately.  Now, this is just the first day, I know.  So, I’m certain I’ll have more to say about the product after I use it for about a month.  I have a 90-day supply, so I should be able to tell if this is really working and helping me or not.

However, because I felt so good immediately, I wanted to tell you guys about it now.  You can check out their website here   where you can purchase the product from them, or plug in your zip code to locate a store near you.  There are none in my neck of the woods. Which is fine with me, because I prefer online shopping and you can also buy here at Amazon as well.    Yea for me.

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Like I said, I realize that using a product for one day is not sufficient time to make a final judgement and give a good review. So, I’ll write up another review after I’ve used it for 30-days.

So far, the thing that I like about it the most is that it’s non-GMO, and that it’s full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and neurotransmitters, and with my shift toward “Food as Medicine” in treating perimenopause symptoms, I’m definitely all about finding non-drug solutions to perimenopause symptoms.  So, this might be an excellent product for me to recommend.

If you’re interested in giving it a try before I do my final review, you can go here to their website or you can go here to Amazon. There are also lots of great reviews there too.

I’ll keep ya’ll posted!

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Hot Flashes & Stress in Perimenopause? Breathe Deep with Zenytime!

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If you’re looking for alternatives to hormone therapy to treat your symptoms of perimenopause, today’s sponsored post will be of great interest to you!   Read on to learn about an exciting new App for your phone which will help you manage hot flashes and stress during perimenopause!   “If you practice deep breathing exercises […]

October 13, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

A Review of the Nutribullet: One Amazing Gadget!

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UPDATE:  I was contacted by a representative from Nutribullet who wanted to put a sponsored link in this post.  She made an offer that was a good deal for her, but not for me. I turned down the offer and gave her my advertising price for sponsored links.  She countered with another offer which was still lower […]

August 30, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Dear Magnolia……Does Anybody Really Give a Crap?

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Today’s Dear Magnolia post is from Lisa. Lisa is grieving. Yes, she’s also experiencing other symptoms of perimenopause, namely,  anxiety, depression, and other symptoms related to estrogen dominance.  But, she’s also struggling with grief . Grief is the part of perimenopause that no one talks about.  Well, not very much. Grief doesn’t sell, I guess. You can’t […]

August 22, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Dear Magnolia…..About That Vertigo & Dizziness in Perimenopause

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It’s time for another “Dear Magnolia” installment.  I picked a comment by a reader by the name of “Michelle” for this post. Michelle has been having trouble with vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause, along with balance issues, brain fog, and feeling spaced out.  She said she also suffers with migraines and wacky periods. Typical perimenopause […]

August 2, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

I Have a Tendency to Neglect Myself

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Do you? I haven’t written as regularly as I’ve wanted to for quite some time now.  A very long time, truthfully. It is primarily because I have been grieving.  Oh, how I have been grieving – the loss of my father, then my divorce, then the loss of my mother. I know we all face loss […]

June 17, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Symptoms of Perimenopause Symptoms of Menopause

I thought it would be appropriate – and helpful – to follow up on a recent post I did on the difference between perimenopause and menopause and provide a list of the symptoms associated with each. Though the terms are often (and I’m guilty of the same) used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Perimenopause is a transitional […]

November 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Viniyoga for Anxiety in Perimenopause: The Jury is In

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Anxiety in perimenopause is a “biggie” for women. Probably the most complained about symptom of perimenopause.  Right up there with “I think I’m going crazy.” Trying to address these issues and help women with the symptoms is always a balancing act for me. On the one hand, I’ve come to believe that hormone therapy can really help […]

September 5, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Viniyoga for Anxiety & Depression in Perimenopause

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This past weekend we had a lively discussion on Facebook on the topic of anxiety and depression in perimenopause. There’s a reason for that, too. It’s a huge problem for women in perimenopause. Right up there next to the, “I think I’m going crazy” symptom of perimenopause. Which is probably why the only solutions the medical community seems to have […]

August 28, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed

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It’s been hard for me to move away from this topic. Primarily because physicians like Dr. Hotze, and other healthcare providers, whom I respect, continue to address it. But, also because I think they are shining a necessary light on the issue of faulty testing procedures for hypothyroidism. Of course, the baby-boomer-rebel in me is […]

August 16, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Why do I feel like I’m Going Crazy in Perimenopause?

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It is the most common thing I hear from women regarding perimenopause. “I feel like I’m going crazy! What is wrong with me?” And there are a variety of reasons why women might feel this way too. Personally, I think the primary reason is the simple “craziness” of perimenopause in general. The wacky mood swings, […]

July 1, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

You’re Not Crazy, Honey, It’s Perimenopause!

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Today’s post is a letter I received recently from a reader.  Her story is typical and so it was something I wanted to share with you all in hopes that it will help you feel a little better about your journey through perimenopause.  Kathleen’s symptoms are not unique.   Her experience in trying to get […]

March 1, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Vertigo, Dizziness & Thyroid Dysfunction

I didn’t expect when I began February blog posts on vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause that I would be coming full circle back to a discussion on thyroid dysfunction, which I blogged about considerably last month. But, I am. Women going through perimenopause often experience secondary health issues such as adrenal fatigue and some type of […]

February 11, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

35-Symptoms of Perimenopause: Heart Palpitations & Panic Attacks

Last month I wrote quite a bit on the topic of anxiety in perimenopause. I thought I would kick off 2013 and the month of January by extending the conversation to include heart palpitations and panic attacks. I know.  Lovely, right? What woman expects to have anxiety, heart palpitations, and panic attacks during perimenopause? Yet, […]

January 16, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Anxiety and Estrogen Dominance

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In Part I of this post, Dr. Jennifer Landa, Chief Medical Officer with Body LogicMD, discussed the role of fluctuating levels of progesterone in women who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks during perimenopause. Today, Dr. Landa continues the discussion and includes the role of estrogen dominance. I always say that perimenopause is a full […]

December 7, 2012 CONTINUE READING →

35 Symptoms of Perimenopause: Anxiety

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Since you so many of you ladies reach out to me with complaints and concerns about anxiety during perimenopause, I want to continue to discuss it. It is a very important topic, and a symptom which almost always results in physicians handing us prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants.  Personally, I find it all deeply […]

December 5, 2012 CONTINUE READING →

Perimenopause: Yes, it’s Real and No, You’re Not Going Crazy!

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Feel better?  I could have used someone telling me that about 10 years ago when I walked right into one of the fiercest hormonal battles of my life. First of all, I had never heard of peri-anything.  Menopause?  Yeah.  I had heard of that.  My mom called it “the change,” and I knew that sooner […]

March 22, 2008 CONTINUE READING →