Depression

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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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Hormone Imbalance? Oh, Honey, You’re Just Crazy!

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I ran across an article last year at the online publication The UK Daily Mail entitled, “Women with extreme PMS will now be deemed ‘mentally ill’ following controversial revision of health manual.” The health manual cited in the article is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the American Psychiatric Association. The “extreme PMS” […]

January 7, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

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 →

Clinical Depression in Perimenopause

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In her ground breaking book, The Female Brain, physician and neurobiologist, Dr. Louann Brizendine, tackles the issue of hormones and depression in women. Intrigued by research data which shows that women suffer from depression at a ratio of 2 to 1 compared to men, Dr. Brizendine deftly outlines the different stages of a woman’s life and the effect that […]

July 7, 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 →

Menopause, Marriage, & The Male Brain

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Dr. Louann Brizendine is a doctor of psychiatry and neurobiology.  She is the founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic in San Francisco, California. She is also the author of the books The Female Brain and The Male Brain.   I have referenced  The Female Brain  here many times, because in my opinion, it is one […]

March 5, 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 & 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 →

Estrogen Replacement Therapy: Yes or No?

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Let’s face it.  The average women does not understand the role of estrogen during perimenopause.  But, when the average OB/GYN doesn’t seem to understand it very well either, is it any surprise then that women looking for help for their symptoms of perimenopause are clueless? It also doesn’t help that there is a big, wide […]

April 3, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Depression in Perimenopause: Beat it With Exercise and Light

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We’re still on the topic of depression in perimenopause for the month of March. Heretofore, we’ve discussed dietary changes to include foods which provide the chemical building blocks, so to speak, for your body to produce serotonin, a natural mood regulator. But food alone is not enough to beat the blues of depression in perimenopause. Exercise and exposure to light […]

March 25, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Depression in Perimenopause: Let’s Eat Some More!

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If you’re anything like me and you love to eat, then you were probably positively delighted to learn from my last post that you can eat your way out of depression. You will also be delighted to know that this post is about eating, too. Yes indeed, meno-sisters, it is hail to the knife and fork […]

March 19, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Depression in Perimenopause: Eat Your Way Out of It

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You have to admit. Eating your way out of anything just can’t be bad. Especially if it can help you manage health challenges like depression in perimenopause – and it will. In my last post I told you there is a direct correlation between a woman’sestrogen levels and the serotonin levels in her brain. I also told you that serotonin […]

March 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

What Causes Depression in Perimenopause?

Depression in perimenopause is the blogging topic for March here at The Perimenopause Blog. I hope my writing extensively on these topics for an entire month is helpful for you. As I’ve said previously, the typical 500-600 word blog post just doesn’t lend itself to a thorough discussion on a particular topic in my view. Hence, my decision […]

March 4, 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 →

Getting Through Perimenopause: Step by Step

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“You don’t have to see the entire staircase…….just take the first step.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. I ran across this quote not too terribly long ago.  Given that we are recognizing Dr. King’s life today (or yesterday, depending on when you get this post) and his contributions to civil rights in our country, I thought […]

January 16, 2012 CONTINUE READING →