The Overall Guide to Better Health for Women

Women’s health expert, Aviva Romm, is here to help readers take charge of their own well-being.

| January / February 2018

  • Romm combines Western medicine, herbalism and good sense to help women take charge of their own well-being.
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  • Achieving longer and more restful sleep is one of the key goals of Aviva Romm's plan.
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  • Writing exercises give you a chance to identify behaviors and beliefs that make your life more difficult.
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  • Getting rid of processed foods and common allergens leaves room in your diet for vibrant and healthy alternatives.
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  • Avocado, leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and superfoods are just some of the delicious additions you'll make to your daily diet.
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  • Thousands of women report problems with brain fog, memory, motivation, cravings, aches and pains, anxiety and sleep.
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  • Meditation is one of the keys to relaxation in Aviva Romm's plan.
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  • "The stresses of a woman are ubiquitous: too much 'yes' and 'should,' too little 'no way.'"
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Every now and then, you read a nonfiction or self-help book that shifts your perspective, opens your eyes and maybe even changes your life. In the past decade, a few come to mind for me: Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (I kind of hate to admit this one, but it has an impact far beyond house cleaning); Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (you’ll never see food the same way again); Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (you’ll never see anything the same way again); The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (yes, you are a creative soul!); and Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson (foragers are on to something).

Recently, I’ve had that life-changing, course-correcting experience reading The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Aviva Romm, M.D. I’ve promoted Dr. Romm’s work many times within the pages of Mother Earth Living because her female-focused approach is refreshingly holistic. She combines Western medicine with herbalism, midwifery and plain good sense to help women take control of their own health and well-being. Her advice is often more proactive than what you may hear from medical professionals who default to prescribing medications rather than lifestyle changes. She has confidence that women can improve their own lives — body and mind — and is dedicated to arming us all with science-backed strategies for gaining balance.

If you’re a little put off by the book’s title, or it doesn’t seem immediately relatable, rest assured: If you are a female adult, this book is relevant to you. Kids or no kids, relationship or none, period cramps or menopause … If you feel tired, sluggish, stressed, underappreciated or overworked, Dr. Romm’s plan may help.

System Overwhelm Leads to Symptom Overload

First, Romm outlines the concerns she hears most often from female patients. For example, more than 80 percent of her patients are chronically fatigued. Unfortunately, the stresses of life as a woman are ubiquitous: too much work, too little rest; too much responsibility, too little energy; too much “yes” and “should,” too little “no way!” Thousands of women also report problems with brain fog, memory, motivation, cravings, aches and pains, anxiety and sleep. Combined, all of these symptoms send women’s bodies into an unrelenting stress response driven by the adrenal and thyroid glands.



Next, Romm explains what she has found to be the primary causes of this cluster of symptoms: chronic stress, toxin overload, gut and hormone imbalance, food triggers and undiagnosed infections. Her four-week plan to repair these root causes helps you examine each area of your own life systematically to remove whatever is standing in the way of optimal health.

28-Day Plan: Basic Overview

Dr. Romm’s plan is highly customizable, and it is meant to be customized. She provides questionnaires and checklists to help you discover the areas of your own physical health and mental well-being that seem to be most in need of repair. For example, if you have chronic stomach problems, you will add a set of foods and supplements to your individual plan. If a main concern you have is sleep disturbance, Romm’s resources help tailor a plan that includes sleep support; tips for rest and relaxation; an eating schedule that may help; and more. The numerous individual options are beyond the scope of this article, but the resources in her book and on her website, Aviva Romm, help you craft a personalized approach to maximize positive results.

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