Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health


Marla Ahlgrimm | Healthy Medicine

Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health advocate, explains that women should pay close attention to the medications their healthcare provider prescribes.

Modern medicine saves lives. Of that there is no doubt. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, medicines that are used improperly can kill. Information is the key in preventing tragedy. Before taking any new medicine, Ahlgrimm insists that women should ask their doctor or pharmacist lots of questions. These questions should include queries regarding the full name of the medication, its active ingredients, dosage amounts and timing, and potential side effects.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that keeping a medicine list can also keep a woman safe. This list, which should include all current medications, including OTC and supplements, should be presented to both physician and pharmacist to ensure there are no potential interactions.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Hooray for Hormones

Your hormones aren’t just there to dictate whether or not you have stomach cramps every 28 days. In fact, your body is full of chemicals that do everything from regulate your metabolism to boost your muscle growth. Here, hormone specialist and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm answers a few quick questions about hormones and your body.

Q: What is Irisin?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Irisin is a hormone that received very little attention until recently. It’s essentially an exercise-related hormone that burns fat. Not only does Irisin transform unhealthy white fat into body-boosting brown fat, it is also believed that it offers the brain protective benefits against age and injury.

Q: How does estrogen affect the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen is most commonly thought of as the hormone that regulates the menstrual cycle and controls the physical features that differentiate women from men. It also plays a role in keeping your cholesterol levels down and making sure your bones stay healthy.

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Go for the Green | Marla Ahlgrimm on Why Adding Vegetables to Your Diet is a Smart Move

Marla AhlgrimmLove them or hate them, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy nutrition plan, says Marla Ahlgrimm. According to retired pharmacist, vegetables are low in fat and calories, contain no cholesterol, and offer the body a host of nutrients.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, a produce-rich diet will provide the body ample amounts of vitamins a, fiber, folic acid, and vitamin C. Furthermore, eating beans, tomatoes, lima beans, and spinach provides potassium, which can help maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber, which is most closely associated with proper digestion and bowel function, can also help reduce blood cholesterol levels and, perhaps more importantly, may lower the risk of heart disease.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Tips for Work/Life Balance

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm spent more than 40 years as an active member of the healthcare community. Her work as a pharmacist and women’s health advocate has shaped the way women – and men – look at women’s health issues. Throughout these decades, she’s picked up a few tips on how to manage a busy schedule as a woman and a business professional.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the biggest challenges for working women is a lack of energy. Between 6 AM wake-up calls, midday meetings, rushing home to cook dinner, and handling everything from children to finances, it can be difficult to keep pace. An overload of activity coupled with poor sleep and neglected nutrition can make energy a rare treat. Marla Ahlgrimm explains, however, that one of the best ways to recoup energy and rekindle your physical drive is to exercise. A 30 minute jog first thing in the morning – even if it means waking up early – will help you recharge at the beginning of the day for sustainable energy.

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Sneaky Sugar | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmSugar is certainly a sweet treat, but one that can cause a host of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and, more prevalently, obesity. And, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, sugar has a way of sneaking into foods you might not consider.

Here, Marla Ahlgrimm lists a few of the most innocent-looking foods that have a dark, sucrose-filled secret.

Protein bars

They might look healthy, with clever marketing images of fitness buffs running through the open hills right there on the packaging. But, some protein bars can contain as much – or more – sugar than a candy bar.

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Summer is Coming and That Means Sunscreen, says Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmWhile most doctors recommend wearing sunscreen anytime you’re out in the open, it’s especially important in the summer, when hours outdoors can go by in what feels like minutes.

According to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, sun protection is especially important for women, who may be more susceptible to certain types of skin cancer. And, from an aesthetic point of view, sun damage can make the skin look old and worn well before its time. And once the skin is damaged, there is no amount of lotion or makeup that will fix it.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Migraines and Women

Marla AhlgrimmMore than three-quarters of all migraines are suffered by women, says Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following brief Q&A, the retired women’s health center entrepreneur and compounding pharmacist shares insight on these debilitating headaches.

Q: Is it migraine more than a headache?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The vast majority of headaches are mild to moderate and go away on their own. Migraines, by contrast, can be very severe. People with migraines suffer with unusually intense throbbing pain, light sensitivity, and often, nausea. It is not uncommon to see spots or experience an acute loss of vision during a severe migraine attack.

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