Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

An Interview with Marla Ahlgrimm on General Health Tips for Women

Marla AhlgrimmBefore retiring, Marla Ahlgrimm spent four decades helping women with all aspects of hormone and general health. In today’s brief interview, Ahlgrimm touches on nutrition and why healthy eating is so important for women in all stages of life.

Q: Why is protein so important?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Proteins and amino acids are present in every cell of the body and help turn food into energy and break down toxins. The human body generates some protein, but not enough to give the body the amino acids it needs for everyday performance. Good sources of protein include eggs, red meat, fish, poultry, nut butters, dairy products, and beans.

Q: What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Carbohydrates can be broken down into two categories: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates should be limited and include those found in corn syrups, brown sugar, honey, white sugar, and maple syrup. Complex carbohydrate, which are found in fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and corn, include dietary fiber and offer the body sustained energy.

Q: Does the body really need fat to function properly?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely! Many of your vital organs, such as the brain, are made up of or are protected by fat deposits. Fat is used as a source of energy and also helps the body absorb a number of vitamins from food. However, not all fats are created equal with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats being the most body-friendly. Trans fats, which are often found in processed food, should be consumed in extreme moderation because they can build up in the arteries and create a host of health problems.

Q: Which fruits and vegetables are the healthiest?

Marla Ahlgrimm: As a general rule, you can’t go wrong by filling your plate with anything that grows. Even the sweetest fruits contain dietary fibers, which can balance natural sugars. Dark, leafy greens are exceptional sources of fiber and colorful vegetables, such as peppers and tomatoes, are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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