Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Winter Blues Can Make You Angry | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmSeasonal affective disorder is a condition many are familiar with. A lack of exposure to the sun caused by shortened days after the winter equinox can trigger a mild, depression-like condition. This last until spring, when the sun sticks around for four to six additional hours each day. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that these “winter blues” are not the only way winter can affect a woman’s emotions.

Researchers at Indiana University found in a 2015 lab study that aggressive behaviors were more common in women during the winter. It’s believed that shorter days affect sex hormones and melatonin, which can make the fairer sex a little less fair until well after New Year, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

While there’s nothing you can do about the way the weather affects your hormones, you can take steps to waylay aggression and enjoy your holidays.

Marla Ahlgrimm first suggests getting ample amounts of sleep. As the days grow shorter, the body produces melatonin in higher volumes and at an earlier hour. Melatonin is responsible for sleep and, as we tend to fight going to bed before 9 PM, not getting enough shut eye can make us cranky since our bodies don’t have time to process its melatonin.

Eating the right foods and being amply hydrated is also important to mood, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. Hunger is known to trigger short tempers, especially for women in the high-hormone point of their menstrual cycle. The popular slang term “hangry” is a play on the words hungry and angry and clearly illustrates that hunger-related moodiness is well accepted among people of all ages.

Finally, Marla Ahlgrimm suggest spending time alone. A few hours once a week can go a long way toward improving overall mood. And though the holidays are a time of togetherness, a bad mood can ruin Christmas morning.


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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