Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Hormones and Belly Fat | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmHormones play a role in every process of the body. That includes how fat is stored and where it settles. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, your hormones may be the reason you can’t lose those last few inches from your waist.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains thyroid hormones are the body’s energy conversion overlords. The three types of thyroid hormone must function as one in order for metabolism to do its fat-burning magic. But, everything from allergies to age can throw them out of whack, increasing the body’s midsection circumference. Likewise, growth hormone and acetylcholine work as metabolisms pit crew, rebuilding and repairing of muscle tissue overnight.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | This is Your Brain on Health

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm says women have more to worry about than their physical health. According to the retired health entrepreneur and pharmacist, a woman’s mental health is just as important as that affecting her body. Here are a few ways to keep your grey matter in great shape:

Mental stimulation

Researchers have identified a connection between brain stimulation and new cell growth, reports Marla Ahlgrimm. Establish these connections for yourself by reading, drawing, painting or any other activity that requires you to use your imagination or creative centers of the brain.

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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.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Depression

Marla AhlgrimmThe holidays are here which means lights, mistletoe, and turkey. But, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, it also means mild to moderate depression. While this depression may be caused by any number of factors, including stress over money, family tension, or even lack of exposure to sunlight, at its worst, it can be debilitating.

Depression is not uncommon. And unlike the stereotypical teenage girl crying in her pillow, depression does not always manifest in ways that are obvious to others. It is a silent condition that many people, especially women who are expected to uphold the Holly Jolly spirit of the season, hide rather well, says Marla Ahlgrimm. One of the first signs of depression is a gradual (or sudden) loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities.

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Menopause Basics with Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm spent more than three-quarters of her life devoted to helping women overcome issues relating to health and hormones. Here, the HRT expert and retired pharmacist offers general information on menopause.

Menopause is when a woman stops having a period completely. It signals the absolute end of her childbearing years, Marla Ahlgrimm explains. When women think of menopause, however, they typically envision night sweats, hot flashes, and irregular bleeding. This is perimenopause, the transitional phase, and it usually begins around a women’s 45th year.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, perimenopause is indicated at first by irregular periods and trouble sleeping. A doctor may test hormone levels in women who have not had a period for more than one year if they have not yet reached their 40th birthday. The onset of menopause may trigger mood swings, vaginal dryness, and disinterest in intercourse.

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When to Quit a Strictly Vegan Diet | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmVegan diets are all the rage these days as women become more and more health conscious. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, veganism can cause a host of unexpected issues that may indicate it’s time to retreat to meat.


Marla Ahlgrimm note that vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. But, grazing on nothing but greens and beans, which contained tons of suga carbohydrates, and fiber, can do a number on your intestinal system. Women who are sensitive to any of these may experience the discomfort of an exaggerated midsection on an all-vegetable diet.


Lean meats contain heme iron, which is easily absorbed by the blood and is arguably the body’s best energy source. A vegan diet simply can’t provide the same type of iron. In her days as a pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm was bombarded with daily stories of women who switch to veganism only to be diagnosed with pernicious anemia, a type of anemia initiated from extremely low levels of vitamin B12, which can only be obtained naturally via animal products.

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Q&A with Marla Ahlgrimm | Stress, Sex, and Sleep

Marla AhlgrimmChildren, work, and running a household mean one thing to weary women: stress. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm answers common questions about how stress affects the body and mind.

Q: Why am I so tired all the time? I’m stressed at work, but I get plenty of sleep.

Marla Ahlgrimm: Even if you’re slumbering peacefully (which, if you are truly stressed, you probably aren’t), your body releases a hormone known as cortisol when your mind is under pressure. Cortisol offers a burst of energy to help get you through the rough spots, but burning so much energy in a short time frame can leave you sluggish afterwards.

Q: I can’t seem to get (or stay) aroused anymore. It all started when I took a new position at work. Could stress be the cause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: While men use sex to relax, women have a much harder time getting “in the mood” when their minds are elsewhere. This is especially true for women facing long-term stress as the body reacts by altering the amount of estrogen it produces. This missing hormone could leave you uninterested in doing anything in your bed other than sleeping.

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