Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm Simplifies Common Healthcare Terms

Marla AhlgrimmThe world of women’s health is full of confusing terminology that most people wouldn’t dare use in everyday conversation, says Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following brief post, the retired women’s healthcare expert simplifies a few of the most confusing terms tossed about the doctor’s office.

Advance directive. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, an advance directive is a set of written instructions outlining a patient’s wishes should he or she become too ill to direct their medical care. A healthcare power of attorney is an example of an advance directive.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Food for Heart

Marla AhlgrimmWhere heart health is concerned, what you eat is just as important as how much physical activity you get, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The retired pharmacist and women’s health expert explains that heart disease and stroke are respectively the number one and number three cause of death for women in the United States.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women can lower the risk of stroke and heart disease by choosing a variety of healthy, non-processed foods. At mealtime, fruits and vegetables should comprise the bulk of the plate followed by lean meats, whole-grain, and low-fat dairy products. A heart-healthy meal might include three- to four ounces of skinless chicken, a serving of wild rice, a salad mixed with spinach and colorful vegetables, and a glass of milk.

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Bra Pain More Than Temporary Discomfort | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmFrom back pain to bad posture, your ill-fitting bra is causing more damage than you may think, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Here’s how:

Reduced blood circulation

A too-tight bra may reduce blood circulation, causing skin damage. And it’s not only large cup sizes, says Marla Ahlgrimm, who explains that a well-fitting bra is one that does not shift about throughout the day. It will be firm enough to stay put without causing indentations in the skin.

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Women and Lupus | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmLupus is an autoimmune disease that affects women more often than men. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, young women of color between the ages of 15 and 45 are most likely to be affected by lupus.

Currently, there is no known cause of lupus. It is not a communicable disease and is not definitively linked to genetics. It is suspected that hormones trigger the disease since it is most common during childbearing years. Lupus is of major concern to women since it can increase the risk of other health conditions, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Women with lupus are at a higher risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and kidney disease.

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Hormone Imbalances and Moodiness | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmYou can think of hormones as tiny messengers that send signals throughout the body. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, different hormones send different instructions to each system and help regulate everything from digestion and weight gain to mood and reproductive abilities.

There are a number of hormones that affect mood. Here, Ahlgrimm takes a look at a few possible bad attitude triggers.


Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. Too much or too little can instigate cravings for sugar and salty foods along with a low sex drive. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that a cortisol imbalance can cause dizziness, insomnia, and afternoon headaches. Many women experience difficulty losing weight and chronic, systemic inflammation. A lack of cortisol makes it more difficult for the body to handle stress and can leave you feeling on edge and unable to cope.

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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.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Eating for Heart Health

Marla AhlgrimmFood is what drives every system in the body, says women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. What we put into our bodies plays a significant role in how we look and feel from the inside out. Here, Ahlgrimm talks about heart-healthy foods and ways you can change your diet today for a healthier heart tomorrow.

Q: What are some foods that help prevent heart disease and stroke?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A diet rich in a variety of different foods is a great first step in reducing your risk of heart-related conditions. Fruits and vegetables should comprise at least half of every meal. Whole grains, such as wild rice, sorghum, whole-wheat, and oatmeal, are an essential part of a healthy diet. Stick with low-fat dairy products, lean meat, and other forms of protein such as beans and eggs.

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