Here at mbg, we’re always talking about hormone health because at the root of many health issues are imbalanced hormones. Stress, hormonal birth control, and trauma are just a few of the triggers that can throw our hormones out of whack, leading to things like weight gain, irregular periods, or anxiety. Too often symptoms related to hormone imbalances are disregarded as "typical PMS symptoms" or plain moodiness. Alisa Vitti, hormone health expert, author of WomenCode, and founder of FLO Living, an online health center for women, joined CCO Olessa Pindak on the mbgpodcast to tell us exactly why it's so essential that women listen to their symptoms and take hold of their hormone health.Twenty years ago, Alisa was planning to become an OB-GYN at Johns Hopkins when she knew something was off with her hormones—acne was showing up in places it never had before, she was gaining weight quickly, and her periods were gone. For six years she searched for an answer, consulting doctor after doctor, until she stumbled upon a passage in a medical journal that made it clear to her she likely had PCOS. Her gynecologist confirmed it and from there Alisa embarked on a two-year journey of trial and error to heal her symptoms, starting with blood sugar stabilization.Alisa’s personal experience healing her hormone imbalances with food and lifestyle changes is inspiring, and her actionable steps will encourage you to start thinking about what you can do to improve your hormone health. More than anything, Alisa urges women to pay attention to their symptoms and keep the conversation going with their healthcare providers. It’s never too late to transform your hormone health, and Alisa’s podcast is a great place to start.To contact Colleen or Jason with comments, questions, or speaker ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all sponsorship inquiries, please email email@example.com. Want to join our podcast email newsletter? Sign up here!