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Dr. Anna Cabeca is The Girlfriend Doctor. She's the first call for the woman who has questions she would only ask her best girlfriend if her girlfriend were a triple-board-certified OB-GYN. This top health podcast is all about helping women live better lives — before, during, and after menopause.

The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca Dr. Anna Cabeca OB/GYN

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 234 Ratings

Dr. Anna Cabeca is The Girlfriend Doctor. She's the first call for the woman who has questions she would only ask her best girlfriend if her girlfriend were a triple-board-certified OB-GYN. This top health podcast is all about helping women live better lives — before, during, and after menopause.

    How Fasting Heals the Body and Mind With Dr. Mindy Pelz

    How Fasting Heals the Body and Mind With Dr. Mindy Pelz

    On This episode of the Girlfriend Doctor, we had a conversation with Dr. Mindy Pelz, a fasting expert and author of Fast like a Girl! She is making fasting accessible and safe for women to practice in their daily lives. The key is to build awareness of your cycle and strategically plan your fasting to support your hormones. By tapping into your body’s wisdom, you can reap the full health and spiritual benefits of fasting. 
    It is no coincidence that most cultures practice fasting because it allows your body and mind to cleanse. Fasting is known to increase your energy and by integrating fasting into your life you can live longer, healthier and happier lives. Your energy is often reflected back at you by those around you and fasting is a natural way to  clear negativity and gain clarity in moments of turmoil. 
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [1:30] The effects of long term fasting
    [6:50] The ideas behind Fast like a Girl
    [8:30] The key to the fasting cycle
    [11:30] Structuring your fasting around your menstrual cycle
    [16:30] The science of fasting
    [18:20] How to properly break your fast
    [20:40] Using fasting to rebuild the microbiome
    [22:20] The ideal meal to break the fast
    [26:30] The best diet is the one you can keep
    [28:10] Snacking during your fast can help you endure longer fasts
    [30:10] How long is too long
    [35:00] short term dry fasts can promote fat loss
    [39:00] The spiritual side of fasting
    [43:20] The people around you often match your own energy
    [45:00] Should you fast during the flu



    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    Website:https://drmindypelz.com/fasting/
    Pre Order Book: https://www.amazon.com/Fast-Like-Girl-Healing-Hormones/dp/1401969925
    https://fastlikeagirl.com/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “I see a lot of evidence that you are rebooting dopamine receptor sites, you know if you really want to heal the body, you get to know yourself in a 72 hour fast. I love the longer fasts for women they just have to be timed to a woman’s cycle if she still has it”  [2:48]
     
    “If we look at a woman’s menstrual cycle, when hormones go high during ovulation and the week before our period, that’s when things have to change and each one of those sections have to be a little bit different.”  [11:35]  
     
    “ When you’re fasting you’re changing your whole microbiome in your gut and when we look at some of the critics of fasting there’s a lot of people, mostly men, that are saying, no it’s bad for the microbiome. Well, what it’s doing is you’re breaking down the old and you’re bringing back the new.” [20:40]
     
    “When you take water out of the equation, you force your body to go find other areas it stores water and burn that.” [36:40]
     
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor

    • 52 min
    How to Become your Authentic Self With Jenn Pike

    How to Become your Authentic Self With Jenn Pike

    On this week’s episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I spoke with Jenn Pike, the head mentor at The Hormone Project. Jenn is a medical exercise specialist and a functional diagnostic nutritionist. On her YouTube channel, Simplicity TV, she is helping women break free from negative patterns and discover their courage to live a life of authenticity. 
    When life demands so much of your time and attention it is easy to lose yourself, one sacrifice at a time. When burnout consumes you, there comes a moment when you must decide to prioritize your own joy and desire. Bravery can be as simple as making time for yourself everyday. 
    Living your authentic self is more than just a mindset, it is committing to the lifestyle that energetically aligns with your desires. This can mean giving up things you once loved or adding in new experiences that fulfill you. No matter what you’re called to do, using your body as the guide will lead you to act on what fulfills, nourishes and inspires you. It can be difficult to let go of the woman you once were but how much more exciting is it to become the woman of your dreams!
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    [4:40] Unapologetically stepping into your authentic self
    [6:45] How to see your “regrets” for what they really are…learning experiences 
    [8:12] Health issues often manifest when you aren’t in alignment with yourself
    [9:40] Lifting the energetic weight to live the life you desire
    [10:40] Breaking free of patterns and dealing with burnout 
    [11:30] Making room for joy and relaxation everyday
    [12:40] Addressing the root causes instead of focusing on the symptoms
    [13:30] Grieving the woman you had to be 
    [16:50] Rebirth can be simply getting better at what you already do
    [18:30] Making time for your Soul Appointment
    [23:40] Allowing yourself to evolve and become courageous
    [25:30] Menopause is when you level up into the wisest version of yourself
    [32:00] What you believe becomes your truth
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    https://jennpike.com/thehormoneproject
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFz7apcFRisJFPMChKkn1Ng
    https://www.instagram.com/jennpike/
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Simplicity-Project/dp/099175302X
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “The only person who has to actually know that this is where you are at in your life, in the beginning, is you.” [5:40]
    “We go through kind of different phases of emotions, so I find for a lot of women and I went through this at times too when there’s actually a bit of a grieving process that has to happen, where you grieve the women that you had to be or that you once were and you allow her to be released and dissolve so you can actually step forward into this new energy.” [13:37]
    “There is this shift that happens when you are no longer prepared to sacrifice your level of comfort for “the thing”.” [19:40]
     
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor

    • 39 min
    Eat the Rainbow And Other Longevity Practices with Serena Poon

    Eat the Rainbow And Other Longevity Practices with Serena Poon

    On this episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I am joined by Serena Poon, a celebrity chef and certified nutritionist who’s the founder of Just Add Water, a wellness line of super-nutrient foods and supplements.
    Serena incorporates soul wisdom into opening up pathways to great health and longevity while also using cutting-edge science. One of the most important areas is gut health, which affects our immune system, our mind, our mood and our behavior. Having a healthy gut is the key to longevity. 
    She recommends eating the rainbow – ingesting all different types of fruits and veggies along with lots of water to stay hydrated. It’s also important to measure your biomarkers like food intolerance, allergies, nutrient density, hormones and thyroid levels to manage deficits.
    Mindset is also critical to longevity. We usually want to stay in a safe or comfortable space in our health practices. But it’s important to break out of cycles that we’ve established to break through to better health and longevity. Only then can we radiate tremendous good health.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [5:47] Serena’s story of caring for her mother
    [11:04] Why gut health is important
    [12:24] The comfort of familiar versus unfamiliar
    [14:32] David Sinclair and longevity medicine
    [17:11] Survival stress on plants
    [18:58] Key biomarkers
    [21:35] Healing effects of Irish sea moss
    [30:24] The importance of detoxing
    [35:21] Matcha and maca
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    Website: https://serenaloves.com/
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/chefserenapoon/
    Instagram Handle: @chefserenapoon
    Other Social Media Links : https://twitter.com/chefserenapoon
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “How we extend our life in a vibrant way for longevity is to listen to your body. You know, our bodies are always telling us something.”
    “Most GI cancers come from diet and lifestyle. It comes very much from what we put into our bodies, comes from what we drink, what we eat, and even how we breathe.”
    “We are the leaders of where we go in terms of our lifespan and longevity. And one of the most important areas is gut health.”
    “There is that wisdom of knowing that we are always challenged with what our brain adopts as a habit or a safe place or a foundation or a comfort zone.”
    “That wisdom, that energy we have about ourselves and about our bodies is equally important to that cutting edge science.”
    “Know your biomarkers. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” 
    “Your gut really is such a key to everything -- not just brain health, but longevity.”
     
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor

    • 42 min
    How to Keep Strong Bones in Your 50s and Beyond With Kevin Ellis

    How to Keep Strong Bones in Your 50s and Beyond With Kevin Ellis

    On this episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, Kevin Ellis joins me to talk about bone health. Kevin is a certified integrative nutrition health coach who was diagnosed with osteoporosis in his thirties and has since become an expert on how to keep your bones healthy and strong.
    Osteoporosis occurs as a result of behaviors, disorders, diseases and medications that you take, among other things. So make sure you review all factors when it comes to your bone health.
    When you have osteoporosis, both your bone density and bone quality are reduced and that increases your risk of fracture. The first thing is to get a bone-density test to find out the condition of your bones. 
    Bone quality – the structural integrity of your bone -- is also important to create bone strength. A TBS test can give you an accurate reading on your bone quality, as well as bone turnover markers. These tests will help you identify the root cause of bone loss so you can figure out a plan to restore the raw materials and nutrients that you need for stronger, healthier bones through diet, digestion and nutrient absorption.
    What you eat doesn’t necessarily determine your bone health – it’s what your body absorbs into the gut. So it’s important to get the right nutrients to absorb into the gut. Reducing lifestyle stress, exercising right and improving sleep will also help to maintain bone health. You can take Kevin’s 50-minute Stronger Bones Master Class to help improve your own bone health. 
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [4:35] Kevin’s health journey
    [10:24] Definition of osteoporosis
    [10:44] Bone density
    [12:35] Bone quality
    [13:16] Bone turnover markers
    [18:40] Addressing the root cause of bone fragility
    [19:28] Causes of osteoporosis
    [20:13] Effects of SSRIs on bone density 
    [20:30] Other medications that could affect bone density
    [24:58] Digestive issues and their effect on bone health
    [26:00] Strong Bones Solution 
    [27:34] Importance of sleep and exercise
    [31:55] Staying away from blue light before sleep
    [35:08] Stronger Bones Master Class
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUEST
    https://bonecoach.com 
    Stronger Bones Masterclass - Free Online Masterclass Presented by Bone Coach™ - Kevin Ellis, Certified Health Coach & Osteoporosis Thriver
    The Bone Coach Osteoporosis & Bone Health Podcast on Apple Podcasts



    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “A lot of people don't realize your bones are not what you eat, it’s what you absorb. That’s a really important part of this.”
    “Your gut is really like the soil. That's where you're absorbing all of those nutrients that are broken down to their final form and they're absorbed by those roots in your soil.”
    “Inhaling our food and drinking with our meals – you don’t want to be doing that. And I always say free refills is a cause of cancer. We don't want to be doing that.”
    “We need to get to the point where we're actually building bone strength. If you lead a high stress lifestyle, that's going to contribute to bone loss, too.”
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor

    • 42 min
    Questions About Breast Cancer and Breast Health

    Questions About Breast Cancer and Breast Health

    This episode is dedicated to Sierra Haley who lost her battle with cancer on April 13, 2022. May her light continue to shine through in all she touched with her heart and beautiful spirit. Please consider donating to her GoFundme page in honor of Sierra for her family: https://gofund.me/846156f3
     
    On this episode of The Girlfriend Doctor, I take a deep dive into breast health issues and implants, talking to two doctors about breast health and one women who survived breast cancer. 
    If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to take care of your physical and mental health. Diet and sleep are crucial factors in minimizing risk. Avoiding sugar and adapting a keto green can also be very helpful. It’s vital to reach out to others for support and a sense of community. Thebreasties.org is one organization that helps women going through breast cancer treatment and all the physical and emotional issues associated with it.
    When it comes to breast implants, there are definite steps to take if you think your breast implants might be causing some health problems. The first thing to do is seek out an environmental physician, functional medicine doctor or plastic surgeon to assess your implants as well as other health-related factors. An environmental doctor is trained in the science of identifying environmental causes of what might be making your body toxic, and that includes the environment inside your skin.
    Breast implants don’t have to be replaced every ten years, but usually the warranty runs out in ten years. It’s a good idea to get them checked every three years with an ultrasound to make sure the implant shells are intact.
    Don’t ignore warning signs and pay attention to your female intuition when it comes to breast health. It's important to understand what is happening with your body and to be very proactive in your breast health. 
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [4:19] Dr. Kyrin Dunston’s story on getting breast implants
    [17:13] Sierra Haley’s story -- a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at 24
    [33:25] Dr. Rachel Walker, Dallas Plastic Surgery Center
    [34:19] Using fat to modify breasts
    [35:43] How breast implants have changed over the years
    [37:07] What puts you at high risk for breast implant illness
    [37:43] Breast implant illness and correlation to Hashimoto’s disease
    [40:32] What role chemicals can play in breast implant illness
    [45:56] How to make an informed decision about breast implants
    [51:01] Having a ruptured implant and how to deal with it
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR GUESTS
    Happy Sisters
    https://thebreasties.org/ (Text “breasties” to 44321 to donate)
    https://www.cosmeticsurgerydallas.com/dr-walker/
    https://www.midlifemetabolisminstitute.com/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “If you're having symptoms that you think could be due to implant illness, you need to tell your doctor that you have implants right away.”
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor  
     

    • 1 hr
    What’s In My Travel Bag: How to Stay Nourished and Balanced When You Travel

    What’s In My Travel Bag: How to Stay Nourished and Balanced When You Travel

    I'm on the road in New York City for this week's episode of The Girlfriend Doctor to talk about how to stay healthy and balanced when traveling, no matter what your itinerary is.
    My first tip is to always travel with a water bottle to stay hydrated. It has to be emptied of course before getting on the plane, but once you've landed, it becomes a lifeline to eliminate toxins and keep bowels regulated. 
    I always take along my Mighty Maca Plus to support the adrenals, detoxification and alkalinization. Plus, I have my Keto Green Shake on hand for some good nutrition if I'm stuck in an airport.
    For sleep, I use Night-Zzz for a nourishing night of rest, and Balance cream to moisturize and keep hormones balanced. I have many more tips to share with you, so please listen to the podcast!
    But before I go, I want to emphasize that the most important thing to do when traveling is to prioritize yourself. That includes nourishing yourself, being kind to yourself and forgiving yourself when you go off plan. Happy travels!
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    [2:38] The importance of hydration while traveling
    [3:06] Mighty Maca benefits
    [4:24] How to get good sleep while traveling
    [6:45] What’s in Dr. Anna’s Wonder Woman pack
    [8:26] The importance of collagen while traveling
    [10:27] Being kind to yourself while traveling
     
    HOW TO CONNECT WITH OUR HOST
    Website: http://drannacabeca.com/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Drannac/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/annacabeca 
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/cabecahealth
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/drcabeca/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drannacabeca/
     
    MEMORABLE QUOTES
    “Our physiology defeats our will power when we travel.”
    Enjoy and prioritize your health.”
    “When you are traveling, nourish yourself, be kind to yourself and forgive yourself when you go off plan.”
     
    To learn more about me and to stay connected, visit the links below:
    Website: The Girlfriend Doctor Instagram: The Girlfriend Doctor

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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234 Ratings

234 Ratings

Webler11 ,

Excellent show & information

Dr Anna is amazing. Love every episode. And her products. Julva and Mighty Maca are my every single day.

Ethanxv ,

Let guests speak please!!

I like the topics. I just wish the guests would be able to share their wisdom too. Often the host takes over and doesn’t let the guests talk very much. We know the host’s viewpoints, which are repeated over and over from show to show, but we don’t get to hear the new ideas and opinions of the guests.

jhollo ,

Amazing podcast

Dr Anna is truly amazing! I love her insight and scientific, holistic approach to helping women live healthier lives!!

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