Dr. Anna Cabeca, a triple board certified, Emory University trained physician and hormone expert was diagnosed with early menopause at age 38. Devastated, she set out on a personal wellness journey to reverse her menopause side effects, which resulted in her delivery of a healthy baby girl at the age of 41.
After experiencing her own health successes, Dr. Cabeca began counseling others, ultimately changing the lives of thousands of women across the globe. Her new book “The Hormone Fix” and other empowering transformation programs have helped women of all ages become their best selves again. Her successful line of all-natural products features the alkaline superfoods drink Mighty Maca PLUS and the rejuvenating vulvar cream Julva.
Recently, Dr. Cabeca was named “2018 Innovator of the Year” by Mindshare Collaborative, the premier community for health and wellness influencers and entrepreneurs. In 2017, the Age Management Medicine Group presented her the prestigious Alan P. Mintz Award for Clinical Excellence.
Consumer Health Digest interviewed Dr. Anna Cabeca on how she got started, the inspiration behind her books and how she used her experience in making a difference in people’s lives.
Dr.Anna, tell us a little about yourself — your work, how you got started and what drove you to choose this profession?
I am a gynecologist and obstetrician. I trained at Emory University and I have loved women’s health since I was a teenager. I witnessed my mother struggling in her early fifties with diabetes, heart disease and at a young age of 52 requiring heart surgery. It was surprising how little information there was based on research in women.
I went to work with the U.S. Navy after college and I studied exercise physiology research. From there I went to an osteopathic medical school to learn to empower the body to heal itself through structure and function and all the medical modalities that we have at our hand in our Western civilization.
From there I went to Emory University in Atlanta and a specialized in gynecology and obstetrics. I then moved to Saint Simons Island, Georgia and have been here now for 20 years. I live with my youngest daughter who is 11 and my 20-year daughter who is in college. I also have a 23-year-old and a 30 year old daughter. We have two dogs named Sandy and Monte and a horse that we love. I love to travel and I love to meet people and hear their stories as well.
Q. You are the Author of ‘The Hormone fix.’ Tell us about your book.
The Hormone Fix – Burn fat naturally, boost energy, stop hot flashes and sleep better the Keto-Green way is my life’s work. The book encapsulates my struggles and tribulations from being diagnosed with infertility and early menopause at age 38.
I was able to reverse it at 41 and then again, struggling with menopausal symptoms at 48 and using what I call the Keto-Green approach that I’ve outlined in the book. The book outlines to not just lose weight but gain mental clarity, energy, and a Joie de Vivre, a higher sense of purposeful living.
Now, when it comes to your clients, what are the things you notice with them that they are unaware of or the things they do wrong?
Often the number one thing is they blame and shame themselves and carry around a lot of guilt and criticism of themselves. I really want them to make this shift because we have to love ourselves to get loving results and to get results that will make a difference.
It doesn’t matter what size, what shape, or how perfect we look. I’ve had so many women who have struggled in this area. The second thing we do wrong is snacking throughout the day. Snacking is a good way to destroy your metabolism after age 40.
The third thing is not realizing how much physiology affects our behavior and how we can use our behavior to affect our physiology to really get good results. For example, when we’re stressed, we’re going to be irritable, experience mood swings and we’re not going to sleep well. All of that is a function of imbalanced physiology. My book, The Hormone Fix addresses this very nicely.
What would you say to women who avoid the gynecology checkup even if the cost isn’t a factor?
I would say consider and choose a gynecologist who is someone you can confide in and is an advocate for your health and they are the most up to date in research on women. However, my preference is someone who also has functional medicine training because we really want to empower our body to heal itself and even past the age of needing regular or periodic pap smears and pelvic exams, they are critically important. Having your gynecologic checkup should continue to be a part of our annual or periodic self-care routine.
What would you advise women to maintain their health, particularly their reproductive health?
Honestly, my book, The Hormone Fix. In it I describe the Keto-Green way of living as essential to maintain health and reproductive health, empowering our hormones, oxytocin (the hormone of love, bonding, and connection), as well as cortisol (a stress hormone and insulin or blood sugar and master hormone regulator), is key to really living quality health from a physical and mental standpoint, and for brain and bone health.
When it comes to the business side of your work, are there any insights you would like to share about how you have gotten to where you are, mainly as a woman?
Number one, we have to really, as women, achieve balance in our work and personal life because if we’re not at peace with that balance, it makes everything more stressful.
Secondly, simplify. If it’s not a heck yes, it’s a heck no. We really have to streamline our focus and eliminate distractions. So many women who are capable of doing many things, and especially when they’re trying to start a business, they can often get pulled in many different directions.
Essentially, everyone wants you to help them with their project, right? We have to put our heads down and focus on what our next right step is and if what is being asked of us is not in alignment then we have to let that go as well. For me, it is prioritizing God and family first.
What’s next for you?
I am in the process of writing my next book and continuing to speak and teach around the world as well as my online programs Breeze Through Menopause Masterclass and Magic Menopause program. I will be relaunching Sexual CPR again this year too. Continuing to walk the fine line of work-life balance, but enjoying every minute of it.