Mini Pause #24: How to Make Friends with Carbs

Food, Female Athletes & Fertility

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

Women need to eat more overall calories to appropriately fuel and perform in their workouts. We want to think about how to maximally take advantage of food by strategically thinking about total calories (and in particular) carbohydrates in the peri-exercise time. In other words, carbs are your friend.

WHY

If you’re an active female who is either lifting weights, engaging in cardiovascular activity, or both, there is a chance you may not be eating enough calories to fuel adequate performance in your sport of choice and your basic, day-to-day functions. This is commonly referred to as Low Energy Availability or LEA.

Lack of food intake is rampant in female athletes because of societal pressures to look a certain way as a female athlete [*][*]. This might be coming from media, including social media (and the dreaded comments section), as well as teammates and coaches who may believe there are perceived performance enhancements if the athlete is leaner.

And you don’t need to be on a team or in a competitive environment to also feel this pressure.

Many women begin working out for aesthetic reasons (I was one of these women), and there is an inherent expectation of body composition changes when combining energy manipulation in the form of caloric restriction and an exercise intervention.

Dieting can mess with our heads.

I have seen this firsthand in females who initially participate in a ketogenic or a low-carbohydrate diet. The results are immediate and welcome! A drop in water weight, the scale moving in the right direction, and we can make the cognitive error that we have found the diet for us.

And it does work.

It works wonderfully while we are metabolically unhealthy or consuming too many calories. Restricting carbohydrates works to reduce total calorie intake, decrease inflammation, and fuel weight loss.

Until it doesn’t.

WHAT

I’ve seen this countless times with women–they love the results of carb restriction so much that they hold onto the idea that that is the only way to drop weight and keep it off.

Clinically I have seen this NOT be the case. After a time, excessive carbohydrate restriction begins to wreak havoc on the thyroid. Dom D’Agostino and I [*] discussed this on the podcast a few years back–excessive carbohydrate restriction often leads to a hypoactive thyroid.

I like to explain this phenomenon–a diet working and then over a period of time it stops working–as exhausting the area under the curve [*]. While this term is used in pharmacokinetics (how long should a drug be dosed for), we can also apply this term to the therapeutic intervention of diet.

Said another way… the diet that heals you isn’t the diet you should follow long term.

When women restrict too aggressively with the same intervention for too long, maladaptions can occur.

When you’re in a chronic energy deficit–either through over-exercising or under-eating –your reproductive capacity is downregulated via nutrient-sensing pathways [*], which also can affect your metabolism and body composition.

HOW

After a long period of carbohydrate restriction, if you notice that your weight loss has stalled, or it is feeling harder and harder to stick to it, it might be time for a change.

Change might mean increasing total calories, and reintroduction of carbohydrates specifically.

Realizing the anxiety this may invoke in some of you, think about strategic dosing of carbohydrates in the peri exercise time. Either immediately preceding a workout, immediately after a workout, or both (!) is a fantastic time to consume your carbohydrates.

Remember your muscle is one of the primary sites for insulin activity, glucose storage, glucose utilization, and fat utilization. So timing your carbohydrates around your exercise ensures this fuel will be sequestered and used for muscle activity. You are the most insulin-sensitive immediately after a workout!

NOW

If you are a cycling woman, consider initially increasing carbohydrates (and therefore total calories) in the luteal phase of your cycle. This is the 12- to 16-day period after ovulation, and before your period begins. I detail this in “The Betty Body,” which also has meal plans to show you exactly how to do this.

Typically I am for an initial increase of 10% of total calories to be increased.

If your cycles are irregular and unpredictable, or you are menopausal, you can increase your calories right now irrespective of where you are in the cycle. See how that affects your performance and endurance in your gym sessions.

Question of the Week:

Q: Can you clarify some questions about sunscreen?

This question from Doris about sunscreen comes at a great time. She writes, “Thanks for your podcast episodes on skin health–love them all! Regarding sunscreen: I am a proponent of wearing it daily, but I have some clarifying questions.”

  • If you work indoors all day but in front of computer screens, does that still warrant daily use?
  • How often is it recommended that one reapplies sunscreen?
  • When you are indoors, and then when you are outdoors (and outdoors, when it’s April in Toronto and we might not be outdoors for long and the sun isn’t strong, and when it’s truly summertime)?

Sunscreen is such a polarizing topic, isn’t it?!

I would say that timing and dosing of sun (and of course light) is what’s most important to consider here.

On the one hand, chronic UV exposure (sitting out on a beach all day in the middle of summer, with no sunscreen) is going to increase your risk for skin cancers. And if you do require surgery to remove the cancer, it’s awful, usually induces bad disfigurement and scarring, and the recovery is more difficult than I think people realize.

On the other hand, insufficient sun exposure is a real problem [*] and has direct consequences for human health. As we have moved to working primarily indoors, we do have to be mindful of getting adequate sun exposure.

Here are my best recommendations:

  • Get early morning sun exposure. Go outside in the morning when the sun is low in the sky, full of blue and green lights that rev up our circadian rhythms. You can opt for sunscreen if you like (I do).
  • Indoors, it is less important to be concerned with the application and reapplication of sunscreen if you are not exposed directly to sunlight coming in.
  • Avoid sunbathing between 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is typically at its highest point in the sky and at its strongest. Personally, if I do spend time in the sun, it is usually after 4 pm.
  • Wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses to avoid squinting.
  • If you are lighter skinned and pasty pale from the winter months, be very cognizant of your initial weeks in the sun as you are hopefully developing a little base of color without turning into a tomato.

YOUR TURN!

I’ll be answering your questions every week right here in the Mini Pause! Let me know what’s on your mind. I’ll be checking for both questions and feedback at support@drstephanieestima.com.

What I Recommend: OneSkin

I’m super curious about advances in skin care that target both skin health and anti-aging. That’s why I’m obsessing about the OneSkin product line–especially the tinted facial SPF and the new body SPF with additional collagen support.

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OneSkin’s flagship ingredient, OS-01, is a novel peptide that targets what’s called “cellular senescence” a root cause of why your skin ages.

Learn more about OneSkin peptide science and try the sunscreens for yourself this summer (and all year round). You’ll be SO glad you did! Use code DRSTEPHANIE at checkout to save 15%.

Mini Pause #23: Meals, Muscle, Mindset & (Peri)Menopause

Hello my Bettys!

For the past 22 weeks, I’ve delivered this weekly newsletter to you filled with educational content and actionable strategies for your meals, muscle, and mindset. I’ve also included recommendations for items that put the focus on your energy, body and brain with new ways to reach your health goals. And it’s been my absolute pleasure to answer your direct questions. Keep them coming!

This weekend, I’m speaking on two stages at Europe’s Health Optimisation Summit about Cycle Syncing and Menopause. So instead of my usual article, I’m giving you a bevy of resources to dive into.

  • Missed any of the first 22 issues of Mini Pause? Read past issues here.
  • Need to catch up on the Better! podcast episodes? Listen here.
    • The June podcast lineup is all about mindset (just as essential as your meals & muscle) with four amazing guests: Dr. Emma Seppälä on personal sovereignty; Africa Brooke on self-expression; Danielle Bayard Jackson on women’s relationships; and Stephanie Harrison on finding happiness.
  • Want a customized podcast playlist based on your health goals? Take a short quiz here.
  • Prefer your Better! podcasts on video? Watch here (and please subscribe!).
  • Intrigued by the supplements, devices, and products I use in my daily routine? Explore the Health Toolkit here.
  • Check out what I’m doing day to day on Instagram here.

DID YOU KNOW?

In addition to speaking engagements, I’m invited to share my expertise with other podcast audiences. I love being able to do this and reach even more women! Here are a few of the conversations I’ve had recently about women’s health.

Biohacking Bestie with Aggie Lal: Cycle Syncing for Weight Loss, Boosting Your Metabolism, and the Dangers of Calorie Restriction (What Every Woman Should Know) Listen

Ancient Health Podcast by Dr. Josh Axe (hosted by Courtney Bursich): Empower Your Hormones: Dr. Estima’s Guide to Female Health Listen

Passion Struck with John R. Miles: Deciphering the Language of Symptoms Listen

The Optimal Body with Dr. Jen Fraboni & Dr. Dom Fraboni: Improve Your Metabolism; Body Composition; and Pain During Menopause and Beyond Listen

Coming Soon! A Premium Membership Subscription

It’s my mission to remove information overwhelm for you. So, I’m carefully curating resources designed with actionable steps that help you achieve real and lasting results in the new Premium Membership Subscription. For example:

  • Private “Ask Me Anything” episodes based on your most important and pressing questions.
  • Early and ad-free access to the weekly Better! podcasts. I go deep into my own process for living my best geeky goddess life in my mid-40’s and how you can, too!
  • A downloadable action guide for each podcast episode in either “light,” “medium,” or “dark” roast versions, including key topic points, conversation takeaways, helpful links, and more.
  • My insights from the guest discussion coupled with recommendations you can use to build habits and routines that support your goals.
  • Surprise guests and solo shows only for members.
  • Exclusive content beyond the podcast episodes.

Since you’re already getting the Mini Pause newsletter, you’ll be the first to know when the membership opens. I can’t wait to bring this new option into the Bettyverse for you!

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Send your topic ideas, feedback, and suggestions to support@drstephanieestima.com.

What I Recommend

Estrogen, a key hormone that declines during menopause, significantly impacts the nervous system. This decline can lead to heightened stress responses and disrupted sleep patterns. It’s not just about feeling stressed or tired; these changes can exacerbate other menopausal symptoms like weight gain and brain fog.

One of my favorite products that helps to regulate the nervous system is the Apollo wearable, especially because it was created by neuroscientists and physicians.

You can read about how the Apollo delivers gentle, soothing vibrations that help the body switch from “fight or flight” to a more “rest and digest” parasympathetic state in this article.

If you choose to invest in an Apollo wearable to help manage your nervous system, click HERE. A DRSTEPHANIE 15% discount will be automatically applied at checkout for you.

Unlocking the Secrets of Nervous System Regulation for Women in Midlife

As women transition into their perimenopausal and menopausal years, they often experience myriad symptoms that can disrupt daily life and make them feel unlike themselves. It can be a turbulent time — physically and emotionally. These symptoms are frequently rooted in hormone imbalances, from stress and weight gain to brain fog and sleep disturbances.

And while hormones tend to take center stage, another important player often overlooked is the nervous system. Understanding and regulating your nervous system can help you unlock better health, energy, and overall vitality.

Understanding the Nervous System

The nervous system is your body’s command center. It regulates everything from your heartbeat to your ability to handle stress. During menopause, hormonal fluctuations upend this delicate balance.

An overactive sympathetic nervous system causes a chronic release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, making your breathing shallow and fast, sending your heart rate up, and diverting all available resources like blood and oxygen to your heart, lungs, skeletal muscle systems, and amygdala (the fear center of your brain) to get you out of harm’s way.

Since you only have so much blood and oxygen to go around, all the systems that aren’t responsible for survival in those moments–like digestion, reproduction, immunity, and even emotional regulation–get deprioritized to ensure you get to safety.

This is how humans survived over time; our nervous system evolved to prevent us from falling asleep or thinking about reproduction when a threat is nearby (bear! lion!).

Nervous System and Hormone Imbalance

Estrogen, a key hormone that declines during menopause, significantly impacts the nervous system. This decline can lead to heightened stress responses and disrupted sleep patterns. It’s not just about feeling stressed or tired; these changes can exacerbate other menopausal symptoms like weight gain and brain fog.

Regulating Your Nervous System

Fortunately, there are several strategies to help regulate your nervous system:

  • Mindfulness & Meditation: Regular mindfulness practices can reduce stress and improve your body’s response to hormonal changes. Simple techniques like deep breathing or guided meditation can be powerful tools.
  • Exercise: Physical activity, especially yoga and aerobic exercises, can help regulate the nervous system. They not only improve muscle mass and energy levels but also enhance your mood and sleep quality.
  • Nutrition: Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and B vitamins support nervous system health. Incorporating these into your diet can aid in managing stress and improving overall well-being.
  • Sleep Hygiene: Prioritizing sleep is crucial. Establish a regular sleep routine (also known as sleep hygiene), limit screen time before bed, and create a calming bedtime environment.
  • Supplementation: Certain supplements, under the guidance of a healthcare professional, can support nervous system health. These might include adaptogens, magnesium, or omega-3 fatty acids.

Products That Support Nervous System Health

When considering products, look for those that support the strategies mentioned above. Whether it’s a meditation app, a yoga mat, or a high-quality supplement, each product should align with the goal of nervous system regulation and overall well-being.

I started doing yoga regularly at the start of 2024 and it’s been wildly beneficial for me. I now attend yoga classes regularly several times a week. Try what works for you–perhaps you’d like to explore the serenity of meditation or supplements that can guide you into a calmer state.

One of my favorite products that helps to regulate the nervous system is the Apollo wearable, especially because it was created by neuroscientists and physicians. It delivers gentle, soothing vibrations that help the body switch from “fight or flight” to a more “rest and digest” parasympathetic state.

Apollo is designed to offer the benefits of mindful practices like meditation and breathwork through your body’s natural response to touch. It also can improve your deep sleep, REM sleep, and total sleep time. (And I’ll keep saying this: Getting better quality sleep is absolutely essential to managing your peri and meno symptoms!)

Navigating the perimenopausal and menopausal years doesn’t have to be such a struggle. By understanding and caring for your nervous system, you can significantly impact your health, vitality, and quality of life. Remember, small, consistent steps can lead to big changes.

I’m always looking for affordable items for my Bettys who want to uplevel their health.  If you choose to invest in an Apollo wearable to help manage your nervous system, click HERE. A DRSTEPHANIE 15% discount will be automatically applied at checkout for you.

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Mini Pause #22: Why Up Your Calories? More Muscle Growth & Less Fat Gain

TL;DR (too long, didn’t read)

Eat more calories to build muscle. At any weight. At any size. At any fitness level.

WHY

I’ve been writing over the last few weeks (Mini Pause #21 & Mini Pause #20) about why women need to stop punishing ourselves with overly aggressive caloric restriction. Bottom line: you need to eat more food to provide the building blocks to assemble new muscles.

But… just how much? And what kind? Are we talking a tub of Häagen-Dazs or is it extra steaks? How many calories above maintenance are we talking about here

WHAT

If muscle hypertrophy is the goal, you need to provide the muscle (and the bones, tendons, and ligaments that support it) extra calories to assimilate and build said muscle.

The best evidence [*] suggests that if you are a beginner, you can profit off the newbie gainz to utilize more food for muscle accumulation. If you have been training for less than a year consistently, progressing slowly in your muscle growth journey, it seems like a caloric surplus of 20-40%of your maintenance calories is ideal. This works out to somewhere between 500-1000 extra calories daily.

Remember, as a new lifter, your rate of muscle turnover is much higher than a seasoned lifter, and as such, will require more calories (hurray!)

If you are an experienced lifter, where your progress and strength gains are near maxed out, you still require a caloric surplus, but it’s much lower. Something around 10-20% caloric surplus, or somewhere between 250-500 extra calories daily.

When you are close to your natural potential in muscle size, unfortunately, your fat gain potential is higher, and so fewer calories are recommended here.

HOW

For the record–I totally get how shocking these numbers might be. Especially if you’re someone who has been under-fueling and on some sort of “diet” for weight loss for a long time. Couple this with the cultural norms of women needing to be small, skinny, petite, and delicate, and it is a mind f*ckery at its finest.

I write about periodization of, well, your period, in The Betty Body where we increase calories every month in week 4 of your cycle by about 10-15%. I get 40% caloric surplus can feel like just too much too soon, so let’s start off nice and easy shall we?

There are so many benefits to nourishing your body in the way it requires and expects of you. You can gradually increase your metabolic rate, and your NEAT output (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), and give your organs, bones, and muscles the energy they need to operate properly.

Are you with me?

NOW

  • Pick up a copy of The Betty Body.
  • Start tracking your food intake to determine what you’re currently eating.
  • You can keep these calories consistent in the follicular phase of your menstrual cycle.
  • In your luteal phase, you’re going to pinky promise me you’re going to TRY and increase your calories a little bit. Deal?
  • If you are menopausal, congratulations. You don’t have to worry about a cycle any more so you can just jump right into a caloric surplus of 10-15% today.

Question of the Week

Q: Should we be sore after a workout?

This question came in through my recent Ask Me Anything on IG. And there’s A LOT of debate around this. Here is where I stand on it:

Whenever you change up your routine (which you should be doing regularly) because it is a novel stimulus, having some soreness is normal for the first or second time you do it.

The absence of soreness doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard enough.

That being said, if you are never sore (even from a workout you are familiar with) I find this problematic. Workouts should be a sufficient stimulus that induce soreness from time to time.

For me, I am gunning for soreness in weeks two and three of my cycle. I just have the most energy, motor coordination, mental stamina, and hormonal landscape to go for it. So I’ll increase volume, weights, or both during this time.

So… I guess what I’m saying is… it depends. You know yourself best, and you know when you’re ready for a stellar workout. When you feel well-rested, mentally sharp, and prepared to work–see what you’re made of. Intermittent soreness is a good thing.

YOUR TURN!

I’ll be answering your questions every week right here in the Mini Pause! Let me know what’s on your mind. I’ll be checking for both questions and feedback at support@drstephanieestima.com.

WHAT I RECOMMEND: A Health Toolkit

I get a lot of questions from my Bettys about what they can do, take, or try to look, feel, and perform better in their lives. That’s why I compiled and launched a Health Toolkit for you this year.

I’ve curated numerous resources on my new website for my Bettys who are still cycling, experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, or going through the menopause transition. You’ll find solutions for sleep, skin, longevity, protein, energy, red light therapy, cooling hot flashes and more! Everything I recommend, I use myself. That’s my rule.

I invite you to get curious about the ways you can uplevel your health. Check out the Health Toolkit here.

And to answer the Betty question that came in regarding why I don’t use a sauna blanket anymore–I still do! (And now I interchange it with time in my Sunlighten sauna.) I love the sauna blanket for recovery after especially heavy lifting days. My preference is the BON CHARGE model. Use code DRSTEPHANIE for an exclusive discount on either sauna style you prefer.

Mini Pause #21: How Caloric Deficits Impact Your Bones, Muscles & Tendons

TL;DR (too long, didn’t read)

Caloric deficits impact the trajectory of women’s bone density and muscle mass. Caloric deficits also can impact women’s height, ability to build muscle, and menstrual cycle. We must reframe our thinking from being as skinny as possible to being as strong as possible.

WHY

Oh, look! I have more to say about chronic caloric deficits. Hold my beer.

Just kidding. I never drink the stuff. But… I have been thinking about chronic caloric deficits and the impact it has on a woman over her lifetime. Specifically, I want to talk about not getting enough calories in and how seriously it affects your bones, muscles, tendons, and joints, and injury risk.

Last week, I touched on the idea that eating in a caloric deficit can have deleterious effects not only on your gainz, but also on other important areas of female health like menstruation, bone health, brain health, and hormone production.

Let’s tuck into this a bit.

WHAT

One of the things I couldn’t shake after writing last week’s Mini Pause #20 is that most of us have been on some kind of diet for all of our lives. That means that for many women, we have been trying in some form or another to starve ourselves skinny. So at best, we have underestimated our calories thinking we are in a deficit, and at worst, we’ve fostered a real, chronic caloric deficit that impacts organ function and tissue remodeling and maintenance.

I wanted to expand on last week’s newsletter because it has real consequences on our body’s ability to function normally.

Most obviously, chronic caloric restriction is going to affect the regularity and cadence of our menstrual cycle. I write about this extensively in The Betty Body and why women are still getting periods (no matter how irregular they may be).

If your body fat percentage is too low, you run the risk of depriving yourself of ovulation, which is the main point of your menstrual cycle. In doing so, you also deprive your body of progesterone. This sex hormone is only produced when you ovulate.

Progesterone has wide-sweeping effects on the body like promoting good sleep, calming anxiety centers in the brain down, and supporting thyroid function–all three of which perimenopausal women tend to struggle with.

But there are other, perhaps more deleterious effects of prolonged caloric deficits, such as the effects it has on your bones and muscles.

Young women who under-eat and have lost their menstrual cycle as a result of over-dieting are at risk for developing irreversible damage to their skeletal system because 90% of our bone mass peaks at about 18 years of age [*]. This means that without adequate nutrition, a teenager who is undereating will impair her bone strength; change the architecture of the bone itself, causing it to have a higher affinity for bone fractures; and can even change her final height [*]. It puts this young woman at a higher risk of vertebral fractures throughout the rest of her life, even if she resumes normal eating patterns.

Having seen my fair share of vertebral fractures in my clinic, this is something you want to avoid at all costs. It is painful and disruptive, and the rehab is incredibly difficult from both a physical and mental point of view.

Amenorrheic episodes (months without ovulation) also impact your anabolic hormones like estrogen. Without a regular menstrual cycle, you would be considered hypoestrogenic, which is not too dissimilar to what we see in the final stages of perimenopause and menopause.

In both age groups, we see a fraying of the bone architecture, an increased susceptibility to fractures, and reduced bone strength. We want bones that are more “bendable” to withstand the forces on them. The more brittle and less “bendy” a bone is, the more likely it is to snap.

The other deleterious effect chronic caloric deficits have are on our body’s ability to repair and grow new muscle tissue. Muscle is so much more than aesthetic, as you know. Undereating is associated with impaired myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic muscle protein synthesis [*], compared to training with optimum energy availability.

Being on a chronic diet for YEARS is going to measurably impact your muscle mass, bone density, injury risk, and organ health. And it will catch up to you eventually.

HOW

I wish I could snap my fingers and wake us all up from the collective spell of wanting to be skinny, but the truth is, each of us will have our own paths to this awakening. What I can say to the well-intentioned woman (possibly the one reading with a touch of cynicism who gets what I’m saying intellectually but emotionally still desires to be small) is that your worth is not what the scale says.

If you have a lot of muscle mass, you are likely going to be heavier than whatever arbitrary number you have in your head. That number by the way has been subtly implanted from reading Cosmo, Teen Cosmo, and whatever other junk we grew up reading.

Think deeply about the images of thinness growing up. Women in perimenopause know this intimately because if you are around the same age I am, you grew up with Kate Moss and the advent of the grunge and heroin-chic look.

I distinctly remember as a teenager who was studying fashion magazines, that my body was just not built like the girls on these pages. I have thighs that are always going to touch. I have hips made for childbearing. I am just built differently.

Of course, these physical qualities have been in vogue as of late, which also just goes to show you the standards of beauty are always changing. So find the beauty in your own damn self and stop looking for external validation. Love your freckles, your scars, your hair color. Because soon stars will take out their BBLs, strong Roman noses will be the new ideal, and thin eyebrows will be back.

Point is–the house always wins. So be the house. Not the player.

NOW

  • Play India Arie’s “Because I Am a Queen
  • Think about your relationship with food and dieting and what messages your daughters and sons are receiving. Is it good? Bad? Neutral
  • Contrast that with how you would like to show up for yourself, your family, and your community.
  • Can you experiment with eating a little more? What if you started with simply 100 calories more of protein? Could you make that work?

Q: I know I need more calories in my luteal phase. Can I increase fat? Or do I need to add more carbs?

Short and to the point for Divie3 from Instagram today.

Yes, if you are hungrier you definitely need more calories. I usually recommend something like 10 to 15 percent more than you are eating in your follicular phase. The first thing is to make sure your protein intake is adequate. Typically something like 1g of protein/per ideal pound of body weight. After that you can dial up fat or carbs; whatever tickles your fancy!

YOUR TURN!

I’ll be answering your questions every week right here in the Mini Pause! Let me know what’s on your mind. I’ll be checking for both questions and feedback at support@drstephanieestima.com.

What I Recommend: Red Light Therapy

I’ve added another component of light therapy to my recovery practice. (Yes, that’s really me lying on it in the photo).

While my Bettys know how much I rely on science when it comes to all things wellness, I’m going to admit that the PEMF Mat by Bon Charge both soothes and energizes in ways I wasn’t expecting–and I loved it right away.

It’s a pulsed electromagnetic field mat that works with your body’s natural magnetic field and uses bioactive wavelengths combined with red and near-infrared light. An additional far-infrared light component warms your body.

You can use the PEMF Mat during yoga, stretching, or grounding while lying down. You can even read a book or take a nap. The Mat’s programming allows you to choose sleep, grounding, focus, or meditation and relaxation.

And ever searching for ways to be more efficient, I combined my Red Light Face Mask and Red Light Neck & Chest Mask with time on the PEMF Mat. It’s a triple win for wellness. Speaking of triple, the PEMF Mat now comes in three sizes: a sitting pad, a demi size, and the full size.

View the entire Red Light Therapy Collection here and use code DRSTEPHANIE to save 15% off sitewide.