Behind Her Empire: Dr. Sara Gottfried on Keeping Hormones Balanced In Stressful Times

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

When Dr. Sara Gottfried speaks with her patients about stress and what it does to the body, she speaks from experience.

"I would park in my driveway, knowing that my precious daughter was inside with a nanny, and that I needed to get in that front door. And I just felt paralyzed. I felt paralyzed because I was so stressed," Dr. Gottfried said in this week's episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast.



A graduate from Harvard and MIT, Dr. Gottfried is a board-certified physician who has spent her career demystifying hormones and helping patients improve their health more broadly with personalized medicine.

Dr. Gottfried said she took it upon herself to go to a lab where she discovered that her stress hormone was three times as high as it should have been. Her body was producing too much cortisol, leaving her testosterone low, and leading to an imbalance.

After finding a natural way of getting her hormones back in balance, Dr. Gottfried wrote her first book and started her own digital health business.

She says one of the biggest myths women entrepreneurs face is the belief that they have to sacrifice their health in order to be successful.

"You had a fantastic raise, in terms of capital, but your relationships are suffering, your relationship with your own health is suffering. To me, that's not success. I think success for women is really about integration. And the core of it, the foundation of it is your health," said Dr. Gottfried.

Sara Gottfried, MD is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University and director of precision medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health where she focuses on career longevity for female CEOs. Her books include "The Hormone Cure," "The Hormone Reset Diet," and "Women, Food, and Hormones."

Engagement intern Joshua Letona contributed to this post.

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Cyber Monday Ecommerce Sales Lose Steam in 2021

Decerry Donato
Decerry Donato is an editorial intern at dot.LA. She received her bachelor’s degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, Decerry can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

Cyber Monday sales were down this year as retailers offered fewer discounts and out of stock items proliferated. Still, it was the busiest day of the holiday shopping season so far for online shopping.

Adobe Analytics, which monitors ecommerce transactions, found shoppers spent $10.7 billion on Monday, down from $10.8 billion the year before. And many weren’t as excited this year about the shopping days.

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California Is Getting New Fueling Stations for Hydrogen Cars, But Who Will Use Them?

Harrison Weber

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Harrison is dot.LA's senior finance reporter. They previously worked for Gizmodo, Fast Company, VentureBeat and Flipboard. Find them on Twitter: @harrisonweber. Send tips on L.A. deals to harrison@dot.la. Pronouns: they/them.

In California, virtually the only state with hydrogen cars on the road, about 47 active fueling stations serve a trickle of early hydrogen adopters who mostly cruise around Los Angeles and the Bay Area today. These hydrogen-powered passenger vehicles aren’t anywhere near as popular as electric cars, but that isn’t stopping California from spending millions of dollars to support them.

In the next five years, the state plans to triple the number of hydrogen refueling stations available to everyday drivers. With support from California taxpayers and a handful of investors, FirstElement Fuel is poised to operate more than half of those locations.

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Behind Her Empire Podcast: Modrn Med Founder Dr. Mary Pardee on How Stress Impacts Your Gut

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Dr. Mary Pardee has made gut health her life’s work, leading her to found Modrn Med, a telemedicine and virtual wellness company based in Sherman Oaks.

And it was her own personal experience with intestinal issues that led her to become the kind of doctor that wouldn’t tell her patients that “there’s nothing else we can do,” she told the Behind Her Empire podcast this week.

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