Feeling fatigued????

Feeling fatigued????

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Do you get tired more easily?  Feel older than your chronological age??  Lack the energy to do the things you want to do??

Fatigue, feeling tired, is a common complaint.  You want to get a work up for this as it can be caused by many things: sleep apnea, heart issues, anemia, infections, poor water intake, poor nutrition, lung issues, etc.  It is important to have your physician, who knows you well, evaluate you to make sure everything is OK.

The problem arises when your evaluation is “normal” and there is no apparent cause of your fatigue.  This is where anti depressants are often prescribed (sometimes they are needed but generally they are not).  This is when you really should think about a hormonal imbalance  causing your issues—especially if you are between 35 and 55 years old.  Of course, hormonal imbalances can affect men and women younger or older than this.

Most people think of low thyroid as a cause of fatigue and it can be overlooked by physicians when the levels are “normal” but not optimal.  However, low Testosterone in men and women is more often missed in traditional office settings and is a common cause of fatigue, as well as brain fog, muscle mass loss, loss of overall vitality, etc.  Men are typically not treated until their Testosterone levels are critically low, and then they are only offered synthetic replacements and their Testosterone levels are not even brought up to optimal levels. Women are generally not even treated at all for low Testosterone in a traditional medical setting.  Medical training programs forget that women need Testosterone too, just at lower levels than men.

The long term risks of not correcting low Testosterone is bone loss (osteoporosis), dementia, possible increased heart disease risk, etc. plus an overall decrease in vitality and energy.  If you feel that you may have a hormonal imbalance and you have not gotten the help you need, you naturally want that help.

The Cholesterol Myth

Cholesterol is in every cell of your body. Why would the human body be designed with the use of cholesterol in every cell if it were bad for us?? Why would studies show that higher cholesterol i.e. above 250 is associated with a lower overall death rate than those with lower cholesterol i.e. under 200??

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Cholesterol is a necessary substance for your body. It is used by the body to build your steroid hormones among other things. These hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Cholesterol is also needed in order to make Vitamin D. Cholesterol is so important to your body that you only get 1/4 of it through diet and the rest is actually made by your liver!

What the researchers are finding out is that it is not the cholesterol that causes your arteries to clog, rather it is inflammation in your body that changes the cholesterol from good to evil. If you can decrease the inflammation in your body, you decrease your risk of heart disease!! Just lowering your total cholesterol number is not the answer. To lower inflammation requires a customized diet that generally includes low carbohydrates (max 60 g/day), avoiding gluten, etc. (notice that statin drugs are not mentioned as a treatment!)

We know that optimizing your hormone levels helps you to reduce heart disease. When you adjust your lifestyle and balance your hormones with bio-identical hormones you feel and look better plus reduce your risk of heart disease, among other things.

Living Optimally

Balanced Hormones

I once read a quote “Our hormones do not decline because we age, rather we age because our hormones decline”. After treating people over the years for hormone imbalance I have to agree. Many of the age related things that happen to us are a result of a hormonal imbalance. Of course we are all going to die at some point, but it does not mean that we have to deteriorate for many years before then. Our bodies are designed to allow us to live vibrantly as we age. You should be able to live well and die quickly (at an advanced age). Most people are dying slowly with several chronic diseases.

Aches and pains, mental fogginess, bone thinning, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, mood changes, weight gain, etc have all been linked to an imbalance in hormones. Doesn’t it make sense to prevent the chronic diseases rather than just treat the symptoms?? Why wait until you have diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, severe arthritis, cancer, etc. before you do something about it?

Hormones are critical to your overall mental and physical well being. It takes a healthy diet, proper sleep, regular exercise, the right supplements, and the avoidance of toxins in order to balance your hormones. Using bio-identical hormones to also help balance your hormones is the price we pay to live in this toxic world. I look at the use of bio-identical hormones as a piece of the optimal wellness puzzle. When you address all the pieces properly, you live well: full of energy and vitality.

Adrenal fatigue And Hormones

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Feeling tired? Overwhelmed?? Adrenal fatigue may be the culprit. Your two adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys (one on each side). These glands help produce your sex hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone) among many other things. Cortisol is also a hormone produced by your adrenal glands and this hormone is critical for dealing with stress.

Our bodies are not made to endure the day in and day out stresses that we have today. You are constantly bombarded by stressful things. Your adrenal glands can not keep up and you can get what we call adrenal fatigue.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can be:

Anxiety, depression, chemical sensitivities, sweet and salt cravings, insomnia, daytime fatigue, etc.
If you have these symptoms get a saliva test for cortisol and have an evaluation by a Regenerative medicine specialist. Yoga, meditation, proper supplementation, and nutritional changes will assist you in your recovery.

Lower Cholesterol

Lowering your cholesterol has become a popular thing to do but is it the right thing to do?? Cholesterol is necessary for your body to function correctly. Current research is showing that inflammation is what is behind heart disease, not actual cholesterol amounts. In fact, the only people who gave been shown to even benefit a little bit from cholesterol lowering medications are people between the ages of 55 and 65 who have already had a heart attack or stroke (and mainly men).

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It appears that the protective benefit is more from decreasing inflammation than from the actual lowering of cholesterol. There are better ways to decrease inflammation.

Cholesterol is a necessary building block of the sex hormones Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone. The use of cholesterol lowering medications have been shown to lower libido for men and women, and cause erectile dysfunction in men.

Cholesterol lowering medication can also decrease your COQ10 levels. COQ10 plays an important role in producing cellular energy.
If your cholesterol is high it does indicate some likely inflammation in your body. It does not mean that you need medications. Work on your diet (low sugar, no or little processed foods, lots of vegetables, free range meats when you eat meat, wild caught fish, etc) and also have regular exercise. Get plenty of fiber in your diet. Green tea, fish oil and Niacin (a B vitamin) can also help.

Heavy Metal and You

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Heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium poison the body’s key enzyme systems and play an important role in the degenerative, age related diseases that are common place. Our bodies were not designed to deal with these toxic substances. They accumulate over time. As a young person, your body can handle these toxins but eventually your body gets overloaded and our enzymes begin to be affected.

The effects of this are that we start to get sick. It can start with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, or you can simply feel tired and perhaps in pain for no apparent reason. In later years, metal toxicity may show up as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, etc. There are many reasons for the chronic diseases that are becoming commonplace, do not overlook heavy metal toxicity as a potential cause.

The first step is in obtaining a specialized urine test to evaluate if you have a heavy metal toxicity. If you do, then chelation therapy is a good way to “de-poison” you. Chelation therapy involves the administration of agents that will bind to the heavy metals stored within your body and then escort them out. Standard medicine offers you drugs and surgery, but it does not make sense to just do that without at least attempting to detoxify your body.

I3C-Indole 3 Carbinol

When I treat patients with bio-identical hormones I like to share with them natural ways to ensure that their body processes estrogen correctly. Your body has several different metabolites of estrogen–some help to prevent cancer and others help to promote it. Obviously you want your body to metabolize estrogen in a way that does not promote cancer and helps your body to prevent cancer formation.

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I3C is a naturally occurring compound that is derived from cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage). I3C actively promotes the breakdown of estrogen to the beneficial metabolite (2 OH Estrone).
According to a fairly recent study in both men and women, supplementation with I3C (500 mg men and 400 mg women) resulted in a significant improvement in the production of 2 OH Estrone.

I3C not only helps to promote a healthier estrogen metabolism, it also appears to be able to help the body detoxify against xenoestrogens (false estrogens).

You can get I3C by eating a large amount of the cruciferous vegetables and you can also use a supplement form of I3C. Whether or not you are on bio-identical hormones, I advise that you follow this advice. You want your body to properly process the estrogen that your body naturally makes as well as the hormones that you give it.

Insurance And Hormones

Invest In Yourself

Hormones and Insurance

People often ask about having insurances pay for bio identical hormone consultations and pellets. The problem is that insurances do not compensate for the time involved in customizing your treatment and they do not pay for bio identical pellets and creams.

Insurances pay for the treatment of diseases and for non customized medications. If you are looking for compassionate, quality, customized hormone balancing; then you must realize that your insurance is not going to cover it. This is about optimizing your health and preventing diseases, not waiting until you have s serious disease. Insurances pay doctors based on the diseases diagnosed, not time spent getting you healthy.

I have the mind set that my health insurance is there for major medical expenses. Just like I only use my car insurance for major expenses; I do not use it for minor fender benders. Your health and wellness is in your hands and should be the most valuable thing you have. Investing in bio identical hormones done correctly is worth it. Isn’t feeling energetic, sleeping well, and having optimal health worth your time and money?

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia – Don’t Suffer

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If you have been told that you have fibromyalgia and think that you have to suffer, you do not. Fibromyalgia is basically a chronic pain syndrome where your muscles feel achy and painful on a daily basis. It stems from many different things. The first step with treating fibromyalgia is to get quality sleep. Adequate sleep helps your body to heal better. This can be done by utilizing Progesterone, melatonin, and a good bed time regimen.

The next step is to work on your diet. Food allergies, especially gluten, have been linked to fibromyalgia. You must work closely with your doctor to eliminate foods that could be triggering your immune system to fight your own body. Then, you want to look for other underlying issues like heavy metal toxicity, Testosterone/Estrogen deficiency, MTHFR deficiency (enzyme in your body), etc. Every person is different in what is causing their symptoms. It may take time but you can get a handle on fibromyalgia and live a quality life.

Estrogen For Everyone

Estrogen Health

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Estrogen” is generally used to describe the female hormone, but our bodies actually have several different forms of estrogen. The most potent form is estradiol. The other important forms of estrogen are estrone and estriol. Estrogens affect the function of many different tissues in your body–not just those that deal with reproduction. Estrogens play a critical role in building strong bone, protecting the heart, and balancing the mood, among many other functions. Thus it makes sense that estrogens are found in both men and women.

Metabolism of estrogen within your body is complex. Different metabolites are formed and they all vary in their potency. The ultimate effect that estrogen has on your body ultimately depends on how it is metabolized. Improving the metabolism of estrogen can be of benefit to women with a personal or family history of PMS, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, breast/uterine/ovarian cancer, fibrocystic/painful breasts, and even systemic lupus erythematosis.

You can improve your estrogen metabolism by increasing fiber intake and reducing fat intake, increasing your consumption of phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), losing weight, and increasing exercise. In addition, many nutrients can effectively help your body’s estrogen metabolism. These nutrients include indole-3-carbinol, B vitamins, magnesium, limonene, calcium D-glucarate, and isoflavones. Many antioxidants can help as well, such as Vitamins E and Cm, alpha lipoic acid, N-acetylcysteine, and green tea.