Category Archives: Hormones

Magic Pill For Feeling Great

Published on April 25, 2016 by

A lot of people search for the magic pill, supplement, diet, etc that will make them feel great. I wish that I could tell you that one exists but it does not. Feeling great doesn’t come from just one thing.

Years of treating patients, going to different conferences, and reading a variety of books has made me realize that achieving optimal health involves addressing multiple things. Everything we eat, drink, watch, say, and use impacts our body. We are complex beings and our bodily functions are complex.

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It is important to pay attention to everything — to be aware. You must be aware that everything affects you in some way. The good news is that you do not have to be perfect and you can change what you do, consume, use, and think over time. Life is a process and getting to optimal health is a process as well. Be patient with your body.

The following areas need to be addressed : your diet, the liquids you consume, your sleep patterns, exercise, your mind, toxins you are exposed to and your current toxin load, the supplements that you specifically need, and hormone balancing. I have found that replacing your deficient hormones with bio-identical hormones helps you to think, sleep, and overall feel better fairly quickly. But it is not the complete answer.

Once we get your hormones in a better balance, you are better equipped to address the other areas mentioned above. Hormone balancing is not a magic pill–it is simply important to address in today’s world. We live in a world that is filled with things that are toxic to our mind and body; disrupting our hormones, among other things. Utilizing bio-identical hormones is a piece of the answer to living in this toxic world and feeling great.

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Top 10 reasons your body needs Testosterone!

Published on April 9, 2016 by

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Both men and women need optimal Testosterone levels

  1. Decrease joint and muscle pain.
  2. One of the best anti-depressants around. It helps to elevate your mood naturally and enable you to feel balanced.
  3. Helps you to reduce fat and increase muscle mass (appropriately for your size).
  4. Helps to improve your focus, concentration, and memory.
  5. Aides you in getting a better night’s sleep.
  6. Increases your energy and motivation.
  7. Increases your libido (sex drive), if a low Testosterone level is the source of a lessened libido. (libido has a lot to do with psychological factors as we)
  8. Improves your endurance and ability to recover after exercise.
  9. For men–Testosterone is important for having healthy erections. (please note that men can have sub optimal Testosterone levels and yet still have a decent libido and erections–do not be fooled into thinking that your Testosterone levels are great just because you still have a libido and erections.)For Women–Testosterone decreases or eliminates your night sweats and overall feeling of “being too warm”.
  10. Testosterone enhances your overall well being.

Testosterone is a hormone that is present in both men and women. Optimizing your Testosterone level by utilizing bio-identical hormones is an important part of your overall wellness as you age in today’s world.

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Top 10 reasons you need Progesterone

Published on April 5, 2016 by

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  1. Progesterone helps you to feel calm and relaxed.
  2. Aides in helping you to fall asleep better and stay asleep through the night so that you can wake up rested.
  3. Helps to eliminate PMS symptoms in women.
  4. Important for helping your periods have less, or no cramping, and to minimize the amount of menstrual flow that you have.
  5. An optimal level can help to decrease your risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers. It also protects against fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis. For men, it can help to protect against prostate problems and cancer.
  6. Helps to build stronger bones–helping to prevent osteoporosis.
  7. Facilitates normal thyroid hormone action in your body.
  8. Helps your skin and hair to appear and be healthier. It also helps to stimulate healthy scalp hair growth and to diminish unwanted facial hair.
  9. Wonderful, natural anti-depressant.
  10. Effective anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce joint and muscle pain.
  11. Both men and women require optimal levels of Progesterone in order to feel and look their best. Our current environment contains numerous hormone disruptors which decreases the amount of Progesterone in our bodies. Replacing your deficient Progesterone with bio-identical Progesterone is an important part of feeling and looking your best for the long term in today’s world.

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Top 5 Reasons For Hormone Balancing!

Published on March 27, 2016 by

Top 5 reasons for getting your hormones balanced :
  1. You want to have energy and vitality.
  2. You want to have a good night’s sleep.
  3. You want a balanced mood. You don’t want to feel depressed, anxious, or angry without your control.
  4. You want strong bones, young looking skin, good digestion, vibrant hair, and a healthy heart and circulatory system. You want to prevent diseases, not just treat them with a handful of prescriptions
  5. You want a healthy body composition, metabolism and libido.
  6. Balancing your hormones with bio-identical hormones is for people who want to Live Well and when it is their time to leave this Earth, they want to die quickly. Choose to balance your hormones as an important piece of the wellness pie that keeps you from deteriorating as you age.

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Estrogen For Men And Women

Published on February 28, 2016 by

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Estrogen is often looked at as the enemy–causing weight gain, breast tenderness, bleeding issues, and even certain cancers. It is not Estrogen that is bad, it is the imbalance of Estrogen to Progesterone and Testosterone that causes the problems.

Every man and woman needs a certain amount of Estrogen in their bodies. There are actually several different Estrogen types that your body makes–a couple of them are even felt to be anti-cancer. Your body requires the proper amount of Estrogen in order to have healthy bones, skin, a good memory, a balanced mood, and to overall function well.

When you get your hormones evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist, we make sure to get your hormones into the right balance so that you can feel and look your best, while working to reduce your long term risk of dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers, etc.

Aside from taking bio-identical hormones and achieving the right Estrogen/Progesterone/Testosterone balance, you can also help your hormone metabolism in other ways. Reducing your sugar intake and regular exercise helps your body to metabolize your Estrogen properly. Consuming cruciferous vegetables and/or taking the supplement DIM also helps your Estrogen go down an anti cancer pathway.

It is a hormonal imbalance that causes the problems – not the hormones themselves. Utilizing bio-identical hormones, taking the right supplements, and living a healthy lifestyle have been shown to help men and women live an optimal life.

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Beyond Hormone Balancing

Published on January 31, 2016 by

It is important to look at the big picture when you are getting your hormones balanced. Replacing your deficient hormones with bio-identical hormones is one important part of achieving optimal health and vitality. It is important for both men and women to get their Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone, Growth hormone, and Thyroid replaced in a safe and effective manner. Without this, it is difficult to feel and look your best.

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It is also important to address other aspects that affect your hormones and overall health.To achieve a healthy weight, have a great libido, and excellent health there are other things to address.

A healthy diet full of vegetables and healthy protein plus a lot of water helps you to feel better and look better. You can have some fun foods as long as you keep it to a small percent of your overall diet. Be sure and eat organic when possible–minimizing your toxin exposure. Taking time out to exercise and getting adequate sleep is also worth it for your mind and body.

Our mind is a powerful thing and most people don’t take good care of their mind. The mind can have a huge effect on your libido and weight, and most people overlook it. It is important to unplug and rest regularly. It is also important to be aware of negative things that can adversely affect your mind i.e. news, negative self talk, etc.

What you eat & drink, how rested you are, your exercise consistency, your toxin exposure, and your mind set all affect your hormones. And, when you get your hormones balanced it gives you better energy, motivation, and an overall better wellbeing which helps you to make positive changes in the other areas. They are all interrelated.

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My Diet’s Not Working

Published on January 23, 2016 by

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Sally is a 48 year old lady. She had tried many different diet plans and ended up losing a few pounds only to gain them back. She was frustrated with herself and felt like she had no will power. She thought that she knew what to do to lose weight but she just could not seem to do it long term. She found herself reaching towards “magic” weight loss fixes which ended up messing with her metabolism and making it even harder to lose weight the next time. She was fed up! She hated herself–how she looked and who she was inside.

Sally had a great friend tell her about hormone balancing and she decided to check it out. She got her lab work done and had a consultation. It was found that her Testosterone and her Thyroid were not optimal. These hormones were rebalanced using bio-identical hormones. She regained her energy and her motivation to exercise regularly. She found that she could actually build muscle and burn fat. Her Progesterone was also rebalanced and this helped her to sleep better and feel calmer.

Once Sally’s hormones were balanced she had an overall improved outlook on her health. I utilized the help of a few other wellness professionals to give her much needed help in reprogramming her negative beliefs and improving her overall nutrition. Healthy weight loss involves many pieces. Hormone balancing is a great first step because it helps you to feel mentally and physically better overall. It also helps your body’s metabolism work more effectively so that you can burn fat.

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Long Term Weight Loss

Published on January 7, 2016 by

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January 2016 is here and for many individuals that creates the common resolution to lose weight, get in shape, tone up, or simply be healthy. Many people try to lose weight, but are quickly discouraged in their own strategy to decrease body fat or to keep their weight loss goals in focus. If you want to successfully lose and keep off your unwanted weight, you must take a holistic approach.

There are many aspects to healthy weight loss. The first step involves cleansing and detoxifying your body. This is both a mental and physical process. Logically you probably know what you should do, but don’t do it. This is not because you are lazy, stupid, or don’t want to lose weight. Your mind works based on emotions and beliefs that you may be completely unaware of. These beliefs influence certain patterns and routines and stop you from losing weight. Without the guidance of a caring support team, your conscious, logical brain cannot overcome those deeply imbedded subconscious patterns that keep you in “the fat mode.”

The physical part of detoxification helps your body to heal by eliminating years of toxic build up that you are literally carrying around in your cells. Toxins can come from many places including your personal care and household products as well as from the food you eat. Once you begin to reduce the toxin overload, then the level of inflammation in your body will also be reduced. Toxins are generally stored within our fat or adipose tissue. Decreasing your daily toxin exposure will help you in your weight loss by increasing your metabolism, digestion, and overall energy levels. A detox program including Epsom salt baths, colonics, massage, infrared sauna, etc can help your body eliminate the toxic buildup in your fat cells.

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Hormones And Sleep

Published on November 20, 2015 by

As you know there are many pieces to the wellness puzzle. To feel vital and healthy involves addressing all of the pieces. I advise starting somewhere and making progress over time. It is important to address sleep, exercise, mindset, nutrition, supplements, hormone balancing, and toxin exposure. Each of these things affect each other. This month I am going to talk specifically about sleep. Proper sleep is important in order for you to feel energetic and function properly.

Sleep disorders are quite common and sleep medication is prescribed at alarming rates. There are a small percentage of people who may need them but the large majority of people who take them do not require these medications. There is often an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Sleep problems (issues with going or staying asleep) can arise from a variety of causes.

One of the major causes of sleep disorders is our mind. Often, the mind is full of thoughts of what needs to get done. Or you may be the kind of person that pushes yourself late into the night to get things done–not allowing yourself to rest. Today’s world is full of things that stress our mind–news, phone calls/texts, e mails, financial worries, work issues, traffic, etc. The great news is that you control your mind. You may not be able to control the things that happen around you but you can control what you watch, what you read, what time you go to bed, what you think about, how you react. Everything is a choice whether you wish to admit that or not. You can say No to things–it is a choice.

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The best thing to do is to avoid watching news as it is visually disturbing and often negative. You can stay informed without watching news. Another great thing to do is to keep your phone on vibrate and turn off the alerts. Check your cell phone when you desire to–not at the whim of whoever is calling you or texting you. They will survive, and so will you. Turn off your cell phone at a set time each night to keep it off while you sleep and pick a day a week where you keep it off. I like keeping my personal cell phone off on Sundays as most people respect that day as a day to rest, but pick whatever day works within your life. If your job requires you to be contacted after hours, have a separate phone for after hour work emergencies so that you can turn off your personal cell phone when you desire. Take control of your time-you deserve it! Spend some quiet time each day and focus on how you are breathing. Take long, deep breaths to relax your mind. Go outside and look at the stars for a few minutes at night-it helps to give you some great perspective. Turn off the TV and computer at a set time, allowing you time for your mind to relax. Get outside in nature whenever you can–it is very calming for the mind.

Another major factor that affects sleep (in both men and women) is a hormonal imbalance. It is quite common to have a hormonal imbalance affecting your sleep–we are surrounded by a multitude of hormone disruptors that cause an imbalance. A deficiency in Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen and/or a Cortisol excess can affect your ability to fall asleep, and stay asleep. If you think that this is the issue, have your hormone levels evaluated and treated with bio-identical hormones. Rebalancing your hormones can help your sleep.

Sometimes sleep disorders can be due to a deficiency. Magnesium is quite calming and a lot of people are deficient in this mineral. I advise 200-300 mg of chelated Magnesium to help calm the brain down. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter in your brain and can often be depleted due to our stressful lives. Supplementing with GABA can often help to quiet the brain down. (I like Neurocalm–we do carry this at the office if you can’t find a good GABA source). Melatonin is your body’s natural sleep aide and sometimes the addition of sublingual (under the tongue) Melatonin can help you to fall asleep better. Keep in mind that your body requires a dark environment in order to properly produce melatonin so keep your bedroom as dark as you can.

Sleep apnea can affect your ability to get quality sleep. Sleep apnea is when your lungs have a hard time getting enough oxygen at night due to the airway being constricted. Often you will snore. If you are told that you snore I highly advise a sleep study to evaluate whether or not you have sleep apnea.

Eating later in the evening (i.e. less than 3 hours before bedtime) or drinking caffeine in the afternoon or evening can affect your sleep. You may think it does not, but it does.

Ensure that you go to bed at a reasonable time so that you can get the amount of sleep that your body requires–generally 7-9 hours. This is different for each person. You know when you got enough sleep when you wake up without an alarm.

You are important and taking some time on a daily basis to ensure that you get adequate, restful sleep will pay off with an increased energy each day. Be aware of your thoughts and your activities and pay attention to the effect that they have on your sleep.

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Testosterone For Women

Published on November 15, 2015 by

JS is a 57 year old woman. She is married to a wonderful man and is a grandmother. When I met her she was already eating an organic diet and was walking her property on a regular basis. She complained about being unable to sleep, unable to lose weight, debilitating back pain, hot flashes, poor focus, fatigue and vaginal dryness. She felt like she was 80 years old, not 57. Her insomnia was debilitating and it was greatly affecting her life. Her other doctor had tried numerous sleep aides but she either had side effects or they did not help her. She was told that she simply had to live with it: a doctor told her that “not sleeping never killed anyone”. JS was fatigued on a daily basis because of her insomnia. This was her biggest complaint. She had no idea that insomnia can be a symptom of a hormonal imbalance. After all, it was not always the hot flashes that kept her awake. The hot flashes were pretty mild and usually in the daytime–she did not feel they were worth treating.

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After a complete hormonal evaluation we put her on Progesterone which is very calming and helps sleep. It also helps improve bone strength. She had a hysterectomy and was told by a prior physician that she no longer needed Progesterone. This is simply not true—there are other cells in your body that require Progesterone. For example, the brain has Progesterone receptors. By optimizing her Progesterone levels she was able to sleep better and this greatly improved her energy level.

She was also found to be low on Testosterone. Although her back pain had a physical cause, replacing Testosterone helped her body heal better. Optimal Testosterone levels helps to decrease general aches and pains. Many people feel that Testosterone is simply for sex drive but that could not be further from the truth. Testosterone is important for both men and women, performing multiple functions. Helping your body to heal is one of those functions. Testosterone also helps you to focus better, improves energy, allows your body to build muscle and burn fat, etc. Once we optimized the Testosterone of J.S., her back pain, focus, and energy all improved. She regained her vitality.

She was also given vaginal estriol which repaired her vaginal lining safely. Once the vaginal dryness and pain was repaired, her sex drive improved. (The Testosterone helped in that department too)

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