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Diet And Hormones

Published on December 12, 2016 by

What we eat has a direct affect on how we feel. This is because your body assimilates the food that you consume and turns it into fuel and uses the nutrients to create what your body requires. Food to our body is like gas to a car–we need it to function.

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Your hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Growth Hormone, etc.) are all created from the food you eat. Following a Paleolithic diet (vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, eggs, fish) and enduring that the food is organic ensures your body can make healthy hormones. Avoid or minimize sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, smoking, breads, pastas, and cereals. These all affect your body’s ability to make hormones and keep a hormonal balance.

Hormone balancing is important to feeling and looking your best long term. Following a healthy diet and lifestyle will maximize the benefits that you get from bio-identical hormones.

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Healthy Foods

Published on May 30, 2015 by

This is the 21st century and you now have easier access to information. You may be feeling fine or you may be having some health concerns and either way you realize that our bodies require proper nutrition in order to function optimally. A healthy whole food diet full of organic produce and protein is a great start. Unfortunately, the nutrition content of our food supply has deteriorated due to many factors. In today’s world we can no longer rely only on the food we eat to achieve optimal health–supplementation is required to augment the food we eat.

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Sadly the majority of people are confused on what to take or whether to take supplements due to the misinformation about supplements in the news. All supplements are not equal. When taking a supplement it is important to get one of a high quality. High quality supplements are proven to help your hormones work better, enhance your energy, help you think better, and overall improve your health.

There a few companies out there who take great care to research each ingredient, ensuring that it is provided to you in the right form and is properly absorbed by your body. They also do not put gluten, lactose, or other unnecessary ingredients in their supplements. For those who enjoy simple supplement shopping you will find high quality supplements sold at our office–we purchase high quality well researched supplements from companies that only sell to doctors. If you are someone who enjoys researching supplements you may go to a local store that provides organic supplements or search carefully online.

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The Keys To Losing Weight

Published on April 22, 2015 by

Everyone seems to want the miracle for weight loss. Let’s face it–there is no such thing. There are plenty of places out there that make a lot of money selling the concept that there is such a thing but they don’t deliver long term results. However, there are doable things that you can do in order to achieve a healthy weight and stay there.

You must first realize that the goal is to feel great and once you feel great it is up to you to do the healthy things that it takes to reach a healthy weight. A healthy weight is not about the numbers on a scale, it is about having a good body composition with a lot of lean muscle, sturdy bones, and a feeling of strength and vitality. In order to do this your hormones must first be in balance.

Hormones and Weight Loss

I often see men and women who have been told by regular physicians that their hormones are fine. However, I find otherwise after thoroughly going through their symptoms and looking at their labs to see if they are at optimal levels.

Your thyroid must be in an optimal range in order for you to have the energy and metabolism to burn fat. In addition, your Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone must be at optimal levels for you to be able to build muscle and burn fat, as well as have the energy and mental state to eat right and exercise. It is also common to see deficiencies of vitamin b12 and other nutrients that assist your body in having energy and fat burning capabilities. These issues must all be addressed properly by a hormone specialist.

Once these hormonal issues are resolved and your body is functioning more optimally, you will find that it is easier to do the things that are required to have a healthy weight. This is a long term fix that is entirely doable if you invest some time, money, and focus on your health.

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High C Improves Immune Function

Published on April 9, 2015 by

We all know that vitamin C is good good to take when you have a cold, but did you know it improves overall immune function?

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A potent antioxidant that protects against free radical cellular damage, Vitamin C is essential for the formation and maintenance of collagen and other structural materials in bones, teeth, and capillaries. Employing a mouse model, a Japanese research group studied the effects of long-term dietary supplementation (20 mg/kg/day or 200 mg/kg/day, for one year) on the thymus, the gland located at the base of the neck that is responsible for the development and differentiation of T-cells – white blood cells key to the immune system.

At the end of the one-year supplementation period, the researchers measured he weight of the thymus organ and the number of immune cells present in the peripheral blood, spleen, and thymus. The team found that the high-dose vitamin C intake inhibited the aging-related shrinkage of the thymus and maintained thymic output. The study authors write that: “These results suggest that a long-term high-dose intake of [vitamin C] is effective in the maintenance of immune cells, partly through the suppression of age-related thymic involution.”

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Creating An Optimal You

Published on March 5, 2015 by

Did you know you can balance your hormones naturally?

Drinking lots of water is key – along with minimizing alcohol intake. Make sure your beef if from free range cattle that are free of hormones. Eat a well balanced diet that includes organic NON GMO fruit and vegetables.

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Minimize your stress. 8 hours of sleep every night is key. Take deep breaths regularly, and smile – it’s hard to be stressed and laugh at the same time. Make sure you incorporate exercise throughout your week. Take a break from your cellphone, tablet, and laptops.

Stay away from mineral oil, dyes, and animal by-products. It only takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb what you put on it. To prove this try putting a piece of peeled garlic between your toes, count to 30 and you will actually taste the garlic.

Take your vitamins. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are especially important to your overall hormonal balance. In addition supplement your diet with a good multi-vitamin.

Adding bio-identical hormones to a healthy lifestyle is key to optimizing your hormones, but you need to take care of your entire body, not just one area. A well rounded approach that incorporates diet, exercise, rest, and care for your hormones will help you achieve An Optimal You!

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Gluten and Hormones

Published on August 18, 2014 by

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten has been increasingly more prevalent in the American diet over the past several decades. This is resulting in a large majority of people being gluten intolerant or sensitive to gluten.

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You do not need to have a positive endoscopic biopsy or blood test to have a problem with gluten. These abnormal results may not show up for awhile. It is more important that you pay attention to how you feel, not to lab tests.

It is a common misperception that gluten intolerance is simply having abdominal (stomach) bloating. Gluten intolerance can present as many different things including aches/pains, brain fog, skin rashes/disorders, etc. Your hormones can become disrupted as well. People who are gluten sensitive (or intolerant) tend to have thyroid issues as well as issues with their Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen.

Part of optimizing hormones is giving you bio-identical hormones and another important piece of optimization is addressing your diet. The easiest thing to do is to take a month and avoid gluten completely. Focus on an organic whole food diet and pay attention to how you feel. Don’t be surprised if after that month you can more easily notice the symptoms that you get if you consume gluten. By avoiding gluten for a month you will have cleansed your system making it easier to detect symptoms.

It is imperative that food intolerances are addressed for hormone optimization. Work with your hormone specialist to devise the correct food plan for you. Gluten is simply one of the most commonly seen culprits in hormonal imbalance.

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Food Allergies and Health care

Published on September 23, 2013 by

According to research, around 50% of the ailments seen in a doctor’s office can be attributed to food sensitivities!! Reactions to the food that you eat can show up in just about any part of your body. You could have traditional testing done and it does not show up that you have a sensitivity to a food. Traditional Food allergies are easy to pick up: you get an immediate response to something that you eat or are exposed to. In addition, the testing can generally find the allergy. An example of this is lip/face swelling right after eating strawberries. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, typically have a delayed reaction. These reactions can occur hours or even days after consuming the offending food. Food sensitivities can cause a variety of symptoms: joint aches, abdominal distress, fatigue, brain fog, depression, muscle aches, rashes, etc. Thus, food as a cause of your symptoms can be easily overlooked.

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Gluten is one of those easily overlooked sensitivities. I know that it seems like it is a crazy fad to eat gluten free. Actually, gluten sensitivity is predicted to affect 1:3 people. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. The problem in our society today is that gluten has inundated our diets!! Remember that grains have only been in our diets for about 10,000 years and in the past several decades gluten has made its way into our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.

Ask yourself these simple questions: Do you feel tired most of the time? Do you have joint aches/pains? Do you injure yourself easily? Do you get bloated easily after meals? Do you get depressed or anxious or have mood swings? Do you have trouble with your weight? The list could go on and on. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions it could be from gluten sensitivity. Look at your diet and see if you have eaten breads, crackers, pasta, cookies, pizza, bagels, etc. If you are not actively avoiding gluten, you are consuming gluten. Here is a simple solution: try one month of a 100% gluten free diet. What does it hurt? It is healthy and easy to follow. Listen to your body and see how it feels. If a gluten free diet solves your problems then you know that is the issue. If you continue to have ailments, then a deeper look into food sensitivities may be in order.

Treating the whole patient involves looking into nutrition as a cure and also as a culprit for the cause of diseases. Do not just rely on taking prescription medicines to help you feel well. When you consume the proper nutrition for you, avoid foods that you are sensitive to, get good sleep, exercise regularly, and balance your hormones you can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, dementia, etc.

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Cancer Talk

Published on November 5, 2012 by

Cancer and Hormones

The Cancer Talk

Every year cancer takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women in America. Of course, newer treatments are becoming increasingly available. However, more and more people are becoming aware of how much that they can do in order to decrease their risk of getting cancer, and if they get cancer they are more aware of the fact that they can do things that can increase their odds of survival.

By balancing your hormones with bioidentical hormones, eliminating toxins, eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, decreasing stress, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining proper nutrient levels; you can take charge of your health and decrease your risk of developing cancer.

If you do get cancer then the better nourished that you are, the more hormonally balanced you are, and the less stressed that you are will help you to fight the cancer and live well long term.

Why wait to have a diagnosis?? Start today by changing to organic fruits and vegetables, and committing to eating 5-9 servings per day. Also, make a commitment to exercise on a regular basis. You can also start incorporating deep breathing every day: this is where you breath slowly in and out (count to 5-7 as you breathe in and as you breathe out) for a full minute and do this several times throughout the day. Each week make yourself a goal to do one more thing towards your health. It all starts with baby steps. Getting bio-identical hormones is one piece of the puzzle. What you do at home, as your lifestyle, has a lot to do with the diseases that you get and also how well you fight them off. Start today with a big list of what you want to improve and then commit to tackling one of those things each week!!

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Hormones – Exercise – Health

Published on October 31, 2012 by

Exercise and Health

Hormones and Exercising

Everyone knows that what we eat and how much we exercise greatly influences the way that we look and feel. However, most people do not recognize the great importance that hormones play in all aspects of our health. Dr. Therry Hertoghe of Belgium explains it well: “Your body contains more than one hundred different types of hormones, and they pour into your bloodstream at the rate of thousands of billions of units a day. Hormones regulate your heartbeat and your breathing. Hormones make men men and women women. Hormones put you to sleep at night and they wake you uup in the morning. They control your blood pressure, build up bone, maintain muscle tone and lubricate joints. Hormones govern growth; they make the body produce energy and heat.

Hormones burn fat. Hormones govern the menstrual cycle and allow pregnancy (and birth) to occur. They fight stress, prevent fatigue, calm anxiety and relieve depression. Hormones make and keep memories. Hormones maintain the correct level of sugar in the blood and tissues. They resist allergic reactions and infections. They soothe pain. Hormones control your sex drive, virility, and fertility. They stimulate your brain and your immune system.”

The goal of healthy aging is to optimize your hormones through nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and bio-identical hormone replacement.

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We are what we eat!

Published on October 17, 2012 by

Food and your body

You are what you eat

What you eat, what you expose your body to (stress, chemicals,etc), how much you sleep and exercise all influence which road you travel on. For example, if there is a strong family history of heart disease and you choose not to exercise, to eat a poor diet, and have a stressful job; then you will most likely travel down the road of having years of poor health and end with a heart attack.

On the other hand, if you choose to eat an organic, whole foods based diet, exercise regularly, practice yoga/meditation, etc.; then you will most likely live your life with energy and vitality. You still may die earlier than your friends due to genetics but you will have lived life to its fullest.

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