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Testosterone The Misunderstood Hormone

Published on July 20, 2017 by

Testosterone is not just for men and it is not just for sex drive. Men have a higher amount of Testosterone in their body but women need Testosterone too. In terms of libido (sex drive), Testosterone is like gas to a car. It is important to have but it is not the whole reason for a healthy sex drive. You might have gas in a car, but it still might not drive because of motor or ignition issues. Optimal Testosterone levels are important to have for a healthy sex drive, but putting “gas in the tank” may just be one of the things that is needed in order to increase libido.

Testosterone performs a variety of functions in the body. It helps your body to heal and helps bones to be strong, It assists you in having healthy skin and a positive mood. Testosterone can give you energy and motivation. It can also help you to focus and think more clearly. For women, it can eliminate feeling too hot and get rid of night sweats. Testosterone is a necessary hormone for optimal functioning of both men and women and replacing deficient Testosterone levels is an important piece of living an optimal life.

Natural ways to increase Testosterone is to eat a paleo type diet and to exercise regularly. By avoiding excess stress and toxins that disrupt your hormones, you can help your body to keep a healthier Testosterone level. But even if you do these things, in today’s world a large majority of men and women are deficient in Testosterone when they are in their 30’s and beyond. Replenishing your Testosterone can help you to regain your life so that you feel better which usually helps you to eat better, exercise more, sleep better, and enjoy life more. (and a side benefit is usually an improved libido :))

Testosterone can be replaced safely under the supervision of a medical provider who understands hormones and looks at the big picture. It is important to look at all of your hormones as well as your toxin exposure and lifestyle, and to monitor your progress. Testosterone can be replaced in the form of creams, injections, or pellets. The form that you choose must be customized to your needs.

Everyone has a different body, lifestyle, and needs-not everyone should get the same treatment. I have had patients come to me simply for Testosterone replacement and I have uncovered a Thyroid and Vitamin B12 deficiency. Each person is different and needs a customized approach and this simply can not be done under health insurance. Health insurances are there for disasters, just like our car insurances. They are not designed for wellness care, they are designed for disease care. That is ok, it is just important to understand the difference.

Hormone balancing is best done with bio-identical hormones that are biologically the same as the hormones that your body should be making but is not making. This must be done by someone properly trained in bio-identical hormones. This type of training is not given in medical school–I know because I have been to medical school and after my hysterectomy I had to search out proper training in hormone balancing. It takes a little time, money and patience to get a proper hormone balance but aren’t you worth that??

If you do not feel optimal and know that something is not quite right with your body, I advise that you get your hormones evaluated by someone in your area that has had special training and experience in bio-identical hormones. Testosterone is just one of the hormones that may be out of balance.


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Have a Healthy Sex Life

Published on February 23, 2017 by

A healthy sex life is an important part of a couple’s relationship. But what does that mean?

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A healthy sex life is about openly communicating with each other and working together to achieve the outcomes that you desire as a couple. If you are unable to do this, a couples counselor can help tremendously. You must be on the same page for a healthy sex life. That “page” is unique to each couple — do not compare yourself to others.

Once you have openly communicated your needs and heard your partner’s needs, it is important to take time out regularly for your partner. A healthy sex life is full of intimacy, not just sexual acts. Carve time out to spend quality time with your partner. Hold hands, kiss, snuggle, etc. Do the things that ignite the fire for your partner and vice versa. And yes, take time out for sex.

In general, women tend to diminish the importance of sex with their partner and men tend to diminish the importance of the intimacy surrounding sexual intercourse. Both are important. Both men and women benefit hormonally, emotionally, and physically by having a loving, intimate sexual relationship with their partner.

Women should not use sex consciously as something to withhold or use as a tool to get what they want. Realize that having sex with your partner is a way to increase bonding and release stress. I mention this because there are a small number of women who do this and it is not ok. Now, if a woman is upset at her partner the sexual desire disappears and that is a different issue–it is not a conscious act to punish her partner. In this instance, work on resolving the disagreement and the lack of sex drive typically resolves on its own. Men may mistake this as “using sex as a tool”, but it is not. It is just that women have a difficult time having a sex drive when stressed or upset.

Women do need to understand that when they talk about sex, men’s brains instantly think it is going to happen. I caution women to be gentle and understanding of this. Women typically do not intend to tease men, they just think differently. Be aware of this fact and be thoughtful–do not promise what you will not follow through on.

Men should understand that women’s libido starts in the brain. Women tend to like to think about sex for a while and to be romanced. This is why communication is huge! Talk to each other and really share what it is you want and need. Do this in a gentle way of course. If you do not share, you can not expect to get what you want.

A healthy Testosterone level is important for both men and women. It is like gasoline to a car–without it, it is tough to get going. But like a car, you have an ignition switch that must be turned. Your mind is that switch. By taking time to communicate properly and taking time out for your partner on a regular basis, you are turning the key. A healthy sex life is obtainable if you and your partner desire it.


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Low Testosterone And Sex

Published on November 29, 2016 by

Can I have low Testosterone and still have a sex drive?

Men typically ignore their symptoms of low Testosterone. They think that if they have a sex drive and can still get an erection that they have a good Testosterone level. Things could not be further from the truth.

Low Testosterone can show up in many ways. You can have low energy, poor focus, feel grumpy or irritable, and/or have trouble sleeping. You may have trouble recovering from workouts and have problems building muscle. There may be a general feeling of not being at your best. And yet, you may still be able to get erections and have a sex drive.

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I have found that many men do not realize that a low Testosterone can be the cause of their symptoms. Optimal Testosterone levels are important for your overall health and vitality. Testosterone performs a wide variety of functions and you need an optimal level to function at your best. You can have sub-optimal Testosterone that is affecting your body and still be having erections and have a libido.

If you feel that you are not functioning at an optimal level–you will want to get your hormones evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist.


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Improve Your Sex Drive

Published on November 14, 2016 by

A healthy libido (sex drive) is important for both men and women. It is a critical piece of a positive, healthy relationship. Having a healthy sex drive helps you to feel good about yourself and boosts mood and overall well-being.

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A low libido can occur in both men and women, and at any age. If you suffer from this, it is important to evaluate the source. The first thing people think of is low Testosterone. Optimal Testosterone levels are needed for a good sex drive. Testosterone is like gas in the car–it is needed to get things going. Testosterone has many functions in the body aside from helping libido—it helps energy, mood, focus, healing, etc.

Having optimal Testosterone levels is only one piece to having a healthy libido. It is also important to feel good about yourself, to be in a good relationship, and to allow time for yourself and your partner. If you don’t feel good in your body or are unhappy with who you are with, your mind will suppress the desire for sex. Stress is one of the biggest libido killers. It is important to take measures to reduce stress. Take time for you on a regular basis and unplug.

A healthy sex drive is a combination of proper bio-identical hormone balancing and a healthy mental state. It is important to get a proper evaluation by someone trained in identifying the help that you need.


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Signs Of Testosterone Deficiency

Published on October 1, 2016 by

Testosterone is an important hormone for both men and women. Having the correct level of Testosterone helps you to feel and function at your very best.

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Signs of Testosterone deficiency in men:

  • Lack of focus
  • Lowered self confidence
  • Depression, moodiness, and/or anxiety
  • Appearing older than your age
  • Obesity
  • Poor muscle tone, difficulty building muscle
  • Dry eyes
  • Erectile dysfunction, decrease in morning erections
  • Dry, thin skin, more wrinkles
  • Difficulty healing, increased aches and pains
  • Overall decrease in vitality

Signs of Testosterone deficiency in women:

  • Decreased focus, memory
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Appearing older than your age
  • Increased muscle aches
  • Decreased libido
  • Increased irritibility, depression, anxiety
  • Dry, more wrinkled skin
  • Decreased ability to tone and build muscle
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased vitality

As you can see, Testosterone deficiency affects both men and women. There is not a lot of difference in the effect on the body. The main difference is in the amount of Testosterone needed in order to repair the deficiency. Obviously, men require a higher level of Testosterone than women do.

When you are having your Testosterone deficiency replaced, it is important to utilize bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are biologically identical in the chemical structure as the hormones that your body should be making, but is not. Have your levels and symptoms followed by a physician specially trained in bio-identical hormones so that you may achieve a safe balance of your hormones.


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Signs And Symptoms

Published on August 13, 2016 by

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Signs and symptoms of low testosterone such as insomnia, infertility, low libido, weight gain, low energy, depression, and trouble concentrating—can be devastating. When Testosterone levels are optimized, it can give both men and women a healthy libido, the ability to improve muscle mass and burn fat, good energy levels, motivation to get things accomplished, increased focus, better sleep, an improved mood, etc.

Certain medications, environmental toxins, obesity, inflammatory conditions, and physical and emotional stress can result in reduced testosterone(along with other hormones). For these reasons, from an integrative medicine perspective, it is important to address diet and lifestyle interventions that address the root cause, in addition to utilizing bio-identical Testosterone replacement to fix the Testosterone deficiency.

Here are interventions that are important in optimizing your hormones:

Stress management: This includes getting good quantity and quality of sleep. According to one study, testosterone increases with increasing sleep duration up to 9.9 hours, after which it decreases, resulting in a U-shaped curve. Getting enough sleep–not too little and not too much– is the key. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with lower testosterone levels. Get a sleep study if you snore or do not wake up refreshed.
In addition to sleep, overall stress reduction is key to supporting healthy testosterone levels, because excess cortisol (stress hormone) depletes your body of other hormones such as Testosterone. Unplug regularly and improve how you handle stress.

Weight loss: Obviously, not all cases of “low T” are associated with overweight and obesity, but many are, and in those situations, weight loss is a no-brainer.

Exercise: Weightlifting or resistance training of moderate-to-high intensity has been shown to boost testosterone. Short bursts of intense sprinting have also been shown to elevate plasma total testosterone.

Eat those greens: An even simpler intervention is to increase consumption of cruciferous vegetables, with their sulfur compounds facilitating the excretion of excess estrogen. (No one ever became unhealthy or fat from eating too much broccoli and Brussels sprouts!). Cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage) help your body to metabolize your hormones properly. DIM is a supplement that works in a similar fashion.

Sexual activity: An arguably more fun strategy for boosting testosterone is to have sex. According to one study, increased testosterone occurred in men due to sexual activity and this effect was unrelated to men’s age. This method may be beneficial for younger as well as older men. (They did not study women for this effect……)

Minimize toxin exposure: There are numerous chemicals in our environment that can disrupt your hormonal balance and cause a decreased Testosterone level. Be aware of everything that you eat, use in your house, put on your body, etc. Change to safer products when you can. EWG.org is a great resource. When you run out of a product look on their site to find a safer alternative. Every little positive change adds up in your favor.

Living an optimal life involves optimizing your hormones and this is done through lifestyle and diet changes in addition to the use of bio-identical hormones. You can feel and look great!!


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Every 4 Seconds

Published on July 5, 2016 by

Approximately every 4 seconds, one Testoserone producing cell dies in a man’s testicles without being replaced. At age 18, a man has about 700 million healthy Testosterone producing cells. By age 70, only about 1/3 of those cells remain.

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An aging body still needs Testosterone just like a younger man’s body. Sadly, the aging body can not produce the Testosterone that it requires and a man’s health deteriorates. When you combine the lowered Testosterone production with the multitude of hormone disruptors in our environment, it is no wonder that so many men are suffering from low Testosterone at younger ages than before.

Over time, with lowering Testosterone levels comes a decrease in muscle mass, mood changes, decreased mental abilities, increased fat, decreased overall vitality, increased aches and pains, etc. It is not just about sexual function.

By replacing your deficient Testosterone, you can regain your health and vitality. Combining Testosterone replacement (prescribed by your hormone specialist) along with a healthy diet (low sugar, high vegetable and healthy proteins), good sleep habits, and exercise will definitely help you to feel and look your best for many years.


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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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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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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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