Beating Stress this Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a joyful, happy time.  Too often the season devolves into a time crunch with a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete, gifts to purchase, and unreasonable expectations.

We’ve put together a list of 5 simple, easy-to-do ways to help manage that stress this season so maybe, just maybe, you get to enjoy the festivities with your family.

1: Take a sunny day hike!

Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin and helps relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Spend time outdoors or near a sunny window.  If you need even more, look into phototherapy, a treatment using a box that emits a full-spectrum light.

2: Take a deep breath!

Citrus fragrances have been found to boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by raising levels of norepinephrine.  Dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief and keep in in your pocket for an all-day pick-me-up.

3:  Walk away from your worries!

Much like the sunny hike mentioned above, the rhythm of walking in any weather has a calming effect on your brain and can decrease anxiety and improve sleep.

4:  Just a little pinch!

There’s a fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb.  Applying pressure for 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body.  Give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breathe.

5:  Dip into some honey!

Honey has a myriad of health benefits, including giving us an instant kick when we need it.  It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve immunity.  Remember, the darker the honey, the more powerful the punch.

Following the steps above can help prevent stress and depression that can accompany the holiday hustle and bustle.  With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

World Menopause Day – October 18th

This year, the World Menopause Campaign has chosen the overall theme of “Midlife Health in the 21st Century,” which focuses on common problems in perimenopause. In the leading up to menopause (perimenopause), you may experience several signs and symptoms, including:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

Menopause requires no medical treatment and is a natural part of aging. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms, and preventing or managing chronic conditions that may occur with aging.  Hormone Therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes.  Your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief, which also helps prevent bone loss.  Bioidentical Hormones are those that come from plant sources.  The hormones are chemically identical to those your body naturally produces.  Starting hormones around the time of menopause has shown benefits for many women.

Before starting on any form of treatment, talk with your doctor about your options and benefits involved with each treatment.  Review your options early, as your needs may change.

To schedule your consultation to see which treatment may be best for you, call us at 201-225-2525.  Let’s get you on the path to being your best you!

Sleep Disorders and Hormone Imbalance

Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.  Sleep disorders like insomnia are common in menopause, but can also hit well before your period stops in the phase known as perimenopause.  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you get better, higher-quality sleep.

Sleep is incredibly important to our bodies.  This is when the body takes time to repair, detoxify, regulate hormones, correct chemical imbalances, adjust blood sugar levels, store memories, and much more.  If we cannot regulate our hormones, we cannot get restful sleep and all the other processes of sleep begin to fail.

In order for your body to get quality sleep, you must enter Rapid Eye Movement.  This is when the body is at its most restful and restorative.  If you do not spend enough time in REM each night, you may begin to experience hormonal disruptions.

Keeping your bedroom cool, having a fan to manage possible hot flashes, managing stress, and exercising are all good tactics for fighting insomnia during perimenopause.  Sticking to a bedtime and waketime schedule can also help.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can get at the root cause of all of your symptom and help alleviate the ones that lead to insomnia in the first place.

If you are experiencing Insomnia, we can help.  Call us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your free consultation.  We can have you on your way to a restful sleep in no time.

Causes of Early Menopause

Menopause begins when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that regulates the reproductive cycle.  On average, women in the U.S. go into menopause around 51, according to the National Institute on Aging.  Most women will experience the onset of menopausal symptoms between 40 and 60, with early menopause (perimenopause) occurring before age 40.

Our hormonal levels are constantly shifting, and that’s normal.  As we age, the fluctuations may become more extreme, leading us to experience common symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, depression, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, foggy thinking, and a decrease in sexual desire.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can potentially prevent many of these common symptoms. Approaching these symptoms naturally can help you regain hormonal balance, and both the frequency and severity of symptoms will improve.

Hormone Replacement Therapy may be appropriate to address the long-term health risks associated with menopause, such as atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, increase in body fat, and diabetes.  Working with a knowledgeable healthcare professional specifically trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you transition through menopause happier and healthier with an improved quality of life and sense of well-being.

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Contact us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation and start feeling better.

DOES MENOPAUSE AFFECT YOUR LIBIDO?

As we go through menopause, you might notice that your libido, or sex drive, is changing. Most women will often experience a decrease in their libido during menopause which is due to a decrease in your hormone levels.

Decreased hormone levels can lead to vaginal dryness and tightness which can cause pain during intercourse. Menopause symptoms can also make you less interested in sex. These symptoms include:

  • depression
  • mood swings
  • weight gain
  • hot flashes
  • anxiety
  • decrease in energy
  • sleeping problems

Menopause can negatively affect your libido in several ways. During menopause, your testosterone and estrogen levels both decrease, which make it more difficult for you to feel sexy and to get aroused.  Lower levels of estrogen lead to a drop in the blood supply to the vagina, which can then negatively affect vaginal lubrication. It can also lead to thinning of the vaginal wall, known as vaginal atrophy.  Vaginal dryness and atrophy often lead to discomfort during sex.

Other physical changes during menopause might also affect your libido. For example, many women gain weight and fat during menopause, and discomfort with your new chubby body can lead to you feeling unattractive thus leading to a decrease in your desire for sex. Hot flashes and night sweats are also common symptoms. These symptoms can leave you feeling too tired and other symptoms include mood swings, depression and irritability, which can turn you off from sex.

Our proven SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will restore your hormone levels back to optimum youthful levels, thus giving your body back what it does not produce any more.

 

Intro to Bioidentical Hormones

Ladies, have you been dealing with hot flashes, weight gain, increase in belly fat, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, or low libido?  And Gents, have you been noticing some hair or muscle loss, heart palpitations, insomnia, depression, anxiety, or low libido?  If you have answered yes to the above you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

Bioidentical hormones are physiologically identical to the hormones our own bodies produce, meaning BHRT simulates our own hormone delivery method by consistently circulating hormones in our blood.

Synthetic hormones have known risks and complications, whereas BHRT has many benefits, such as:

  • Bioidentical hormones are metabolized in our body the same way as our naturally produced hormones.
  • Bioidentical hormone doses can be tailored to each individual’s needs.
  • Bioidentical hormones have been shown to be safe, but should always be used under the care of a trained physician. A doctor specializing in BHRT can determine whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are hormone related and, if so, develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

We know that hormones play a significant role in how our bodies behave and how we feel, our goal is to provide advanced BHRT therapies to help you to reclaim your life.  We begin with a detailed blood test to identify your current hormone levels, and personally review your results with you to tailor a custom treatment plan.

For more information and to schedule your consultation, call us today at 201-225-2525.  We look forward to helping you live your best life.

Osteoporosis and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Osteoporosis is a bone disease occurring when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both.  Literally meaning “Porous Bone,” when viewed under a microscope, an osteoporotic bone seems to have much larger and more frequent “pores” than healthy bone.  As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.  If you have a high risk for osteoporosis and are approaching or have already reached menopause, testosterone hormone replacement therapy is a good treatment and preventative option to consider.

HRT has traditionally been seen as the standard method of preventing osteoporotic breaks among postmenopausal women.  While we see benefits from HRT in bone density shortly after menopause, testosterone therapy should be taken long-term to have any lasting impact on bone density and health.  This will help enhance acceptability and continuation, ensuring bone protection and menopausal symptom control.

Hormone replacement therapy is effective in preventing osteoporotic fractures in women without an established disease.  Treatment of osteoporosis will reduce the risk of fracture, and it is essential to maintain bone structure as early as possible.

For more information on HRT and Bone Density or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (201)225-2525.

Hormone Imbalance and Metabolism

With warmer weather approaching, everyone is looking forward to getting outside for hiking, biking, jogging, and other outdoor activities.   If your hormones are out of balance, you may find that you don’t have the motivation or energy to exercise in order to regulate your weight.  And with a slower metabolism, you are a prime candidate to have an increase in belly fat.

There are several hormones that can inhibit a healthy metabolism, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  Low testosterone can cause fat storage and, along with low estrogen, can increase sugar cravings.  Progesterone helps our bodies turn to sleep well and have energy.  An imbalance here can lead to overeating.

Women who use HRT typically experience fewer problems with weight gain and body fat redistribution.  Through Hormone Replacement Therapy, you may be able to rebalance your hormones and get your weight loss back on track.  In addition, our weight loss products are made of vitamins, amino acids, and lipotropic agents to give you energy, increase your metabolism, and help with fat breakdown.

Call us at 201-225-2525 to schedule a consultation and see how we can help get you back to a healthier you.

Why Do Women Need Testosterone?

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When most people think of vital hormones for women, estrogen and progesterone are quick to pop up, but what about testosterone? Unbeknownst to many people, testosterone is principally produced by a woman’s ovaries and secondary by adrenal glands to aid in the development of bone strength, lean muscle mass, libido, and energy levels. Just like estrogen and progesterone, it’s vital to a woman’s well-being that her testosterone levels are properly maintained.

 

According to various studies conducted by Dr. Nancy Lebowitz and Dr. Rebecca Glasser, testosterone levels in women can be attributed to the following:

 

  • Strong evidence that testosterone not only safely treats the symptoms of breast cancer but can also prevent and limit the course of the disease
  • Protects the brain and nervous system and is beneficial in treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, traumatic spinal cord injuries, seizures, MS, and PTSD
  • Improves sleep, modifies depression, irritability and anxiety, increases energy, mental activity, memory, focus and, alleviates migraine pain
  • Part of testosterone is converted into estrogen through a process called aromatization that helps with cardiovascular health and menopause symptoms

 

How is Testosterone administered?

 

At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we specialize in the plant-based SottoPelle protocol for administering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This method includes seamlessly inserting pellets into a small incision just beneath the upper layer of skin and covered with a simple dressing. The pellet implants are absorbed directly in to the bloodstream, slowly and consistently, on a 24 hour 365-day basis. Pellets are the preferred method of testosterone replacement therapy because other forms (synthetic) runs the risk of causing clotting issues and liver damage and can be inconsistently absorbed.

 

To learn more about why testosterone is vital for a woman’s health or to see if you are a candidate, please visit our consultation page and we will get back to you as soon as possible: http://advancedhormonesolutions.com/consultation-form/.

 

American Heart Month & BHRT

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February is most notably marked as the month of love thanks to Valentine’s Day, but it’s also American Heart Month. According to the CDC, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.” The good news is with early intervention heart disease can often be prevented or reversed with the help of a balanced diet, exercise, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

 

As we’ve mentioned previously, hormones play a vital role in one’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association, an overall increase in heart attacks among women is seen about 10 years after menopause. The rationale behind this is that women lose the hormone Estradiol post-menopause that runs abundant prior to menopause. Estradiol is an important component to cardiovascular health because of its cholesterol regulating properties as well as supporting artery dilatation and pliability.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy is a great way to prevent heart disease, but only if “natural” bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones are used. Another important component is the method with which these hormones are delivered. The best method is via Pellet therapy, whereby hormones (both Estradiol and Testosterone) are delivered directly to the blood stream. The combination of bioidentical hormones and our superior delivery method provides the same heart-protective benefits a woman experiences prior to the onset of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy has been found to have the biggest impact for women in their 40’s who elect to start our therapy prior to entering menopause.

 

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy or to start your journey in to “wellness” call us today at 201-225-2525.

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