Sex hormones are that are involved in the regulation of sexual development and reproduction. The primary sex hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Men and women have all of these, just in different amounts and ratios...
When men and women have low energy caused by an imbalance in their sex hormones, it is usually from different hormones. For men, it is usually due to a testosterone deficiency. For women, it is usually due to estrogen and/or progesterone imbalances.
The symptoms of menopause are no joke. They are incredibly uncomfortable and can change the quality of your life significantly. When a woman comes to me with menopausal symptoms, she is usually pretty desperate for relief. I use both natural and pharmaceutical therapies to get her that relief.
I am a big believer in natural medicine. It can be very powerful and work very well. I prefer to use it as long as the natural treatment is safe and strong. Unfortunately, when treating low thyroid, we usually need both the natural and the prescription treatments. In college, I learned from playing the card game euchre not to “send a boy to do a man’s job.” In medicine, this means using the treatment that you know will work. If I think a natural treatment will work, but I know that a medication will work, I should use the medication as long as there are no significant side effects. This is because I want to make sure you get results right away so that you can get your life back
Thyroid disease is one of the most common health problems we face today. The majority of people with thyroid dysfunction have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism (“hypo” means low) is a condition where the amount of thyroid hormone in your body is less than what is needed for optimal function. According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12 percent of the US population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetimes, and more than half will be unaware that they have a problem. Women are five to eight times as likely as men to develop thyroid problems.
Last week, I went over the recommended supplements to treat Adrenal Fatigue. This week I’ll go over adrenal recommendations as well as a plan to reduce stressors.
Treating the physical symptoms is only the first step. Once you start to feel better, it’s important to begin addressing the causes of the problem: the sources of stress that compromised your adrenals in the first place.
Last week we discussed the main symptoms as well as the causes of adrenal fatigue. This week, I will focus on testing and supplement options for treatment.
If you have most of the symptoms listed last week, you probably have adrenal fatigue. However, how do we test for adrenal dysfunction?
This week I will discuss how adrenal fatigue is a primary cause of chronic fatigue.
It's estimated that up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the United States. Conventional medicine does not yet recognize adrenal fatigue as a distinct syndrome
Food allergies can cause almost any symptom the body can manifest, including low energy. The gastrointestinal tract maintains a delicate balance of good bacteria, specialized immune cells, and various neurological and hormonal activities. In fact, 80% of your immune system resides in your gut, so anything you put in your mouth can trigger a reaction. Once your digestive system detects what it considers a “foreign particle,” your immune system reacts, and the inflammation that follows creates pain and dysfunction.
Food is a touchy subject, especially if you’re not feeling well. We have a lot of emotional attachments to it, and it can give us joy at times when nothing else can. However, food allergies play a significant role as a cause and contributor to fatigue and, as a doctor, I have seen amazing improvements in the health of my patients when they change their food choices.
For most of my life, I have struggled with prioritizing my health. I always had something else that was more important to do. Where did it get me? It got me sick! I had low energy and was forced to prioritize my health and create systems to keep me healthy. I found that if it wasn’t on my calendar, it didn’t get done. I started scheduling everything in my life.
People who are successful in life create habits and routines that allow them to reach their goals. If you want to be successful, model yourself after someone who has achieved the success you want. This is what I try to do in my life. The following is the compilation of the habits that I do in my life based on what have learned from others.
Here is my daily regimen that includes my food, water, movement, supplements, and emotional practices. See which habits you can integrate into your life.
Please note, this is what my ideal day looks like, but I’m far from perfect. I always allow for things to fall through – otherwise I’d be fighting a lot of unnecessary stress!
I wake up at 6 a.m. and drink 20 ounces of water with a pinch of sea salt. I have a whole-house water filter from Aquasana.com, so all the water in my house is filtered.
I meditate for thirty minutes using the Holosync® system. Then I think about situations that have been challenging for me and any uncomfortable emotions. I process these and practice Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/tapping) to help resolve them. I practice breath-walking, incantations, gratitude, and visioning to start my day off right. (I learned these techniques from Tony Robbins. Note my earlier point about modeling successful people!)
Sometimes I meditate in the sauna. I write down any notes from my meditation session.
I move my body, depending on my energy level. I may do some jumping jacks or gentle yoga stretches to get my day going.
I take a shower (in filtered water) using fragrance-free, non-toxic Alaffia African Black Soap for my body and hair.
I eat a breakfast that consists of a protein (like bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, and/or eggs) and a vegetable (like steamed or sautéed kale with onions and/or cabbage). I also like to eat a nut and fruit cereal (occasionally with gluten-free granola) that I mix up in the mornings. It consists of soaked and dehydrated walnuts, pecans, and fresh apple or banana in coconut milk. I chew each bite until it is liquid to maximize digestion.
I take my supplements with breakfast out of the AM/PM pill organizer that I filled over the weekend.
I drive my daughter to school, and we listen to musicals on the way. After I drop her off, I make work and personal phone calls or listen to podcasts and courses on topics in medicine on my way to my office.
When I get to the office, I drink another 20 ounces of water. I have an Aquasana countertop water filter at the office.
I have a mid-morning snack around 10 a.m. of nuts, seeds, or meat bars like EPIC or Tanka Bites. I take an adrenal support supplement during this time.
I drink another 20 ounces of water with a pinch of sea salt fifteen to thirty minutes before lunch. I take adrenal and mitochondrial support supplements at this time.
For lunch around noon, I eat leftovers from dinner the night before (usually meat with vegetables) or a fresh salad with lots of vegetables and organic lunchmeat. We prepare our lunches on Sunday for the week in case there are no leftovers from dinner. Frequently, I go for a ten-minute walk after lunch with some of our staff or do jumping jacks.
For an afternoon snack around 3 p.m., I eat nuts, seeds, or meat bars like EPIC or Tanka Bites. I take adrenal support at this time if needed.
When I get done with work around 5 p.m., depending on my energy level, I will do ten burpees or jumping jacks. As your energy gets better, you can work up to a seven-minute workout with interval training.
For dinner around 5:30 or 6 p.m., we eat organic, grass-fed, free-range meats (beef, lamb, chicken or turkey) with organic vegetables (peas, string beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, chard, collards, etc.). We cook it all together like a stir-fry (but use coconut oil, not soy sauce) or cook the meat separately and cook the vegetables in a steamer basket. We use sea salt and olive oil on our food after it has cooked. I take some of my evening supplements at this time.
After dinner, we listen to music (dance party!) while we clean up. We connect with each other, and I read with my daughter. I take my evening anti-microbial (bug killing) supplements at this time.
I then work on the business (my goal is to eventually work only on relaxing, creative tasks), spend time with my wife, Stacy, and occasionally watch some TV. I keep lights low and blue light blockers on my computer and phone to allow my body to get ready for sleep.
I drink another 20 ounces of water with a pinch of sea salt one hour before sleep – at 8:30 or 9 p.m.
I start getting ready for bed at 9:30 p.m. I do some push-ups, sit-ups, and stretches before bed. I am in bed at 9:45 or 10 p.m. and read a pleasure book for fifteen to twenty minutes. I take my activated charcoal supplement. I turn the lights out between 10 and 10:30 p.m.
Which habits do you want to apply to your life? To figure this out, start by identifying your goals. For example, my goal is to have the following elements in my life every day:
Mindfulness. A mindfulness practice like meditation.
Food. Healthy food that is organic, grass-fed, paleo, and low-allergy. Regular snacks to keep my blood sugar stable.
Water. Water consumption on a regular basis away from meals. I add sea salt occasionally to support my adrenal glands.
Music. I try to sing and dance as often as possible.
Education. I want to keep growing and learning for my mental, emotional, and professional health, so I listen to people who have achieved what I want and emulate them.
Movement. I have several times during the day when I move my body.
Sleep. Sleep is prioritized with a 10 p.m. bedtime and good sleep habits.
Connection. I connect with my community at my daughter’s school, my work family, and my home family.
Choose which habits you want to apply to your life and start incorporating them into your day.
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