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.
The circadian rhythm is an important part of our daily lives. It helps to regulate our sleep patterns and wakefulness. However, when our circadian rhythm is disrupted, it can lead to sleep problems. If you have sleep problems, you may have a circadian rhythm dysfunction. In this article, we will discuss the circadian rhythm and what to do if you are having sleep problems due to circadian rhythm dysfunction.
Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that roughly follow a 24-hour cycle. It is controlled by an internal "clock" that responds to light and darkness. Circadian rhythms are found in most living things, from humans to plants and even some microorganisms. Besides influencing sleep-wake cycles, they affect hormone release, body temperature, and other important functions. Abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, and several types of mental illness.
Circadian rhythms and biological clocks are not the same things, but they are related—your circadian rhythms are driven by your biological clock. Humans have a “master clock” that consists of a group of nerve cells in the brain, called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This controls the pineal gland’s production of the “sleep hormone” melatonin.
Circadian rhythm dysfunction means your body doesn't know whether it’s day or night. You’ll know this is the case if you are often sleepy during the day and wakeful at night. Many things can cause circadian rhythm dysfunction. For example, shift work can disrupt the circadian rhythm. Other causes include jet lag, travel, and changes in routine. Age can also play a role in circadian rhythm dysfunction.
There are many symptoms associated with circadian rhythm dysfunction. These include:
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up frequently during the night
Feeling tired during the day
Moodiness or irritability
The best way to correct your circadian rhythms is to retrain your body into a normal sleep pattern. This can be done by:
Creating a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.
Exposing yourself to sunlight: Spend time outside every day, especially in the morning.
Reducing exposure to artificial light: Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime and avoid working late into the night.
Sleeping in total darkness. And I do mean “total.” A street light outside the window or even the full moon can bring light into the bedroom. (Use room-darkening shades or sleep with a mask over your eyes.)
Practicing relaxation techniques: Try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to help you wind down before bedtime.
If you are having trouble with sleep or your energy levels and you believe it might be due to circadian rhythm dysfunction, it is time to dig a little deeper into the causes of YOUR low energy. Register for the free Step 1: Find Your Causes Course.
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