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.
"MY ENERGY IS MUCH BETTER, I FEEL LIKE WORKING OUT AGAIN"
"I was tired. I had really poor quality sleep. I had very intense joint pain everywhere. It was in my neck, my knees, and my lower back. I had a lot of muscle cramps and random wrist pain and other random pains all over the place. ... now I have no more palpitations, insomnia, anxiety attacks or muscle cramps...Energy is much better and I sleep like a baby. My neck feels great, my knees feel great. I'm able to hike and run without problems now. I feel like working out again, which makes me happy."
"NOW ON A DAILY BASIS I WOULD SAY (MY ENERGY) IS A 10."
"It was really hard for me to get out of bed. I had to sustain myself with caffeine throughout the day and right when I come from work, it's basically just a crash on the couch. I started with probably an energy of 3 or a 4, and now on a daily basis I would say it's a 10. It's just amazing! Now I make it though the day with no caffeine, no crashes, I get off work, I have like the same energy I did at 10am in the morning, so now coming home is like an enjoyable experience.
"I CAN DO THINGS NOW THAT I COULDN'T DO BEFORE"
"I had a lot of fatigue. I was tired. I would come home from work and lay down, then get up and have dinner, then go back to bed. I was running a business with 30 employees and couldn't handle the stress. I had seen doctors and business coaches, but nothing helped. My energy was a 3/10. Since the EnergyMD Program, my energy is much better. I can handle stress at work. I can enjoy the time outside of work with my kids. My energy is now a 9/10.
Meet Your Guide
Evan H. Hirsch, MD
Hi! My name is Evan Hirsch, and I am the #1 best selling author of
Fix Your Fatigue: The 4 step process to resolving fatigue, achieving abundant energy and reclaiming your life!
I suffered with fatigue for 5 years before I achieved resolution using the EnergyMD Program that I developed in my medical practice.
I have helped thousands of people optimize their energy and am on a mission to help 1 million more through my online programs and the training of providers.
I work with health-conscious, motivated, everyday people from around the world through my online programs. I have lectured nationally and internationally on topics in integrative and functional medicine and am board certified in family medicine and integrative medicine.
When I am not at the office, you can find me singing musicals, playing basketball, traveling, dancing hip-hop, and spending time with my wife and daughter.