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HORMONES; CRAZY, WILD, AND WONDERFUL

HORMONES; CRAZY, WILD, AND WONDERFUL

HORMONES ARE GODS

Like the gods of Greek mythology, hormones control everything. There is not a physiological system that a hormone does not impact in some manner or another. Hormones are created in the endocrine glands and secreted directly into the bloodstream to tissues or organs. Hormones are what keep us going, and they are what keep us healthy, which is strange that they don’t get the attention they should. The importance of the infinite tasks done by our hormones is always ignored until we become a victim of hormonal imbalance and are vulnerable to problems like from diabetes to weight gain, aging to mood, fatigue, insomnia, metabolism, and so much more. Hormones are mind-blowing if you think about it. Keep reading, and you’ll get a taste of their power.

HORMONES ARE PROMISCUOUS

Hormones sleep around — hormones like binding to one hormone receptor after another. How much does hormone A like receptor B? Or C…D…you get it. The stronger the affinity or attraction, the longer it stays around and the more intracellular effects it exerts. But then it might get tired of the appeal and move on. Leaving a cellular mess in its wake.

MEN NEED THEIR ESTROGEN, TOO

Estrogen is a ladies-only hormone, right? It’s why you get PMS and get pregnant. Oh, and lest we forget how waning estrogen summons the menopause menace. Testosterone is the male hormone: deep voices, high libidos kind of thing. But surprise—both women and men don’t just have estrogen; they need it.

BIRTH CONTROL AND HORMONES DON’T ALWAYS MIX

Whether a woman is getting on or off birth control pills, it can have a funny effect on her hormones. For example, a woman who might be attracted to someone while on the pill can find herself no longer drawn to them when she’s off the pill. Fickle, those hormones.

SLEEP CAN STAVE OFF DIABETES 2

Lack of sleep can make the body resistant to the hormone insulin. So too much sleep deprivation can lead to the possibility of diabetes 2 later in life. In fact, just one sleepless night can trigger insulin resistance. So perhaps you shouldn’t binge Bridgerton on Netflix before you finally turn in. Because being turned on just might keep you up.

MEN RELAX FROM ARGUMENTS QUICKER THAN WOMEN

The hormones in the nervous system of men and women are just different enough to make an argument last forever. Just when it looks like the argument is over and a man starts to ease back, a woman stays on guard and angry, likely resulting in another round. And there’s the ring…

SUN MAKES MEN MORE MANLY

Studies have found that just one hour of being in the sun can boost a man’s testosterone levels which could boost his sex drive. The connection appears to be mediated by the increased production of Vitamin D, which is technically not a vitamin but a hormone. So it seems that basking under the sun can give men more than just a sexy tan. If you think spending a day under sunny rays will put hair on your chest, remember that little thing called skin cancer.

FORGET ABOUT FORGETTING WHAT YOU WANT TO

All those terrifying, embarrassing, and heartbreaking things from your past that you just can’t shake from your memory exist because of the amygdala in your brain. The amygdala releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which enhance memory. So basically, those memories you’d give anything to forget are imprinted on your brain due to those two hormones. Gee, thanks.

GET THOSE BABIES IN BALANCE

Hormones. When they’re in the balance nature wants them to be, they’re exciting, surprising, and beyond amazing. But when they’re not in balance, they can be amazingly bad for your body. When they’re acting unruly and left to their own devices, they’ll do whatever they please to make you feel miserable. But you don’t have to be their patsy. Not when you have Thrive Health Solutions to help get your hormones under control. You want hormone experts with years of experience? Thrive. You want the best; who knows the most? Thrive. All the professionals at Thrive Health Solutions understand what haywire hormones can do, not just to your health but your life. And when it comes to health, they’ve got you covered. Thrive offers a variety of medical weight loss options, including HCG injections and the remarkable anti-obesity drug AOD9604. They offer bioidentical hormone therapy options, including pellet therapy and testosterone injections. They also specialize in anti-aging solutions with peptide therapy. Thrive even offers immune boosters, which everyone should be thinking about. Especially now. There’s so much. And Thrive is ready and happy to talk to you about it. Moreover, make you feel your absolute best. Fantastic. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

EINSTEIN AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

THE THEORY OF ED= mc SOMETHING OR OTHER

Einstein had a theory for an endless number of things. But it seems there isn’t one to be found about erectile dysfunction. But then erectile dysfunction is a topic few men know all about. So if Einstein was like most men, he was relatively uninformed. Think ED, and the first thing that fills your head is “penis.” There, we’ve said it. And men love their penis’s. As early as 4 to 6 months, babies find their penis an interesting and easy-to-reach body part to go for. No wonder the concept of erectile dysfunction or impotence, as it’s called, can be mind-bending to men as they age.

IT’S A TRICKY EQUATION

ED, which is often called impotence, varies in severity. The definition of erectile dysfunction is not the same for every guy. It’s usually defined as the inability to get and keep an erection satisfying enough for sex. But while some guys have problems getting erections in the first place, others have difficulty maintaining one. ED may occur with or without other sexual dysfunction, including decreased libido and troubles achieving an orgasm. Ouch.

CALCULATE THE NUMBERS

According to estimates, Albert Einstein’s IQ has been estimated to sit anywhere between 160 and 180. The average American has an IQ of 98. And if we’re talking numbers, consider the ED math; about 30 million men in the US suffer from ED, according to the National Institutes of Health.  By age 45, most men have experienced erectile dysfunction at least some of the time. According to a new analysis published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the number of young men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be much higher than previously thought. Erectile dysfunction doesn’t just affect men who look as old and tired as Einstein.

NO EXPERT ON ED OR TESTOSTERONE

Einstein was intelligent, we’ll give him that, but he wasn’t a student of ED, nor the hormone testosterone that drives it. You can’t talk about ED without talking about testosterone. Testosterone is often referred to as the “male hormone.” Around the seventh week of embryonic development, the genetic male (having the Y chromosome) starts to produce testosterone, promoting the development of the male sex organs. Testosterone stimulates the development of secondary sex characteristics associated with males (like body hair and muscle growth) and is essential in the production of sperm. Interestingly enough, testosterone also acts on the developing brain. (Einstein must have had a bunch of it early on.)

WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND THIS

Low testosterone or ED isn’t just about sex. It can affect your body in a number of profound ways. Here are just a few:

Sleep

Men with erectile dysfunction can have trouble sleeping. They can also have sleep apnea, which means both the body and the mind, never rest. Example? Look at Einstein. Look at any pictures of him, and he looks like he hasn’t slept in days. Bags under his eyes. Too tired to bother combing his hair. Disheveled like he doesn’t care about his appearance. (One of the many symptoms of ED). One of Einstein’s peculiar habits was never to wear socks. To Einstein, socks were a pain because they often would get holes in them. Really? Sounds like a man who’s been sleep-deprived, for sure.

Cognitive Issues

Men with low testosterone often notice they have difficulty with thinking clearly. Testosterone plays a pivotal role in supporting cognitive and organizational tasks. This means that low testosterone levels can make it harder to keep your mind concentrated and focused, leaving you with a “mental fog.” Einstein’s memory was notoriously poor. He was unable to remember dates and could not remember his own phone number. As a student, one of his teachers claimed that he had a memory like a sieve. Hmmm…Low T?

Relationships

Erectile dysfunction can really undermine relationships. Men feel guilty and assume that their partners will be upset with them. They blame shame themselves and hold it in, feeling frustrated and less manly, making them angry and even irrational. Instead of talking about it with their partners, they often manipulate events to avoid situations in which sexual intercourse may occur. Once again, a perfect example is Einstein. He wrote a chilling list of demands for his first wife, meant to curtail any and all human interaction between the couple. We’ll just jot down a few here:

  • You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons.
  • You will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way.
  • You will stop talking to me if I request it.
  • You will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

Einstein was said to have had multiple affairs and cheat on them all. Maybe trying to find one where he could get an erection and keep it up?

Depression

Men who experience impotence struggle with more than just the physical condition. The psychological and emotional aspects of ED are also distressing. Erectile dysfunction can trigger feelings of low self-esteem and depression. Who, with a Y chromosome, wouldn’t be depressed? These feelings can, in turn, lead to something called anticipatory anxiety. Your erection is doomed before your pants are even down. Another toll ED can take.

IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS

Any logical guy who is suffering from any symptoms of erectile dysfunction knows he needs help. And not from any little blue pills or some other insanely ineffective treatment Amazon has to offer up. He knows deep down when the plumbing isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. He just doesn’t know how to ask for help. Or where to get it. And on top of it all, it can be pretty awkward to talk about one of your favorite possessions with a total stranger. Einstein most likely never had the sense to even consider anything was wrong with him. Of all his great breakthroughs, knowing to get his testosterone levels checked indeed wasn’t one of them.

HOW TO BE THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE ROOM

Get over your hesitancy, and see the hormone specialists at Thrive Health Solutions. Low testosterone and ED are serious stuff. And no one has more experience helping men with erectile dysfunction than the caring experts at Thrive. Before anything, Thrive puts you immediately at ease. Whatever’s on your mind, they make it simple to say it. You have questions. They have questions. Like do you really have ED, or are there other issues at play? Thrive will take blood tests to find out. If your testosterone is, in fact, low and causing your symptoms, they can create a tailored, integrated treatment plan uniquely for you. A plan that can combine a variety of therapies, including nutrition, fitness, and hormone replacement therapy options. Thrive is here for you in every way so that you can get back control of your sex life. And live life to the fullest. Now, did Einstein ever really suffer from erectile dysfunction? It’s not in the history books. If he did, regrettably, he wouldn’t have been able to get help from Thrive. But you can. So use your head. And make a truly smart move. Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

ADRENAL FATIGUE – 15 THINGS YOU’LL KICK YOURSELF FOR NOT KNOWING

adrenal fatigue

  1. WHAT YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS ARE – The adrenal glands are small structures attached to the top of each kidney. The human body has two adrenal glands that release hormones into the bloodstream that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and other key functions of your body, including response to stress. And when it comes to stress, there’s an epidemic of it these days. We’re “on”, all the time.
  1. STRESS CAN MAKE A MESS OF YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS – That mess is what’s called adrenal fatigue. Some have questioned if adrenal fatigue is actually a real disease. It’s not. What it is, is a medical disorder or syndrome. It is said to occur when the adrenal glands have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release that is a result of intense stress and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.
  1. CORTISOL IS A REAL KICKER – Cortisol is actually referred to as the “stress hormone”. On it’s good side, it activates our fight-or-flight response which is great in case a saber tooth tiger should show up in a fast-food parking lot you should be parked in. Cortisol is what gets you out of there pronto. But long-term activation of the stress response system and overexposure to cortisol can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. On top of everything, excess cortisol in our system can also make us feel more stressed, causing a troublesome feedback loop.
  1. JUST THINKING ABOUT ADRENAL FATIGUE IS EXHAUSTING – If you’re tired of being tired all the time and can’t figure out why, you could be one of the estimated 60% of adult Americans who at some point in their lives will experience some level of adrenal fatigue. And not know what in the world is going on with them. Because there’s a lot more going on than they could imagine. The symptoms can be staggering.
  1. YOU CAN’T WAKE UP AND YOU CAN’T GET BACK TO SLEEP WHEN YOU DO – You know that “can’t drag your ass out of bed feeling?” When you don’t even have the energy to toss the alarm out the window? You know that feeling when you do wake up but it’s somewhere between 1 and 3 am and your eyes won’t close again? You do if you have adrenal fatigue.
  1. YOUR MOOD CAN BE IN FOR SOME SERIOUS SWINGS – With adrenal fatigue, you can feel like the day is one long series of intermittent crashes.
  1. BRAIN FOG IS ALWAYS ON THE HORIZON – It’s more than just forgetting where your phone is. It’s forgetting…well, just forgetting.
  1. WELL, YOU JUST WON’T BE INTO IT – Stop searching for your libido. With adrenal fatigue, it can go on hiatus.
  1. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN TAKE A HIT – Masks may be off, but there are a lot of other buggers out there that could attack at any time. Even a bad cold is not a good thing to go through. And lest we forget the flu.
  1. SALT CRAVINGS COME OUT OF NOWHERE TO BE FOLLOWED BY ATTACKS OF THE SUGAR MONSTER – Bring on the chips, the cheese sauce, the nachos, the bacon. The more the better. Wait…make that the cookies, the candy, the cake, the frosting without the cake…don’t stop now…
  1. YOUR SKIN WILL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN THE SAHARA – So long soft skin no matter how expensive your moisturizer.
  1. YOUR BELLY COULD GET JELLY – “Yikes” would be an understatement.
  1. YOU COULD EVEN GET ECZEMA OR HIVES – So attractive.
  1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THESE SYMPTOMS TO HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE – This isn’t a matter of check all the boxes. And many of these symptoms can be symptomatic of other illnesses. It’s infuriating. Most primary care doctors aren’t really familiar with adrenal fatigue. So you might actually be treated for the wrong thing. For example, your doctor may think you’re just depressed and whip out an RX for Prozac.
  1. THERE IS HELP – And it can be summarized in three simple words; Thrive Health Solutions. Getting a real diagnosis is the very important first step to getting the help you really need to address adrenal fatigue. And the medical experts at Thrive have years of experience treating patients with all sorts of hormone issues. Adrenal fatigue is just one of them. Before anything else, Thrive treats you with compassion and understanding. They listen to you, never dismissing anything you have to say. Adrenal fatigue requires a personalized treatment plan, and you can trust that is exactly what you’ll get. Want to get back to feeling your best? Text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

WEIGHT REGAIN – IT CAN BE A REAL ROLLER COASTER

Weight Regain - Can Be A Roller Coaster

THE UPS AND DOWNS AND UPS AND EVEN HIGHER-UPS

Gaining and regaining weight can be a scary ride. You lose weight, and then whoosh, the numbers on the scale shoot up. So you hold your breath and determine to lose it. 20 pounds up. 20 down. 30 up. 15 down. You’ve lost and gained more pounds than you can remember. It adds up. Up is a downer. Down makes you feel up. The numbers go up. Hope shoots down. According to studies, anywhere from 80% to 95% of people who lose weight regain it. And when you regain lost weight, you’re actually going to gain a higher percentage of fat mass than you started with. You want to scream.

OFF THE RAILS; CALORIES DROPPING PRECIPITOUSLY

Crash diets, are more like crash and burn. (So don’t burn all your “fat” clothes). One reason weight regain happens after some of these crash diets, is because the often extreme diet responsible for the initial weight loss is too difficult to sustain long term. To compound the issue, many crash dieters can become preoccupied with food and disconnected from their internal hunger and fullness cues, which can also lead to weight regain. As soon as you start losing weight, your body suddenly wants it all back. It can’t tell the difference between intentional weight loss and being struck by famine. So it goes into survivor mode, lowering your metabolism and stimulating your appetite to preserve fat stores. Not for the faint-hearted.

IT DOES A LOT MORE THAN SEND CHILLS UP YOUR SPINE

Weight lifts and plunges can lead to some frightening health issues, too.

Your heart races. Literally. All the time. Which elevates your blood pressure and can put you at an elevated risk for heart disease and strokes.

Your cholesterol skyrockets. High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia) make things even worse.

It gets you to your bones. Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

You feel like you can’t move. Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning.

Your insides feel inside out. You can’t sleep. You can end up deep in depression or other mood disorders.

You feel like you’ve run out of energy. Type 2 diabetes is an impairment in the way the body regulates and uses sugar (glucose) as a fuel.

Chronic weight loss and gain can actually lead to obesity, which is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.

YOUR HORMONES ARE IN THE HEAD CAR

Hormones are the tiny messengers in your body that carry information through your bloodstream to all the other parts of your body. They tell organs and tissues what to do, how to do it, and for how long. Every day, the brain receives signals from a team of hormones produced by different parts of the body, such as your stomach and intestines, called appetite hormones. Both your brain and these hormones contribute to the reasons you eat—for hunger, for pleasure, or simply because you decide to.

THE HUNGRY GAMES

The team of hunger hormones lifting and plunging to make you keep losing and regaining the weight you lost include:

Cortisol
Called the “stress hormone”, increased levels can cause an increase in appetite and cravings for sweets, high-fat and salty foods.

Leptin
Leptin is the “satiety hormone” which is supposed to tell your brain you don’t need to eat and can burn calories at a normal rate.

Ghrelin
As Leptin levels decrease in response to calorie deprivation, levels of ghrelin, considered the “hunger hormone”, increase, stimulating appetite, increasing food intake, and making weight loss all the more challenging.

Insulin
This is a reason why you may feel the instinct to eat “comfort food” like chocolate or ice cream during stressful times.

Thyroid
When a “sluggish” or underactive thyroid makes less of its hormones, your metabolism slows down so you won’t burn off calories as quickly.

Estrogen and Progesterone
When one or both levels fall, you will not only have a difficult time losing weight, but you will see your weight increase, despite your best efforts.

Testosterone
Unexplained weight gain is one of the first symptoms men experience, as low testosterone can affect how your body stores fat, especially around your stomach.

LOSE. LOSE MORE. LOSE MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT POSSIBLE. STAY THERE. FROM THEREON.

Calories matter, more to some people than others, but hormones matter more. And no one knows more about hormones and their stomach-churning, confidence plunging effect on losing and regaining weight over and over, than the understanding medical weight loss experts at Thrive Health Solutions. Thrive offers many individualized and highly effective weight loss plans that can help you lose from ½ to 1 lb. daily. Without starving. Thrive’s weight loss options include pharmaceutical HCG injections, custom-compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, custom-compounded anti-obesity AOD64 capsules, and FDA-approved appetite suppressants. Thrive is all about finding what’s right for you. So they work closely with you to maximize your weight loss. And make sure you keep it off. Text or Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

ANDROPAUSE – THE “MEN” IN MENOPAUSE

Andropause – THE “MEN” IN MENOPAUSE

MEN, LISTEN UP

So, you get to what you think is life’s halfway stage. Something feels different. You can’t sleep, or you sleep too much. You can get irritable or angry for no reason. Your moods are like shapeshifters. You look in the mirror and wonder where did your pecs go only to be replaced by love handles you hate. Sex? Take it or leave it. Could be menopause or better know as andropause. No, we’re not kidding. The term “male menopause” actually characterizes the age-related hormonal changes that gradually take place in all men as they get older. And we’re not talking “older”, as in starting to walk over the hill with a walker. In particular, this natural transition affects a man’s testosterone levels. They decline. Sometimes with your health, and overall way of life.

WOULD IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER TO CALL MALE MENOPAUSE “ANDROPAUSE”?

Male menopause and andropause are really one and the same. So we’ll go with andropause here.

Andropause, derived from the Greek for ‘when masculinity ceases’, is used to describe the male condition that shares some of the same symptoms as women’s menopause. Andropause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it. For another, it doesn’t involve a complete shutdown of your reproductive organs. Women’s menopause is a well-defined period of time that begins as soon as ovulation ends. Women’s hormones plummet during a relatively short time. In men, the production of testosterone and other hormones declines much more slowly.

WATCH OUT, MEN

According to the Mayo Clinic, most men’s testosterone levels peak in adolescence and early adulthood. After age 30 or 40, those levels tend to decline by about 1 percent per year. By age 70, your testosterone level might reach closer to 50 percent of your peak level. Approximately 30% of men in their 50s will experience symptoms of andropause. But hold it…more and more studies are showing more and more younger men—even in their 20’s, experiencing andropause. Low testosterone can happen to any guy. At any age, really.

TESTOSTERONE PUTS MEN TO THE TEST

By any name, low testosterone can be troublesome. As it wanes, it starts to lose some of its superpower hormone status. In some cases, depression may be the first symptom of low T that men notice. They just attribute it to the age of anxiety we’ve been living in fighting the pandemic, fighting for social justice, and just plain fighting over politics. So they may go to a shrink before they think to get their testosterone levels checked. The sexual side effects of andropause are another of the most common symptoms, and men are even less inclined to see someone about it. The problem is, that ED, loss of libido, less firm erections, and testicular shrinkage don’t just disappear if you don’t think about them.

HOT FLASH; MEN GET HOT FLASHES, TOO

Oh, and night sweats. Increased body fat. Decreased bone density. Reduced muscle mass. Rapid hair loss. Brain fog. Trouble focusing. Persistent fatigue. Enlarged breasts. And ooh no…belly jelly. If your testosterone level drops, you may accumulate more fat around your middle. In turn, an enzyme in your fat tissue converts testosterone to estrogen. This can cause your testosterone level to drop even more.

WISE MEN

“Not feeling yourself” is an understatement. But learning to understand the full impact of low testosterone and seeking out real help is the smartest thing you could do for yourself. And we don’t mean your general doctor. Because generally, they don’t specialize in hormone imbalances. And most likely, they’ll diagnose your ailments as anything but andropause. In fact, it will probably never even come up in the conversation. This is why it’s important for you to find a medical professional you can trust with a treatment that fits you as a whole.

MEN, THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

The good way.

For more than 18 years, Thrive Health Solutions has been treating patients for hormone imbalances. The medical hormone experts at Thrive probably know more about testosterone than anyone in the Denver area. Their entire staff of professionals has one goal—to make you feel your best. They want to know all about you. And the first thing they’re going to want to know is whether or not low testosterone is really what’s going on. Advanced tests will tell them your precise levels. If your numbers are low, Thrive knows exactly what to do. Just for you. Safe, natural, and individualized bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy that could include pellets or easy-to-take testosterone injections, makes it possible for Thrive to manage many of the negative side-effects associated with age-related testosterone decline. Menopause? What menopause?  Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN: TRUE OR FALSE

Low Testosterone in Men, true or false

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN CAN GIVE THEM JELLY BELLY: True
When you can pinch handfuls instead of inches and you’re not Netflix food binging, good chance your spare tire could be tanking testosterone levels that affect your metabolism.

TESTOSTERONE IS A HORMONE MADE PRIMARILY IN A MAN’S TESTICLES: True
The process of producing it starts early. In fact, a male fetus can get erections in the womb

MEN DON’T GET OSTEOPOROSIS: False
Not just a woman thing, guys. Testosterone is critical to building your bone density, too.

ONLINE TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS REALLY WORK:  False
Unless you want products that come from who knows where with who knows what in them that have zero impact, aren’t FDA approved, and could have serious side effects.

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY INCREASES SPERM COUNT: True
Something daddies and would-be daddies might want to consider.

MEN SEEK OUT TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS BECAUSE OF LOW LIBIDO OR ED: True
Low Testosterone in men is usually the culprit.

ELK ANTLERS ARE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS: False
Research has shown it might be beneficial to hamsters, though.

HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS CAN DECREASE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS: True
Gee, think we’re in times of relenting high stress now?

IF YOU BOOZE, YOU LOSE (TESTOSTERONE): True
It takes only 5 days of regular drinking for your testosterone levels to drop. So back off the pandemic partaking.

LOW TESTOSTERONE CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF CARDIAC HEALTH: True
This alone should be a good reason to have your testosterone levels checked.

YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS: Absolutely not. Oh, False
With injections, like those you get at Thrive Health Solutions, they know exactly how much each individual patient requires. Levels are easy to monitor, and adjustments can be made as needed during your treatment program. Injections guarantee 100% direct absorption. They’re fast-acting and can help improve your levels within 30 days.

PELLETS THERAPY IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS INJECTIONS: False
The advantage of pellets as a treatment method is that the patient only needs to go into a medical office for the procedure 4 times per year as the pellets generally last 90 days before being completely absorbed by the body and needing to be replaced. Fewer visits, less to think about.

THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS IS THE ONLY PLACE TO GO FOR TESTOSTERONE THERAPY: True
That is if you want the best. If you want the most experienced hormone specialists who have been treating men of all ages with unparallel results. The hormone professionals at Thrive make it easy to talk testosterone. To talk about any issues you are having—even sexual—with thoughtfulness and care. Once simple tests tell the medical experts at Thrive exactly where your levels are, they can discuss whether injections or pellets fit into your lifestyle better.

You should text or call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now to find out more. Are you kidding? Oh, of course, a huge “True”

NEW YEAR. NEW YOU. LOSE WEIGHT NOW.

2020 is finally gone and it is time to get rid of that 2020 “20” and lose weight. In 2020, the ball dropped in March. It was crazy. There we were, cocooned in oversized sweats. Searching for a new pet. Hunting for elusive toilet paper. Couldn’t spend time with loved ones. Egg and Cheese McMuffins with crispy hash browns and a side of Griddles became the Breakfast of Champions. Our minds wandered aimlessly, and had to ask for directions home. But it is 2021 and time to move on, make new year’s resolutions. But this year counts more than ever. We need to start fresh, lose weight, learn new things, look and feel younger, take better care of our health. And, Thrive Health Solutions is here to help your 2021 thrive.

BROKEN RESOLUTIONS CAN MAKE US FEEL BROKEN ALL OVER

Let’s take a look at what could make keeping our resolutions as seemingly difficult as Congress arriving at a Stimulus Package.

When it comes to losing weight:

  • Grubhub and DoorDash have become family
  • I ran past the Covid “15” months ago, and that was my only cardio

When it comes to learning new things:

  • Every day is cloudy with a good chance of constant brain fog
  • I wish I could social distance from depression

When it comes to looking and feeling younger:

  • Mirror, mirror on the…nope, not looking in any mirror soon
  • My “not tonight, hon” has turned to don’t bother asking

And finally, when it comes to taking better care of your health:

  • My sleep is so insufficient I’m not just counting sheep, I’m naming them
  • I could be woke if I wasn’t so exhausted

TURN NEGATIVITY TO POSITIVITY

Forget resolutions. For every negative thought and behavior, make a new, positive… let’s call it “goal”.  Think, “I hope I will, I have the will, I know I will.” And keep the message on repeat.

When it comes to losing weight

  • Never step on the scale blindfold again
  • Fill your plate with motivation. Have seconds. Even thirds

When it comes to learning new things:

  • Drop guilt at the airport with a one-way ticket
  • Aim for a glass that’s more than half full (and not with tequila or gin)

When it comes to looking and feeling younger:

  • Set up your cells for success
  • Tell wear-and-tear where to go

And when it comes to taking better care of your health:

  • Put the brakes on stress
  • Make your immune system soar
  • Turn your inner athlete into a beast

And let the caring, understanding medical experts at Thrive Health Solutions help you turn things around.

ALEXA CAN’T BALANCE YOUR HORMONES

But the experts at Thrive Health Solution can. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers swimming with determination throughout your bloodstream, telling your cells and organs what to do. When they are out of balance, the messages they send are chaotic and can cause health issues from hair loss to bone loss, depression to diabetes, erectile dysfunction to heart disease. But with BHRT pellets and other therapies, we’ve got you covered.

NEW YEAR. NEW YOU.

That’s our number one goal at Thrive. And we’ve got a number of ways to help you get there beyond just hormone balancing. Our medical weight loss options, immune health, and anti-aging treatments are all cutting edge. Well-researched. Innovative. Safe. Effective. Affordable. You get results. You get confidence. You get a New You.

THERE’S EVEN MORE WE’VE GOT IN STORE FOR YOU.

Literally, our online store makes it easy for you to take home a healthy taste of some of the ways Thrive can help you move forward, get fit, and feel like you’re ready to take on anything this strange new world can toss at you. We’ll help you thrive in 2021. And 2. And 3. Well, you get it…A good example? Instead of masking up when you go to the kitchen, our proprietary ThriveSlim™ and ThriveTrim™ capsules can help you resist the dreaded Covid-carbs, forgo the binge snacking while Netflix binging, and lose the weight you want without feeling deprived.

So if you want to lose weight, feel younger or whatever your health needs, Thrive is all about helping you be the best you can be. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 for an appointment now. Happy New Year. And Happy New You.

HAVE YOURSELF SOME VERY MERRY HORMONES

IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS STORY THIS YEAR

The holiday season is normally a hormonally disruptive time of the year. But this year, it’s stress with all the trimmings. Gingerbread men are driving you mad, and Jack Frost is in a nipping frenzy. And while Santa’s Workshop is considered an essential business, many elves are in quarantine, so you’re more on your own than ever. But hold on to your chestnuts. There’s a bright side to it all; “Happy Hormones.” While some hormones can make mincemeat of your holidays, Happy Hormones can put you in the holiday spirit by helping to promote positive feelings, including happiness and pleasure. We’re talking about serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins, and dopamine.

PEACE ON EARTH AND IN YOUR MIND

SEROTONIN is the feel-good hormone, a natural mood stabilizer that helps calm your mind to make you feel less anxious and more emotionally stable. A serotonin deficiency can cause depression, lack of worth, and a sense of isolation. Which gives a whole new meaning to that holiday favorite, “Home Alone.” Get that serotonin going by watching Miracle on 34th Street for the 100th time. It always feels great.

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY    

OXYTOCIN is the love hormone. Oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection like kissing and cuddling. Oxytocin is also released when you feel safe and protected. Deficiencies can make it hard to feel affection. There is a lack of enjoyment from social interactions. Which many of us aren’t able to have with all that’s going on anyway. Elbow bumps and virtual hugs aren’t quite the same, but be generous with them wherever you can.

MOVE AND BE MERRY

ENDORPHINS are often referred to as the runner’s hormone. They act as our body’s natural narcotics and painkiller. In addition to masking pain, endorphins are the surging “second wind “and euphoric “runner’s high” you can get during and after vigorous physical activity. When levels are balanced, you get a happy high whatever you do. When levels are low, anxiety and rage can raise their ugly heads. So get some sun, get some exercise, and don’t give in to an indoor slump.

GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE HORMONE ELVES

DOPAMINE is the motivation hormone. Sort of like your body’s “carrot,” helping you focus and get things done. Like getting through your endless holiday list of “to-do’s,” not to mention your kid’s endless lists of “gotta have.”  Healthy levels also give you a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving any goals you set. So bake those cookies and trim that tree. Don’t let “requires some assembly” send you to pieces.

DO A LITTLE DANCE WITH THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES

“Happy” may seem a little harder to get with “stay at home” at the helm of the holiday. But there are things you can do to keep the jingle in your bells:

  • Listen to music.
  • Go TikTok crazy.
  • YouTube every cute animal video your heart desires.
  • Take a bath. Take a glass of wine with you.
  • Have a virtual ugly sweater contest.
  • Light your Kwanzaa candles with joy
  • Make your latkes the lightest ever.
  • Tell people you care about how much you care about them.
  • Enjoy giving.
  • Enjoy getting lots of zzzzz’s

Make a list of all the things that could make you happy during the holidays, all things considered.

And make sure your hormone levels are where they are supposed to be.  

DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HAPPY HORMONES

When your Happy Hormones–or for that matter, any of your hormones–aren’t too happy because they’re out of balance, wishing on a star can’t help you when it comes to getting them back where they’re supposed to be. But getting them checked at Thrive Health Solutions absolutely can.  The medical professionals at Thrive can keep unbalanced hormones from taking your body hostage and the Ho Ho Ho out of your holidays. With simple tests, the experts at Thrive can pinpoint any hormone deficiencies you may have and create a unique treatment plan tailored just for you. Think of it like a present that fits perfectly. Make sure there’s plenty of magic in your holidays, and have some Happy Hormones. They’re truly the gift that keeps on giving. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE

LET’S TALK LOW TESTOSTERONE FOR A MINUTE

Of our 150 or so hormones that keep us alive that you could surely never name, testosterone is one of those hormones you know something about. Or so you think. Say “testosterone” and the first word that comes to mind, is “men”. Being testosterone-fueled is something men aspire to, and women look for in a man. Testosterone=sex. It’s what makes a man a man. Well, actually women have testosterone, too. Testosterone is produced by testes in men and by the ovaries in women though in much smaller amounts. It is also produced by the adrenal glands in both sexes. Low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can both lead to a variety of health issues which we’ll go into in a bit.

ALL LAUGHTER ASIDE

While they say laughter is the best medicine, the fact is, that low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can have disturbing effects on the body. Dead serious. Low levels of testosterone, also called Low T, can produce both internal and external symptoms, both physical and emotional. These include:

  • Increased fat and weight gain
  • Loss of body and facial hair
  • Reduced bone density and brittle bones
  • Reduced sperm count and infertility
  • Low libido
  • Low self-esteem
  • Limited sperm production
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Memory loss and lack of concentration
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anger
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased fatigue
  • Hot flashes

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS ARE?

Pretty sure what your answer is. Well, as you’ve seen, low testosterone is no joke. It’s quite possible that you go through your days feeling some of the things above and would never even think to attribute it to low testosterone. You might go to see your primary doctor and they could easily diagnose it as something else. They wouldn’t think to test your testosterone levels. It’s not their area of expertise. You need to consult with someone who is an expert at knowing how to diagnose and treat both men with low testosterone and women with low testosterone. You need to consult with the experts at Thrive Health Solutions.

Thrive has years of experience treating patients with both testosterone injections and testosterone pellets. The testosterone used in both is bioidentical which means it is the same as your body produces naturally, making it safer than any synthetic testosterone you can find online or over-the-counter. Thrive will explain everything you want to know about injections and pellets. They will answer any questions about what is right for you, and what works with your lifestyle and your wallet.  A simple blood test is all it takes to tell them if your testosterone levels are low enough to benefit from testosterone therapy. No one at Thrive will ever talk you into something you don’t need. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 now to feel your absolute best. Take low testosterone seriously.

BHRT; SO MANY QUESTIONS

WHAT IS BHRT?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. An acronym for energy, fitness and overall good health. You probably get the “replacement” and “therapy” part, but the” bioidentical “and “hormone” …mmm, probably not entirely. So before we get any deeper into BHRT, let’s start at the beginning; hormones.

WHAT ARE HORMONES?

Hormones are fluctuating chemical messengers that circulate in the bloodstream and affect the function of every cell and organ in our body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, brain function, and libido. We couldn’t live without them. There is a progressive drop in hormone levels as both men and women age. As the levels decline, health quickly follows.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED BHRT?

80% of all adults over 40 are hormonally imbalanced. Two of the most important hormones which are often treated with BHRT are estrogen and testosterone. Spoiler alert; both men and women, have both. While most men don’t have a lot of estrogen, it plays a part in their heart, bone and brain health. Testosterone plays a role in the growth and maintenance of red cells, female reproductive tissue and bone mass.

Symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include:

  • Erectile dysfunction (Yikes.)
  • Hair loss (Yikes.)
  • Fatigue or loss of energy (Not good.)
  • Increased body fat (Really not good.)
  • Heart palpitations (Scary.)
  • Depression or anxiety (Depressing.)
  • Man boobs (No. No. Please, no.)

Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include:

  • Heavy, irregular or painful periods (Ouch.)
  • Osteoporosis (Break more than a leg.)
  • Weight gain (Toss the scale.)
  • Thinning hair (Not exactly sexy.)
  • Increased hair growth on face, neck, chest or back (Gotta be kidding me.)
  • Insomnia (A million sheep and counting.)
  • Acne (Pimple time.)

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY (BHRT) AND SYNTHETIC HORMONE THERAPY (HRT)?

Bio-identical hormones are exactly that—identical.

Clinically the same as those naturally produced by the body. This allows the body to use them in exactly the same manner as it does its own hormones. Which means they can safely and easily be absorbed and processed by the body without rejection.

Synthetic hormones are exactly that—synthetic.

Artificial. Fake. The hormones used in traditional HRT are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones which the body recognizes as foreign substances they try to reject. This can come with negative side effects including links to higher risk of certain cancers.

HOW IS BHRT ADMINISTERED?

Where standard HRT can be delivered by pills you can forget, messy gels or sticky patches, bioidentical hormones are delivered in the form of hormone replacement pellets (both estrogen and testosterone), and testosterone injections. Because, as we’ve mentioned above, men and women both have testosterone and estrogen whose levels can become imbalanced, hormone pellets and testosterone injections are safe, proven options for both.

SO, WHAT ARE HORMONE REPLACEMENT PELLETS?

Pellets are uniquely compounded bioidentical hormones about the size of a cooked grain of rice, painlessly placed just under the skin as an in-office procedure. They deliver a consistent, steady and healthy level of hormones into the bloodstream over a period of a few months, preventing the rollercoaster-like effects of regular one-size-fits-all HRT.  They also bypass the liver avoiding possible clotting factors, blood pressure, glucose or liver function.

WHAT ABOUT TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS?

The primary use of testosterone injections is as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in males and postmenopausal symptoms in females. As with pellets, the amount of testosterone in every injection is custom created to administer exactly the right amount to keep the levels in the bloodstream flowing evenly. Testosterone injections are given every 7 to 22 days depending on the degree of imbalance. This allows for careful ongoing monitoring and dosing.

WHERE DO I GO WHERE THEY REALLY KNOW ALL ABOUT BHRT?

Thrive Health Solutions.

The medical professionals at Thrive have had endless years of experience with BHRT. They understand the intricacies of precisely administering the exact amount of hormones your body needs, based upon advanced testing. Every individual is different, so every protocol is individualized. Over-the-counter or online hormones are like playing guessing games with your health. You can’t self-diagnose true hormone imbalance and you can’t count on those products as really being what they claim. At Thrive Health Solutions, BHRT is held to the highest standards of safety and purity. If you’re looking for a naturally effective way to increase your energy, decrease excess fat, increase muscle mass improve your sleep, lift libido, reduce inflammation, bolster immune function and so much more, you’ve found the solution; BHRT at Thrive Health Solutions. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Call Thrive for an appointment now. And know what it feels to feel truly balanced.