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.

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”

LOOKING FOR THE BEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT? REMEMBER, FAD DIETS ARE BAD DIETS.

FOOD ON OUR BRAINS

Looking for the best way to lose weight? Just as an intro, we could stuff a smorgasbord of food idioms into this blog, but we’ll be meager; piece of cake, bad egg, smart cookie, big cheese, food for thought, in a nutshell, cream of the crop, bigger fish to fry, bring home the bacon, your goose is cooked…you get the idea. As obsessed as some foodies are with food, people trying not to be obsessed with food are on a scale that is shocking. Weight loss is a $66 billion-dollar industry, and one of the most advertised, according to U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market. An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Fat (or the lack of it) has become the boogieman of our time. Kids are counting calories before they even have any idea what a calorie really is. As they get older, it just gets worse. Ta-da! Enter Fad Diets. Not the best way to lose weight.

But Thrive is! Everyone at Thrive Health Solutions Gets It.

FAD DIETS; PEOPLE ARE EATING THEM UP

The Boston Medical Center reported that of the estimated 45 million American who are looking for the best way to lose weight, 50% of them use fad diets. So what, exactly, is a fad diet? Let’s put it this way…take thousands of people desperate to lose weight, toss some food choices and insane ideas (ones you’d normally laugh yourself sick at) into a hat, give it a catchy name, get a celebrity to endorse it if you can, pay people to post rave reviews on Amazon, hire the best people to find a way to advertise and market it, throw in some phrases like “you won’t believe” or “the only thing that’s ever worked” and you have the ultimate fad diet. Thing is, you lose a few pounds quick, people tell you, you look thinner, then you put it back on.

At Thrive Health Solutions, They’ve Seen it All.

FAD DIETS; A FEW SANDWICHES SHORT OF A PICNIC

A few bricks shy of a load, a few cards short of a deck-you get it—crazy, loony, absurd, whacked…so many yummy adjectives. (Sorry, can’t stop with the food language.) Here are what are considered some of the worst fad diets. And by far not the best way to lose weight.

  • Blood Type Diet– Your blood type cannot impact your diet any more than your astrological sign can
  • The Baby Food Diet– If a baby can grow up eating the mushy stuff, eating some definitely won’t hurt you, but guess what: you aren’t a baby
  • The Cabbage Soup Diet-The grandmother of all fad diets-GAS ANYONE?
  • The Cotton Ball Diet-cotton balls soaked in orange juice-that ought to leave a good taste in your mouth
  • Lunar Or Werewolf Diet– Fasting according to the lunar phases-hairy at the least
  • Sleeping Beauty Diet- If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Unless you sleepwalk, of course
  • Tapeworm Diet- Ingest tapeworm eggs, let the tapeworm eat the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, when you lose enough weight, get a doctor to prescribe you an anti-worm medication. Are you sick yet?
  • The Clip-Your-Nose-While-You-Eat Diet-Try eating and not breathing at the same time…
  • The Prayer Diet-Pray every night that you’ll lose weight. Sorry. No miracles here.

Thrive Health Solutions Doesn’t Believe in Miracles.

FAD DIETS; CRASH GOES YOUR BODY

The fact is, there are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Some ingredients in supplements and herbal products can be dangerous and even deadly for some people. Fad or crash diets put stress on every part of your body from your kidneys to your heart to your brain. They can cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, muscle loss, hypoglycemia, nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, headaches, dizziness, hair loss, bad breath and a whole plate of other things bad for your body. Including the weight coming right back on so you start the whole vicious cycle again.

THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS; A BIG HELPING OF HEALTHY

So here’s the thing; if you are looking for the best way to lose weight safely and keep it off, there is a smart and easy option; Thrive Health Solutions. Thrive specializes in medical weight loss solutions. (So far from fad, it’s not even funny.) Not just one, but one created uniquely for you. One that considers your health history and goals. One that is medically supervised and medically sound. Thrive’s weight loss options include pharmaceutical HCG, custom-compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, B12 injections and FDA approved appetite suppressants. When combined with Paleo, Keto, intermittent fasting or Thrive’s proprietary 1200-calorie weight loss diet, you can lose from ½ to 1 lb. daily. Weight that won’t creep back up without even realizing it. Not just because it’s healthy, but because it’s one you can stick to. More a way of life. Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now. And forgo fad diets forever.