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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.

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.

Hormone Health Treatment Denver – What the Heck are Hormones Anyway?

For hormone health treatment to be effective you need to understand it. The word “hormone” comes from a Greek word that means “to spur on”. That’s exactly what hormones do within your body. They act as catalysts to spur on chemical changes within your cells that supply energy and aid in development and overall health. The glands of the endocrine system send hormones throughout your bloodstream telling each part of your body what work to do, when to do it, and for how long. The eight hormone-secreting glands of the endocrine system are the adrenal gland, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid gland, pineal gland, pituitary gland, reproductive glands (ovaries and testes) and thyroid gland. But some other organs and tissues that are not generally considered part of the endocrine system also produce and secrete hormones.

IT’S A BALANCING ACT

Simple fact is, you couldn’t live without your hormones. And you can’t live well when they’re out of whack. Even if you’re living a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and regular exercise, you’re not reaping the full reward of your efforts if your hormones are imbalanced. So what can cause this imbalance? Unusually high stress, insufficient sleep, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, diabetes, menopause, pregnancy and thyroid problems, are just a few culprits. The body has a very delicate chemistry. Changes in that chemistry can quickly produce noticeable symptoms and other health problems.

HORMONES; HAVOC AND MAYHEM

When your hormones are out of balance, it can go way beyond your body feeling “eh”.  When your hormones go rogue, they can cause:

  • Weight gain/weight loss resistance:
  • Hair loss
  • Low sex drive
  • Weak bones
  • Fluid retention
  • Acne
  • Infertility
  • Mood swings, brain fog and anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Digestion issues
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue

That in itself is enough to make you feel sick.

HORMONES. HAVE A LAUGH

On a lighter side, here are a few fun facts about the 50 or so master controllers of your body:

  • Ever wonder why guys get so uncomfortable when a woman cries? Probably because they can feel their penis shrinking. The smell of a woman’s tears immediately lowers testosterone levels and kills sexual arousal.
  • When you fall in love, you’re basically high. The hormones that are released when you’re first falling in love are on par with cocaine in how they affect your brain. All those hormones have the same compounds as amphetamines, so yeah, you’re totally high as a kite. 
  • Your hangover is the result of drunk hormones. When we drink alcohol, it messes with the job of the antidiuretic hormone. What follows is the incessant peeing that happens when you drink, which is a major contributor in being hungover. So think of it this way: every time you drink, you’re kinda getting your hormones drunk too, because they quit behaving appropriately — like you.
  • British intelligence planners seriously considered secretly administering small doses of estrogen into the food of Adolf Hitler, in order “to make his character less aggressive” and to make his mustache to fall off. No joke.

HERE’S TO YOUR HORMONE HEALTH

In every way imaginable, hormones are vital to your health and well-being.  In order to balance your hormones and optimize how they work and communicate with every organ in your body, it is critical to be evaluated by highly trained hormone experts like the experienced professionals at Thrive Health Solutions. If it has to do with hormones, Thrive knows everything about them. And more importantly, how to get them back in balance. It begins with getting to know you. Getting to know how you feel. Listening to your concerns. The medical staff at Thrive will do a full evaluation of your health history and a detailed blood workup. Based on those results, they will create a unique and integrated treatment plan that includes hormone replacement therapy along with lifestyle changes that include exercise and nutrition. Hormones imbalances are common in people of all ages, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Help is as easy as making a call to Thrive for an appointment now. Make your hormones happy. And your life healthy.

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WHAT CAUSES AGING?

Our age-obsessed culture is completely consumed with anti aging and increasing longevity, but growing old is unavoidable. Bummer. But hey, they say 40 is the new 30, while 60 now looks and feels like 40. Cher at 73? Tina Turner at 79? Mick Jagger at 75? They seem ageless. We’re not all so lucky. The fact is, Ponce de Leon never found the Fountain of Youth. And you’re never going to find it in online anti aging “miracle creams”. Gratefully, though, our capacity and understanding of the aging process has left us with opportunities to live vital and active lives far past those of our ancestors. Aging doesn’t mean turning into dottering oldies with failing memories and non-existent sex lives. But aging does come with many physical changes to our bodies.

AGING: IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S A LOT OF THINGS.

So why do we age? No single process can explain all the changes of aging. There are many theories; one states that aging is natural and programmed into the body, while another says that aging is a result of damage which is accumulated over time. In the end, aging is a complex interaction of genetics, chemistry, physiology, and behavior. For example, the immune system is programmed to decline over time, leaving people more susceptible to diseases. Cells and tissues simply wear out. Even environmental influences such as free radicals can do damage to our body’s systems. Another extremely key factor is the hormones that circulate throughout our bodies. But we’ll get to that.

AGING HEAD TO TOE, INSIDE, OUT.

As we’ve said, as we age, our body’s organs and other systems make changes. Here is a brief overview of how body systems age:

  • Heart Aging: the heart muscle thickens with age as a response to the thickening of the arteries. This thicker heart has a lower maximum pumping rate.
  • Immune System Aging: T cells take longer to replenish in older people and their ability to function declines.
  • Arteries and Aging: arteries usually stiffen with age, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood through them.
  • Lung Aging: the maximum capacity of the lungs may decrease as much as 40 percent between ages 20 and 70.
  • Brain Aging: as the brain ages, some of the connections between neurons seem to be reduced or less efficient. This is not yet well understood.
  • Kidney Aging: the kidneys become less efficient at cleaning waste from the body.
  • Bladder Aging: the total capacity of the bladder declines and tissues may atrophy, causing incontinence.
  • Body Fat and Aging: body fat increases until middle age and then weight typically begins to decrease. The body fat also moves deeper in the body as we age.
  • Muscle Aging: muscle tone declines about 22 percent by age 70, though exercise can slow this decline.
  • Bone Aging: starting at age 35, our bones begin to lose density. Walking, running and resistance training can slow this process.
  • Sight and Aging: starting in the 40s, difficulty seeing close detail may begin.
  • Hearing and Aging: as people age, the ability to hear high frequencies declines.

But relax, aging doesn’t have to seem like the end of the world.

SLOW DOWN, YOU’RE AGING TOO FAST.

7 Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are:

You have hair loss—and not just on your head – Seeing a little (or a lot) of scalp peeking through your hairline is a well-known sign of aging but surprisingly, it isn’t limited to your head. If you’re younger and you notice things getting a little sparse on your arms, legs or *ahem* other places, it can indicate your body is aging faster than you think.

You can’t lift the 30-pound bag of dog food into your cart – Muscle strength is directly correlated to how you age, since you actually lose muscle mass the older you get, making you progressively weaker.

Bruises take forever to heal – One important and often overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself healing from wounds and injuries more slowly than you used to. Skin is your largest organ and normally has an amazing ability to heal itself, so if yours isn’t recovering well, something is definitely going awry in the internal aging systems.

Your favorite pants are tight in the waist but loose in the legs – Gaining fat around your midsection is a common sign your body is aging quickly. Add that to the muscle and bone loss that also accompany aging, causing your thigh muscles to shrink and your height to decrease, and you have the recipe for some really poor-fitting pants.

You’re burning through giant bottles of lotion – Is your skin chronically dry and flaky? That could be a sign of premature aging. However, there are other causes, like everyday things causing your dry skin. It can also indicate an underlying medical condition like hypothyroidism. Low thyroid function left untreated can also give you a puffy face, weight gain, thinning hair, impaired memory, painful joints, and muscle weakness—all things that will age you faster than a time machine.

You sleep like a baby—fitfully, and not through the night – Insomnia or problems getting a good night’s sleep can be a sign your body is aging quickly. Often this is due to high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol rises are inevitable as we age, however, with many people it rises too quickly, usually due to stress. Too much cortisol not only ages you faster but can promote weight gain, lower your immune function, and can lead to many chronic diseases.

Your period is super random – For women, the frequency and predictability of your menstrual cycle can be an early sign of aging, and it can start 15 years before menopause. One sign many people do not correlate with aging in females is irregular menstrual cycles in their 30s and 40s. This hormonal irregularity is important to address since changing hormones can increase weight gain, decrease muscle mass, cause sleep disturbances, and cause your body to age faster, predisposing you to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

anti AGING AND HORMONES: IT’S ALL IN THE BALANCE.

As you can see, there are a myriad of reasons that can add to the aging process. But the one we can’t stress enough, are hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers in our bodies. They flow through our bloodstream to signal specific cells or organs, telling them what to do to keep all our body systems in balance. When they’re out of whack, you’re out of luck. Hormones are key in the aging process. When our hormones are unbalanced, our bodies age more quickly. No one understands better than the medical experts at Thrive Health Solutions. They look at the whole person, aiming to make them feel their very best. That’s why they offer comprehensive cutting-edge treatments in hormone balancing and anti aging. All safe, all medically supervised. When you put your body in the hands of the knowledgeable, experienced specialists at Thrive, you can trust that their hormone balancing, and anti-aging treatments will deliver noticeable results. You’ll feel better. You’ll look better. (In fact, probably your best.) And what could be better than that? Aging doesn’t have to take a serious toll on your body. Call Thrive at (303) 790-8446 or visit here for an appointment today. That in itself ought to make you feel good.