SUPERFOODS OR SUPER HYPE?

superfoods

LET’S TALK TURKEY

If ever there was a time to talk food, this is it. But considering the food that’s on our minds is a virtual bacchanalia of greasy, crisp turkey skin, stuffing, sweet potatoes with those teeny gooey marshmallows, gobs of green bean casserole and every kind of pie possible…it might seem ironic to talk about superfoods.

WHO PUT THE “SUPER” IN SUPERFOODS?

The word “superfood” hit the nutritional scene somewhere around the 1990s, quickly becoming a buzzword in the language of food and health. A simple internet search for the word reveals close to 10 million results — predominantly from health and nutrition blogs, online newspapers and magazines. But the fact is, that there is no accepted definition, and definitely no scientific way of classifying foods into superfoods. And the term “superfood” is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. And yet, when it comes down to the concept of it, people are eating it up.

MMMM…MARINE PHYTOPLANKTON, YUMMY

You can walk down the fruit and vegetable aisles in the store, and pretty much everywhere you look, you’re looking at foods that are really good for you. Dark greens, avocados, berries…they all pack a healthy punch. But when it comes to what a lot of people think are superfoods, it can get somewhat exotic, not to mention expensive. Quinoa, chia, hemp seeds, kaniwa, teff, maca powder mangosteens, turmeric, dulse, hijiki, kombu, wakame, rambutan, jackfruit, carambola, kiwano, arame, dragon fruit, cherimoya, oca, raw cocoa, wheat grass, spirulina, camu camu, lucuma. Gets to sound a little loco. And not exactly appetizing, either. But oh, the wonderful ways they can heal your body and mind. Supposedly.

CLAIMS TO SUPER POWER

All right, we’re just going to go with a list here which will point out how just how ludicrous it seems for any foods, super or not to say they can do:

  • Reduce risk of heart attacks
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Protect against stroke
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Relive tension headaches
  • Unstuff stuffy noses
  • Prevent nausea
  • Promote brain health
  • Detoxify your liver
  • Clear your skin
  • Undo diabetes
  • Fight and suppress urinary tract infections
  • Stimulate bone-building cells
  • Assist digestive system, relieve cramping, gas and muscles aches
  • Improve memory and coordination
  • Combat cancel and detoxify
  • Boost antioxidants
  • Prevent ulcers and yeast infections
  • Improve oral health
  • Protect bones
  • Ward off PMS symptoms
  • Unclot blood clots
  • Build bones
  • Build muscle
  • Convert food to energy
  • Boost your immune system
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce asthma-related wheezing
  • Help arteries stay relaxed and pliable
  • Fight infection
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve vision
  • Detoxify the body
  • Prevent hardening of arteries
  • Improve mood
  • Keep blood vessels healthy
  • Boost communication between blood cells
  • Neutralize free radicals that cause aging and cell damage
  • Reduce effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Enhance libido to improve sex
  • And for the purposes of our discussion here, balance hormones.
  • All this from kimchee? Are you kidding?

WILL HEAPS OF HEMP REALLY BALANCE YOUR HORMONES?

If you Google (and the world is Googling 24/7), you’ll see tons of “10 Hormone Balancing Superfoods”, “Superfoods that Balance Hormones Naturally”, “The Superfood Solution to Balancing Your Hormones”, “40 Superfoods to Restore Hormone Balance”. Articles like these even turn up on Pinterest. Pinterest?  Sorry, but superfoods have no magical powers. They could be perfectly healthy, but they are not enchanted. Will a daily dandelion and goji berry smoothie smooth the way to extended life? Raise your hands if you believe it. Good. No hands. And thinking that any single superfood can make a dent in what hormones need to function, can be dangerous thinking.

SUPERFOODS AREN’T SCIENCE

Hormones control nearly every aspect of how we feel. Insulin, serotonin, cortisol and dopamine, not to mention estrogen and testosterone, can all be thrown off balance by a number of things from excess sugar, caffeine or alcohol, to aging, medications, stress, lack of exercise and even toxins in the environment such as solvents and pesticides. Because hormones are involved in so many aspects of our functioning, hormonal imbalances can have wide-ranging effects. Balancing them is a complex medical puzzle not to be solved by any so-called superfood on the planet. And not to be self-diagnosed as to what your body really needs.

REAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Treating hormone imbalances starts by determining exactly which hormones might be out of balance and causing symptoms you might not have attributed to hormones. At Denver Hormone Health, they know everything about every hormone in your body. And considering there are about 50 of them, you can trust them to help you more than mountains of any acai bowls. The medical hormone experts at DHH determine your hormone levels with advanced blood tests. That allows them to determine what might be out of balance, allowing them to create a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. Incorporating superfoods into your diet can’t hurt, but it’s no substitute for making overall healthy lifestyle choices, one of which is calling Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.

HORMONE IMBALANCE; LET’S TAKE A LITTLE QUIZ

Hormone quiz

OK CLASS, LET’S START WITH THE BASICS; WHAT ARE HORMONES, ANYWAY?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Produced in the endocrine glands, these powerful chemicals travel around your bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do. They call the shots in controlling most of your body’s major processes from metabolism to reproduction. Different hormones act on different parts of those processes. Considering the body secretes and circulates some 50 different hormones, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen. And boy, when it does, your body isn’t going to know what hit it.

SO, WHAT TIPS THE HORMONE BOAT?

A little too much of this hormone, a little too little of that hormone…they lose their delicate balance. It doesn’t take a lot to mess things up in ways you can’t imagine. Statistics show that 80% of women suffer from hormone imbalances. Often, they live with them without even realizing it. They just feel rotten, or can’t figure out what going on with them. They get to a point they think it’s in their heads. Nope, it’s in their hormones.

NEXT QUESTION ON THE TEST; NAME THAT HORMONE

Hormone imbalances can be a confusing thing to decode. As we said, different hormones cause different problems. See if you can answer which hormone causes what. And whether you recognize having some of these symptoms yourself. (Hint; the answer is at the bottom of each group of symptoms. All exams should be this easy.) Ready? You’ve got all the time you need. GO!

  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Painful periods
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight, especially around the hips, butt and thighs

Hormone imbalance?  TOO MUCH ESTROGEN.

  • Overly emotional
  • Difficulty with memory
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Night sweats

Hormone imbalance? TOO LITTLE ESTROGEN.

  • Headaches or migraines
  • PMS
  • Swollen or painful breasts before period
  • Anxiousness

Hormone imbalance? TOO LITTLE PROGESTERONE.

  • Abnormal hair growth on face, chest or abdomen
  • Acne
  • Thinning hair
  • Oily skin

Hormone imbalance? TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE.

  • Low libido
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Constant fatigue

Hormone imbalance?  TOO LITTLE TESTOSTERONE.

  • Salty or sweet food cravings
  • Afternoon energy crashes
  • Need for naps
  • Tired in morning, even after a full night’s sleep

Hormone imbalance? TOO LITTLE CORTISOL.

  • Overwhelmed by stress
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Mind going a mile a minute
  • Extra belly fat

Hormone imbalance? TOO MUCH CORTISOL.

  • Brain fog
  • Hair loss…all over
  • Constipation
  • Cold hands and feet

Hormone Imbalance? TOO LITTLE THYROID.

All right, so by now, you’ve all got a headache as to where you see yourself here, and more importantly, what to do about it. Which leads us to the last question in our little quiz, with an answer you’ll be happy to hear about.

WHERE’S THE ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, WITHOUT QUESTION BEST PLACE TO GET YOUR HORMONES HUMMING AGAIN?

If you say Denver Hormone Health, you’ve aced it. Hormone imbalances aren’t something your general doctor would know too much about. Good bet you wouldn’t ever hear them say, “maybe your cortisol on the wane”. All Denver Hormone Health does, has everything do with hormones. All of them. The medical professionals at DHH have years of experience treating patients of all ages to restore their body’s’ natural hormone balances. Determining your hormone levels starts with simple tests. But this allows the hormone experts at DHH to create a unique treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. If you’ve been feeling less than yourself, it’s time to get your life back in balance. There’s enough out of whack in the world as is right now. Call or text Denver Hormone Health now.

WEIGHT GAIN; BLAME YOUR HORMONES

weight gain

If ever there was a time that created a collective weight gain panic, this is it. For weeks we were sheltered inside trying to get through day after day of feelings including panic, loneliness, sadness, and boredom, amongst others. Zoom saw a boom in bodies sheltered under sweats and jammies. From March 8-March 15, online views for homemade bread increased 342%, how to make banana bread by 171% and how to make sourdough starter-518%. Fat memes became pandemic. Curves fattened before the curve flattened.

SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM THE SCALE

Covid-crisis eating was understandable. As was gaining weight from non-stop snacking and becoming best friends with the Door Dash delivery person bringing you pizza and fattening meals you’d normally never chow down on.  But being overweight is a long-time crisis. The obesity rate in the US now tops 40%. Super-sizing everything has led to super-sizing of the national waistline. Belly fat has bulged beyond historical norms. Toilet paper may have been scarce, but people never stayed six feet away from the ice cream freezer or chips aisles.

SCALING UP DIET AND EXERCISE DOESN’T ALWAYS DO IT

But not everyone threw weight gain caution to the wind. And yet, they too gained weight. And this weight gain conundrum existed long before now.  In 2018, the US weight loss industry was worth a staggering $70.3 billion. This figure included couch potatoes with sour cream, cheese and bacon, but it also included the millions of people for whom diets did nothing to help them lose weight. And they tried every diet there was. Every crazy workout out there. Approximately 45 million adults in the United States (about 14% of the population) are members of a gym. But no number of crunches or miles in spin class led to significant weight loss. What the frustrated never knew was that in packing on puzzling pounds, the real enemy they were battling was unbalanced hormones.

A BIG FAT HORMONE PROBLEM

Unbalanced hormones and weight gain go hand in hand. When your hormones are out of balance, losing weight or maintaining weight is almost impossible. Hormones are important for regulating most major bodily processes, so a hormonal imbalance can affect a wide range of bodily functions. Hormones help to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, sleep, reproductive cycles and sexual functions, growth and development, mood and memory and yes, weight. Hormones cause willpower to go by the wayside and food cravings to call the shots.  The ability to metabolize food for fuel is directly connected to your hormones. Some of the worst weight gain hormone culprits are cortisol, insulin, estrogen, testosterone and thyroid. Even a slight disruption in the levels of any of these hormones can cause the body to put on weight and fight like lard to keep it there.

FIRE UP YOUR HORMONES

The medical professionals at Denver Hormone Health have just what it takes to reset hormone levels that have gone awry. With years of experience treating all types of hormone imbalance issues, DHH professionals are experts when it comes to weight management. At DHH they understand what you have been going through and have developed a novel Hormonal Weight Loss Support Program that has successfully helped patients lose, and more importantly, keep the weight off.  The program includes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, B6, B12 and lipotropic injections, plus exclusive, highest quality weight management supplements. When combined with healthy diet and exercise—which DHH nutrition and fitness experts are there to help with, patients have reported having more energy, faster metabolisms, better weight loss and stronger immune systems. DHH physicians do a full analysis including simple blood tests that pinpoint your exact hormone levels. This allows them to customize a unique treatment plan tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. Struggling with weight gain? Don’t wait a minute more.