New Year. New Start. New Goals.

Oh, boy, it’s that time of the year when making resolutions settle over people like dark clouds. Resolutions that set you up because they aren’t really realistic.

I resolve to:

  • Give up 3a.m. Netflix binge watching
  • Stop adding ad infinitum to online shopping carts
  • Swipe right more than left
  • Learn Urdu
  • Love myself as much as the Kardashians love themselves
  • Stop losing hair
  • Go cold emoji
  • Get organized
  • Never go to sleep without doing the dishes
  • Do 100 pushups every night before bed
  • Floss more

Never going to happen.

Less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.

Making resolutions shouldn’t be about looking back and lamenting last year’s failures. It should be about looking forward with unequivocal confidence.

The Army said it best: Be all that you can be. Be the best you. In the best shape. Feel your best ever. Feel stronger. More vibrant. Healthier. Younger.

Think nothing but positive. Like The Little Engine That Could, you can.

Right now, you probably feel a lot less than your best. The holidays, while filled with joy and cheer, can take a toll. But it’s a good chance you should be looking at your hormones as the culprit to your creeping malaise. There are more than 50 hormones swimming throughout your body affecting every cell and organ. These hormones tell your body what it’s supposed to do, but when they are out of balance, you could be out of luck. If there is one resolution to keep, it’s finding out what hormones could be whacked out and get them back in balance.

Need a few reasons to convince you? How about these:

  • Increased lean muscle mass
  • Increased energy
  • Increased sex drive and sexual response
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased fatigue,
  • Decrease anxiety, mood swings, hot flashes
  • Relieved menopausal symptoms
  • Better sleep

You get the idea.

So how do you get the help you need? This is the easiest of all New Year’s plans; Denver Hormone Health. Like our name says, we’re all about hormones. Our specialists have years of experience and unmatched expertise in anything and everything that has to do with hormones With the simplest of tests, they can get the total picture of where your hormone levels stand. (Or droop.) This then allows them to create a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. A plan that could get your sex drive back on track. A plan that could help you lose weight and keep it off. A plan that could even include anti-aging treatments. You want to feel your best? Get the best.

At Denver Hormone Health, you get help head to toe.

Don’t make improbable goals your New Year’s resolutions. Make an appointment at Denver Hormone Health now.  And plan on making 2020 your best year ever.

YOU CAN THANK THANKSGIVING FOR YOUR HORMONES GOING HAYWIRE

Thanksgiving…we wait 365 days for the opportunity to eat ourselves into a food coma. Today, Thanksgiving has become the Super Bowl of eating like a horse, unable to ever rein it in. “Unbuckle Our Belts” has become the Thanksgiving Day anthem.  The bar flies open. We eat before we eat. Platters of calorie-laden treats tempt us even before we even pull a chair up to the table. And that’s where the real feast begins; ta-da…the main event. An obscenely huge turkey with its everyone-will-fight-over greasy, crisp turkey skin. Thick, thick creamy gravy; a virtual bacchanalia of butter. Bowls of sugar laden cranberry sauce. Mounds of potatoes. (Oooo those tiny little marshmallows) Gobs of green bean casserole. But wait, oh wait, don’t stop there. Dessert! Caramel apple snickers cake, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, triple cream pumpkin cheesecake (be still, my stomach.) all topped with endless mounds of whipped cream. Oh happy day. Right? Thanksgiving might be something you celebrate, but for your hormones, it’s a yearly hard-core smorgasbord of gastric misery.

WHAT’S GUT GOT TO DO WITH IT?

The gut is the body’s largest hormone-producing organ, releasing more than 20 different peptide hormones. These gastrointestinal hormones (or gut hormones) constitute a group of hormones secreted by cells in the stomach, pancreas, and small intestine that control various functions of the digestive organs. Is there a link between hormones and heaving food uncontrollably into your body? Without question. And how they link up is enough to make you want to give the whole binging thing up. But, of course, who would ever even consider such a thing? Thanksgiving really gets you in the gut in endless ways. At some point of packing it in, your gorge gauge explodes releasing levels of these hormones that can make you nauseous and make your body work harder, the digestive overload requiring the heart to pump more blood to the stomach and intestines. It’s a digestive disaster.

A NICE BIG HEAPING OF HEARTBURN. (AND WORSE)

After about 1,500 calories (and the average for a typical Thanksgiving meal is 3,000) the gut hormones go wild. Imbalances of these hormones can influence the movement of food through the intestines—some by speeding the process up, causing diarrhea, gas (gross) and abdominal pain; and others by slowing things down, causing bloating and constipation. And that burning that seems to crawl up your esophagus and out of your mouth in a belch that’s more like a roar? That’s acid reflux and it is not a comfortable condition. This acid reflux or Gerd as it is often referred to can actually make people feel like they’re having a heart attack and send them rushing to the hospital. On Thanksgiving, there’s an emergency room overload.

KEEPING YOUR HORMONES HEALTHY IS GRAVY

If you’re like most people, it’s a good chance that you’re going to regret what you shoveled in. That’s why it’s a smart idea to make an appointment ahead of time to see the hormone professionals at Denver Hormone Health. No one in the Denver area knows more about the effect unbalanced hormones can have on your body.  Their skill and expertise match their care and understanding (which is something you’ll appreciate when it comes to discussing your holiday carb-o-bliss and fat-frenzy.) With simple tests, the hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health can tell where you where your hormone levels stand and what exactly you should do about it. With their help Thanksgiving can be a fabulous feast instead of something you just can’t stomach. Contact Denver Hormone Health now. It’s something you’ll be more than grateful for.

PUTTING THE HEALTH PUZZLE TOGETHER

Hormone Puzzle

WORKING IN PERFECT HARMONY

Having a life worth living isn’t about one thing, it’s about a lot of things. Nutrition. Exercise. Balanced hormones. All working in synergy, a marriage of all that your body needs. The right mix is what makes us feel our best. A fail-safe formula for physical and mental success. But where do most of us fit into the equation? Uh…do we really have to say it? How do youapproach the conundrum? Do you control it, or does it control you? For all the fanfare of “Just Do It”, most people don’t. We don’t do it, we haven’t done it, we don’t even like thinking about doing it. So we put on a huge set of health blinders and go on our not-so-merry ways.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DEADLY

How and what we eat, is just a piece of the pie. Colorado has retained its crown as the least-obese state in America each year, but the state’s widening waistlines mean that superlative is in jeopardy. Eating well, well what does that mean exactly? How much food you need depends on many factors, including your height, age, sex, general state of health, job, leisure time activities, physical activities, genetics, body size, environmental factors, body composition and what medications you may be taking. But here’s the killer;studies link unhealthy eating to nearly half of American deaths caused by diabetes, strokes and heart disease. (Be still, my heart).

BURGERS BIGGER THAN PIKES PEAK

From burger bonanzas to bakeries to family restaurants to vending machines to movie theater concessions, our meals and snacks are taking on gargantuan proportions. “Normal”, seems skimpy. “Let’s go out for a bite”, is an oxymoron. (Not to mention nutritionally moronic.) We don’t eat plates of food, we inhale platters of it. The food scene is a malnutrition minefield loaded with calorie bombs, laden with lousy choices. (That we gobble up, no less.) Sugar. It’s everywhere. And it’s not so sweet when it comes to your health. Deep-fried, deep dish, deep trouble. Fast food is a fast way to die. The fast food industry in the united states is worth approximately 198.9 billion U.S. dollars. By 2020, this figure is forecasted to exceed 223 billion. Yet we love, and want to scarf it all.

FOR EVERY DUMB CHOICE, A SMART ONE

As we’ve said, bad nutrition can have more than a bad effect on every part of your body from head to toe.  Just so you have it, below is a list that can feed your overall fitness:

  • Eggs-protein
  • Tomato sauce-heart
  • Dried plums-bone density
  • Walnuts-memory and coordination
  • Brussel sprouts-cancer
  • Apples-lung cancer
  • Bok choy-bones, pms
  • Steel cut oats-digestions
  • Salmon- heart smart omega 3
  • Avocados-healthy fat absorb other nutrients
  • Canned pumpkin-cancer fighters
  • Spinach-avoid blood clots, strong bones
  • Cauliflower-cancer fighting
  • Scallops-protein
  • Collard greens-healthy eyes
  • Olives-heart healthy
  • Brown rice-build bones, convert food to energy
  • Oysters-strong immune system
  • Edamame-cholesterol lowering
  • Strawberries-halt growth of cervical and colon cancer
  • Kiwi-asthma wheezing
  • Bran flakes-reduce inflammation, melt belly fat
  • Sunflower seeds-heart health, fights infection
  • Black beans-help arteries star relaxed and pliable
  • Sardines-more than 100% Vitamin D and top source of omega 3
  • Asparagus-bone building, diuretic
  • Fat free milk-muscle building, ultimate energy drink
  • Bananas-fiber, slimming
  • Baked potato-more pressure lowering potassium than banana
  • Flaxseed-may prevent endometrial and ovarian cancer
  • Sweet potatoes-vision and immune system
  • Greek yogurt-twice protein as regular
  • Wheat germ-immune booster
  • Dried tart cherries-control blood sugar, reduce insulin, lower cholesterol
  • Green and black tea-prevent hardening of arteries
  • Blackberries-more antioxidants than strawberries, cranberries or blueberries
  • Peanut butter-keep blood vessels healthy
  • Canola oil-heart healthy
  • Blueberries-improve memory by protecting your brain from inflammation, boosts communication between brain cells
  • Watercress-cancer fighting
  • Barley-lowers cholesterol, helps control blood sugar
  • Shitake mushrooms-as much d as glass of milk

Not that you’re supposed to dump the bunch into your grocery carts. Even incorporating a few, can help.

“I MEAN TO” MEANS SQUAT.  (REAL SQUATS REQUIRED)

Exercise is another part of the mix. If overdoing it is a pain, not moving is a bigger pain.  Yet 80 million people, aged six and older are physically inactive. What you should be focusing on is endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Moving those fingers texting at lightning speed doesn’t count. And we spend four hours on our phones every day without even breaking a sweat. Exercise can be as simple as walking or swimming. Boring, you think? (Baloney. Which, by the way is something to dump from your diet.) There are plenty of options to keep the momentum going. Hula hoops, trampolines… kid-like, sure, but fun. (Which makes you stick with it.) But there’s a wild world of workouts out there today from high-flying bungee-assisted dance cardio classes to underwater spinning. From anti-gravity aerial yoga to circuit-based classes that will have you mimicking the hose-slinging, ax-swinging, and stair-climbing movements of firefighters. Whatever you do, your body will say, “Thanks, Sport”.

HOR-MOANS

OK, on to a big chunk of the health maze that might amaze you. Even if you seem to be doing everything (or anything, for that matter, right), hormones can really rake your health. Hormonal imbalances are literally becoming an epidemic in the western world. Cases of infertility, pms, lowered sex drive, impaired thyroid function, diabetes (which is a hormonal imbalance because insulin is a hormone) and irregular mensural cycles have become almost common place instead of being something that only a few people have to deal with. Both men and women can be affected by hormonal imbalances at any time in their lives, and if you or any one you know has ever dealt with such an imbalance, you know how disruptive it can be to a person’s state of well-being. Each hormone in our body has a specific job controlling every cell and organ. When these chemical messengers run rampant through your bloodstream, your entire body takes a serious hit.

AND AS AN ASIDE…

A lot of people think taking supplements can take care of all their woes. But whoa, wait a minute. Just where are they turning to scoop them up? Pharmacy aisles are filled with who-knows-what or what they really do, for that matter. There are big health food chains. Vitamin Shoppes (Yes, with two “p” s and an “e”.) Marketing mavens are beaming over their bottom lines. Then there are the millions of .com companies you’ve never heard of and know nothing about. Even Pinterest and Instagram get in on the game. You think “Amazon”, and think they must be good.

LOOKING FOR A REAL LIFE-CHANGER?

Look no further than Denver Hormone Health. No one gets the big picture better. Instead of a one-stop-shop that takes a one-size-fits-all approach to your overall health, they create tailored, integrated programs depending on what will make you feel your best. All their doctors are experienced in solving the complex puzzle of your unique needs. They start with simple tests that tell them where your hormones stand, and after addressing that, they work out a plan that is supplemented by nutrition and exercise. And as to real supplements, they are used to safely boost and enhance the rest of the program. And the supplements they use are from a company called Xymogen, a family-owned health sciences company with a quarter century of experience offering help and personal attention addressing issues from adrenal and cardiovascular support to immune system and gastrointestinal support. Whatever you need, Denver Hormone Health puts it all together. They help you get with a program and stick to it.

So make an appointment with Denver Hormone Health now.

It’s a win-win. Win. Win. Win.