COVID AND WEIGHT GAIN; THEY’RE AN ITEM

WE’RE IN A FOOD PANDEMIC AND IT IS CAUSING WEIGHT GAIN

The pandemic and sheltering-in-place have created a perfect storm for weight gain—life has been disrupted, schedules and routines are out of whack. So here comes what they call the Covid-15. Fifteen pounds mindlessly piled on. The never normal has become the new normal. We’re a nation going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. And gorging on fat memes which can make you laugh, but then make you take a dive for the Dove Bars. And while you’re there, forage through the fridge in frustration. That voice you hear calling is your scale taunting you like a Siren…” Step on me, I dare you.”

ANY WONDER WEIGHT GAIN IS ON THE MENU?

The trend represents a stark reversal from the national gravitation toward more natural foods in recent years. The only thing guaranteed healthy now are people’s appetites. Your workspace became your eat space. Snickers, Snackerz, chewy, munchy, Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos, Fritos…that’s a lot of “itos”. You’ve even hired a personal chef; his name is Boyardee. We are drowning in massive piles of fat cell fertilizer. And obsessing over the Great British Bake Off isn’t going to help you take weight gain off.

STUFFING THE FEELINGS

Most of us are eating out of boredom. Or opportunity. You deserve it. Everybody is doing it. But another pandemic in this country is mental health. Nearly 1 in 5 people in this country have experienced mental health issues at one time or another. Anxiety, fear, sadness, depression is worse than ever. And this emotional distress causes another kind of binge eating; stress eating. To ‘escape’ from awareness of these negative thoughts and feelings, attention is focused instead on immediate relief such as food. But without enjoyment. And even with disgust.

COVID CAUTION

Some people came into 2020 already overweight or even obese. In fact, the U.S. adult obesity rate tops 40 percent; the highest ever recorded. According to the CDC, adults with obesity might have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. It will not increase a person’s chance of becoming infected but it can lead to serious complications.

YOU LOSE A LOT WHEN YOU GAIN

The coronavirus isn’t the only concern for those with more serious ongoing weight problems; there are approximately 240 different health conditions associated with obesity. It can put them at risk for chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, and high blood pressure. But it can get much more serious. All that excess body fat can lead to Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, strokes, heart disease, and even many types of cancer.

IT’S NOT YOU. IT’S YOUR HORMONES

Who doesn’t beat themselves up when it comes to weight gain? Time to give yourself some slack here. Even if you’ve been one of the tribe of doing-everything-right, eating well, and exercising, you can still have a weight gain problem. But be reassured, an untamed appetite isn’t always the only food perp causing you to pile on those pounds. If you’re going to fat shame, lay the blame on your hormones. Yep, hormones and weight gain go hand in hand.

Hormones direct our body’s responses; how we respond to things like food, exercise, stress, and sleep. And they play a huge role in how your metabolism functions. How you use food for fuel, whether it gets stored or burned, whether you feel hungry or full, whether you experience cravings or not. It affects your mood and even your motivation to exercise. When your hormones are out of balance, they can hold onto your weight gain for dear life.

TAKE WEIGHT GAIN OFF YOUR PLATE FOR GOOD

At Denver Hormone Health, they can put you on the right path to reversing your metabolic meltdown. No one is destined to gain weight. The caring and experience hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health understand. They want to be your weight loss support system to help restore your physical and overall well-being. Their proven weight loss program starts with finding which hormones are out of balance and just how much. This lets them create an integrated weight loss plan unique to your needs that can include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, B6, B12, and lipotropic injections, plus exclusive, highest quality weight management supplements. They help you with exercise, nutrition, and whatever you need to make your weight loss journey go smoothly. Hungry for results? Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.

HAPPY YOU YEAR

IT’S JANUARY, AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE I PUT MY RESOLUTIONS

Happens every year. Good intentions fill the air around the globe. Lists are made. But memes and jokes glut the Internet:

“My goal for 2021 is to accomplish the goals of 2020 which I should have done in 2019 because I promised them in 2018.”

You laugh. But not for long. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. But you don’t have to be part of the statistic.

THESE DON’T COUNT

  • Dear me…this year I will:
  • Stop mispronouncing Kamala and Chipotle
  • Try to come up with passwords more creative than “password”
  • Stop leaving Eggo boxes under the bed
  • Never use “it is what it is” when it comes to sex
  • Get my whites whiter

Again, more funny. But funny on January 1st, can only take you as far as January 2nd. OK, maybe 3rd.

IT’S HARD TO MAKE GOOD RESOLUTIONS WHEN THINGS SEEM SO BAD

It’s a daunting task to sit down and make some serious resolutions considering the stress of 2020 that made the ball coming down at midnight feel like it came down on your head. Life has taken a toll on your whole body. Stress off the charts. Less exercise. More eating. You can’t sleep, you ache all over. The only thing you can’t seem to do is social distance from is depression.

HOW HORMONES CAN HELP YOU KEEP SOME HEALTHY RESOLUTIONS

To say you don’t feel your best is an understatement. But consider this; a lot of what you’re feeling could be due to unbalanced hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers freestyling it through your bloodstream, messing up how you feel at whim. Unbalanced hormones can affect all your most important resolutions:

LOSE WEIGHT

Hormone imbalances can program you to put on the pounds. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone imbalances can lead to weight gain in the hips, thighs, and bottom. An imbalance of cortisol stress hormones is another roadblock to losing weight, with high levels fueling appetite, sugar cravings, and the accumulation of belly fat. Low thyroid hormones and/or deficiencies of elements like selenium or iodine crucial to active thyroid conversion can also slow metabolism, making it easy to gain weight and harder to lose.

SLEEP BETTER

To sleep, perchance to dream; this too is a hormone matter. We need at least 6-7 hours of contented sleep. Consistently. Balanced levels of melatonin in tandem with cortisol regulate the rhythms of sleep and waking. A well-rested mind and body provide the inner calm and tranquility needed to help us deal with all that life might throw at us. And this year, Covid is playing hardball. 

GET ORGANIZED

Hormone imbalances can run interference on getting your house in order. If, for example, you have low testosterone it can be tough to think straight. Out-of-whack cortisol levels can make us unfocused and easily distracted, while estrogen lows are linked with foggy thinking and difficulty finding anything but your secret stash of assorted flavor Pringles. 

STAY FIT AND HEALTHY

Hormone fitness is a must. That means that all the hormones in our body need to be in the right proportions with one another: estrogens, androgens, adrenals, and thyroid hormones work closely together to protect the health of our heart, brain, and nervous system, muscles, and bones, skin and hair.

YOU CAN DO IT. YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY DO IT

It’s all possible with the help of your hormones and Denver Hormone Health.

Denver Hormone Health is all about everything “hormones”. They understand the delicate balance your hormones need to be in to help you be your best. The professionals at DHH take the time to really talk with you about what’s been bugging you and what could be the health consequences of your hormones feeling bugged. With simple tests, they can get the whole picture. This helps them create a treatment plan that’s uniquely tailored to your needs. While looking for toilet paper and cleaning supplies has become the new Gold Rush, the rush should be getting your hormones balanced. Resolve to make an appointment at Denver Hormone Health now. And Happy You Year.

A CRASH COURSE IN HORMONES AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Immune system health and your hormones

NO ONE’S IMMUNE TO WHAT’S GOING ON

It’s a good bet that pretty much everyone is concerned about that corona virus lurking out there ready to take on anyone who comes in its path. So what do you do? Wash hands? Check. Social distance? Check. Wear mask? Always. Keep immune system strong? What? The immune system. You’ve probably heard the phrase, but usually associated with seniors who are most at risk because their immune systems aren’t as strong as they should be. And while it’s true that as we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, the real truth is that immune strength can be compromised at any age. So everyone’s at risk.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM; PROMISING TO SERVE AND PROTECT

So what, exactly, is the immune system? The primary purpose of your immune system is to protect against pesky pathogens like bacteria, fungi, worms, and yep, viruses. Bug bad guys that want nothing more than to attack your body, breaking it down to make it more susceptible to injury and illness. Your immune system is the bouncer for what gets in and what stays out of your body. When it is working, the viruses and toxins don’t have a chance. When it’s not, the floodgates are wide open.

THE ONE-TWO PUNCH

Just to up your immune system knowledge a notch, there are actually two subsystems within the immune system, known as the innate (non-specific) immune system and the adaptive (specific) immune system. Both of these subsystems are closely linked and work together whenever a germ or harmful substance triggers an immune response.

The innate immune system provides a general defense against harmful germs and substances using immune cells such as natural killer cells and phagocytes (“eating cells”) to fight harmful substances that enter the body.

The adaptive (specific) immune system makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously come into contact with. Because the adaptive immune system is constantly learning and adapting, the body can also fight bacteria or viruses that change over time.

THE BIG “D”

Ah, vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin. You get the rays, you get the D’s. Most people think vitamin D is mostly about strong teeth and healthy bones. But take notes here; One of the main functions of vitamin D is to help activate T cells, aka the “killer cells” in the body. T cells actually detect and destroy foreign pathogens — like viruses. “That makes vitamin D especially crucial for maintaining a functioning immune system that’s capable of fighting back foreign pathogens. And take note of this; Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide. On a last note, vitamin D is actually a hormone. Huh? Along with vitamin K, it is one of the only two vitamins/hormones produced by the body. More on hormones and the immune system in a minute. So keep reading.

NICE, BUT NOT ENOUGH

Basking in the sun (hopefully with a significantly high SPF) can get you a little D. Supplements a bit more. But neither is going to make a serious dent in boosting your immune health. So what else might help? Getting a good night’s sleep? Always a good idea. Eating right? When is that ever not good. Moving your body? Couldn’t hurt. Easing up on the stress? Are you kidding? Really? Now? The point is, while all these things can’t hurt your health, they really can’t do the work your immune system needs to stay strong.

HORMONES AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM’ TIME TO BRING IN THE HEAVY ARTILLERY

Now we’re at the part where you put down your latte (or bag of Doritos) and really pay attention. Hormones have everything do to with immune health. When they’re in balance, they bolster our immune system like a suit of armor. When the body’s hormones are either too high, or too low, the immune system can be adversely impacted. Low thyroid levels can hamper the body’s response to viruses, and also cause a sluggish response to inflammation. Extremely high or low estrogen levels affect immunity. Low levels of progesterone have been linked to some autoimmune diseases. The adrenal glands which produce hormones like cortisol, play an important regulatory role in the immune response. So when the adrenals are fatigued, decreased adrenal hormone production may contribute to decreased immune function, with consequent increased susceptibility to infectious illness. Balanced hormones are the best ammo in better immune function. The problem (as if you don’t have enough already) is that very few people actually know if their hormones are balanced.

NEVER LET YOUR DEFENSES DOWN

It’s never been more important than now to find out if your hormones are out of balance. We know it can all seem a bit overwhelming (understatement anyone?). But we can make it simple for you. The hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health know everything there is to know about hormones. And their highly trained professionals are experts in treating every type of hormone issue than can be caused by hormone imbalances. At Denver Hormone Health, they understand what it’s like to wonder if your immune system can put up a battle against what’s lurking out there. Including the novel coronavirus. With advanced screening, they can determine if your hormones are, in fact, out of balance. (Most peoples are). These tests allow them to target which hormones need balancing which allows them to create an individualized treatment plan uniquely designed to keep your immune system going strong. Call or text Denver Hormone Health now. Time to put the gloves on.