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.

TIS THE SEASON TO BALANCE THOSE HORMONES

TIS THE SEASON TO BALANCE THOSE HORMONES

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE COVID CHRISTMAS

As women, our hormones can normally take a beating over the holidays as a result of stress. But with all that’s going on out there, this year, holiday stress can come at you like a steamroller. It’s not visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. It’s visions of normally big and boisterous celebrations being cut down to those only in your household. It’s your kids wanting a dog, but discovering dogs are the new toilet paper.  It’s mistletoe that might be missed due to social distancing. It can all take a big chunk out of comfort and joy.

ALEXA, HOME SCHOOL THE KIDS WHILE I’M DEALING WITH MY HORMONES

Did you know that women are twice as likely to experience stress than men? More than anything else, stress derails our hormones, affecting our mood, mind, weight, and that’s just the start of the list. Actually, our overall health takes a huge hit from stress. The more your emergency stress system is activated, the easier it becomes to trigger and the harder it becomes to shut off. The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. Below are five stress-induced hormonal imbalances that can make your holidays feel far from festive.

ALL CAUGHT UP IN THE BLACK FRIDAY BLUES

CORTISOL is the Santa of stress hormones bringing a big bag of health woes. When the pressure is on, your cortisol levels can run high. This “fight or flight” hormone makes you want to get in a sleigh and fly away from it all; the tree-trimming, cookie baking, dreidel spinning, Kwanzaa candle lighting, online shopping, Zoom arranging. Unbalanced cortisol can cause weight gain, muscle weakness, headache, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PIES

LEPTIN is the hormone that reduces appetite and makes you feel full. Which is especially helpful when faced with holiday feasts that you’ll tend to want to gorge on since you can’t have a long table of guests to share all those gooey, fatty yummy feasts with. Leptin is our “enough already” button. When leptin levels are low, your stomach gets bigger than your eyes, your metabolism slows, fat accumulates and muscle decreases. It can also increase depression anxiety and cardiovascular disease.

DON’T GET TOO CLOSE TO THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES

INSULIN helps “unlock” the body’s cells so that sugar from the foods we eat can be used by the cells for energy. It also regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Too much insulin can end up making you anxious, irritable, trembly, sweaty and confused. It’s enough to make your gingerbread house crumble.

WHAT THE DICKENS…

THYROID hormones, when unbalanced, can weaken or slow your heart, make you feel tired (OK, we’re going to say super tired all things considered) or out of breath. It effects your body temperature making you cold when the season should be making you feel toasty. It can also cause obesity, joint pain, high blood pressure, swelling in your ankles, as well as raise your cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk for heart problems.

OPPS, YOUR BATTERIES ARE WEARING DOWN

ESTROGEN, well you know about that. Painful periods, PMS, menopause misery, mood swings, bloating, weight gain. Estrogen levels have a domino effect on brain chemistry and affect parts of the brain that control our emotions. An estrogen imbalance can make you so crazed, you’ll be rocking around a lot more than the Christmas tree.

AND TO ALL NOT SUCH A GOOD NIGHT

PROGESTERONE is the pre-hormone of cortisol, which as we’ve said is the ultimate stress mess. It’s not a ho-ho-ho happy scenario. Low progesterone can cause low libido, sugar cravings, foggy thinking, anxiety, migraines, irregular menstrual cycles and endless nights of counting reindeer.

GOOD TIDINGS TO ALL, LADIES

Before you get all tangled up in tinsel about your hormones, there is happy news. Holidays don’t have to have your hormones roasting on an open fire. Expect “Stress” to be an unwanted house guest, but there are things you can do to cut his visit short:

  • Get some exercise
  • Get some rays
  • Listen to music
  • Dance up a TikTok storm
  • Pet a dog even if it’s not your own
  • Have a virtual ugliest sweater contest
  • Binge watch Christmas movies
  • Luxuriate in bubbles with a glass of bubbly

STAND UNDER THE MISTLETOE, GIVE YOURSELF A BIG HUG, AND CALL DENVER HORMONE HEALTH

Denver Hormone Health is at the head of the field of hormone replacement therapy. The hormone experts at DHH know hormones like no one else. And they understand just how much hormones can take the jingle out of your bells if they’re out of whack. You may feel frazzled, but the hormone specialists at DHH get it, and take the time to really listen to what’s going on. Simple tests can determine if you do have any hormone deficiencies and what they are. This allows them to create a unique treatment plan for you—one that fits perfectly, not like most gifts you get each year– to get you back to your best.  Quite the gift.  Time to make your hormones as merry, bright and balanced as they can be. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.

HORMONE STRESS STRESSING YOU OUT?

YOU CAN’T WASH YOUR HAND OF IT

Social distance. Wear masks. Wash hands. Like all the time. Months into the coronavirus pandemic, we get daily doses of drama, isolation, boredom and stress. An ABC News/Washington Post survey found that 70 percent of people were experiencing stress as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak. But before this pandemic, we all have had stress in our daily lives. Work. Relationships. Money. Our general health. The list gets long.  Coronavirus just heaps it on.

GOOD STRESS.

Generally speaking, stress means pressure or strain. It can be physical (as in having disease), emotional (as in feeling grief), or psychological (as in being afraid). There are two types of stress; short-term and chronic. Short-term stress triggers a cascade of stress hormones that include adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. This powerful combination kicks your nervous system into hyperdrive which is also referred to as the “fight or flight” response. Your heart pounds, your breathing quickens. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear. This survival mechanism enables you to react quickly to life-threatening (not the Covid-19 kind) situations. After you’ve dealt with the problem, your body returns to normal.

BAD STRESS

Chronic stress? Well that’s a whole different animal. If you keep facing ongoing challenges, your body is constantly producing higher levels of stress hormones and does not have time to recover. When those hormones don’t get a break, they end up all over the place upsetting the delicate balance they’re supposed to be in. If your hormones were out of balance before, things may be worse now. And that can take a real toll on your body.

UNBALANCED HORMONES CAN MAKE YOU SICK AND TIRED

We’ll just list a few (yes, few) of the tolls unbalanced hormones can take on your body:

  • Digestive issues like diarrhea and constipation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Brain Fog
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Loss of libido
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • A weakened immune system, which is the absolutely worst thing you could ask for now

GET STRESS BEFORE IT GETS YOU

  • You could try coping now by taking breaks from bad new coming at you everywhere, including social media. Oh yeah, sure.
  • You could try eating especially healthy, well-balanced meals avoiding high fat. Oh yeah, sure.
  • You could try avoiding that evening hit of alcohol that you think is easing your brain. Oh, come on….

At Denver Hormone Health, we think it’s time for you to get some really good news. All the highly trained and experienced hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health get why your stress hormones are getting to you now more than ever. But they know exactly do about it. Once they determine your exact hormone levels, they create an individualized treatment plan to harness those stress hormones and get them back in balance. To get you back to feeling your best. Call Denver Hormone Health now. When you feel better, things always seem better.