Is It Me or My Hormones?

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A significant portion of the Wellness Consultations that we do in our practice involve helping individuals – primarily women but also men – improve their health and vitality by balancing their hormones. So, here’s a little primer on what Bio-identical … Continue reading

Detox Complete! – The Results

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Our 28-Day Metabolic Detox has been completed! We’re pretty excited and proud to have completed the full program and we’re also very impressed with the results.  Both Dianna and I feel a lot better than we did when we started, … Continue reading

28 Day Detox – Third Week Done and Feeling Great!

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We’ve completed the third week of our 28-DayMetabolic Detox and we’re feeling great! We’re now entering the final week and our food choices have increased back to the recommended foods from the first week of the detox.  During this phase … Continue reading

Our 28-Day Detox Journey – Week Two Complete

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We’re halfway through our 28-day detox journey, which puts us right in the midst of a transition between the second phase of the program, which is the most vigorous part of the detoxification process, and the re-introduction phase. During this … Continue reading

Our Detox Journey – Week One Complete

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Week one of our 28 Day Metabolic Detox is complete.  Here’s an update on what we experienced. First, I want to point out  that our Metabolic Detoxification Program is science based, and utilizes real food from day one.  Don’t confuse … Continue reading

Why Do A Detox?

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As we begin our journey through our 28-Day Detox, I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick overview about the program that we use and recommend. There is a lot of talk about detoxes wherever you … Continue reading

Back To The Basics For Optimal Health

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  Many of the patients we see in our Wellness Consultations know that they need help but are confused by all the information out there about health, and are looking for a plan of action. Part of the confusion stems … Continue reading

We Are Our Bacteria

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We may think that we’re comprised mostly of human cells, but in reality we have over 100 TRILLION bacterial cells in our bodies.  These bacteria outnumber other cells 10 to one! It makes sense, then, that these bacteria play a … Continue reading

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Effect How You Handle Stress

We’re increasingly seeing a clear connection between the foods we eat and how we respond to stress. The following article points out a number of ways food plays a role in how our bodies respond physiologically to the stresses of … Continue reading

12 Potential Anti-Aging Nutrients

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We get asked a lot about specific nutritional supplements for “anti-aging.”  While the fountain of youth has not yet been discovered, there are a number of nutrients that studies have shown may have a positive impact on telomere length. Telomeres … Continue reading

The Impact of Stress on Sex Hormones

Here’s a great article that was recently presented by one of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Faculty Members, Dr. Joel Evans.   This article highlights the critical impact stress can have on a cascade of hormones that contribute to your overall health.
Enjoy,
Mike
Clinical Tip: The Impact of Stress on Sex Hormones 
 

 

Joel Evans, MD IFM Faculty Member
Did you know that the hormonal impact of stress may be easily explained if you understand the steroid hormone synthesis pathways?

   

Patients frequently come to see me complaining of hormone-deficiency symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, difficulty sleeping, and increased anxiety, among others. Often, it is easy to point to nonhormonal mechanisms in which the stress response can explain the development of these symptoms. For example, stressful situations and the subsequent release of catecholamines shift physiology so that hot flashes worsen, women (and men) lose interest in sex, falling and staying asleep can become challenging, and anxiety predominates. However, did you also know that the effects of stress on the steroidogenic pathway are in addition to these effects caused by increased catecholamines? 

The reason for this compound effect is that stress changes hormone production. The easiest way to understand this phenomenon is by thinking about the downstream impacts of increasing cortisol production. As the body calls for more cortisol, which is required during periods of prolonged stress, a need exists for more of the building blocks of cortisol. These building blocks (steroidogenic intermediates) are the same building blocks used to make estrogens and androgens. So, when they are needed to make cortisol, these intermediates are not available for the production of sex hormones. That means lower levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. 
A lower level of estrogen combined with increased catecholamines leads to more hot flashes. When combined with increased catecholamines, a lower level of progesterone leads to poor sleep and increased anxiety. When combined with increased catecholamines, a lower level of testosterone leads to decreased interest in sex and decreased sexual performance.
So, increased stress is not just about stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and the resulting elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Increased stress impacts hormonal health through multiple points of connection in the hormone biosynthetic pathways.
source:  functionalmedicine.org

How Probiotics May Aid Your Weight Management

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The use of probiotics has increased dramatically in recent years, and for good reason.  More and more research is indicating how important having beneficial bacteria in our system is to overall health.  A recent study indicates that it might just … Continue reading

How long did YOUR ancestors live while eating BACON, LARD, & WHOLE MILK? from Reademandweep.

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I find it pretty interesting when people talk about how our life expectancy has risen so dramatically in the past 100 years, and how this is attributed to modern medicine and all of the technological advances we’ve made.  I came … Continue reading

Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does | Dr. Mark Hyman

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The more I read and follow the experts in the field of Functional Medicine, the more I’m utterly amazed at the level of damage we are doing to ourselves through our diet and lifestyle. What adds to my amazement is  … Continue reading

Why Nutrition Is So Confusing – NYTimes.com

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Here is a great article on why the world of nutrition is so confusing. I was struck by some of the incredibly alarming statistics that the author sites in the article.   Here are a few that stood out to me: … Continue reading

Is Low-Fat Dairy making you FAT?

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I came across an interesting post from Danelle Wolford about the confusion surrounding the milk we drink and pretty much take for granted on a daily basis.  The reality is that there is a big difference in the quality of … Continue reading

Do You Need Nutritional Supplements?

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A common question we get asked is whether or not someone needs nutritional supplements if they are eating a nutritious, well balanced diet.  The follow-up question usually involves how to determine what to take and where to find the best … Continue reading

Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Be Making You Sick

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In keeping with our Gluten theme, I want to share with you a great video by Dr. Mark Hyman discussing the pervasiveness and real health threat that gluten poses to all of us. As mentioned in a previous post, there … Continue reading

10 Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

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We see so many people in our pharmacy practice who are suffering from gastrointestinal issues.  I had one customer tell me that within a half-hour of eating a bagel, her stomach would get so distended from bloating that she looked … Continue reading

7 Reasons Why Chewing Your Food Is Important

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We’re constantly telling our nine year old son to chew his food.  He has a habit of taking big bites of whatever he’s eating and finishing in a few big gulps.  More often than not, he has a tummy ache … Continue reading

Is Junk Food What We Really Crave?

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As the father of four children, and as an advocate for healthy eating and overall wellness, I’m acutely aware of the amount of effort that is expended by large corporations trying to influence all of our children concerning their food … Continue reading

Supplement of the Month – Turmeric Force

turmeric forceThe Indian spice Turmeric is one of our favorite nutritional supplement recommendations because it has such a wide spectrum of benefits.

Turmeric is a spice, derived from the root of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant.  Curcumin is the yellow-colored primary active constituent derived from turmeric and is commonly used to color foods and cosmetics.  The rhizome (root) of turmeric has long been used in traditional Asian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat gastrointestinal upset, arthritic pain, and “low energy.”  In fact, it’s use in Indian and Chinese cultures dates back thousands of years.

Some of the reported benefits of Turmeric are:

  • Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals
  • Helps promote healthy skin
  • Provides immune system support
  • Aids in joint health
  • Encourages healthy liver function
  • Balances the health of  your digestive system
  • Helps maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range

And that’s just a few of the potential benefits of this amazing spice!

While purchasing turmeric powder in bulk form to use in cooking is a great idea, you probably won’t use it every day.  To get the daily benefits of turmeric, it’s best to get it in supplement form.

It’s very important to be picky when selecting a turmeric supplement.  You want to make sure that you’re getting the fullest spectrum of beneficial phytonutrients in as natural a form as possible.  Just running to the grocery store and grabbing a turmeric supplement won’t ensure that you’re getting all of the healthful benefits.

We typically recommend Turmeric Force by New Chapter.  This product provides turmeric in its natural “whole food” form and delivers a super-pure, super-potent herbal extract.  We also love that it’s non-GMO verified and naturally gluten-free.

Millions of people use turmeric every day, benefiting from its amazing health promoting properties.  Consider adding it to your healthy lifestyle.

Be well.

Mike

Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga.  He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding.  Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue.  He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness.  Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program.  He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.

sources: mercola.com; naturalstandard.com

A new, easy way to search nutrition information!

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We advocate healthy eating all the time, and we know that it can be challenging to navigate the nutritional world, especially when we’re overwhelmed with advertisements enticing us to eat food-like substances that have little or no nutritional value. We’re … Continue reading

5 Food-Medicines That You Shouldn’t Be Without

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We talk frequently about the concept of food as medicine.  In this week’s blog I want to share with you 5 food-medicines that you should try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis. These foods/spices have amazing medicinal … Continue reading

Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

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We talk frequently about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and I tell our patients that perhaps the most important ingredient for optimal health is the food they consume on a daily basis.  The more I learn about nutrition … Continue reading

10 Causes Of Fibromyalgia Your Doctor May Not Know About

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects millions of people, and unfortunately the conventional medicine world has yet to determine a cause.  Typically, people suffering from fibromyalgia are put on a regimen of pain relievers that often don’t work very well. … Continue reading

Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Calcium: A Winning Combo

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We’ve had patients recently asking about the concern over the relationship between calcium supplementation and cardiovascular risks.  When I dug a little deeper into the subject, I found that there are important supplementation combinations required for optimal utilization.  One of … Continue reading

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, some of which is substantiated and some of which is not.  So I decided to do a little research to clear up any confusion. Apple … Continue reading

Want To Absorb More Nutrients From Your Salad? Add Some Fat!

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This may come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who think you should use fat-free salad dressing as a healthy choice on your salad, but researchers have found that adding some healthy fats to the mix … Continue reading

“Healthier You” Event A Big Success!!

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Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual Women’s “Healthier You” Event this past Saturday. There was a lot of excitement in the room throughout the day as our speakers presented great information on natural skin care, fitness, hormone … Continue reading

Garcinia Cambogia for Weight Loss – Probably Not!

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There is always news in the media about the next weight loss magic bullet.  One of the latest is actually a fruit called  Garcinia Cambogia.  Some of the talk shows have been touting this as an easy way to lose … Continue reading

28 Day Metabolic Detox – The Journey Begins!

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Today my wife and I are beginning our 28-Day Metabolic Detox.  We’re excited to be doing this together and we’re also excited to share our journey with you! Our plan is to complete our 28-Day Detox and then transition over … Continue reading