Hormones are chemicals that are made by our body to help with growth, metabolism, weight control, aging, immune function, sex characteristics and so much more. The first hormone we look at is testosterone for both men AND women. You heard that right, women too! Low testosterone has been shown to increase one’s risk for Alzheimers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis related fractures, increased risk of diabetes and more. Testosterone for women are made in the ovaries and women tend to loose HALF their production by age 40! Benefits of optimizing your testosterone can help improve brain fog, energy, sleep, cognition, improve lean muscle mass, enhanced libido and so much more! The next hormone we look at is focused on the woman and that is estrogen. Estrogen deficiency can contribute to mood changes, hot flashes, headaches, joint pain, dry skin, vaginal infections and dryness and so much more. It is also important to look at your thyroid hormone. At Nourish we don’t just stop with the basic screening test, the TSH, we do a FULL thyroid panel which looks at not only the TSH, but the T3 and T4 as well as TPO antibodies to get a full picture of how your thyroid is doing. If your thyroid is off you can not only feel horrible but have skin changes, bowel changes, fatigue, and so much more.
So how do we optimize one’s hormones? Once we review your lab results (labs are drawn onsite!) we can make recommendations and if you need your estrogen or testosterone (or both!) replaced we use Biote pellets. Biote pellets are Bio-Identical which means they are made to be have the exact molecular structure of the hormones we naturally produce. They are made from soy or yams rather than animal parts or urine (which synthetic hormones are made of). Biote pellets are placed in the fatty tissue in your upper buttock. You are given a small amount of local anesthetic and then the procedure can take as little as 5-10 minutes and you are out the door! Pellet therapy provides more consistent levels of your hormones over time rather than the injections or creams one may use. 4-6 weeks after you are pelleted we recheck your labs again and ensure you are where we want, if you are not to goal with your levels we will do additional pellets at no cost to get you where you should be! Women are typically pelleted every 3-4 months (cost $350) and men are pelleted every 5-6 months ($750).
Make an appointment and see what hormone optimization can do for you!