As we progress with the mitochondrial makeover series, we realize how mitochondria enhancement contributes to renewed health and vitality. As an added bonus, mitochondrial optimization leads to improved hormone production and balance.
Enhancing mitochondrial function and biogenesis with nutritional ketosis, intermittent fasting, high-intensity interval training and targeted supplementation, plays a tremendous role in hormone production and hormone balance. Continue reading
There are a multitude of erosive forces in our bodies that accelerate the pace of the aging process. Many facets of our lifestyle directly influence these erosive forces; such as our nutritional status, activity level, sleep quality, stress levels and hormone balance, to name a few. Of these, none is more influential than our dietary choices. This knowledge is empowering. What we eat on a daily basis and the nutrient quality of the foods we choose can undoubtedly influence how well we age! Continue reading
I didn’t realize women have testosterone. Where in the body is testosterone produced?
Yes, women produce testosterone and it plays a pivotal role in their overall health and well-being. Women produce testosterone primarily in the ovaries, and secondarily in the adrenal glands.
At what age do women benefit from testosterone therapy?
Generally women produce lower testosterone levels starting in their later thirties/early forties.
Women on birth control pills can have suppression of their natural testosterone levels so as a result may qualify for testosterone therapy at younger ages. Continue reading
Optimizing testosterone levels impacts multiple aspects of men’s health. With Testosterone (T) deficiencies men can experience weight gain, low energy, low libido, depression, loss of motivation, decrease in muscle mass and decrease in stamina. Optimal T levels enhance cardiovascular health, improve brain function, and lead to better body composition. Continue reading
WHAT CAN I DO TO NATURALLY BOOST MY TESTOSTERONE AND GROWTH HORMONE LEVELS?
Our lifestyle choices can greatly impact our hormone production.
I frequently see male patients in my office with hormone imbalances that are the result of poor diets, sedentary lifestyles, high-stress levels and poor sleep patterns. Continue reading
I eat a low-fat diet, full of whole grains, yet I can’t lose weight? Is it my metabolism?
A common misconception is that eating fat makes us fat and eating a low-fat diet will promote fat-loss. In reality, a low-fat diet, especially combined with processed carbohydrates such as grains, will actually promote fat-storage and weight-gain. Continue reading
As we age, certain hormone levels decline, creating hormone imbalances that increase our risk of many degenerative diseases. These hormone imbalances and deficiencies accelerate the rate of aging.
As women age, they produce less estrogen, progesterone and testosterone hormones. As men age, they produce less testosterone and frequently produce excessive estrogen. In addition, both men and women often produce less HGH (growth hormone) and DHEA (dehydropieandrosterone).
It is crucial to acknowledge that insufficient levels of some or all of these hormones result in hormone deficiency states that will adversely influence health and aging. Continue reading
Mitochondria are the energy producing structures inside our cells. They are traditionally referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell”. Think of mitochondria as small furnaces inside our cells that burn food to produce cell energy. The cell energy produced is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
All cells vary in the number of mitochondria they contain. Amazing as it is, inside the trillions of cells in our body are located anywhere from 50 to 2500 mitochondria per cell. Ninety-five percent of cell energy produced occurs in the mitochondria. The high energy producing cells of the heart and brain contain the highest density of mitochondria.