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Regaining Hormonal Balance is Easier Than You Think – By Dr. Screven Edgerton,OB/Gyn – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Women’s Health Issues, Thyroid Disease,Weight Management, Nutrition, Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment Doctor – Austin, Texas

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Regaining Hormonal Balance is Easier Than You Think - By Dr. Screven Edgerton,OB/Gyn – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Women's Health Issues, Thyroid Disease,Weight Management, Nutrition, Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment Doctor – Austin, Texas


You’d be surprised how quickly you can restore your hormones to optimal levels and start looking better, feeling better, and living better, free of the Menopausal & Andropausal symptoms that haunt you.

The Amazing Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones

Yes, the same hormones that nurture a growing fetus and keep women and men youthful. The same hormones that keep the breasts full, bones strong, the colon healthy, the mind sharp, skin vibrant, and sexuality soaring.

Yet, instead of embracing our physiology and the hormones we need for survival, physicians have been blindsided by the pharmaceutical industry and the notion that synthetic hormones are as safe as what our body naturally gives us.

WHAT ARE BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES?

These are generally plant derived substances that are engineered to have the exact chemical structure as the hormones in our bodies. The body recognizes these “natural” hormones as their own. Hormone replacement can have amazing benefit. Here are a few:

· Improved energy 
· Better memory and mental acuity
· Cardio protection
· Weight loss
· Bone health
· Reduce or eliminate symptoms of PMS and PCOS
· Reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms
· Balance of mood and less depression
· Maintenance of good skin, hair and teeth
· Improved muscle definition and normalization of weight
· Enhanced libido and sexuality

HORMONES, AGING, AND DISEASE

Hormone replacement is not a new invention. Replacement with bioidentical hormones isn’t either. Popularity of natural hormone replacement and returning to a focus on physiology is what is novel. The most significant factor driving the increased interest in bioidentical hormones is the rising fear that conventional HRT is posing a significant risk. There are clear benefits to hormone replacement.

 

For physicians the question should not be if we are to replace hormone deficiencies, but rather which hormone is the best for our patient. If we (physicians) can base our decisions on physiology, medical evidence, and the best hormone replacement, we will be doing the best for our patients. With the mass media controlling the pulse and ultimately the fear of the public, even physicians can get bogged down with what may be best. It seems an easy alternative would be to just advise women to not take any hormones and just embrace the aging process. This is not the right approach!

COMPOUNDED HORMONES

The experts from the menopausal and gynecological academies claim that there are no studies to support the use or benefit of compounded bioidentical hormones as opposed to conventional, pre-manufactured products. True. The FDA approval process for synthetic drugs is meant to prove that a drug is effective for the purpose intended, is absorbed properly, and maintains adequate serum levels to guarantee efficacy. These conventional, manufactured drugs are standardized and guaranteed to have a certain consistency and effectiveness.

So how do we know that the prescriptions compounded by hand in compounding pharmacies are consistent and effective? We simply test levels in our patients and assure that what we prescribe consistently provides protective levels with the pharmacies we use. If we weren’t seeing good levels, we would question the pharmacy on the source of their pure ingredients and their compounding process. Compounding pharmacies can have different procedures, but we must assure through serum testing that what is being dispensed provides exact amounts of hormones and efficacy.

THYROID

Thyroid is a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. Over time, the amount of thyroid hormone decreases and conversion from T4 to T3 is decreased. Patients can have normal labs and symptoms of thyroid deficiency. The range of "normal" thyroid is so wide that many individuals are suffering from insufficient thyroid despite having values in the normal range. There is a wide range of benefits for the thyroid hormone:

· Increased energy
· Increases fat breakdown
· Weight loss
· Lowers cholesterol
· Cardiovascular protection
· Improved cerebral metabolism
· Prevents cognitive impairment 
· Protects against bone loss
· Assists with irregular menses & ovulation 
· Improves thin sparse hair and nails
· Improvement of bipolar disorder

PREGNENOLONE

Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol and naturally found in the brain, gonads, and adrenal gland. It is the precursor to DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Pregnenolone is an imperative "brain-supporting" hormone that often decreases with age, leading to memory ailments, mood changes, stress and anxiety.  Replenishing pregnenolone levels can lead to improved stress and anxiety, balanced mood, memory function, better sleep. 

ESTROGEN

Estrogen is predominately a female hormone produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The female body produces three types of estrogen. Estradiol is the most abundant during the reproductive years. Estrone becomes the most prominent in untreated menopause. Estriol is the byproduct of the other two and has the weakest estrogenic effect. In addition to the cosmetic benefits – stronger hair, smoother skin, and improved muscle tone, estrogen has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and colon cancer. Additionally, there is protection and/or reduction of stroke, cholesterol, Alzheimer ’s disease, menopause symptoms, memory loss, genital tract atrophy and depression.

We must learn to not fear estrogen. If it were harmful, then we would remove women’s ovaries after childbearing.

TESTOSTERONE

Both men and women have testosterone in their bodies.  Testosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes. This amazing hormone goes beyond controlling sex drive to give the body true vitality.  We have seen from medical studies that optimal testosterone can:

· Increased lean muscle mass 
· Increased endurance 
· Decreased fat 
· Increased exercise tolerance 
· Enhanced well being 
· Improved bone density 
· Improved skin tone 
· Improved healing
· Cardiovascular protection 
· Decreased blood pressure
· Improves depression 
· Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia
· Improves lipids 
· Improves insulin sensitivity
· Increased libido                               
· Enhance sexual performance

PROGESTERONE 

Progesterone gets it's name from being the hormone of pregnancy (Pro-gestational-hormone).  Progesterone is secreted by the ovary. There are receptor sites in the uterus, breast, vagina, blood vessels and brain. One of its primary roles to maintain balance with estrogen. When women reach their forties, progesterone typically is the first hormone to slack off.  This is mainly because ovulation is slowing down.  This is what some term estrogen dominance but truly it is progesterone deficiency.  Progesterone's amazing qualities include:

  • Decreased menstrual bloating 
  • Decreased menstrual headache
  • Protection from uterine cancer 
  • Protection from breast cancer
  • Improves libido 
  • Reduces bloating
  • Improves sleep 
  • Improves mood
  • Reduction of PMS and menopause symptoms
  • Helps with polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Improves osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic disease
  • Increase HDL cholesterol (Heart Dz prevention)

 DHEA

DHEA is a hormone secreted by nerve tissue and the adrenal glands. It is an endocrine precursor to other hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen).   This is one of our stress hormones and is a backup to the cortisol production in our bodies.

DHEA levels fall with age but maintaining an optimal level helps:

· Reduces cardiovascular disease 
· Improves mood & well being 
· Decreases cholesterol and body fat
· Prevents osteoporosis 
· Assists with sleep
· FDA approved for lupus 
· Improved erectile dysfunction
· Protects against insulin resistance 
· Improved immunity
· Neurotransmitter 
· Prevention of diabetes/obesity
· Possible reduction of depressive symptoms 
· Decreased accumulation of abdominal fat

The Digestive Tract Truly Is Our Second Brain – By Dr. Screven Edgerton, OB/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Weight Management, Nutrition and Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment – Austin, Texas

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The Digestive Tract Truly Is Our Second Brain - By Dr. Screven Edgerton, OB/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Weight Management, Nutrition and Detoxification, Brain Wellness, Acupuncture Treatment – Austin, Texas


G.I. Health

The gastrointestinal tract is truly the second brain of our bodies.  Nearly all nutrition, vitamins, bioidentical hormones and medications must go through this system. If there is inflammation, disease, or irritation then individuals could be compromised.  Gut dysfunction can lead to poor absorption of nutrition and more.  You may have common symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and reflux but many patients have poor digestion without symptoms.

Did you know that many of the neurotransmitters that our brains use are made in the gastrointestinal tract? Approximately 70% of all serotonin is made in the gastrointestinal system.  This is the amino acid that virtually all anti-depressant technology is based upon.  If you have problems with your gut, it could affect your brain and your mood.

The majority of our immune system also lies within our gut.  A healthy GI system allows us to maintain the best defense against stress and illness.

We realize that if we address the dysfunction of the GI system, we will promote overall improved health.

We use DNA BASED tests to evaluate the presence of inflammation, immunity, bacteria, parasites, yeast and more.  This test far exceeds the capability of culture based analysis by detection of organisms that cannot be cultured. Correcting any problem here facilitates the proper function and absorption of the gut.  We then take the next step and recommend the right supplements to restore vitality to your GI tract.  We will show you what to take for normal digestion such as prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

FOOD ALLERGY TESTING is another way that we can evaluate and promote better GI health. As humans we are creatures of habit and often eat the same foods repetitively.  This however often pushes our system to become intolerant to these foods.  Inflammation can increase and the system/body can be compromised.  Testing for sensitivity to food has been beneficial for reducing IBS, improving immunity, losing weight, asthma, skin disorder, headaches, and more.

Unfortunately, the American diet is nutritionally poor.  Our food industry changes food so that they are processed or modified to stay on the shelf longer at the grocery store.  If you compound that with the fast food nation we have become, we are at a disadvantage even when we try to eat as healthy as possible.

By understanding the gastrointestinal tract and what the underlying problems may be, we can create a state of ultimate digestion plus maximal absorption for food, supplements, and medicines.

Here are 10 Rules to Promote Optimal Gut Function and Weight Loss

1. The “80/20” Rule If you don’t give yourself a break once in a while you will fall off your diet program.  Be diligent 80% of the time and give yourself a treat for the remaining 20%. (Example: one beer, a glass of wine, small dessert, etc)  Remember to regain your focus if you have the occasional indulgence.

2. The “Rule of Whites” Avoid white sugar, flour, rice and salt.  These things have little nutritional benefit and actually may strip your body of vital nutrients.  Strive to eat whole grain, brown rice, sea salt, and stevia type sugar substitute instead.

3. Eat Protein with every Meal Our bodies, brain, and muscles need protein for fuel and metabolic activity.  We should have a minimum of 20 grams with each meal.

4. Portion Control The American Diet is out of control!  We have grown up on huge portions and a supersize mentality.  Start focusing on eating smaller portions of better foods.  If you go out to eat, get in the habit of splitting a meal with a friend or taking half home.

5. YOU NEED WATER Most of us walk around dehydrated.  Water helps us detoxify our body.  Adequate water intake also reduces overeating.  Some of your hunger cravings could actually be thirst!  Divide your body weight (lbs) by 2.  That is the amount of ounces you should consume daily.

6. Journal your Calories and Exercise If you make an effort to record what your intake is on a daily basis then you are less likely to make poor choices. Documenting your exercise lets you see the calories you burn. Having a daily calorie goal gives you a target that will result in weekly weight loss. A variety of free internet sites and phone applications can assist you with documenting your foods and exercise.

7. Exercise You will not achieve your weight loss goals or attain optimal health without exercise. Start at your comfort level and then push yourself.  Strive for 40 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  A variety of exercise will prevent you from becoming burned out. Find something fun or buddy up with a friend to increase your focus and success

8. Avoid Processed Foods  You should stay away from foods that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate), partially hydrogenated anything, genetically modified GMO, high fructose corn syrup, etc.  The more lean meats, fruits and raw vegetables you can eat – the better. A handful of almonds and is a great snack to satisfy cravings between meals.

9. Smoothies  A great “on the go” meal (especially for breakfast) is a smoothie shake.  There are tons of these on the market but beware of high carbs, fructose, and calories.  Premier Health and Wellness has created a new type of “Slender” Smoothie that is a detoxifying meal replacement shake. We use a hypo-allergenic pea protein (20g) for optimal metabolism. It is low calorie, low carb, and low sugar. If you replace 1-2 meals a day with a smoothie, you have reduced your calorie total tremendously heading into your evening meal!

10. Consider a Nutritionist Consultation Most of us have had little or no training on how to eat well. Invest some time in your health and get the proper information.

Your Digestive Tract Truly Is Your Second Brain – By Dr. Screven Edgerton, Ob/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Digestive Health, Nutritional Healing – Austin, Texas

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Your Digestive Tract Truly Is Your Second Brain – By Dr. Screven Edgerton, Ob/GYN – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Functional Medicine Doctor, Anti-Aging Doctor, Digestive Health, Nutritional Healing – Austin, Texas


G.I. Health

The gastrointestinal tract is truly the second brain of our bodies.  Nearly all nutrition, vitamins, bioidentical hormones and medications must go through this system. If there is inflammation, disease, or irritation then individuals could be compromised.  Gut dysfunction can lead to poor absorption of nutrition and more.  You may have common symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and reflux but many patients have poor digestion without symptoms.

Did you know that many of the neurotransmitters that our brains use are made in the gastrointestinal tract? Approximately 70% of all serotonin is made in the gastrointestinal system.  This is the amino acid that virtually all anti-depressant technology is based upon.  If you have problems with your gut, it could affect your brain and your mood.

The majority of our immune system also lies within our gut.  A healthy GI system allows us to maintain the best defense against stress and illness.

We realize that if we address the dysfunction of the GI system, we will promote overall improved health.

We use DNA BASED tests to evaluate the presence of inflammation, immunity, bacteria, parasites, yeast and more.  This test far exceeds the capability of culture based analysis by detection of organisms that cannot be cultured. Correcting any problem here facilitates the proper function and absorption of the gut.  We then take the next step and recommend the right supplements to restore vitality to your GI tract.  We will show you what to take for normal digestion such as prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

FOOD ALLERGY TESTING is another way that we can evaluate and promote better GI health. As humans we are creatures of habit and often eat the same foods repetitively.  This however often pushes our system to become intolerant to these foods.  Inflammation can increase and the system/body can be compromised.  Testing for sensitivity to food has been beneficial for reducing IBS, improving immunity, losing weight, asthma, skin disorder, headaches, and more.

Unfortunately, the American diet is nutritionally poor.  Our food industry changes food so that they are processed or modified to stay on the shelf longer at the grocery store.  If you compound that with the fast food nation we have become, we are at a disadvantage even when we try to eat as healthy as possible.

By understanding the gastrointestinal tract and what the underlying problems may be, we can create a state of ultimate digestion plus maximal absorption for food, supplements, and medicines.

Here are 10 Rules to Promote Optimal Gut Function and Weight Loss

1. The “80/20” Rule If you don’t give yourself a break once in a while you will fall off your diet program.  Be diligent 80% of the time and give yourself a treat for the remaining 20%. (Example: one beer, a glass of wine, small dessert, etc)  Remember to regain your focus if you have the occasional indulgence.

2. The “Rule of Whites” Avoid white sugar, flour, rice and salt.  These things have little nutritional benefit and actually may strip your body of vital nutrients.  Strive to eat whole grain, brown rice, sea salt, and stevia type sugar substitute instead.

3. Eat Protein with every Meal Our bodies, brain, and muscles need protein for fuel and metabolic activity.  We should have a minimum of 20 grams with each meal.

4. Portion Control The American Diet is out of control!  We have grown up on huge portions and a supersize mentality.  Start focusing on eating smaller portions of better foods.  If you go out to eat, get in the habit of splitting a meal with a friend or taking half home.

5. YOU NEED WATER Most of us walk around dehydrated.  Water helps us detoxify our body.  Adequate water intake also reduces overeating.  Some of your hunger cravings could actually be thirst!  Divide your body weight (lbs) by 2.  That is the amount of ounces you should consume daily.

6. Journal your Calories and Exercise If you make an effort to record what your intake is on a daily basis then you are less likely to make poor choices. Documenting your exercise lets you see the calories you burn. Having a daily calorie goal gives you a target that will result in weekly weight loss. A variety of free internet sites and phone applications can assist you with documenting your foods and exercise.

7. Exercise You will not achieve your weight loss goals or attain optimal health without exercise. Start at your comfort level and then push yourself.  Strive for 40 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.  A variety of exercise will prevent you from becoming burned out. Find something fun or buddy up with a friend to increase your focus and success

8. Avoid Processed Foods  You should stay away from foods that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate), partially hydrogenated anything, genetically modified GMO, high fructose corn syrup, etc.  The more lean meats, fruits and raw vegetables you can eat – the better. A handful of almonds and is a great snack to satisfy cravings between meals.

9. Smoothies  A great “on the go” meal (especially for breakfast) is a smoothie shake.  There are tons of these on the market but beware of high carbs, fructose, and calories.  Premier Health and Wellness has created a new type of “Slender” Smoothie that is a detoxifying meal replacement shake. We use a hypo-allergenic pea protein (20g) for optimal metabolism. It is low calorie, low carb, and low sugar. If you replace 1-2 meals a day with a smoothie, you have reduced your calorie total tremendously heading into your evening meal!

10. Consider a Nutritionist Consultation Most of us have had little or no training on how to eat well. Invest some time in your health and get the proper information.


Dr. Screven Edgerton is a Contributor to My Healthiest Life and an Expert on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Healing, Anti-Aging and many more topics. Please visit him at Premier Health and Wellness and watch his Videos My Healthiest Life TV