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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy vs Pharmaceuticals

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safer Than Pharmaceuticals?

Hormones are chemical messengers that are involved in countless areas of human health. We literally couldn’t live without them. But many people—many mainstream doctors included—are confused about the safety of taking hormone replacement.

It makes sense why. The pharmaceutical industry has thrown major dollars and significant effort behind artificial hormone replacement drugs. 

But artificial hormones aren’t working with the body to restore normal hormone levels. Instead, these foreign substances disrupt the body’s intricate processes and interactions. The reason is that artificial hormones aren’t even hormones, in the true sense of the word. Sure, they mimic hormones. But their molecular structure doesn’t match that of the body’s own hormones. And even the smallest changes in molecular structure can change how the body responds. 

We have plenty of examples of chemicals mimicking hormones, with very unhealthy effects. Take BPA, for example. BPA is a chemical in plastics that mimics estrogen. When it binds with the estrogen receptor in the body, it creates a substance that interacts with DNA—and has a variety of negative health impacts (weight gain, reproductive system issues, and hormone disruption to name a few).

That’s because BPA acts like a hormone, but it isn’t actually a hormone.

The same is true of synthetic hormones like Provera (which mimics progesterone) and Premarin (which mimics estrogen). These are approved by the FDA as “hormones,” but in fact they’re not. In fact, Premarin does include one human estrogen—estrone. But since it’s made from the urine of pregnant mares, it also includes a number of horse estrogens. Those are not compounds that the human body is equipped to handle. 

All that may explain why the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study found that combo of Premarin and Provera had a wide variety of negative effects:

  • It increased the risk of invasive breast cancer by 26 percent.
  • It increased the risk of heart attack.
  • It increased the risk of stroke by 41 percent.
  • It increased the risk of blood clots by a whopping 200 percent!

The WHI study makes it clear that we should not be using artificial hormones. But that doesn’t mean the only option is to suffer the effects of hormone imbalance.

A safer alternative to traditional hormone therapy

Many healthcare practitioners and their patients have found that it’s possible to reverse the effects of age-related hormone decline—think bone loss, cognitive decline, lack of libido, loss of muscle—without the risks of artificial hormones. 

With bioidentical hormones, we’re able to perfectly match the molecular structure of the hormones our body creates. That means that instead of just mimicking our bodies’ hormones, we are replacing exactly what’s missing from the body. And we’re not triggering any of the negative effects caused by variations in chemical structure. 

Another benefit of bioidentical hormone replacement is that it can be dosed specifically to your body’s needs. Whereas pharmaceutical hormone replacement comes in a one-size-fits-all pill, bioidentical hormone replacement—specifically when it’s given in pellet form—is formulated specifically for your body’s needs. 

Your practitioner will do tests to determine exactly what—and how much—your body needs to achieve hormone balance. And then pellets will be created to match that exact dosage. So you’re only getting the amount you need, and nothing more. 

At Genesis Anti-Aging and Restorative Medicine, we’re experts in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We specialize in proper dosing to give you relief from your age-related hormone decline—without the risks of pharmaceutical hormone replacement.

If you’d like to learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement pellets can help you live your best life, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Rhonda’s Recipe Roundup – Apple Cobbler

 

🎵Come and knock on our door. We’ll be waiting for you🎵. BUT ONLY IF YOU MAKE THIS DELICIOUS Apple Crumble Recipe.  You can say the the dishes are 🎵hers and hers and his🎵 to do after a wonderful evening. It doesn’t have to be a night of only three’s company, invite everyone over when you make this easy recipe. Afterwards, we will all meet down at the Regal Beagle. 

Apple Crumble Recipe

Prep Time 35 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 1 hour

Stage: 4 and Beyond
Servings: 8
Calories: 347

Ingredients
• 6 Apples Medium
• 2 cups Almond Flour
• ½ cup Coconut Oil
• 25 Drops Vanilla Cream Stevia SweetLeaf
• 1½ tsp Apple Pie Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease 11×13 baking dish.
3. Cut apples in half, core them, cut into half-moon slices; Put apples in dish
4. Combine almond flour, coconut oil, spices, and stevia with hands or a fork until it makes a crumble topping (adjust almond flour as needed based on texture.
5. Sprinkle crumble over apples.
6. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Rhonda’s Recipe Roundup – Autumn Soup

“The only constant is change” – Heraclitus. We not only share recipes to feed the body here at Rhonda’s Recipe Roundup, we also try to feed the mind, or at least remind you of that latin class you took in high school 😁.  Don’t be sad that summer is in the rear view mirror, this Autumn Soup Recipe will make you remember summer fondly as it is a “everyone in the pool” kind of recipe and very delicious. So easy to prepare you won’t beleaf how much everyone will enjoy it.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 1 hour

Stage: 2 and Beyond

Servings: 6
Calories: 179

Ingredients
• 1 lb grass-fed Ground Beef
• 1 cup Onions
• 1 can Org. Tomatoes 28 oz
• 4 cups filtered Water
• 1 cup Carrots sliced
• 1 cup Celery sliced
• 2 tsp Pink Salt
• 1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet opt.
• ¼ tsp Pepper
• 1 Bay Leaf
• ⅛ tsp Basil

Instructions
1. Blend the tomatoes in a blender and set aside
2. In a large pot, on medium high, brown the ground beef
3. Add in onions and continue to brown until onions are translucent
4. Add blended tomatoes to the meat mixture
5. Stir in the rest of the ingredient and cook on low-medium for 45 minutes
6. Remove Bay Leaf before serving

Recipe Notes
This recipe may also be cooked in a crockpot on low, 4-6 hours after browning the meat

Rhonda’s Recipe Roundup – Lemon Garlic Shrimp

As Benjamin Buford ‘Bubba’ Blue said, “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it…..” Great advice, however we have our favorite Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe that you can have ready in a snap.

Don’t be “shellfish”, share this with your family and friends.

 

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 15 mins

 

Stage: 2-3 and Beyond

Servings: 1

Calories: 58

 

Ingredients

  • 20 medium Shrimp
  • 3 tbsp. Chicken Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • Garlic Powder
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Pink Salt
  • 1 Lemon juiced

 

Instructions

  1. Sauté shrimp in enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the pan
  2. Add 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  3. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder, lemon pepper seasoning and pink salt
  4. When chicken broth is almost boiled out and shrimp is cooked until pink, add the juice of 1 lemon until heated

 

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure the lemon pepper and chicken broth don’t have any sugar or oils added to them

Wow! Check out Tim’s Before and After Pics! He’s down 45 pounds!!

 

Tim is our Body N Balance Client Success story for the month of September…..check out his amazing transformation he shared with us!

 

Please share these inspirational stories of health and/or weight loss transformation with family, friends and co-workers that are struggling with their health and weight or that just want to feel like themselves again so they can see what is possible in such a short period of time!!

 

We’ll be sharing at least one inspirational story each month.  Thank you and we sincerely appreciate YOU!

 

 

BNB Question: “Tim, how has your health and life changed since starting the Body N Balance System in July of this year?”

 

Tim:  ” Before the Body N Balance plan my blood pressure was sky high at 167/96 on day one.  This morning it was 122/65.    My oxygen saturation was 93% when I began and it’s 98-99%  every day, and I used to be a smoker!

My Dr. wanted me to start BP drugs immediately.  I denied his request because I believe the body is intelligent, self-regulating and self-healing.  Why take a bunch of drugs when the answer and solution to the problem is so much easier and cause oriented?  It wasn’t a mystery to me why my cholesterol and blood pressure were high!

I was also pushing a pre diabetic state which, presumably, has been reversed.

Before the Body N Balance plan my knees, feet and hips hurt every day, I would have to grab things to assist me if I was on the floor for whatever reason.  I can now stand up without any problems…..and my knees, hips and feet are pain free!!  I can even run up and down the stairs without pain and without getting winded! And added bonus is that I can now sit Indian style on the floor and play with my dog and then just stand up!

Before Body N Balance I would only get about 5-6 hours of very interrupted sleep per night…..After Body N Balance I now get 7-8 hours of solid sleep.  I wake up early and am completely refreshed and ready to go!   Additionally, when I wake up the bed is hardly messed up which makes making the bed much easier now!  Haha!!

It is a tough go at times but my advice to anyone doing this life changing Body N Balance plan is: Just follow the plan EXACTLY, AND DON’T WAIVER!  Remember, you didn’t get in the shape you’re in overnight, but in my experience with the Body N Balance plan you can quite possibly reverse and repair your body in as little as 50 days and things only get better after.

 

Also, I have become so much more conscious of what I choose to eat and buy at the grocery store…..what has amazed me since I have now choose to ‘eat to live versus live to eat’ is how 95% of the ‘food’ in a grocery store has added sugar, bad fats or weird chemicals in them! I am now aware of the added sugars, stabilizers, and OH MY GOD, the BAD FATS!!  It’s alarming to say the least!

 

I can say that I now understand how to choose real foods and the importance eating real food……anyway I’ve probably got a book in me but perhaps I should cut it short haha.

The short version is, The Body N Balance System Works!!  Follow it exactly and you will learn and succeed”
– Tim Granger

9 Signs Your Hormones Are out of Balance

9 Signs Your Hormones Are out of Balance

 

Something’s not right. You’re constantly tired, irritable … and your sex drive has ridden off into the sunset. You just don’t feel at home in your body the way you used to.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Don’t worry, you’re not imagining things. Chances are, it’s your hormones getting a little out of whack.

 

As we get older, our bodies start to produce less of certain hormones, particularly estrogen in women and testosterone in men. The result? Some pretty uncomfortable and annoying symptoms. How many of these 9 signs can you check off …?

 

✔️ Sleep struggles

 

You have terrible trouble falling asleep at night (even though you’re dead tired), or you wake in the early hours and can’t doze off again.

 

There are lots of reasons why you may be having difficulty sleeping, but if it’s a persistent problem your hormones may well be behind it.

 

✔️ Bye-bye libido

 

As much as it upsets you, the sad truth is there’s almost nothing in the tank these days when it comes to desire for sex. When your partner whispers sweet nothings at bedtime, you can barely raise the enthusiasm to peel off your PJs.

 

✔️ Trouble in the bedroom

 

If by some miracle you and your partner do start to get it on, it’s just not as fun as it used to be—things don’t seem to work like they should any more, and it can all get pretty uncomfortable (and embarrassing).

 

And nothing makes you feel more ‘past it’ than being unable to perform in the bedroom.

 

✔️ Feeling feeble

 

What the heck happened to those beautiful lean biceps, those powerful quads? You just don’t have the strength you had 5 or 10 years ago.

 

✔️ Brain fog

 

You keep walking into a room to get something … and forgetting why you’re there. You’re not quite as quick with a joke or a witty response as you used to be—and you end up reading the same page in your book over and over, because you can’t focus long enough to take it in.

 

✔️ Sweats and flashes

 

What you wouldn’t give to sleep just one full night without waking in a hot mess of sweat and exhaustion!

 

And when your face spontaneously combusts in red blotches in a daytime hot flash, not only is it deeply embarrassing—it might just be sending you out of your mind.

 

✔️ Flatlining energy levels

 

You feel like you could nap standing up at a Nascar track.

 

Everyone feels tired sometimes. But you’re practically paralyzed with fatigue most of the time—even though you’re doing all the right things in terms of rest, hydration, healthy diet … it could be hormones.

 

✔️ Moody blues

 

Oh the mood swings! With no warning, you can suddenly plunge into feeling irritable, anxious and depressed. Your loved ones are constantly walking on eggshells around you … and you’re scared you’re aging into an unlovable old crab.

 

✔️ Weighty issues

 

It feels like you’ve lost the plot when it comes to your metabolism. That stubborn extra weight creeping on around your midsection just won’t go away, no matter how many spin classes you power through. You’re just not in control anymore!

 

So … did you find yourself nodding along?!

 

Yep, getting older can be a real ride! But remember, it’s not your fault—you’re not the problem. Your hormones are to blame for all these changes, and more.

 

The good news is that you don’t have to surrender to the mood swings, hot flashes, and exhaustion. You can take control of your hormones and bring them back to the levels they were when you were younger—when you felt most like yourself.

 

One way to do this is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This uses hormones that are chemically identical to the molecules made naturally by your own body—so there are none of the dangerous side-effects of synthetic hormones. To find out more about how BHRT could reverse your hormone-imbalance symptoms and get you back to being YOU, contact us at Genesis today, and talk with one of our anti-aging experts.

 

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Forget the Scale! The REAL reasons to embrace fitness

Forget the Scale … Here Are the Real Reasons to Embrace Fitness

 

Look at any so-called “fitness” program out there, and you’ll be inundated with messages about how your body needs to conform to some specific beauty standard. That you need to lose weight so you can look a certain way.

 

Then join one of those programs and you’ll find that they’re completely weight-obsessed—and they want you to be too. With shame-based tactics like weekly (sometimes public) weigh-ins, these programs make you so fixated on the number on the scale that you can lose sight of why you wanted to get fit in the first place.

 

Because even if dropping pounds is on your list of priorities, it’s generally not the root of the reason you want to get fit. If you want to lose weight, why do you want to lose weight? Is it for your health? Are you trying to reduce your risk of developing a specific illness? Do you want to increase your stamina, and therefore your enjoyment of certain activities?

 

Those are the types of reasons to tap into when you’re embarking on a weight and wellness program. Why? Because they aren’t arbitrary, like the number on a scale. They’re major, beneficial goals that you can set your sights on when you start to feel discouraged and need a booster shot of motivation.

 

Here are 5 reasons to get in shape that have absolutely nothing to do with your weight or whether you can fit into skinny jeans. They’re all about those deeper motivations that will improve your life—no matter what the scale says!

 

  1. Lower your risk of diabetes (or even turn it around). Getting fit is one of the best things you can do to get your blood sugar in check and reduce your risk for diabetes. If you have diabetes or are on the path to it, engaging in a holistic wellness program is one of the best things you can do for your health.
  2. Improve heart health. Being in good physical shape can lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, reduce your stroke risk, and lessen your likelihood of developing heart disease.
  3. Move like you used to. Being out of shape can severely limit your ability to do the things you used to do—like walking for a long distance, riding a bike, going for a hike … If you think twice about doing activities you used to enjoy simply because you’re not sure you can physically do them, that can be a great motivator for getting in shape. Getting stronger and ridding yourself of extra pounds can improve joint pain and improve mobility, putting all your favorite activities back within reach.
  4. Sleep better. Do you toss and turn at bedtime? Or do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time getting back to sleep? Being out of shape may be a factor. Even a small reduction in weight—just 5 percent—can help you sleep better, according to research. Getting fit can also improve sleep apnea, which is a serious health concern.
  5. Have more fun in bed. Getting in shape can improve your sex life in a few ways. First, it balances your hormones, which of course are essential for a healthy sex drive. Second, getting in shape gives you more energy … which can put an end to all those yawning mumbles of, “Not tonight, dear.” And third, better physical fitness means better blood flow

 

Aren’t all those reasons to get in shape much more compelling than, “Hit this goal weight”? We certainly think so. If you’re ready for a shame-free, benefits-based plan to get in the best shape of your life—for all the right reasons—we’re here for you.