Livewell Clinic - August 2018

AUGUST 2018 LEDGER THE HEART OF HORMONAL HEALTH THE 13375 University Avenue, Suite 100, Clive, IA 50325|www.thelivewellclinic.com|515.279.9900 HOW FUNCT IONAL MED ICI NE CREAT ES A FOUNDAT ION FOR SUCCES S

T his month, I’d like to talk about the link between your overall health, hormonal health, and sexual well-being. While I’mnot going to get into the nitty-gritty of how the whole systemworks, I think it’s important to clear up some commonmisconceptions that have arisen in the modern age of hormone clinics and bad-advice overload. Whether you’re a man or a woman, your hormones are central to your overall well-being. I can’t count the number of patients who have come into our clinic with some sort of hormonal issue. It’s common for my female patients to tell me that they’ve been diagnosed with early menopause, their libido is at an all-time low, they’re feeling crankier and more fatigued than ever, and to top it all off, they’ve been gaining a ton of weight. Withmen, they’ll often admit that they’ve also been gaining weight, having issues getting an erection, balding, and are suffering from persistent depression. Both parties often come to me straight from a hormone clinic after a battery of treatments that did nothing to solve their problem—or, unfortunately, made it even worse. While I don’t think hormone replacement is necessarily a bad thing, the approach suffers from the same issues as the rest of the conventional medical paradigm: It looks to alleviate the symptoms of the problem rather than address it at the source. If a patient comes in who is going into early menopause, they assume that they can simply fix it by flooding their body with extra hormones. Sometimes, this will work, but without a foundation of overall health, this approach will put extra stress on the body and increase its overall toxicity. The patient gets trapped in a vicious cycle, with nowhere to go but down.

body’s “air filter” is clogged up with dust and mold, your body has to work twice as hard to function. Your hormones are being affected by this overall level of toxicity. Your body continues to fill up withmuck that further hinders your well-being, and at a certain point, it simply won’t work anymore—your body is just left with the scant resources it has at its disposal. This results in low estrogen or testosterone production and all the nasty issues this can cause. If you throwmore hormones at the problemwithout addressing overall health, nothing is going to happen— inmuch the same way that blasting clean air through a dirty air filter isn’t going to make your vacuumwork again. Instead, it’s vital to set your body up for success at the most basic level. With good habits and robust nutrition, your body can create the healthy hormones it needs to keep itself running the way it’s supposed to. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple two-week detox to completely transform your hormonal health, without the intense, invasive interventions recommended in conventional medicine.

The fact is, you need to set up a solid foundation before you build a nice house. Or, to look at it another way, you can think of your body like a vacuum. If your

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