Stressed Out? There’s a Hormone for That.

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What does stress look like for you? Is it raising young children? A stressful job? Maybe it’s the passing of a loved one or the feeling like you can barely catch your breath with an overpacked schedule?

These life circumstances are indeed emotional stressors, and when paired with various physical stressors such as exercise or allergies, leave you on the fast track to adrenal fatigue. If you’re not sure if this is entirely you, you’ll know when you start experiencing symptoms such as chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, cravings for salty and high-fat foods, decreased sex drive, a caffeine dependence and more.

Although there are various supplements available that can assist your adrenal glands in regaining proper functionality, you’ll ultimately need to replenish your adrenal hormone levels to correct the problem and get relief from your more severe symptoms. One hormone that is produced by the adrenals and known for its anti-stress qualities is dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Also considered as the “Fountain of Youth,” DHEA can help to reverse the effects of stress on the immune system and assist in balancing other adrenal hormones such as cortisol.

When supplementing with high-quality DHEA (prescription, pharmaceutical grade preparation rather than something found over the counter that is not standardized nor regulated), you can experience a decreased stress load and an increased ability to manage stress and daily tasks.  You may also notice an improvement in the following:

  • Cholesterol levels
  • Metabolism
  • Brain function (memory, moods, anxiety, food cravings)
  • Bone Density
  • Fertility
  • Libido
  • Immunity
  • Skin health

Almost sounds too good to be true, right?! If you find yourself getting stressed easily or you know that the holidays are sure to throw you for a loop, it may be time to talk with your provider about supplementing with DHEA.

The Truth About Estrogen for Women’s Health

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Given the many conceptions about estrogen in the universe, it can be hard to distinguish which is right, wrong or even close to accurate. So, let’s debunk some common estrogen myths:

  • Estrogen is not bad. Because of the correlation with estrogen and various cancers found in women, estrogen has gotten a bad rap. The truth is that estrogen is a vital hormone for a woman’s health; you need it to thrive! The key is to balance it with progesterone.
  • Estrogen dominance does not mean that you have too much estrogen. In fact, you can be estrogen dominant and estrogen deficient at the same time.  Estrogen dominance simply means that the progesterone levels are not high enough to offset the adverse effects of estrogen.  As women age, both hormones decline, with progesterone levels falling 120 times quicker.  Even though your estrogen levels may be declining too, the more sudden drop in progesterone can cause you to become estrogen dominant. The solution is to replenish both estrogen and progesterone to adequate levels.
  • If you’ve had cancer, it doesn’t mean that you will never be able to supplement with estrogen. However, all cases are different. Given time after treatment, a woman may be able to start taking estrogen again, carefully and under doctor supervision. After all, the best cancer prevention for a woman is hormone balance, which doesn’t exclude estrogen!
  • Lastly, estrogen replacement after menopause will not cause you to have a period again. Depending on your symptoms and needs, your physician may continue to keep you on estrogen supplementation for many years to come, but it will not stimulate monthly menstruation.

At Hotze Pharmacy, we believe the quality of your compounded hormones directly affects the way you feel and how you respond to those hormones. If you have questions about your hormones, give Hotze Pharmacy a call, and we can guide you in the right direction. 281-828-9088

Do You Know What’s REALLY in Your Hormones?

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Did you know?

 At Hotze Pharmacy, we believe that the quality of your compounded hormones directly affects the way you feel and respond to those hormones.

In light of that, we have committed ourselves to the following standards of excellence.

 In 2007, Hotze Pharmacy was among the first in the nation to receive accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)and maintain accreditation to date. This seal of approval ranks Hotze Pharmacy as one of the nation’s best in quality and safety.

  • There is pharmacist supervision over all compounding processes. While compounding can be done by technicians with only periodic checks, we have full-time pharmacist supervision over all processes.
  • Compounding bioidentical hormones is our specialty and has been for over 15 years.
  • All of our compounded batches are weight-tested for accuracy onsite. This is a measure of how much active ingredient ended up in the capsule.  USP (United States Pharmacopeia) allows a 10% variance in what the capsule weighs versus what it should weigh.  At Hotze Pharmacy, any capsules that have more than a 3% variance are discarded and destroyed.
  • In addition to onsite weight testing, multiple samples per week are sent to an outside laboratory for potency testing. Although not required by law, Hotze Pharmacy goes above and beyond to ensure that the correct amount of active ingredient is present in the capsule so that our guests feel exactly the same from prescription to prescription. Hotze Pharmacy ranks number 1 in Houston in number of samples for potency testing and in the top 8% of pharmacies nationwide.
  • All preparations are lactose-free, and all creams are paraben-free. These chemicals can cause allergies and disrupt hormones.

Most guests who transfer their prescriptions to a different pharmacy to save money return because they “just didn’t feel as well” taking lower quality compounds.  If you’ve experienced this yourself, then we are here to serve you.  Give us a call today, (281) 828-9088.

 

A Common “Missing Link” to Memory Health

String tired around finger, selective focus, soft focus vintage toneBy now, you are probably well aware of the main hormones for men and women; estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and testosterone to name a few. While all the hormones can make significant improvements in overall health and memory, there is one hormone (also known as the “mother of all hormones”) that is most effective with memory- Pregnenolone.

Just like all hormones, pregnenolone declines as we age. This decline will cause you to have moments where you can’t remember where you put your keys, when your anniversary is or what you walked into a room for. Seen as it is also the precursor to many other hormones, you may start to experience other symptoms such as poor moods, inability to sleep well, a loss in sex drive, and more!

Wondering how it all works? Well, pregnenolone helps to:

  • Stimulate the formation of new brain cells. Because of its ability to increase brain cell growth, it has proven to be effective in treating memory loss, mental health disorders, spinal cord injuries and more.
  • Block an over production of GABA. This non-essential amino acid is great for individuals with insomnia, migraines or seizures, as it keeps the brain calm and prevents neurons in the brain from firing, however, an over-production can cause the brain to become sluggish.
  • Protect brain cells by increasing the production of Acetylcholine. A deficiency in Acetylcholine is often found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Optimal levels will significantly improve memory and sleep cycles.

If you’ve noticed that you haven’t been able to completely alleviate symptoms of depression or short-term memory loss with thyroid supplementation, pregnenolone is worth considering and speaking to your physician about. It may just be the missing link to your balance!

If you have questions about pregnenolone, you can call one of our friendly pharmacy staff members at 281-828-9088 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Hormones: The Case for Quality

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Here’s an undeniable truth:  people love a good deal.  From toothpaste and groceries to shoes and bags, it’s fun to feel like you got a bargain.  When it comes to the end-of-season clearance on sandals, by all means, shop to your heart’s content.

Where you shouldn’t cut corners?  Your health.

As a cash-based pharmacy, it’s not uncommon for us to hear of people trying other pharmacies first because they take their insurance.  Sometimes, people leave because they can save some money.  The thing they may not realize is that not all hormones are created equal.  If the cost of the prescription is less, you might want to ask if they’re cutting corners elsewhere.  And if they are, how does that affect the way your hormones affect you?

Quality Matters 

Hormone levels are delicate.  Inaccuracies in dosages, even small ones, can make a difference.  If you’ve ever had a hormone adjustment and didn’t feel right afterward, then you may be able to relate.

It’s not unusual for us to have a guest return to our pharmacy after getting their prescriptions elsewhere because they “just didn’t feel as well.”  If this is something you’ve experienced, then here are a few quality standards to look for.

What to Look for in a Compounding Pharmacy

At Hotze Pharmacy, we’re very proud of our quality standards, because we can be confident that you’re getting just what’s on the label.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Here are a few things we’ve done to ensure quality:

  1. PCAB Accreditation: The Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board is considered the gold standard in compounding, and only 6% of compounding pharmacies in the nation are certified.  We were among the first in the nation to become accredited and we’ve maintained our certification for 10 years running.
  2. Pharmacist Supervision over all Compounding Processes: While compounding can be done by technicians with only periodic checks, we have full-time pharmacist supervision over all processes.
  3. Weight Testing: This is a measure of how much active ingredient ended up in the capsule.  USP allows a 10% variance in what the capsule weighs versus what it should weigh.  At Hotze Pharmacy, any capsules that have more than a 3% variance are discarded and destroyed.
  4. Potency Testing: Although not required by law, we also send compounded samples weekly to a third-party lab to ensure that the correct amount of active ingredient is present in the capsule.
  5. All Preparations are Lactose-Free, and all creams are paraben-free. These chemicals can cause allergies and disrupt hormones.

If you think you might need some hormone adjustments, the first thing to be sure about is that you are dealing with a quality source.  If you have questions, our pharmacists are always happy to assist you.  Give us a call today, (281) 828-9088.

 

5 Common Causes of Anxiety in Women

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Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the U.S.  Women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men.

Do these sound familiar?
Are you nervous and irritable?
Do you often feel scared for no reason?
Do you feel impending doom?
Do you have feelings of panic?
Are you often ill at ease or worried?

If you have experienced anxiety, you know it can be paralyzing at times.  Things that you never used to worry about can make you feel overcome with fear now. Some women have such extreme anxiety that they don’t want to leave their home. Why does this happen? What has changed to make us feel so anxious? Could it be as simple as a hormonal deficiency? Let’s address five common causes of anxiety in women.

First of all, what is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as a state of uneasiness and apprehension. People with anxiety can have excessive, persistent worry and fear about things that one wouldn’t usually worry about. Often this extreme anxiety can lead to a panic attack, or sudden surges of overwhelming fear that that comes without warning, accompanied by physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, sweating, and rapid breathing. When anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it becomes disabling.

5 Common Causes of Anxiety in Women

  1. Adrenal Fatigue
    Your adrenal glands are responsible for managing stress. Chronic stress, whether physical or psychological or both, cause the adrenal glands to be overworked and eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands simply cannot produce enough cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, to meet the demands of your body. As a result, you feel stressed out and anxious. Supplementing with bioidentical cortisol helps you to withstand stress and escape one of its most unpleasant effects, anxiety.
  2. Hypothyroidism
    Hypothyroidism results in a slowdown of cellular metabolism, which causes a drop in levels of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA has a calming effect, which prevents the brain from being overwhelmed by stimulation. Moderately low levels of GABA are linked to anxiety, panic attacks, and mood swings. At the other end of the spectrum, too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can also bring on anxiety and panic attacks.
  3. Estrogen Dominance
    Chronically elevated levels of estrogen can induce depression and anxiety by causing functional hypothyroidism. Also, a woman with estrogen dominance (progesterone deficiency) may have the adequate levels of total cortisol in her bloodstream, but her free, available cortisol – the only form that can be used by the cells – may be too low. Estrogen impairs adrenal function in another way: it interferes with the release of cortisol from the adrenal cortex. This can be an indication of declining ovarian function and the resulting imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. Balancing the estrogen with bioidentical progesterone can help eliminate estrogen dominance and curb anxiety.
  4. Estrogen Deficiency
    Estrogen deficiency that occurs with menopause can cause anxiety. If anxiety is associated with your hot flashes, then low estrogen could be the culprit. Symptoms can be relieved with bioidentical estrogen. Keep in mind that you can be estrogen dominant and estrogen deficient at the same time. That means that you are low in both estrogen and progesterone.
  5. Low Testosterone
    Depression and anxiety are symptoms of low testosterone in women. Men aren’t the only ones that need testosterone. Women also make it in smaller amounts, and it provides lifelong benefits, including reduced anxiety. Bioidentical testosterone supplementation can help relieve your symptoms.

Natural Solution for Anxiety
The answer to relieving anxiety can often be as simple as balancing your hormones and supplementing with certain vitamins, such as magnesium, 5-HTP, inositol, rhodiola and vitamin B6.  If you’re struggling with anxiety, and you think your hormones need to be adjusted, don’t wait.  Contact your provider today.  As always, if you have questions about any of your hormones, please give one of our pharmacists a call at (281) 828-9088.

*Originally appeared on www.HotzeHWC.com

Could you have Low T?

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It’s inevitable.  Just as a woman’s hormones decline with age, so do a man’s. In specific, male testosterone levels tend to drop significantly after the age of 45. And now, due to increased exposure to environmental toxins, petrochemicals, and xenoestrogens, low testosterone levels are becoming more common than ever in younger men, even in their 20s and 30s!

Common symptoms of low testosterone to look out for include a reduced sense of well-being, initiative, assertiveness, and drive. Men may also experience a loss of muscle mass, stamina, endurance and sex drive. Less talked-about symptoms could include enlarged breasts, depressed moods, and even sleep apnea.

So, what can be done about this growing epidemic? Well, the obvious solution is to replace what is missing: testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) comes in many forms (topical gels and creams, injections, and compounded capsules) and will help you restore your levels to what they used to be when you felt most energetic and youthful.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are steps you can take to avoid testosterone inhibitors in your home. For starters, you can:

  • Swap out plastic storage containers for food and water storage to glass.
  • Avoid foods with harmful chemicals such as pesticides, artificial sweeteners, and coloring.
  • Limit consumption of soy.

Low testosterone is a common affliction for many men, and viable solutions do exist. If you have yet to consider TRT, then take charge of your health TODAY and commit to doing a 180 in your life! Our wellness consultants are available to help build a customized treatment plan that supports your health goals. To schedule your consultation, call 281-698-8698.

If you are currently using Hotze Pharmacy for your TRT and have questions about your treatment plan, give us a call, and we will be happy to serve you! 281-828-9088

Skin that Glows, Naturally

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Glowing, youthful skin is something we all want year-round, right? However, in the hotter months when it becomes impossible not to sweat foundation off, what lays beneath becomes more important than ever. If you feel like your skin is not in a place where you are ready to bare all, then we have a treat for you!

The perfect skin care regimen is more than gentle cleansers and a simple moisturizer. It’s important that you are also providing your skin with the nutrients it needs to support cell regeneration, improve elasticity, hydrate skin, increase collagen production, and fight the aging process. This seems like a lot to expect out of skin care, but our team at Hotze Pharmacy has thoughtfully and carefully formulated a skin care line that provides all of this and more!

Just take a look at all the benefits for yourself:

Renewal Serum

  • Fights aging
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Improves elasticity
  • Promotes skin cell turnover
  • Contains vitamin C, CoQ10, aloe vera, progesterone, and estriol

Eye Renewal

  • Reduces puffiness and swelling
  • Decreases appearance of dark circles
  • Improves skin tone
  • Contains vitamins K, C, and E, grape seed oil, and CoQ10

Day Repair Cream

  • Hydrates skin
  • Brightens age spots and discoloration
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Contains vitamins C and E, squalane, and CoQ10

Night Repair Cream

  • Increases collagen
  • Fights aging
  • Hydrates skin
  • Helps with acne and rosacea

At Hotze Pharmacy, we want you to be confident in your own skin, and our proprietary, paraben-free skin care line will help you do just that.  Here’s to fabulous skin!

Spring Cleaning: From the Inside Out!

Profile of a beautiful woman relaxing lying on a couch at homeAlright, it’s spring cleaning time! Clean out those closets, junk drawers, and don’t forget- your gut, too!

Whether or not you participated in the ‘Yeast Free With Me’ challenge in January, maintaining a healthy gut is an on-going effort. Along with eliminating yeast-containing and yeast-feeding foods, a pertinent piece of the yeast-free protocol is the use of nystatin and fluconazole.

The typical “prescription” for a yeast-free diet is to participate for 3 months. During this 3 months, you will need to take nystatin to help eradicate yeast in the gut. Fluconazole is added after one month to eliminate yeast at a systemic level.

If you have yet to participate in the yeast-free diet, then we highly encourage you to do so! You may experience a period called “yeast die-off” when you initially begin, but gradually you will feel your energy levels skyrocket, you may lose inches in your waistline and you will notice more glowing, radiant skin.

You may also find that your hormones become balanced quicker, too. After all, an overgrowth of

yeast has a direct effect on the production and absorption of your thyroid. A yeast cleanse may be just what you need to clean out your system and put a spring in your step!

If you are interested in going yeast-free, contact your provider to have your nystatin and fluconazole prescriptions faxed down to Hotze Pharmacy. If you need assistance, motivation, or even a little encouragement, the staff of Hotze Pharmacy is here for you every step of the way. Thank you for allowing us to be YOUR pharmacy of choice!

What’s Allergies Got To Do With It?

woman-outside-blowing-noseWith the unseasonably warm winter we’ve been having down south, it goes without saying that this year is already panning out to be a high allergy year. To help protect you from a season of debilitating allergy symptoms, you need to understand the hormone-allergy connection.

All hormones work together synergistically, including sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone), adrenal hormones (such as cortisol) and thyroid hormones. When one is off balance, it creates a domino effect on how the others work in the body.

What does this have to do with allergies? Well, your thyroid governs the energy production in all the cells in your body. When you have adequate levels of thyroid hormone, you have an active metabolism, higher mental clarity, and more energy. You should also have a body temperature of 98.6, which is the temperature at which your body functions optimally. Conversely, when you have low thyroid, your temperature drops and your immune system takes a hit. A weakened immune system makes you highly susceptible to allergic reactions.

Many women complain that they didn’t have allergies until after having children. This is because a woman’s sex hormone production can often run sluggish after childbirth, which therefore affects all hormones, including thyroid. You see the connection? It is like pieces of a puzzle.

If you want to be allergy symptom-free this season, then be sure to stay in tune with your body. If you are still experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance or low thyroid, then you should work with your provider to make proper adjustments.

To ensure that you never miss a day of hormones, enroll in our autofill program today. (You’ll save 10%, too!) Give us a call at (281) 828-9088 to sign up.