Archive for March 2012

Stress Awareness Month!

April is National Stress Awareness month. I can’t say I know anyone who doesn’t encounter at least one stressor on a daily basis, whether it is work, home or school related. Cortisol is a hormone our bodies naturally produce to help fight the adrenal fatigue that occurs when we are faced with either emotional or physical stress. As we age our bodies sometimes do not produce the amount of Cortisol necessary, which is what leads to adrenal fatigue. Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are the inability to bounce back from stressful situations, a small amount of stress sending you over the edge, muscle and or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, low blood sugar and or blood pressure, and chronic fatigue.


According to an article from the cortisol connection, “Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. Cortisol assists you in regulating blood pressure, cardiovascular functions, and your body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Cortisol is also involved in glucose metabolism, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, and inflammatory response. Cortisol helps in responding to and coping with stress, trauma and environmental extremes. Normal levels of cortisol increases energy and metabolism and helps regulate blood pressure. Cortisol also enhances the integrity of blood vessels and reduces allergic and inflammatory responses.

To recognize National Stress Awareness month beginning April 1 through 30, we will be offering $5 off any one Cortisol prescription filled at Hotze Pharmacy, just mention the coupon code “Stress” when placing your orders via phone or online. Physician’s Preference will also be holding a series of classes, which will teach you how to better deal with stress, and reduce stress in your life. We hope everyone has a stress-free month!

Nutrition Week!

This week our businesses are celebrating Nutrition Week! A very big part of enjoying a better quality of life is to have healthy nutritional habits, take part in physical activity, and remembering to take your bio-identical hormones on a regular basis! I know in the past we have discussed the importance of compliance when taking your bio-identical hormones, and we’ve also given pointers on the easiest way to order , but I just wanted to share with you all my tips for staying on top of taking my medications!

• Set a pop-up reminder on your email calendar and phone to start your cyclical medications, such as Progesterone or Estrogen.

• Keep medications in an easy spot that you access both in the morning, and the evening. I keep mine in the bathroom next to my toothbrush!

• Purchase a pill-case so you can organize your pills for the week. When you fill up your last week it is usually a good time to order to allow yourself plenty of time to receive your prescriptions.

• Refill your prescriptions by either giving us a call at 281-828-9088 or toll-free at 1-877-640-5248. • Refill your prescriptions online at, by doing this you save 10% on your order!

Please share with us any tips you have that help you remember to take your medications! We love to hear from you!

Slimming Smoothies!

While I usually stick to a relatively healthy diet, I’ve recently been motivated to eat even more fruits and vegetabless since March is Nutrition Month. I couldn’t think of an easier, quicker way than whipping up a delicious smoothie. The ingredients in this smoothie contain many great nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin A, Niacin, Potassium, and fiber! I love whipping this smoothie up for breakfast or for a post work-out snack! It also stores well in the freezer!


  • ½ cup frozen peach slices
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 dozen strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries


  • Toss all ingredients into the blender, blend for 1-2 minutes or until everything is a smooth consistency. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices or a sprig of mint and enjoy!

I hope you all like this extremely simple and tasty smoothie recipe., As an added bonus, it is yeast-free friendly for anyone beyond week two of their Yeast-Free Diet!

Top 4 Hormone-Friendly Foods

March is National Nutrition Month! To help celebrate, I decided to discuss a few key foods that help bioidentical hormones work more effectively in our bodies!

Yams: Yams contain many vital nutrients including potassium and magnesium. There have also been studies that show yams help your body in producing more of the naturally occurring hormones you need after a period of time.

Celery: For many years, celery has been used in Chinese medicine for aiding hormone related problems. It has also been shown to help with pancreatic function and lower blood pressure, both of which help strengthen your hormonal system as well. Not to mention it is an easy snack to pack on the go!

Squash: Whether it is yellow squash, kabocha squash, or pumpkin squash, squash contains Vitamin A, beta-carotene, folic acid and other vitamins and nutrients. It has been shown to help strengthen your digestive system, which as we know from our yeast-free dieting, makes all of your other systems work much better.

Beans: Beans contain estrogen naturally, and are also an amazing source of protein. They help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease as well.

These are just a few specific foods I chose to showcase. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits, free of sugars, simple carbohydrates and processed foods will lead to a healthier and happier life and keep our hormonal systems running at tip-top shape!

Big Hairy Audacious Goals!

I have always been taught to follow my goals and if you put your mind to anything you can do it! I have applied this philosophy to many facets of my personal and work life. This willpower has helped me stay on track with our program at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, fulfill career goals and as of recently it has helped me complete a very big and audacious personal goal. I’d like to take some time to share an experience I had earlier this month and will stray away from my typical pharmacy talk.

This past weekend I participated in the Rocky Raccoon 50 and 100 mile trail run at Huntsville State Park. I did the 50 mile run or the “fun-run” as many of my fellow endurance runners were jokingly calling it. This is something I have wanted to do all of my life. It was a very hard, grueling task, but I put my mind to it and slowly began ticking off the miles. At no point did I want to quit, even as I heard the extreme thunderstorms rolling through at 4 a.m. before the race, or when myself and other runners were wading through thick mud and Texas clay. I made many friends during this run, and learned a lot about respect, nature and myself. Also, the volunteers at this event reminded me a lot of my co-workers. They were compassionate, caring and would do literally anything it took to get you to the finish of the race. I ended up finishing all 50 miles in 14 hours, and 16 minutes.

This was definitely a life changing experience and I am very glad I was able to accomplish this goal. We’d love it if you would share with us any big, scary goals that you’d like to accomplish or have accomplished! Thank you for allowing me to take the time to share my story with you all, and I look forward to hearing about your goals soon!