Author Archive for Angela Foley, PharmD

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.

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!

Tips to Simplify Your Hormones Regimen

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Take a minute and think… what can you do this coming year to become more organized, stress less and achieve all the goals you have set for yourself? Perhaps, purchasing a physical calendar is on your list, or revamping your daily schedule to become more structured.

We find that success and follow through require creating systems and being more regimented. So, here are our New Year’s tips for you to keep you on track and organized about your health this year:

  1. Use a pill sorter for your hormones (and vitamins, unless you are using My HotzePak). It is easy to forget which pills you have taken or to lose 1 or 2 in your work bag or purse, so keeping them all together in a pill box can keep you organized and ensure safe transportation from point A to point B.
  2. Take all your hormones together. A common question we get is “do I need to take my thyroid separate from my other hormones?” And the answer is no. You will need to take your hormones first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. You can take your vitamins 30 minutes to an hour later, after a meal.
  3. Consider consolidating your multiple doses of the same hormones. Once you are stable on your dosage for at least one month, you can request a consolidation. For example, if you take 4 capsules of Hotze Thyroid SR 0.25gr and are stable, you can request a consolidation to 1 capsule of Hotze Thyroid SR 1gr. If you have any questions about consolidating your doses, Hotze Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists are always available to assist you.
  4. Always carry a list of your hormones and supplements with you. You can put this list in your wallet or on your phone. This will make it easy to remember what you are taking, as well as convenient for you when speaking with your provider.
  5. If necessary, set a timer on your phone to remind you to take your hormones and/ or vitamins. If you have a busy schedule, like most do, these reminders will be critical for you to be consistent.
  6. Lastly, drink up! Water is your best friend when it comes to absorbing your hormones and supplements. You may notice a huge difference when drinking a full glass of water, versus a few sips just to get the pills down.

Is the thought of getting organized energizing you? We sure hope so! Let us top it off and make things super simple for you. Call us to set your pharmacy and vitamin orders on auto ship. Pharmacy: 281-828-9088 Hotze Vitamins: 281-646-1659

Here’s to making 2017 the best year yet!

What You Need to Know to Thrive in Menopause

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You have probably heard that supplementing with bioidentical hormones can alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause, and that you can actually feel like yourself again. To understand why that is, you need to know about how the hormones work together.

During menopause, estrogen levels can drop 40-60%, progesterone levels can drop to 0%, causing two problems. First, it creates a deficiency of both hormones, leading to frustrating symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats from lack of estrogen and fluid retention and mood swings that are classic with low progesterone.

Perhaps the greater problem, though, is an imbalance we call estrogen dominance. While the term can be confusing, it simply means that there is not enough progesterone to balance the estrogen, bringing about its own set of problems.

You see, estrogen and progesterone work together in the body, as each makes the body more responsive to the other. Estrogen makes the target body tissues more sensitive to progesterone and vice versa. They “prime” each other’s receptors.

Estrogen dominance isn’t just limited to menopause. It can actually happen at any point in a woman’s life, as early as puberty, during high-stress times and after childbirth.

Many of estrogen’s undesirable side effects are prevented by the presence of progesterone. Progesterone protects cell membranes from estrogen-induced problems, and major health risks of estrogen dominance include increased risk of endometrial cancer, as well as the fact that it may promote breast cancer. This is why using unopposed estrogen without progesterone is not recommended.

If you think you may be suffering with estrogen dominance, take a look at some common symptoms:

• Acceleration of aging process
• Allergies
• Anxiety
• Breast tenderness
• Decreased libido
• Depression
• Increased fat (especially in abdomen, hips, thighs)
• Fatigue
• Foggy thinking
• Hair loss
• Headaches
• Insomnia
• Irritability
• Memory loss
• Thyroid dysfunction (mimicking hypothyroidism)
• Fluid retention/bloating
• Vaginal dryness
• Night sweats
• Hot flashes

The good news is that reversing estrogen dominance is quite simple. By replacing the estrogen that’s missing and balancing it with progesterone, you can thrive throughout menopause.

If you have questions about estrogen dominance and your hormones, please contact a Hotze pharmacist any time, (281) 828-9088.