Author Archive for Kimberly Bennett, RPh

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!

Seven Steps for a Great Night’s Sleep

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Sleep hygiene consists of a variety of different practices necessary for normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. Without proper sleep hygiene, you could be harming your body’s natural ability to fall and stay asleep on its own. Additionally, sleepless nights can lead to long term health consequences, such as insomnia.

In order to get a good night’s rest each and every night, it is essential that you follow the Seven Sleep Steps that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized each morning.

  1. Avoid napping during the day.While naps may be tempting, especially on the weekends, they actually disturb the normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness. If you feel yourself wanting to doze off, lace up your tennis shoes and go for a walk. The physical activity and natural vitamin D from the sun will wake you up in no time.
  2. Switch to all-natural soaps and lotions. The various petrochemicals in the products that we use on our skin have detrimental effects on hormone levels, most profoundly with estrogen. An increase in estrogen levels can cause insomnia in both women and men.
  3. Balance your hormones. Sex hormones are powerful sleep agents when levels are optimal. Progesterone, estrogen and testosterone can all help improve your sleep quality by reducing anxiety, alleviating hot flashes and night sweats, and helping with sleep apnea.
  4. Supplement with adequate levels of desiccated thyroid. You have to have good thyroid activity in your brain in order for it to enter all stages of sleep, including REM. If you are still waking up tired in the mornings, your body may not be entering REM sleep and you may need your thyroid levels adjusted.
  5. Control your portions. Large meals close to bedtime can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Remember to keep dinner one of your smaller meals of the day, and avoid chocolate afterwards. Chocolate contains caffeine, which can disrupt sleep.
  6. Establish a bedtime routine. Following the same schedule each night prepares your body for what’s to come next: sleep. Just like a child needs a strict bedtime routine, it’s important that adults follow the same advice. Dim the lights, wash your face, brush your teeth, turn off all electronics and turn down the air. You’ll be surprised at how creating a routine can help prepare your body for sleep.
  7. Optimize your bedtime vitamin routine. Magnesium is a key mineral that helps ease muscle tension, while also promoting nerve health and relaxation. Because it’s so easily depleted through stress and exercise, you want to make sure you’re supplementing with at least 600 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate daily. Additionally, melatonin is the natural sleep hormone that supports a restful night’s sleep without leaving you groggy the next morning. Melatonin is available at Hotze Pharmacy in a sublingual prescription tablet that dissolves under the tongue, as well as over-the-counter through Hotze Vitamins, and is best taken 30 minutes before bedtime.

Get Rid of Your Brain Fog Once and for All

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Do you ever have those moments when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Or you have trouble recalling names and just can’t seem to place where you left your car keys?

A lot of people assume that it’s just a part of getting older, and in a way, they’re right. You see, as we age, our bodies produce less pregnenolone, which results in the memory being affected. Many physicians and scientists believe that restoration of pregnenolone to youthful levels is an important step in the treatment of aging and symptoms of aging. Pregnenolone may be one of the most important hormones because it seems to have a balancing effect. It is a precursor to many other hormones and may be able to bring the levels of other hormones up or down as needed.

Known as the “mother of all hormones,” pregnenolone is at the top of the hormone cascade that converts to all other hormones including DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. This “neurosteroid” is not only produced in the adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes; the central nervous system also makes it.

Pregnenolone has been found to be 100 times more effective for memory enhancement than other steroids or steroid-precursors in lab mice. Pregnenolone has been reported to not only make people smarter but happier and enhance one’s ability to perform on the job while heightening feelings of well-being. It has also been reported to reduce high-stress induced fatigue.

Pregnenolone:

  1. Keeps the brain clear and sharp by blocking GABA, a neurotransmitter that keeps neurons in the brain from firing. As we age, GABA levels increase, making the brain sluggish.
  2. Counters the excitatory effects of the amino acid glutamate, which is present throughout the brain. While critical for normal learning, too much excitation by glutamate over time can damage neurons. In fact, this overstimulation is thought to be one of the underlying factors in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Has neuroprotective effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that pregnenolone increases levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter required for optimal brain function, which also becomes deficient in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Acetylcholine is important for thought and memory and is involved in controlling sleep cycles, especially the REM phase of sleep associated with memory.
  4. Stimulates the formation of new brain cells. Studies have shown increases in brain cell growth after pregnenolone treatment. Studies have also shown pregnenolone to be effective in fighting arthritis, elevating mood, healing spinal cord injuries, overcoming dependency on chemicals and treating mental health disorders like phobias and schizophrenia.

So how do you know if you need pregnenolone? It can be signaled by a history of depression, mental illness or short-term memory issues not resolved by thyroid supplementation. Alternatively, if you’ve been trying to get your hormones balanced for six months to a year and they’re not quite right, pregnenolone can sometimes be the missing link that pulls it all into balance.

Questions about pregnenolone? Ask me below!

Jump Start Your Fat Loss with Detox

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Every day, our bodies are exposed to huge amounts of toxins in our environment. They come several forms including alcohol, pesticides, insecticides, preservatives in our foods, parabens and other chemicals in lotions. If left alone, these toxins will overtake our bodies, leading us to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerative arthritis and other serious health conditions.

Furthermore, these chemicals are hormone disruptors, which cause hormones to fall out of balance. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance from toxins include dizziness, loss of mental acuity, weight gain, joint and muscle aches and pains, and fatigue. Detoxing helps your hormones to be balanced, nutrients to be better absorbed, and even contributes to healthier weight loss, or true fat loss.

Glutathione is the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. Toxins “stick onto” glutathione and are carried out of the body through waste. This helps you reach peak mental and physical function and protects your body against disease. Glutathione comes in several forms, including a convenient sublingual tablet. It quickly dissolves under the tongue, so it’s fast and convenient.

To find out if glutathione is a good choice for you, call one of your Hotze Pharmacists today, (281) 828-9088.