Archive for Bioidentical Hormones

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

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.

Put a Little Hormone Love in Your Heart

Wedding couple holding hands. Hands, rings, bracelets, cuff links, cuff closeup.I’m going to let you in on a little secret of love for February. A secret that will increase smile frequency, improve skin tone, and give you more joy. You ready for it? Two words: cuddle hormone.

You may chuckle, but in all seriousness, there is a cuddle hormone and its scientific name is oxytocin. This love hormone is released when an individual engages in activities such as snuggling, hugging, and social bonding. You see, there is a scientific and genetic draw towards physical touch and socialization (women aren’t just making it up!).

This small amino acid peptide is believed to be involved in a wide variety of physiological functions. Individuals who are low in oxytocin are typically more likely to have trust issues and may have a harder time connecting with new people in their life. Physical signs can include limited emotional expressions, pale face, and dry eyes. They may also experience a decline in sex drive and ability to feel enhanced pleasure.

On the flip side, women and men with adequate levels of oxytocin are associated with more willingness to trust, the capacity to adapt to emotional circumstances, increased generosity, and more radiant skin.

So, since it is the month of love, after all, you may find that it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this happy hormone, as it might be the extra spice you need to more closely bond with your significant other and to emit joy to all those you love.

At Hotze Pharmacy, oxytocin is carefully compounded in small sublingual tablets in varying strengths to address each guest’s needs. If you believe you would benefit from oxytocin, then contact your provider today to discuss your symptom concerns.

May you have a love-filled month of February!

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!

Best Hormones to Beat Holiday Stress

Stressed young woman in front of christmas treeIf you were alive in the 60’s and 70’s then you remember the buzz around Valium; the pill known for being every mother’s “little helper.” While still used for its anxiety-relieving effects, the results are only temporary. Instead of turning to a pharmaceutical drug, it’s important to address the underlying cause for more lasting results.

At this time of year, it’s tempting to look for a quick fix, so you can “just get through the holidays.” Because after all, the shopping, cooking, school functions, traveling and hosting add up quickly, causing you to become irritable, fatigued and anxious. So aside from incorporating healthy habits, like eating well and getting enough rest, what can you do to keep stress and anxiety at bay this year?

Your answer: take your hormones. Progesterone is an essential female hormone for managing stress. In fact, progesterone works directly with GABA receptors in your brain (just like an anti-anxiety medication would) to produce a calming effect. Without adequate levels of progesterone, you may begin to feel anxious, irritable and not able to sleep through the night. All of which are a nasty combo for such a joyous time of year.

Just as progesterone is ideal for women, testosterone is critical for men. One of testosterone’s most significant – and often unrecognized – benefits is its effect on brain function. Not only does it influence drive and decisiveness, but it helps with mood, anxiety, and stress, too.

For both men and women, adrenal hormones, such as cortisol and DHEA, are going to be your frontline stress-fighters. These hormones’ sole purpose is to help you to adapt to stress, whether minor or severe, and bring you back to a state of equilibrium. Depleted adrenals will leave you feeling too exhausted to enjoy your favorite holiday activities.

Something to also keep in mind this month is your toxic exposure. Toxins in our food and environment can disrupt hormonal balance. Small changes you can make to decrease your toxic load starting today are to:

  1. Use unscented clothing detergent.
  2. Shop organic when possible and on the outer edges of the grocery store.
  3. Try natural household cleaning products such as vinegar with lemon and thieves essential oils.
  4. Store and re-heat food in glass containers to limit BPA exposure.
  5. Drink out of glass or stainless steel water bottles.

It can be tough to avoid stress, especially during the holiday rush, but if you follow these simple tips, you will be able to enjoy the season rather than just survive it.

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.