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Reclaiming Your Life from Menopause Are you one of the women looking for a menopause treatment? The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Menopause Society (IMS) have designated October as World Menopause Month and, specifically, Oct. 18 as World Menopause Day. The goal is to raise awareness around this natural stage of a woman’s life that has proven to be so disruptive and distressing to so many women. But “awareness” isn’t an issue for the 27 million women in the U.S. between the ages of 45 and 64 who experience menopause each year. They don’t need a reminder — they’re more aware of it than they care to be. During this stage of her life, a woman’s hormone levels decline, periods cease, and more than half of all women experience one or more of the following symptoms: Anxiety Brain fog (reduced mental clarity/focus) Dry, wrinkled skin Fatigue (lack of […]

Does a Happy Gut Mean a Happy Thyroid? What does your gut have to do with your thyroid gland? More than you might suspect. In fact, if you’re experiencing thyroid-related health issues, there’s a good chance your symptoms can be traced right to your gut — specifically, to the trillions of microbes living within it (collectively referred to as the gut microbiome). Maybe it is time to consider thyroid hormone therapy in Tampa, FL. According to recent research and what we have observed in our own clinical practice, restoring thyroid health often comes down to healing the gut. Understanding the Importance of the Gut Microbiome More than 100 trillion microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi (yeasts), live on and within our bodies. The densest and most diverse populations live in the gastrointestinal tract (the gut), where they play a vital role in digestion. It’s where they break down the food we

Treating Thyroid Disease by Fixing the Gut: The Thyroid-Gut Connection In a June 2020 study published in the journal Nutrition (see Thyroid-Gut-Axis: How Does the Microbiota Influence Thyroid Function?), researchers concluded that a healthy microbiota has “beneficial effects not only on the activity of the immune system but also on thyroid function.” Are you considering thyroid hormone therapy? These researchers base their conclusion on the close association between intestinal diseases, such as celiac disease (CD) and non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS), and autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs). Also included are Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease, as well as thyroid carcinoma (cancerous tumor). They also point out that the composition of gut microbiota influences the availability of micronutrients required for thyroid health and function, including iodine, iron, copper, selenium, zinc, vitamins A and D, B vitamins, and tyrosine. (Gut microbiota is a term used to describe the community of microorganisms living in the

If you’re looking for a hormone therapy clinic in Tampa and are interested in using a practice that takes a functional medicine strategy to medical care, then this article is for you. Here at BioDesign Wellness Center, we’ve invested years researching, training, and discussing hormone replacement therapy. Because we’re focused on the root causes of chronic health problems, our strategy to treatment tends to be more thorough than that offered at a traditional doctor’s office. Initially, we’d like to offer some background regarding hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or hormone therapy (HT), which doctors have been prescribing to ladies since the early 1940s. HRT is recommended to relieve menopausal symptoms, including menstrual cramps, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. It also protects against age-related health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, certain kinds of cancer, and osteoporosis. In fact, by 1992, Premarin became the top-prescribed drug in the U.S., with sales

Good fat, bad fat, low fat, no fat. Cut the carbs but eat some more fat. What sounds like the opening lines of a Dr. Seuss book are actually more reflective of the confusing dietary advice we’ve been getting from the government, medical community, and health “experts” over the past several decades. As a result, we have been subjecting ourselves to a variety of extreme diets and unnatural foods that have done more to reduce our pleasure than our waistlines. Women tend to suffer most from this confusion over dietary fat because fat plays a key role in women’s health. Without the right balance of healthy fats and oils, women may be more prone to distinctly female health issues. These include premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, abnormal menstrual bleeding, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and breast disease. Then there are pregnancy-related problems, which may also impact the health of a fetus during pregnancy.

Everyone needs magnesium in order to stay healthy. That’s because magnesium — the ninth most abundant element in the universe — is also one of the most plentiful chemical elements in the human body. In fact, magnesium is involved in more than 300 different chemical reactions that support, among other things: Blood sugar and blood pressure control Bone health Detoxification Energy metabolism Healthy muscle and nerve function Hormone balance Immune system function Protein and DNA production Steady heart rate While the amount of magnesium we need depends on our sex and age, generally speaking, women have a lower threshold for health issues related to magnesium deficiency. Common and painful health conditions like hormonal migraines, premenstrual syndrome, and even anxiety and depression are common in women suffering from magnesium deficiency. So how exactly do women ensure that magnesium — which our bodies do not naturally produce — is plentiful? Further, what