bio-identical hormones

  1. How to lose muffin top

    Fight 'muffin top' with this hormone

    Ladies, you can work hard your entire life to maintain a figure you're proud of. But then, one day, it happens anyway: Part of you spills out over the top of your jeans... and there's no way you can tuck it back in.

    It's the dreaded "muffin top."

    You just don't know how to lose muffin top. You've been eating right. You exercise. You've even forced yourself onto a strict diet.

    But no matter what you do, that muffin top seems determined to stay.

    Well, it may not be your fault. It's your hormones -- or, more specifically, the lack of one key hormone: Estrogen.

    It's no secret that women can pack on pounds after menopause that cause those estrogen levels to plunge. Now, one new study shows how those same low hormone levels can lead specifically to muffin top, leaving no good answer for how to lose muffin top.

    It starts with an enzyme called Aldh1a1, but let's call it what it really is. It's the muffin top enzyme, responsible for the dangerous visceral fat that builds up around organs. Since most of your organs are above the waistline, that's also the fat that spills out over the top of your jeans.

    Estrogen is the answer for how to lose muffin top. It keeps the muffin top enzyme in check, making it easier to keep visceral fat levels down when your hormones are balanced. But in experiments in mice, researchers demonstrated how the low levels of estrogen simply aren't enough to do the job.

    And when those levels plunge after menopause, the enzyme gets busy -- and you get muffin top.

    The researchers behind the new study hope to someday create a weight loss treatment that targets the muffin top enzyme, but there's a much easier solution -- and it's available to you right now.

    It's estrogen for how to lose muffin top and weight in other areas of the body.

    I'm sure you've heard a lot about the risks of hormone replacement therapy, and it's all true -- but only when it comes to Big Pharma's synthetic drugs. Your body simply wasn't designed to handle those fake hormones.

    Bio-identical hormones, on the other hand, are natural hormones that are custom-made to match the hormones in your own body -- making them safer, more effective, and more reliable.

    The benefits of natural hormones for women go far beyond muffin top control. In fact, I have so much more to share with you on this that I can't possibly fit it all in here.

    If you're a subscriber to Health Revelations, my printed newsletter, login here and read the August 2012 issue in my online archives. And if you're not, sign up today and get complete access.

    And for a personalized natural hormone solution for men and women alike, see a holistic physician or make an appointment with me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    That's it for the ladies -- men, I've got some news for you coming up next. Keep reading!

  2. Turn down the heat with therapy

    It's one of the Holy Grails of the drug industry: A pill to end hot flashes.

    Think that's a big market? You bet it is! Up to 80 percent of all women battle hot flashes during menopause, making a would-be treatment a billion-dollar dream for the drug industry.

    But for women, that dream is more like a nightmare as they play guinea pig. Instead of being given safe, natural, and proven treatments for their hot flashes, they're given unproven antidepressants, risky anti-seizure drugs, and even blood pressure meds... and almost all of them are being used off-label.

    It's a massive public health experiment that's hurt far more women than it's ever helped.

    But you don't need to swallow those pills, or face side effects, to get some relief, because the latest research points to a pair of easy, drug-free solutions: ordinary group therapy and self-help.

    Researchers recruited 140 women who reported hot flashes and night sweats at least 10 times a week and assigned them to either group therapy, self-help, or no treatment at all.

    The groups met four times a month, while those who got self-help had one meeting and a phone call with a shrink, but after that relied on a book and CD.

    Six weeks later, 73 percent of the women who got self-help reported meaningful improvements, compared to 65 percent of those in group therapy, and 21 percent of those who got no treatment at all.

    And six months later, those improvements held.

    Of course, therapy didn't quite work for everyone. But therapy isn't your only option here, either, because there are other proven natural ways to get safe drug-free relief from the worst symptoms of menopause.

    One recent study found that aerobic exercise can slash the number of hot flashes -- and a recent follow-up finds that getting sweaty four days a week can beat the other signs of "the change" as well, including night sweats, mood swings, irritability, and more.

    Other safe options backed by science include acupuncture -- which beat sham acupuncture in one study on hot flashes -- as well as a combination of St. John's wort and black cohosh. And, of course, many women get through menopause with the help of custom-made bio-identical hormones.

    An experienced naturopathic physician can help find which option is best for you.

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