natural 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. Early menopause, early death

    No woman likes reaching menopause -- and not just because of the physical problems that come along with it.

    It's a reminder that you're aging... and who wants to be reminded of that?

    So naturally, menopause isn't exactly welcome news at any age. But when women reach "the change" early, they face even more problems -- and not just the emotional toll of a premature aging milestone.

    I saw a 48-year-old patient recently who went into menopause early, at 42. Sure enough, she had all sorts of health problems -- including fatigue, poor memory, and even the beginnings of bone loss.

    I explained to her that a doctor should have had her on natural hormones years ago. Needless to say, we got to work on replenishing her body's vital hormones.

    It's not just her.

    A new study of 390 Swedish women confirms the risks of early menopause, including double the risk of osteoporosis, a 70 percent increase in the risk of bone breaks, and a 60 percent higher risk of an early death when compared to women who reached the change after they turned 47.

    Early menopause can be triggered by any number of factors. Some, like genetics, aren't entirely within your control. But others are -- and if you're a smoker, quit now. The habit can boost your risk of early menopause by up to 60 percent.

    Exposure to toxic chemicals can also up your odds, and you don't have to work with hazardous waste to have high levels of dangerous toxins.

    Some of them are in your home right now.

    One study last year found that high levels of the perfluorocarbons used in many household products can increase the risk of early menopause by up to 40 percent. These PFCs are often used to make products waterproof, wrinkle-free, stain resistant, and non-stick.

    In other words, they're all around you. That's why I write to you so often about how to avoid these chemicals and how to detoxify when you have been exposed.

    Whatever the cause of your change -- whether it's early or right on time -- and you need more than just nutritional support, you can get over the worst of it with the help of hormones.

    And by that, I don't mean the drug industry's dangerous artificial hormones.

    Turn to bioidentical hormones instead. Bioidentical hormones are custom-made to match your body's needs -- and are exactly the same as what your body produces.

    I have an in-depth article on testing and treating menopausal women with bioidentical hormones in an upcoming issue of my Health Revelations newsletter. Sign up here, and you'll be among the first to get it.

    For more help in identifying and treating hormone imbalances, visit a holistic doctor or schedule a visit with me at my clinic.

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