Many people start their January New Year’s resolutions with a commitment to get in shape and stay healthy. But, sometimes the best of intentions take time to root.
Welcome to February. What better way to get started on January’s promises than with the month of Love? We must love ourselves before we can love others so let’s begin with the fundamental building blocks of taking care of our health and ourselves. Let’s talk about “hormones.”
Step 1: Get tested. Knowing your hormone levels is the first step to health. Our hormones regulate our overall health and can help prevent diseases and other troublesome health conditions that we experience as we age. While some medical practitioners may confirm that your hormone levels are “normal for your age,” that doesn’t mean they are “optimized for your age.” Normal hormone levels are comparable to watching a movie in black and white; optimized hormone levels is like going to an Imax theater with Dolby sound to watch an award-winning movie with your favorite actors filmed on location at the seven wonders of the world. Once you experience “optimization,” “normal” just isn’t good enough any longer.
A few years ago, I got my hormone levels checked. I am an active runner and weightlifter so how surprised was I to learn that my hormone levels were so low – especially my testosterone – that the doctor said it didn’t even register on my lab results. No wonder I was always exhausted, had severe insomnia, had low energy, was overly sensitive, and was forgetful. Huh?
Step 2: Go natural. There are different ways to optimize hormone levels. There is the synthetic way (noooooooo!) and the natural way (yesssss!) which is the bioidentical way. I opted for the BioTE® Medical* method of subcutaneous, cardio-activated pellet bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Within a few days, my night sweats and hot flashes were subsiding and I slept through the night. (Both of those annoying menopausal symptoms are gone now.) At my six-week follow-up, my doctor asked me, “How are you feeling?” I actually cried and told her, “This has changed my life.” I meant it. It was the start of something good that is still going strong.
Step 3: Do it now. It’s never too late to start loving yourself but January’s almost over so it’s time go get moving. Taking care of your health is the first step in showing yourself a little love.
Happy New Year; healthy life.
Just for the health of it,
*BioTE® Medical certified providers are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com