Hydration Therapy

Hydrate from the Inside Out!

Now offering, by appointment only, IV hydration in office.

More than 75% of people suffer from dehydration

Dehydration may be caused by any of the following:

  • Stress

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption

  • Illness

  • Travel

  • Poor nutritional intake

  • Symptoms commonly associated with dehydration include:

    • Increased Thirst

    • Headache

    • General Discomfort

    • Loss of Appetite

    • Dry Skin

    • Irritability

    • Decreased or Dark Colored Urination

    • Confusion

    • Unexplained Tiredness

    • Constipation

    • Dizziness

    • Fainting

    • Sunken eyes

    Our body’s brain and organs function at a higher rate when hydrated. Lack of adequate hydration over time can cause long term complications and ultimately affect our longevity. Drinking water will most often correct mild forms of dehydration, but in many cases our bodies need hydration at a faster rate.

    IV therapy instantly replaces electrolytes, hydrates the body, and improves over all function and well-being.

    Some conditions to consider treating with IV hydration therapies include:  

    • Migraines

    • Sports Fatigue

    • GI chronic illnesses

    • Dehydration related to illness

    • Menstrual pain

    • Fibromyalgia  or various forms of arthritis

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    • Depression

    • Skin rejuvenation and anti-aging

    **Hydration therapy typically lasts between 20 minutes to 1 hour depending on vitamin additive and volume. Whether treating a hangover, illness, or recovering from a workout, IV therapy can improve your overall health and physical comfort.

    INFUSIONS

    Basic Hydration  –  $40

    • 500 mL IV Electrolyte Fluids

    Basic PLUS+  –  $60

    • 1,000 mL IV Electrolyte Fluids

    Optimal Cocktail –  $125

    • 1,000 mL IV Multivitamin Fluid

    • Essential, Energy Boosting Vitamins and Electrolytes

    • Improves Immune System Function

    • Folic acid

    The MAXIMUM relief –  $150

    • 1,000 mL IV Multivitamin Fluid

    • Essential, Energy Boosting Vitamins and Electrolytes

    • Folic acid

    • Improves Immune System Function, Weight loss, migraine treatment, fatigue

    • Adding ketorolac, an NSAID, for pain, headaches, other pains, and general inflammation

    • Zofran may be added to treatment plan for $5

    ***Special treatment pricing:  for an additional $10 treatments may be arranged for groups of two or more after hours from 6-8 pm weekdays including Fridays , Saturday 1-3 pm (perfect as a “pre-party” hydration for improved complexion and endurance as well immune support.

    IV MEDICATIONS, INJECTIONS, & ADDITIONS

    NSAID Pain Medication  –  $20 **may be able to utilize insurance if through office visit

    • IV Ketorolac

    • 2nd Dose – $5

    B12 Injection – $15  **may be able to utilize insurance if through an office visit

    Liver Detoxifying and weight loss Injections (Lipotropic) – $35 **$20  if associated with an office visit.

     

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Was it something I ate?

Symptoms of food sensitivities include symptoms that affect the digestive tract, ears, emotions, energy and activity, eyes, head, joint and muscles, lungs, mind, mouth and throat, nose, skin (acne, dermatitis, eczema, excessive sweating flushing/ hot flashes, hair loss, hives, rashes, and itching), weight (binge eating, cravings, excessive weight, water retention, being underweight, and compulsive eating), and other symptoms such as anaphylactic reactions, chest pains, frequent illness, genital itch, irregular heartbeat, rapid heart beat, and urgent urination.

Understanding how and why our bodies reacts to allergens in our environment and in our food is an important first step in avoiding reactions.

For testing, please make an appointment.  Insurance does NOT cover this test but you can use an HSA or HRA account to pay  for the blood test.

Available Allergy Tests

Food Allergy and Sensitivity Panels

Food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal responses to a food component triggered by the immune system in the form of immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgA, IgM), representing either an immediate or delayed response.

Specific IgE food panels include the major food allergens known to be responsible for immediate type reactions and are grouped for adult, basic or comprehensive panels. Individual specific IgE foods can be ordered from the lab’s inventory of over 100 different foods as needed.

Specific IgG, IgA ELISA food panels are arranged in comprehensive panels of 96 foods consumed in the typical western diet or 184 foods, many of the substitute foods typically found in rotation/elimination diets.

+Basic 12 IgE Foods
Almond
Beef
Egg, Whole
Milk, Cow
Orange
Peanut
Sesame
Shrimp
Soybean
Tomato
Tuna
Wheat

Applicable Tests:
Regional Inhalant Panel
Total IgE
96 IgG Food Panel
Component Panels

+Pediatric 12 IgE Foods
Almond
Apple
Chicken
Egg, Whole
Haddock
Milk, Cow
Orange
Peanut
Rice
Shrimp
Soybean
Wheat

Applicable Tests:
Regional Inhalant Panel
Total IgE
96 IgG Food Panel
Component Panels

+25 IgE Foods
Almond
Apple
Banana
Barley
Bean, Navy
Beef
Buckwheat
Celery
Corn
Egg, Whole
Garlic
Hazelnut
Lentil
Milk, Cow
Mussels/Mollusk
Orange
Peach
Peanut
Sesame
Shrimp
Soybean
Strawberry
Tomato
Tuna
Wheat

Applicable Tests:
Regional Inhalant Panel
Total IgE
184 IgG Food Panel
Component Panels
Order a Test Kit

+Component Panels

Many parents and children live restricted lives because of allergies.  They live day to day with the fear and uncertainty of an allergic reaction.  Did you know that studies have shown that three out of four children who are sensitized to peanuts may only be at risk for mild symptoms?

We offer the first and only FDA-cleared allergen component tests, developed by Thermo Scientific®, to help physicians assess the risk of an allergic reaction and may help reassure patients when the risk for an allergic reaction is low and may help guide relevant dietary modifications to prevent unnecessary dietary restrictions.

Component Panel Options:

  • Egg

Egg Allergen Component tests can help determine the likelihood of reaction to products baked with egg as well as the likelihood of allergy persistence.

Egg White
Ovomucoid
Ovalbumin
  • Milk

Milk Allergen Component tests can help determine the likelihood of outgrowing the allergy as well as the likelihood of a reaction to milk in baked goods (ex, waffles, muffins, cheese pizza).

Milk, Cow
Bos d 4
Bos d 5
Bos d 6
Bos d 8
Bos d lactoferrin
  • Peanut

Peanut Allergen Component testing can help identify which proteins your patient is sensitized to which in turn will allow the physician to prescribe the necessary precautions.  Studies show that 77.6% of patients sensitized to peanut may not be at risk for a systemic reaction.

Peanut
Ara h 1
Ara h 2
Ara h 3
Ara h 8
Ara h 9
  • Soybean

Soybean Allergen Component testing will help determine if the IgE-mediated reaction is the result of primary sensitization or the result of cross-reactivity to tree pollen or legumes.

Soybean
Gly m 4
Gly m 5
Gly m 6
  • Tree Nut

Tree Nut Allergen Component testing can help determine exactly which proteins you patient is sensitized to.  Tree nut allergy is the second most common allergy in infants and young children effecting approximately 0.5% of children in America.

Brazil Nut
Ber e 1
Cashew Nut
Ana o 3
Hazelnut
Cor a 1
Cor a 8
Cor a 9
Cor a 14
Walnut
Jug r 1
Jug r 3

 

+96 Comprehensive Food Panel, IgG, IgA
Almond
Apple
Asparagus
Avocado
Banana
Barley
Basil
Bay Leaf
Bean, Green
Bean, Lima
Beef
Blueberry
Bran
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Carrot
Cashew
Cauliflower
Celery
Cheese, Cheddar
Cheese, Cottage
Cheese, Mozzarella
Chia
Chicken
Cinnamon
Clam
Cocoa
Coconut
Codfish
Coffee
Cola
Corn
Crab
Cucumber
Dill
Eggplant
Egg White
Egg Yolk
Garlic
Ginger
Gluten
Grape
Grapefruit
Haddock
Honey
Kale
Lamb
Lemon
Lettuce
Lobster
Malt
Milk, Cow’s
Mushrooms
Mustard
Oats
Olive, Green
Onion, White
Orange
Oregano
Pea, Green
Peach
Peanut
Pear
Pepper, Bell
Pepper, Black
Pineapple
Pork
Potato, Sweet
Potato, White
Rice, Brown
Rye
Safflower
Salmon
Scallop
Seaweed
Sesame
Shrimp
Sole
Soybean
Spinach
Squash
Strawberry
Sunflower
Swordfish
Tarragon
Tea, Black
Tomato
Tuna
Turkey
Walnut, Black
Watermelon
Wheat
Yeast, Baker’s
Yeast, Brewer’s
Yogurt

Applicable Tests:
12 IgE Foods (Basic)
Candida Profile
Mold Panel

+184 Comprehensive Food Panel, IgG, IgA
Almond
Amaranth
Anchovy
Apple
Apricot
Arrowroot
Artichoke
Asparagus
Avocado
Banana
Barley
Basil
Bass (Black)
Bay Leaf
Bean, Green
Bean, Lima
Bean, Kidney
Beef
Beet, Red
Blackberry
Blueberry
Bran
Brazil Nut
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Buckwheat
Buffalo
Cabbage
Canola
Cantaloupe
Carob
Carrot
Casein
Cashew
Cauliflower
Celery
Cheese, Blue
Cheese, Cheddar
Cheese, Cottage
Cheese, Mozzarella
Cheese, Swiss
Cherry
Chestnut
Chia
Chicken
Chickpea (Garbanzo)
Cilantro
Cinnamon
Clam
Cloves
Cocoa
Coconut
Codfish
Coffee
Cola
Corn
Crab
Cranberry
Cucumber
Date
Dill
Duck
Eggplant
Egg White
Egg Yolk
Fennel
Fig
Flaxseed
Flounder
Garlic
Ginger
Ginseng
Gluten
Grape
Grapefruit
Haddock
Halibut
Hazelnut (Filbert)
Hemp
Herring
Honey
Hops
Horseradish
Kale
Kelp
Kiwi
Lamb
Lemon
Lentil
Lettuce
Licorice
Lime
Lobster
Macadamia
Mackerel
Malt
Mango
Melon, Honeydew
Milk, Cow’s
Milk, Goat’s
Milk, Sheep’s
Millet
Mushrooms
Mussel
Mustard
Navy Bean
Nutmeg
Oats
Okra
Olive, Green
Onion, White
Orange
Oregano
Oyster
Papaya
Paprika
Parsley
Parsnip
Pea, Black Eyed
Pea, Green
Peach
Peanut
Pear
Pecan
Pepper, Bell
Pepper, Black
Peppermint
Perch, Sea
Pike, Walleye
Pineapple
Pine Nut
Pistachio
Plum
Poppy Seed
Pork
Potato, Sweet
Potato, White
Pumpkin
Quinoa
Radish
Raspberry
Red Snapper
Rhubarb
Rice, Brown
Rosemary
Rye
Safflower
Sage
Salmon
Scallop
Sesame
Shrimp
Sole
Sorghum
Soybean
Spinach
Squash
Squid
Strawberry
Sunflower
Swordfish
Tangerine
Tapioca
Tarragon
Tea, Black
Tea, Green
Teff
Thyme
Tomato
Trout
Tuna
Turkey
Turmeric
Turnip
Vanilla Bean
Venison
Walnut, Black
Watermelon
Wheat
Whey
Yeast, Baker’s
Yeast, Brewer’s
Yogurt
Zucchini

Applicable Tests:
25 IgE Food Panel
Mold Panel
Candida Profile

 

+Additive and Exposure Profile

We are exposed to many substances, natural and man-made in our everyday lives.  The Additives and Exposure Panel tests IgE and IgG responses to eleven common substances that are known to be problematic.  Some items are FDA approved food additives, other substances are used in the manufacturing of everyday items used in the home or at work.

Comprehensive Additive and Exposure Profile:
Carob
Cochineal Extract
Cottonseed
Formaldehyde
Guar Gum
Gum Arabic
Latex
Linseed
Ispaghula
Anisakis
Tragacanth

 

Yeast & Intestinal Immunity Panels

Yeast and intestinal immunity panels are used to help identify the cause of patients suffering from the effects of gut dysbiosis, a disturbance of the gut microbiome.  Microbial dysregulation within the gut is an important contributing factor in a wide range of disorders.  Food sensitivities, environmental toxins, stress, prolonged use of antibiotics and genetic predisposition may contribute to gut dysbiosis.

+Intestinal Distress Profile

Allergic responses can cause intestinal problems, however intestinal distress is common in adults and children who do not have allergies.  Our Intestinal Distress Panel, ImmunoCAP® Specific IgG Assays includes the most common foods that have been linked to intestinal discomfort. It also includes our Celiac Panel as well.

Comprehensive Intestinal Distress Profile:

  • 12 IgG Allergens with Celiac Profile
Celiac Profile
Cod Fish
Egg White
Gluten
Hazelnut
Casein
Peanut
Sesame
Shrimp
Soybean
Walnut
Wheat
Yeast

Applicable Tests:
Candida Profile
96/184 IgG Food Panel(s)

 

+Celiac Disease Profile

Serologic testing is the first step to confirm the diagnosis of Celiac Disease and differentiate CD from non-celiac gluten enteropathy.  The assay measures serum concentrations of IgA and IgG antibodies specific tTG, Gliadin and Deamdidated Gliadin Peptide.  Accurate and early identification of CD patients is important to ensure early treatment.

Screening for celiac disease consists of the following tests.

  • Gluten – IgG & IgA
  • Gliadin – IgG & IgA
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA & IgG
  • Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA & IgG

Applicable Tests:
96 or 184 IgG/IgA Food Panel

 

+F-Actin (IgA)

Actin, a family of globular multi-functional proteins that form microfilaments, can be present as G-Actin or F-Actin (filamentous).  The presence of anti-F-Actin IgA antibodies may assist in assessing the extent of villous atrophy.

Applicable Tests:

  • Gastrointestinal Panel
  • Celiac Disease Profile

 

+Gastrointestinal Panel

“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

In theory, we should be able to digest just about any type of food we put in our mouths.  But changes in food processing and preparation not to mention lifestyle and stress mean our stomachs don’t always react well to everything we eat.  Moreover, the overuse of antibiotics expose our digestive tract to chemicals that alter this delicate balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria.  This is called dysbiosis, a bacterial imbalance and overgrowth of the wrong kinds of bacteria in the gut.  The Gastrointestinal Panel identifies food sensitivities, yeast and gut imbalance.

It is a comprehensive assessment for overall gut health.

GI Panel includes:

  • 96 or 184 IgG Food Sensitivity Panel with Wellness Plan
  • Candida Profile
  • Helicobacter-pylori

 

+Helicobacter – Pylori

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a common spiral shaped bacterium commonly found in the mucus layer of the stomach.  It is associated with chronic inflammation of the stomach lining.  H-pylori is considered the most common cause of gastric ulcers. It is presumed to be spread by hand to mouth transmission or the ingestion of contaminated food or water. It is often asymptomatic.  Eradication of the bacterium is not always associated with cessation of symptoms.  Interestingly, the presence of the bacteria may decrease the presence of esophagitis by decreasing the amount of stomach acid that refluxes back into the esophagus.  This in turn leads to a decreased risk of esophageal cancer in those infected with H. pylori. Further, H. pylori seems to decrease the risk of developing allergies and asthma.

H-pylori is a causative player in small intestinal overgrowth.  H-pylori lives in biofilms in the mouth and is therefore difficult to eradicate due to constant swallowing of saliva. H-pylori can survive an acidic environment in the gut contributing to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Quantification of IgG against H. pylori is useful in determining the active or prior H-pylori infection.

Applicable Tests:

  • Gastrointestinal Panel
  • Candida Profile

 

+Candida Profile

Candida overgrowth is the most common cause of systemic fungal infection and accounts for 80% of all major systemic fungal infections.  Symptoms may be attributed to food sensitivity because the invasive fungi can increase rapidly in number and permeate the digestive tract.  Diets high in simple carbohydrates have been found to increase rates of oral candidiasis.  Mild, chronic and polysystemic candidiasis can be positively diagnosed by the determination of high serum levels of IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies against Candida antigens.  Immune complexes are clusters of interlocking antigens and antibodies.  Normally, immune complexes are rapidly removed from the bloodstream.  Sometimes, however, they continue to circulate, and eventually become trapped in the tissues of the kidneys, the lungs, skin, joints, or blood vessels.  There they set off reactions with complement that lead to inflammation and tissue damage.

Test results include an interpretation and positive results are accompanied by The Candida Diet.

Comprehensive Panel:

  • Candida Immunoglobulin’s IgG, IgA, IgM
  • Candida Immune Complex
  • Candida Profile

Applicable Tests:
Mold Panel(s)
96/184 IgG & IgA Food Panel(s)

 

Environmental IgE Allergy Tests and Panels

Inhalant allergy IgE test selection is based on regional allergen prevalence, allergen cross-reactivity, home or occupational exposure with special consideration of symptoms and history.  Individual inhalant allergens include airborne pollens from grasses, trees, and weeds; animal danders, molds, dust mites and occupational allergens are available.

+Mold Panels

Mold allergy and sensitivity is more prevalent due to our environment and other toxic exposures.  People who suffer from allergies may be more sensitive to mold.  Other susceptible populations may include asthmatics, children and infants, the elderly, or individuals with existing respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems.  The Mold Elimination Plan, environmental management and sublingual immunotherapy have shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms.

Comprehensive Mold Panel Options:

  • 6 Mold Panel IgE & IgG
Alternaria
Aspergillus
Candida
Cladosporium
Penicillium
Stemphylium
  • 15 Mold Panel IgE & IgG
Alternaria
Aspergillus
Aureobasidium
Candida
Chaetomium
Cladosporium
Epicoccum
Fusarium
Mucor
Penicillium
Phoma
Rhizopus
Setomelanomma
Stemphylium
Tricoderma

Applicable Tests:
Regional Inhalant Panel IgE
Candida Profile
96/184 IgG Food Panel(s)

 

+Regional Screens

Over 40 million Americans are living with inhalant allergies.  Unfortunately, allergens sufficient to cause a reaction can be found extensively in the environment.  Prominent grasses, trees, weeds, including ragweed, plus indoor and outdoor molds have the potential to cause an allergic response.  Your doctor may ask you at which time of the year are you most troubled by allergies.  For example, pollen travels the most easily in hot, dry, windy weather, so these conditions can worsen your allergy symptoms.  Dust mites, pets and cockroaches are some of the most common indoor allergy triggers.  In order to get relief from allergy, patient history, early diagnosis and treatment is very important. Also be aware that environmental allergens often have cross-reacting food allergies.

Regional Screen Options:

  • Northeast Regional Screen

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Birch Tree, (Common Silver)
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Oak Tree (White)
Cocksfoot (Orchard Grass)
Timothy Grass
Kentucky Blue Grass
Common Pigweed (Redroot)
Common Ragweed (Short)
Sheep Sorrel
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
House Dust
Cockroach
  • Southwestern Regional Screen

AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT

Alder Tree (Gray)
Juniper Tree, Mountain
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Meadow Fescue
Kentucky Blue Grass
Timothy Grass
Western Ragweed
Dock, Yellow/Curly
Common Pigweed
House Dust
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
Cockroach
  • Midwest Regional Screen

IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI, WV

Ash Tree (White)
Elm Tree (American)
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Oak Tree (White)
Meadow Fescue
Rye Grass (Perennial)
Timothy Grass
Common Ragweed (Short)
English Plantain
House Dust
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
Cockroach
  • Northwest Regional Screen

ID, MT, OR, WA, WY

Birch Tree
Cottonwood Tree (Black)
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Canarygrass, Reed
Kentucky Blue Grass
Timothy Grass
English Plantain
Goldenrod
Ragweed, False
House Dust
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
Cockroach
  • Southern Regional Screen

AL, DC, FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA

Ash Tree (White)
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Red Cedar Tree (Eastern)
Bermuda Grass
Rye Grass (Perennial)
Johnson Grass
Common Ragweed (Short)
English Plantain
Dock, Yellow/Curly
House Dust
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
Cockroach
  • South Central Plains Regional Screen

AR, LA, MS, OK, TX

Ash Tree (White)
Elm Tree (American)
Maple Tree (Box Elder)
Bermuda Grass
Johnson Grass
Kentucky Blue Grass
Dock, Yellow/Curly
Common Pigweed (Redroot)
Ragweed (Giant)
House Dust
D. Farinae/House Dust Mite
Cockroach
+Regional Comprehensive Panels

Regional Screen Options:

  • Northeast

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

Elm Tree (American)
Red Cedar Tree (Eastern)
Bermuda Grass
English Plantain
Goosefoot, (Lamb’s Quarter’s)
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE
  • Southwestern

AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT

Walnut Tree
Bermuda Grass
Redtop, Bent Grass
Rye Grass, Perennial
Russian Thistle (Saltwort)
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE
  • Midwest

IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI, WV

Cottonwood Tree
Hazelnut Tree
Kentucky Blue Grass
Dock, Yellow/Curly
Goosefoot (Lamb’s Quarters)
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE
  • Northwest

ID, MT, OR, WA, WY

Juniper Tree, Mountain
Mulberry Tree, White
Brome Grass
Nettle
Wormwood/Sagebrush
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE
  • Southern

AL, DC, FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA

Beech Tree, American
Mulberry Tree, Red
Kentucky Blue Grass
Cocklebur
Goosefoot (Lamb’s Quarters)
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE
  • South Central Plains

AR, LA, MS, OK, TX

Bald Cypress Tree
Mountain Juniper Tree
Pecan/Hickory Tree
Bahia Grass
Cocklebur
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigatus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicillium chrysogenum
Stephylium herbarum
Cat Dander
Dog Dander
Total IgE

 

+Total IgE

Are you feeling less 20 and more not… 20

Approximately 10% of women in Symptoms of low progesterone/ estrogen dominance in America.  Why? Well, estrogen is stored in fat cells while progesterone is  produced in high amounts in the ovaries (by the corpus luteum) from the onset of puberty to menopause, and is also produced in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands after the onset of adrenarche in both males and females.  After late 20’s or early 30’s we produce less and less progesterone which results in the following symptoms:

Loss of libido

  • Mood swings
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased risk of endometrial cancer
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Gum disease (i.e., gingivitis)
  • Infertility or not ovulating
  • Early miscarriage
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Irregular periods
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Puffiness or bloating
  • Water retention
  • Lower body temperature

When we think of hormones and women, often the first thing to come in mind is estrogen.  It was mistakenly believed that oral supplementation of estrogen would reduce heart disease in post menopausal women.  Now we know that is not particularly true, however estrogen is still necessary to female health.  The term “estrogen” includes a group of chemically similar hormones: estrone, estradiol (the most abundant in women of reproductive age) and estriol. Overall, estrogen is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat tissues. More specifically, the estradiol and estrone forms are produced primarily in the ovaries in premenopausal women, while estriol is produced by the placenta during pregnancy.

In women, estrogen circulates in the bloodstream and binds to estrogen receptors on cells in targeted tissues, affecting not only the breasts and uterus, but also the brain, bone, liver, heart and other tissues.

Signs of estrogen deficiency

Hot flashes

  • Night sweats
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Mood swings

Testosterone is a necessary hormone in both men and women.   Women produce approximately one-seventh the amount of testosterone produced by the male body, but even this small quantity is essential for normal sexual development throughout life. As women age, however, they produce less and less testosterone, particularly during menopause.  Medications such as chronic opiate use, low progesterone levels, ovary removal, and age are often the culprit of low testosterone.  Here’s what , hormone replacement therapy is a PRIMARY CARE issue.  Low testosterone, not to mention an imbalance of any hormone will lead to bone loss, cardiac disorders, and overall poor quality of health.

Questioning if this could be your problem?  Symptoms of low testosterone in females include the following:

Fatigue
Definite loss of muscle strength and mass
Accumulation of fat, especially around the abdomen
Depression
Increased risk of osteoporosis and related bone deterioration
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
Vaginal dryness
Lack of interest in sexual activity
Painful sexual intercourse
Sudden absence of menstruation
Hot flashes
Anxiety
Irregular periods
Mood swing
Hair loss
Sore breast
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Anorgasmia or the inability to have orgasms 😦

Many women suffer symptoms from high levels of testosterone.  Increased facial hair, difficulty losing weight, increased hair growth, deepening of voice, change in voice, skin problems, mood swings, and baldness (in males.)

Polycystic ovariesThe most frequent causes of high testosterone are:

  • Low estrogen levels
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Dysfunctional adrenal glands

 

Natural ways to boost testosterone include certain foods.  Most of these are thought of as aphrodisiacs and for good reason.  Balanced testosterone leads to improved libido, energy, decrease in pain symptoms, decrease in depression, and improved stamina… not bad things for a night in!

  1. Strawberries, a classic aphrodisiacOysters. The aphrodisiac qualities of the oyster are no secret. While the slippery texture and sea-water taste of these strange delicacies might leave something to be desired, yours will not be left lacking as its high zinc content boosts your hormone levels.
  2. Strawberries. A classic aphrodisiac; strawberries and their beautiful red color have been associated with femininity since Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, wept heart-shaped tears which grew into strawberries.
  3. Chocolate boosts your sex driveChocolate. Chocolate boosts your sex drive. The fact seems too good to be true, but chocolate contains natural stimulants and chemicals, as well as a high level of magnesium, which boosts female libido.
  4. Garlic. Garlic is an aphrodisiac disguised as a pungent-smelling member of the onion family. It contains allicin, which improves blood flow to the sexual organs. A great excuse to enjoy a full-bodied meal and a flavorful romantic evening – just be sure to keep the toothbrush close at hand.
  5. Bananas, which combats fatigue and insomnia, and Ginger, which stimulates the circulatory systemBananas. It has been proven that a banana a day keeps lethargy at bay. Bananas are high in vitamin B6, which combats fatigue and insomnia, meaning that you will feel more energized, glossy, and attractive throughout the day and into the night.
  6. Ginger. The fresh heat and spice of ginger makes it easy to see why this tasty root might be good to boost your libido. Ginger stimulates the circulatory system, and increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones; add it to your spice cabinet to give your sex drive a kick.
  7. Asparagus containing beta carotene, vitamins B, C,  K, and zincAsparagus. Containing the stimulating chemicals beta carotene, vitamins B, C,  K, and zinc, this unique green boasts effective aphrodisiac qualities. Its effect on giving the libido a boost has been recognized since the 19th century, when it was given to newlyweds before their wedding night.

DHEA, Sex Binding Hormone, Thyroid hormones , and hormones disguised as “vitamins” also play a strong role in over all sexual and human health.  It is important to use the most accurate diagnostic testing (read: lab testing) as it pertains to the hormone in question as well as obtain a thorough history in order to best treat the person , male or female, for the symptoms that disturb them the most as well as those that may not be mentioned.

For more information on obtaining hormone balance, “anti-aging,” or information on now known crucial vitamin levels, please schedule an appointment or Well Adult or Well Child exam with our clinic.

 

I look forward to helping you feel your best again!

 

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Who we are:

We are a very small company, dedicated, and passionate.

Meet our staff:

Ralph= xray technician, MA, and competition bowler, dirt bike racer, and much more…

Kristi= Gal Friday, the chief stew, former salon owner, former Californian, former spa manager… Kristi, Ralph, and I have worked together for over five years… currently X Ray technician, MA, and people whisper.

Vicky:  Medical Receptionist and should be professional comedian.  She’s a softie, but you wouldn’t know it immediately.

 

And … ME… Valerie.   I grew up in Nolensville and I take the trust of my neighbors and patients very seriously.   I am certified in joint, trigger point, dry needling, advanced filler and Botox, and Cynosure laser therapy (IPL hair removal, photo facials, non ablative and ablative laser therapies)