Bone mass. Red blood cell production. Fat distribution. Muscle mass. Mood. Memory. Energy. Testosterone controls it all - for men and women - setting up the balance with all our other hormones, the way a drummer keeps the beat for all the musicians in a band.
Like musicians, our hormones must perform together, in tune, on pitch, at just the right volume and intervals. As our hormones are synergistic, a low level of testosterone not only disrupts its own functions but can cause dissonance amongst our other hormones.
If you're looking for testosterone boosters that work, buying a bottle of supplements online is not likely to optimize your levels. Why? Because it's not customized to your exact imbalance – it's one size fits all solution. But hormone imbalance is not a one size fits all problem.
Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss will help rebalance your testosterone level so it can harmonize with the rest of your hormones, and make life feel less like an off-beat drummer, and more like a dance-inspiring band.
Your glands are at work 24/7. They secrete testosterone - along with 50 other biochemicals - directly into your bloodstream, through which it travels to target sites: cells, tissues, and organs.
Once it arrives, testosterone delivers commands to your cells to perform physiological functions like growth, musculature, bone density, metabolism, emotional response, and sex drive. Even a small over or underproduction of testosterone can cause havoc in your body - just like one out-of-tune guitar can ruin a song.
As a man ages, his body naturally makes less testosterone. In fact, by the time a man is in his mid-forties, testosterone levels can be down by 40%. Lifestyle factors such as excessive stress, weight gain, and lack of exercise can lower levels even further, impacting his:
As a woman ages, her testosterone levels fall and she may experience:
If left unchecked in both men and women, these hormonally-induced changes can cause:
Both men's and women's sex organ functions require just the right balance of testosterone and estrogen - and that perfect balance may be different for each individual, depending on age, genetics, diet, lifestyle as well as various environmental and health factors.
That's why testosterone balancing at Vibrant Health is a highly customized procedure - Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss tune in to your unique, often subtle requirements before beginning it.
If you have any of the above symptoms, consult with them to diagnose or rule out any other underlying medical conditions before discussing testosterone supplementation.
Bioidentical means molecularly identical to the body's natural hormones. Unlike conventional hormone replacement, BHRT applies testosterone produced from natural plant sources like yams and soybeans, which match human hormones molecule by molecule, alleviating risks and side effects that make synthetic chemical hormones problematic.
The only way to determine whether you need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is through laboratory testing. Specific lab panels can access your base hormone levels.
During your initial exam, Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss will take plenty of time to discuss your medical history, diet, lifestyle, and medication intake. Together, you'll decide to do one or more of the following:
After reviewing all lab results and determining your baseline hormone levels, Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss will determine whether bioidentical testosterone replacement is necessary. In some cases, it may not be; however, lifestyle and environmental factors may alter this need over time, so getting tested periodically is imperative.
What is a healthy testosterone range? That depends on your age, gender, and symptoms you're trying to treat or prevent. It also depends on how well you tolerate the intensity of those symptoms.
Remember: results are not static. Your hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day. Level testing provides a starting point which helps determine next steps. Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss will help you interpret and act on your diagnosis.
As with any medical procedure, results and efficacy of testosterone level diagnosis vary from patient to patient, depending on age, genetics, environmental conditions, and other health factors.
Once you're identified as a candidate for BHRT, Dr. Schertell and Dr. Mauss will administer supplements via:
They will monitor your levels during and after your treatment to ensure optimal health results and to minimize side effects. Because excess testosterone can also cause high red blood cell count, higher blood pressure and other symptoms, attending every scheduled appointment is crucial.
Patients often ask how quickly they will see results. That depends on their age, genetics, immune system health, diet and exercise habits, as well as environmental factors. Just as unique as your imbalance is when you enter our suite, so too, will your rebalancing be when you go back home to your new "hormonal self".
That said, many patients report an improvement in symptoms within 1 week!
They're overjoyed with their improved memory, mood, sleep, libido, and overall youthful energy. That, however, should never stop them from returning for all of their follow up appointments, as testosterone is a fickle steroid. Levels will fluctuate and you will need to tweak your supplementation for a while before achieving the perfect balance.
Long before researches started studying BHRT, they demonstrated the efficacy of many plant-based therapies for hormone rebalancing. For centuries these plants have assisted people all over the world with the natural aging process - naturally:
While getting your nutrients through food is ideal, it's not always possible. Not everyone can eat portions large enough often enough to achieve optimal nutrition. People who have conditions like Celiac Disease, IBS, and Crohn's have disrupted nutrient absorption in their GI tract. Certain autoimmune disorder medications like methotrexate, or seizure drugs like phenytoin can also disrupt the body's nutrient absorption.
Many American men suffer Low T because they are deficient in Vitamin D3 - which improves production and regulation of testosterone. A small supplementation can make a big difference in a man's strength and sexual performance.
Other nutrients that can help rebalance testosterone levels include:
Our team at Vibrant Health Natural Medicine understands the despair and dissonance hormone imbalance can bring into your life. We want to help rebalance your testosterone level until it synergizes with the rest of your hormones, to enable harmonious health and quality of life - at any age.