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Maximizing Your Health Potential

During your extensive in-person consultations with both your Cenegenics physician and Nutrition & Exercise Counselor, many health and lifestyle topics will be discussed to help design the program that is right for you. Key fundamentals that will be discussed include the following:

AGING FACTS

Aging is not a disease; it is a natural process that can be managed. True, you can’t stop your biological clock and there are real challenges meeting you at various times in your individual aging process. The key is how you live out those years and meet those challenges. Hormones start to drop by 1% to 3% each year beginning around age 30. Factored out, that calculates to a 20% drop by age 50 and a 50% drop by age 80.

THE ROLE OF HORMONES IN YOUR HEALTH

Aging is about diminishing hormones. Both men and women rely on a critical balance of estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, and cortisol. Each hormone has a specific job yet overlaps the other to create a synergistic environment for better health. As you age, these hormones decline which can lead to numerous age-related symptoms and diseases. Balancing your hormones can prevent this from happening.

MENOPAUSE

  • Affects all women
  • Symptoms begin at a specific point often abruptly
  • Dramatic drop in estrogen levels, beginning in 40’s and 50’s along with progesterone and testosterone diminishment
  • Diminishing hormonal levels result in changes that can seriously affect physical and mental health
  • Resulting symptoms: difficulty in sexual arousal, vaginal dryness, cardio concerns, weight gain, osteoporosis, cognitive concerns, hot flashes, anxiety, emotional upheavals, irritability, lack of skin elasticity, aches, pains, and stiffness
  • Unable to reproduce

ANDROPAUSE

  • More subtle than menopause
  • Symptoms creep up over a 20 year period
  • Reduction of testosterone, beginning in the early 30’s
  • Diminishing hormonal levels result in changes that can seriously affect physical and mental health
  • Resulting symptoms: difficulty in sexual arousal, weaker erections, cardio concerns, weight gain, osteoporosis, cognitive concerns, fatigue, depression, emotional upheavals, irritability, anxiety, lack of skin elasticity, aches, pains and stiffness
  • Maintains ability to produce sperm

NUTRACEUTICAL SUPPLEMENTATION

Nutraceuticals are vital to your health because they correct nutrient issues and aid in disease prevention. The quality of Cenegenics’ pharmaceutical grade supplements is substantially higher than anything you can get in the health food store because the raw ingredients are the most pure and the best absorbed in the body.

LOW GLYCEMIC NUTRITION

Our physicians and nutrition experts recommend low glycemic nutrition. This is the diet most synergistic with hormone therapy and is reminiscent of our Paleolithic-era ancestors. It is high in nutrient dense foods (fruits, vegetables, lean meats and essential fats) and low in refined overly processed foods, fats and simple carbohydrates.

RESISTANCE TRAINING

Resistance training has a multitude of benefits including reducing body fat and lowering cholesterol. In fact, weight training is the best way to burn fat; it’s more effective for losing weight than aerobic activity because it burns calories whiles you’re exercising. After a resistance workout, metabolic rates remain elevated as muscle fibers are being rebuilt. Many of the calories you consume will be put to work in the repair and rebuilding process, rather than being stored as fat.

CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE

Cardio exercise uses both stored carbohydrates and fats for fuel. The longer and more vigorous, the more total calories are burned. In addition, regular cardio exercise decreases your risk for a heart attack and also lowers insulin levels which helps reduce rates of arteriosclerosis.

FLEXIBILITY

Staying flexible is vital as we age. Joint mobility proves crucial for muscular strength, proper posture and full range of motion. Gentle flexibility exercises help increase the length of connective tissues and muscles. These exercises can also help reduce stress, alleviate low back pain and greatly diminish the chance of injury. Consider doing stretches before walking or try yoga, Pilates or tai chi.

RISK FACTORS RELATED TO

Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Heart attacks and strokes are among the biggest threats to men and women over the age of 50. For women, diminished estrogen levels cause LDL (bad cholesterol) to increase and HDL (good cholesterol) to decrease. Fat accumulates on artery walls after menopause begins. For men, diminished testosterone can contribute to the weakening of the heart muscle and reduced circulation. Testosterone also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. So for women, balancing estrogen levels is key to a healthy heart and for men, testosterone balancing is of equal importance.

Alzheimer’s

Decreased Estrogen and Progesterone put a woman at greater risk for cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s. For men, the diminishment of Testosterone increases these risks. An anti-inflammatory diet and proper exercise are also extremely important in preventing Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases.

Sleep Disorders

Estrogen is imperative for women to maintain good sleep cycles. It is common to have an estrogen deficiency in perimenopause and menopause, and when your body is not producing enough natural estrogen, your ability to get a full night’s sleep suffers. A lack of testosterone is also a problem for both women and men when it comes to sleep. Diminished testosterone is linked with snoring and sleep apnea.

Weight Loss

Men and women over the age of 50 will often begin to gain weight uncontrollably. Hormone balancing, a low glycemic diet and proper exercise will decrease fat and increase muscle mass in both men and women.

Bone Density (osteoporosis and osteopenia)

Both men and women experience bone loss (osteoporosis and osteopenia) as they age. Top factors contributing to the disease are low estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels. That’s why drugs that treat osteoporosis may offer minimal help and don’t solve the root of the problem. Resistance training is also key to building up bone mass.

Libido

Loss of sex drive is a by-product of diminishing hormone levels for menopausal men and women. Sexual stimulation and erection begin in the brain. Neuronal testosterone-receptor sites ignite a surge of biochemical events, involving nerves, blood vessels and muscles. Free testosterone promotes sexual desire and facilitates both sensation and performance in men and women.

Cognitive Function

As with Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, cognitive function, as you age, is largely related to the health of your entire body including your hormones. Therefore, without proper nutrition, exercise and hormone balancing, the brain will suffer.

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*Individual results may vary