Category Archives: Weight Loss

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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It’s hard enough to be a thyroid patient without realizing that some doctors out there are very misinformed when it comes to thyroid disease. Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders in providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as high […]

How Hypothyroidism Affects the Entire Body

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The thyroid is integral to health and affects nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees many other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that can appear nearly anywhere in the body. The deep interconnectivity of the body means that the areas directly affected by poor thyroid function can reverberate and damage other, seemingly unrelated areas. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease that, like other thyroid conditions, can cause systemic disruption. Understanding thyroid dysfunction and its significant impact on nearly all the body’s systems can lead to improved diagnosis, treatment, and wellness. What is Hypothyroidism? The thyroid is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones that influence systems throughout the body. It is estimated that thyroid disease affects over 20 […]

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

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Summer is an exciting season that gives us the opportunity to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. One of the finest ways to experience summer is by enjoying the bounty of tasty fruits, vegetables, and refreshing treats that come with it. Perhaps the greatest part of doing so is that many summer foods provide notable health benefits. Get the most out of your summer and support your wellness by enjoying these 10 healthy summer foods. *Everyone’s dietary needs are different, and some foods discussed below may not be suitable for each person. If there are any concerns regarding the effect of specific items on your health, be sure to speak with your doctor. 1. Corn In America, corn is perhaps the quintessential summer vegetable. And for good reason! Summer corn is not only sweet and delicious, but it also contains beneficial antioxidants. Studies show that lutein and […]

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Men?

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Hormones are a critical component of healthy bodily function. Sadly, hormone deficiency is an increasingly common problem among men in the United States. Without an adequate supply of various hormones, the body can easily malfunction and develop serious disorders and dysfunctions. Fortunately, men may resolve hormone deficiency and its associated symptoms by utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Are Men at Risk of Hormone Issues? Hormones play a critical role in many areas of male wellness including metabolism, neurological function, and physical ability. Because of their broad influence, hormone deficiency can cause numerous symptoms such as fatigue, inability to lose weight, loss of muscle, lack of motivation, changes in mood, low libido, and more. Fortunately, BHRT offers an effective method for treating hormonal issues that detract from men’s health. The Significant Need for BHRT There are many reasons men may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Optimizing your hormones can improve […]

What is NAD+ and How Can I Benefit from NAD IV Therapy?

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As we age, our bodies begin to slow down physically and mentally. Although there are several factors involved in this decline, recent research suggests that diminishing values of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) may contribute greatly to common symptoms of aging. Fortunately, studies suggest that by supplementing with NAD you may be able to slow the onset of or reverse various age-related issues. Read on to learn more about this impressive substance, the issues it addresses, and the most effective method of supplementation. The Important and Varied Functions of NAD Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or simply NAD, is a naturally occurring coenzyme of vitamin B3 found in every cell in the body. The primary role of NAD is maintaining DNA integrity and reversing cell damage. However, it also has several other functions. NAD is involved in numerous processes that are essential for maintaining a wide array of bodily functions. For example, NAD […]

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

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Have you tried everything to lose weight? Maybe you’ve tried the latest and greatest diet or fat-melting workout. Maybe you have tried weight loss supplements or prescription medications but you are not seeing the results you want. Sound familiar? In this video, Dr. Kent Holtorf discusses the common underlying causes of weight gain and weight retention. Here at Holtorf Medical Group, we identify the underlying causes of the inability to lose weight, including hormonal deficiencies, thyroid imbalance, leptin resistance, insulin resistance, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic insufficiency, set-point abnormalities, and vitamin deficiencies. We have a wide range of methods to treat these conditions, ultimately leading to weight loss. Diet and exercise are rarely successful for long-term weight loss if such metabolic disturbances are left untreated. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, but just can’t lose the weight, give us a call at 877-508-1177 to discover how we can help you!

5 Weight Loss Tips for Thyroid Patients

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Eating less and exercising more is often not enough to achieve weight loss goals in those with a sluggish thyroid – and can actually be counterproductive! There are many reasons why thyroid disease complicates weight loss efforts. Read on to learn more and to find out five things thyroid patients must address if they want to succeed at achieving a healthy weight and feeling their best. 1. Adequate Thyroid Testing & Treatment A sluggish thyroid means a slow metabolism. A crucial part of regulating metabolism and in turn shedding those extra pounds is to get the right thyroid testing and treatment. A properly working thyroid is dependent not only on enough thyroid hormones being produced, but also on inactive thyroid hormone (T4) being converted to active thyroid hormone (T3). It is also dependent on these hormones getting from the blood into the cells, where they can be used by the […]

Hormones and Weight: Why You’re Not Losing Weight and What You Can Do About It

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Maintaining a healthy weight is a major component of wellness. Unfortunately, poor weight management is a common issue for many in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, the prevalence of obesity in the United States between the years 2015 and 2016 was near 40%. Although there are many factors regarding an individual’s weight, a significant and often overlooked aspect is hormone balance.  Hormones relay information throughout the body and influence numerous functions including weight regulation. It has been found that those suffering from hormonal malfunctions or imbalances are more likely to have issues with weight. Without identifying and resolving an existing imbalance, such weight problems are likely to remain. Because of this, understanding the influence of hormones on weight and employing methods to restore hormone balance may be the key to achieving dropping unhealthy pounds. Hormonal Influencers on Weight Regulation Many different hormones play a role […]

How Your Diet Can Ruin Your Metabolism and Cause Weight Gain (+ How You Can Fix It)

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Many are familiar with the struggles of losing weight. All too often we experience the temporary elation of weight loss followed by an almost immediate return of the pounds we worked so hard to remove. Another common experience you may be painfully familiar with is simply being unable to lose weight no matter how many calories you cut or how much exercise you do on a weekly basis. These situations are incredibly frustrating and share a common weight lose inhibitor; low metabolism. Our metabolism is responsible for burning calories and giving us the energy we need to get through the day, which has powerful influence over our weight. Unfortunately, many of us have unwittingly done significant damage to our metabolisms by following diet trends pushed by our society and in some cases our doctors.  Severely reducing your caloric intake, yo-yo dieting, or chronically dieting all have a major negative impact […]

Are You Leptin Resistant? Here’s How To Know + What To Do About It

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In the United States there are few health issues quite as common as obesity. With nearly 40 percent of American adults being obese the severity of the issue is apparent. There are many factors that contribute to obesity including poor diet, chronic conditions, and lifestyle issues such as elevated stress and lack of sleep. However, hormonal dysfunction, particularly relating to leptin, is an exceptionally common and influential element of unhealthy weight regulation. Learning of leptin’s influence on weight and understanding how to best support its function is a key component of resolving obesity at both the individual and broader societal level. Leptin and Leptin Resistance Leptin is a hormone that informs the body when it should be storing or burning fat. As the body acquires fat the amount of leptin circulating in the bloodstream increases. Unsurprisingly, many obese individuals suffer from increased leptin levels due to the excess fat that […]

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight

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Originally Posted September 2016Updated January 2020 Food is indeed a powerful medicine. You’re ingesting it a few times a day. It contains numerous nutrients, which our body processes and uses as fuel.  It has the power to heal, but also to sicken you if it’s not right for your unique metabolism, or it’s processed and toxic. How to Eat Healthy There are some basic rules you can implement to aim for healthier eating habits and a healthy weight. Oils and Fats Dietary fat is not a major determinant of body fat. Foods rich in fat (the right type of fat!) will help you feel satiated, and they won’t trigger the insulin high and crash that most processed carbs (like bakery goods and breads) do. Without insulin highs and lows, your blood sugar will be more stable and your body can access the fuel it’s storing in your fat cells. Consuming healthy fats instead of […]

Jump Start Weight Loss with These Tips

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Originally Posted April 2016Updated January 2020 Many people struggle with weight loss because they do not recognize or are unaware of the factors working against them. Pseudoscientific therapies, physiological stressors, and bodily dysfunction are just some of the most common barriers to weight loss. Fortunately, it may be possible to overcome these troubles by learning more about them and taking the appropriate steps to avoid or resolve them. In this article we will touch on a handful of weight-influencing factors that if improved, can notably boost your weight loss efforts. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Therapy Most miracle therapies that claim to provide quick and easy weight loss are shams. However, there are some approaches that have a well-documented history of success and safety. One example being Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) therapy.  For over 60 years hCG has been safely used to enhance and accelerate weight loss. HCG is a naturally occurring hormone […]