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How Hormones Regulate Calcium

The human body contains more than 2.2 pounds of calcium, mostly in the bones. As most people know, calcium is vital for human health. 

In fact, it is such an important mineral that our bodies are designed to use various hormones to ensure adequate calcium levels in both the bloodstream and the bones. 

The hormones responsible for maintaining calcium levels include vitamin D, calcitonin, and parathyroid hormone. 

Specifically, vitamin D enhances absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract; calcitonin stimulates the absorption of calcium into bones; and parathyroid hormone causes calcium to be released by the bones. 

The complex interplay between these three hormones are responsible for ensuring: 

• Adequate calcium absorption

• Integration of calcium into the bones

• Normal serum calcium levels

Parathyroid hormone — which is secreted by the parathyroid glands — increases the concentration of calcium in the bloodstream by releasing calcium from the bones. This process is called “bone resorption.” 

In the kidneys, parathyroid increases reabsorption of calcium. In other words, it decreases calcium excretion in the urine. 

Hyperparathyroidism — an excess of parathyroid hormone — is known to cause both osteopenia and osteoporosis. In treating osteoporosis, it is important to closely monitor parathyroid hormone levels. 

It should be supplemented only when levels are very low. 

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5 Hormones That Mess With You Every Month

Women’s Health and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) teamed up on an exclusive survey that revealed how much women know about their own anatomy. The answer, sadly: Not a whole lot. To help you better understand your nether regions, we created an all-inclusive guide to your private parts in our November 2014 issue. This article is part of that package. 

If, once a month, you turn crazy pants, go on cupcake benders, or QVC-binge at 2 a.m., guess what? You're normal. Ricocheting reproductive hormones can influence your period, fertility, and sex drive—and your mental state and sleep cycle and appetite. Use this advice to keep everything in check.

1. Estrogen
Estradiol, the most potent type, prepares the uterus for conception. Stable levels can boost sex drive and immunity.

Big Impacts: Estrogen sends "grow" signals to your body's every cell, from your breasts to your bones. But too much can lead to severe PMS, fertility woes, even breast cancer. Too little can lead to osteoporosis.

The Balancing Act: Being way too thin can hinder production, while extra fat cells can produce a type of estrogen that messes with estradiol. The key: maintaining a healthy weight. Aim for a BMI between 18.5 and 30.


2. Progesterone
It creates a cushy uterine lining (i.e., an embryo crib) each month. No conception? Levels sink, triggering your period.

Big Impacts: Talk about a love-hate affair: Progesterone has a mild sedative effect that can lead to solid sleep (hence those sounder pre-rag z's). It can also ramp up water retention, gassiness, and constipation...ouch.

The Balancing Act: Since regulating this hormone is critical for baby-making, many wannabe mamas turn to OTC creams. Don't. Studies show they're useless. What may work: meditation, as little as five minutes per day.


3. Testosterone
Not just for guys, the androgen hormone supports regular ovulation and a hearty libido. Rawrr!

Big Impacts: Too-high levels—often associated with PCOS (see page 150)—can cause acne, dandruff, or dark hair in abnormal places. Lacking levels can zap your mojo and overall sense of well-being.

The Balancing Act: Excess testosterone has been closely linked to obesity, so strive for that beneficial BMI. If you're low, zinc-rich foods like hummus may increase levels. (Relax—you'll get an energy lift, not a man-beard.)


4. Prolactin
This one's made in the brain, and its main jobs are to govern egg release and stimulate breast-milk production in new moms.

Big Impacts: Rare sky-high levels can squash your sex drive and bring on menopause-like symptoms. Slightly elevated levels can suppress ovulation. Post-childbirth, normal levels can help you ditch pounds faster.

The Balancing Act: Skimping on sleep can spike stress hormones such as cortisol and prolactin. Score optimal levels by committing to seven to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye every night.


5. FSH/LH
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) readies eggs for prime time; luteinizing hormone (LH) makes them drop.

Big Impacts: Ideal FSH/LH amounts can also contribute to favorable progesterone levels, while spiked FSH has been linked to memory problems, insomnia, and acne.

The Balancing Act: Keep a lid on your booze intake, especially if you're looking to have a baby: More than two drinks per day can throw FSH and LH production out of whack.

 

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How To Make Sex Coffee (Yes, It's A Real Thing!)

 

You already have a morning cup of coffee. Why not make it count?

Wake up your vroom-vroom with this suprisingly simple recipe: a cup of java, maca, cacao, and cinnamon. That's it! These raw foods have been used since ancient times to support your sexdrive and if you're not mixing these bad boys into your daily diet, you're missing out on some seriously sexy benefits.

Here's what each ingredient may do for you:

  • MACA: an Aztec root, usually ground into a powder.  An adaptogen, it supports your body in creating the enzymes it needs to balance hormones and enhance fertility. It's often touted as an aphrodisiac, which can increase libido.
  • CACAO: Raw cacao is a stimulant. It gets your blood pumping and triggers your body to release seratonin, which enhances mood. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published astudy that found women who ate chocolate daily scored slightly higher on the Female Sexual Index, aka the chart that measures female sexual function.
  • CINNAMON: Cinnamon promotes vital energy, keeping your body from that desire-sucking lag that can come after a busy day. 
  • HONEY: Honey may increase stamina, and has been shown to increase virility and fertility
  • COCONUT MILK: Many cultures have used coconut milk to naturally balance hormones and to increase sex drive. Full of healthy fats, coconut milk will give you energy for sex, without a nasty aftercrash. 

This coffee takes all five of these superfoods, and whips them into a gorgeous latte. To make it, you'll need a hand blender, and about five minutes from start to finish. Try making this coffee once a week, especially when you have time to sip slowly and really enjoy your day. You'll get your regular dose of caffeine, plus added boost from the world's most ancient sex-related superfoods. 

HOW TO MAKE SEX COFFEE

Try to make this coffee once or twice a week, when you want the added benefits of superfoods said to support sex drive. It tastes like a delicious, Aztec-spiced drink. If you've ever enjoyed Mexican Hot Chocolate, the flavor is very similar: dark chocolate, cinnamon, and just a touch of sweetness.

Makes 1. 

  • 2/3 cup hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maca

Pour coffee into a medium bowl. Add cacao, coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon. Whip with hand blender until frothy. Add the maca, whip once more, and serve immediately. Enjoy - and happy sexing! 
 

DISCLAIMER: This recipe makes no health-related promises. It simply offers a delicious way to enjoy superfoods said to support a number of health benefits. Consult with your doctor before adding any new or unfamiliar ingredients to your diet, especially if you're on medication. 

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Menopause Myths Debunked!

Menopause Myth #1: Going through menopause is horrible

Perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause can be a time of biochemical chaos in the body as your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels work to establish balance, and  fertility begins to decline and finally ceases altogether. During this period, women can experience things like:

  • Hot flashes 
  • Lowered libido
  • Unusual mood swings or depression
  • Weight that goes on easy and is hard to get rid of
  • Lower energy levels

That may sound ghastly at first, but keep in mind that women rarely experience all of the above. Most experience one or two and they occur gradually over time, at varying degrees of inconvenience. In fact, only about 40% of women say they experienced significant symptoms of menopause, and most of them only experienced symptoms for a brief span of time. That means the majority of women never have anything more than mild symptoms.

Menopause Myth #2: Menopause symptoms never stop

It is very rare that menopause symptoms don't disappear or significantly retreat once menopause has been reached. While most of those hot flashes occur very sporadically. If your doctor has determined you have reached menopause (when you have ceased menstruating for 12 months in a row) and you are still experiencing menopause symptoms, it is a sign that your hormones are out of balance. Have them tested by using MedAmiLabs today to find out a treatment option.

Menopause Myth #3: Menopause means the end of your sex life

The hormone shifts that occur during menopause can cause a decrease in your natural lubrication and a thinning of the vaginal tissues. However, this is rarely enough to ruin a woman's sex life. And, in fact, many women report that their post-menopausal sex life is better than ever because they no longer need birth control, they are more comfortable with their bodies, financial worries and other stresses have diminished and the kids are out of the house (or will be soon!), which means you are no longer worried about privacy. Most of the post-menopausal changes that affect libido, or your physical comfort, can be addressed using over-the-counter lubricants, position changes or mild natural hormone therapy.

Don't fall prey to scary menopause myths. Instead, talk openly and honestly with a trusted healthcare professional regarding your fears, symptoms and concerns. Better yet, consult with our office and use accurate hormone testing to determine whether or not you would benefit from the bioidentical hormone therapy that can stop those dreaded hot flashes after menopause.

The more educated and informed you are, the more empowered you will be to embrace this new phase in your life.

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