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Benefits of Ashwagandha: Weight Loss, Thyroid, Adrenal Function & More

Can this 4,000 year old adaptogenic herb really help with weight loss, hypothyroidism, adrenal problems and low sex drive?

I'm going to make the case (through a combination of scientific studies and personal experience) that Aswhagandha can/may help you with these stubborn conditions. 

If you've been considering the use of Ashwagandha for any of these conditions please read this entire post which will outline not only what conditions this adaptogen will treat, but also how to properly take it and for what length of time. 

​Let's start by talking about how Ahswagandha can actually help treat weight loss resistance and who should consider using it...

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9 Surprising Reasons for Low Sex Drive in Women + 6 Tips to Boost Libido

Nowadays low sex drive is more and more common among women. 

I don't need to tell you why it's important to have sex, so it should come as no surprise that many women are concerned when they find their sex drive declining. 

Fortunately there are many reasons why your sex drive may be plummeting. 

The hard part is finding out which one is contributing the most in your body. 

In this article I'm going to go over the most common causes (both obvious and not so obvious) as to why your libido may be decreased. 

In addition we will also talk about how to boost your libido and get back your sex drive. 

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Magnesium Citrate Benefits: From Weight Loss to Better Sleep & More

So you're interesting in using Magnesium Citrate?

Maybe you've heard that Magnesium can help with weight loss, or maybe you found out that your serum levels are low. 

Either way it doesn't matter, because the truth is that Magnesium is critical for optimal health and is involved in a number of metabolic pathways in the body

The deficiency of this critical nutrient may result in a number of negative symptoms.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that replacing this nutrient isn't very difficult.

Below we are going to go over 9 powerful reasons you should consider using magnesium citrate, back by science of course, including how I use this in my practice for maximum benefit. ​

Let's dive in...

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Tirosint vs Levothyroxine: The Case for Switching Thyroid Medication

You've probably heard from other patients that switching from Levothyroxine to Tirosint made all the difference. 

Considering that they are both T4 only thyroid medication, what is the difference between these medications?

Why do some patients have decreased symptoms, lose more weight and feel better on Tirosint but not on Levothyroxine?

Is there a difference between this thyroid medication compared to the others?

It turns out that many patients actually do much better on Tirosint (but not everyone). ​

In this article I am going to discuss who might do better on Tirosint, why most thyroid patients will probably do better on this medication and make a case for switching thyroid medications...

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Testosterone Weight Loss Case Study: 20 # Lost with Testosterone + T3

Testosterone replacement therapy can help men (with low testosterone) build muscle mass, lose weight and feel better overall. 

Does that mean that every man should use testosterone? 

Not really. 

But it does mean that because of the potential benefits, it's worth looking into if you are suffering from any of the symptoms that may be associated with low testosterone. 

In this case study I'm going to walk you through the treatment of a 61 year old patient of mine who was able to lose 20 pounds of fat mass while gaining 20 pounds of muscle mass through proper testosterone replacement therapy. 

You will also find out how to determine if testosterone replacement therapy is worth considering in your case, the symptoms of low testosterone and how to properly and safely replace testosterone if indicated. ​

You can see 3 month before and after pictures of this patient below: ​

Dave before after testosterone chest
dave before after testosterone back
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Thyroid Success Story: Adding T3 to NDT for Weight Loss + Energy

I get some form of this question all the time:

What if I have hypothyroid symptoms but a low TSH? Can I still be hypothyroid?

Or what if I am already on NDT but still feeling symptomatic? What then?​

​The answer to this question is that, yes, you can still be hypothyroid with a "normal" TSH...

And I'm going to use this patient as a perfect example of how it can work and how to treat it. 

This particular patient came to me already on 3 grains of NDT (Naturethroid) with energy levels in the 4-5 out of 10 range and who had recently gained 30 pounds.

Her TSH was suppressed (TSH < 0.05 on initial lab tests), but she was obviously still symptomatic and gaining weight.

If you fall into this category, or you are taking NDT but still symptomatic or you have a suppressed TSH on levothyroxine alone - then this case study should be helpful for you.

Fast forward 3 months after working with me and making some changes and she is now down almost 20 pounds, has lost 3 inches off of her waist, 2 inches off of her hips and 2 inches off of her thighs, and is feeling "much more energetic and alive!".

Dani before after thyroid weight loss

 ​So how did we do it, and what changes did we make? 

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​6 Ways Naltrexone (LDN) Helps with Weight Loss + Who Should use it

Naltrexone, especially in low doses, can actually help the body lose weight in various ways. 

This doesn't mean it's a miracle weight loss medication.

In fact, it's far from it.

And only certain patients should even consider using this medication for weight loss.

I have found that certain patients tend to benefit more than others, especially hypothyroid patients with damaged metabolisms. 

In this article I will go over the various ways that Naltrexone might help to cause weight loss, who should consider using it and how to use it effectively. 

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Thyroid Symptoms in Men + How Low Thyroid Causes Low Testosterone

Much of the conversation on this blog is dedicated to women and what happens when they have hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. 

But what about men?

Do men react the same way? Do they have the same symptoms? Is treatment the same?

It turns out that the answer to each of these questions is ​"No". 

In fact the treatment, diagnosis and management is quite different.

Hypothyroidism in men deserves special attention because of how thyroid hormone interacts with their main sex hormone: testosterone.

In this post we will discuss:​

  • The complete list of thyroid symptoms in men
  • How thyroid hormone lowers testosterone
  • Why men get misdiagnosed more frequently than women
  • The difference in treatment between men and women
  • Basic hormone replacement therapy for thyroid hormone and testosterone

Let's dive in...

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Do Leptin Supplements Work? Which Ones to Use and Which to Avoid

Most Leptin Supplements don't actually work...

Don't worry though, there are still some supplements that can help you lose weight which we will talk about later but just keep that in the back of your mind for now.

Why don't most leptin supplements work?

They almost always target the wrong imbalance.

By the time leptin levels are at an all time high your body has sustained many major hormone imbalances along the way.

Leptin levels don't typically increase until 1 or more of the following imbalances ALREADY exist:

  • Low free T3 or high reverse T3
  • High insulin levels (AKA insulin resistance)
  • Metabolic damage (slow or damaged metabolism)

​By the time these imbalances exist in the body treatment is never as easy as just taking 1 pill or 1 supplement...

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The Best Sublingual B12 Supplement for Energy, Depression & More

Up to 40-50% of the population in the US is deficient in vitamin B12. 

That number gets even worse if you have hypothyroidism (up to 50% of these patients have B12 deficiency). 

It gets even more important when you realize that vitamin B12 is vital for cellular energy production and detoxification systems via the glutathione pathway.

​What you may not realize is that many simple over the counter medications may be blocking your ability to absorb vitamin B12. 

I'm talking about acid blockers, H2 blockers and even non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. ​

Because of this it is very important to understand if you are deficient and to replace your levels if you are. 

There are some nuances to replacement which make sublingual B12 ​and vitamin B12 shots superior to other forms of B12 which we will talk about below: 

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