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  • Fitness

    Consistent exercise can increase metabolic rates, lower heart disease risk and improve body composition, endurance, flexibility, core strength and posture.

  • Nutrition

    The diet most synergistic with hormone therapy is high in nutrient-dense foods and low in refined, overly processed foods, fats and simple carbohydrates.

  • Nutrient Supplementation

    Nutraceuticals can optimize micronutrient deficiencies and aid disease prevention.

  • Men

    Learn about hormones in the male body.

  • Hormones

    Women

    Learn about hormones in the female body.

Fitness

One of the pillars of long term health and well being is vigorous, effective exercise. Studies have proven over and over again the beneficial effects of exercise on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone health, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and overall sense of well being.

However, not all exercise is effective exercise. Many people put in hours at the gym with minimal results, or reaching plateaus in their training. Aging makes it even harder to get results from exercise.

At Cenegenics, we specialize in putting together a program of exercise that gets results. And it doesn’t means hours at the gym. We focus on exercise that helps your body improve it’s hormonal, biochemical and physiologic balance so that your body is improving even after the exercise is done.

Depending on your goals, we customize an approach that will help you lose weight, get lean, build muscle, or train for an event or sport.

  • Resistance or Weight Training
    Resistance training is not just for body sculpting. Strong muscles lead to strong bones and better functional capacity, allowing you to enjoy freedom of movement in your life. Muscles improve hormonal balance and insulin sensitivity, reducing your risk of diabetes and poor sugar control.
  • Cardiovascular Exercise Training
    Good cardiovascular training will increase your functional capacity, reduce blood pressure, build muscle and improve your overall well being. It’s not as simple as getting in your fat-burning zone for 30-60 minutes three or four times a week. Most patients will actually do less “cardio” on our program.
  • Flexibility Training
    Often underestimated, focusing on a few key areas for your flexibility will pay off greatly when it comes to your functional status as you get older. We analyze your strong and weak areas and help you focus on core strength and flexibility.

 

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Nutrition

Nutrition isn’t about a single “perfect” diet. Our nutritional program is shaped by a patient’s individual needs. Every nutri-therapy and eating program varies from individual-to-individual, based on results of the Elite Health Evaluation.

The diet most synergistic with optimal health is consistent with our Paleolithic-era ancestors: high in nutrient-dense foods (fruits, vegetables, lean meats and essential fats) and low in refined, overly processed foods, fats, and simple carbohydrates. For tens of thousands of years, the human diet was simple: We ate what grew from the ground, fell from the trees, ran across our path, or swam the waters. Our digestive system’s adaptation to grains and dairy products took thousands more years.

Today, additives, chemically altered fat (trans-fats), preservatives, colorings, and high sugar content dominate modern diets. Government research in 2002 shows American sugar consumption averaged 170 pounds per person annually. That’s a far cry from our hunter-gatherer days. No wonder heart attacks, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancer, hypertension and gastrointestinal disorders are escalating. In addition, studies suggest a middle-age bulge may do even more harm, upping the increase for Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.

The goals of the Cenegenics® food plan are simple.

1. Maximize results of your hormone therapy program. Your personalized food program will be designed to keep blood sugar and insulin levels low.
2. Prevent illness. Toxins lead to diminished health, from the overuse of antibiotics and chemicals to dietary “poisons” and empty calories, such as saturated fats and trans fats, refined flour, sugars, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners.
3. Revamp your diet to include nutrient-dense foods and removing chemicals can reclaim better health. Appetizing phytonutrients (such as carotenoids, flavonoids, isoflavones, lignans, omega-3 fatty acids) can promote age management and help fight cancer.
4. Boost your body’s immune function. The immune system is nothing short of miraculous. With proper nutrients, it fends off colds, bacteria, viruses and even cancer without your knowing.

Your personalized food plan will center on eating a diet high in phytonutrients (natural disease resisters), essential fats (basic building blocks needed by every living cell and for prostaglandin production), lean protein (critical for growth and energy, hormone, antibody, enzyme and tissue production plus acid-alkali balance), and fiber (helpful in lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar levels and preventing obesity, constipation, colon cancer and hemorrhoids). All of these are addressed during your Elite Health Evaluation.

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Nutrient Supplementation

By now, most people have heard of the beneficial effects of Fish Oil and Vitamin D. We’ve been recommending nutrient supplementation since we started. You see, even with a great diet, it’s still hard to get enough of the vitamins and minerals the body needs at a cellular level. Our food supply just isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. Couple that with the increased stress, pesticides, heavy metals, and other inflammatory insults that our bodies must endure, and we find that we just don’t have enough of the raw ingredients to perform at our best. Sure, we’ll get by without a nutrient deficiency. But that’s not the same as having a healthy supply of micronutrients so that your body can perform at it’s best.

Let’s take the example of Vitamin D. At the lower levels, it does it’s basic job of maintaining bone health and preventing diseases like Rickett’s. But when Vitamin D levels are optimized, it boosts the immune system and helps DNA repair itself correctly, helping to fight illness and prevent cancer.

Nutrients such as selenium, B-vitamins, Vitamins A, C, E, Coenzyme Q10, chromium, alpha-lipoic acid, glutathione, phosphytidyle serine, zinc, and a whole host of others allow your body to perform vital functions in all of your organs.

Getting as many nutrients from great food is always recommended, because in its natural state, the vitamins and minerals absorb the best (and who knows about all the nutrients in food that we don’t yet know about!). Today, it’s nearly impossible to get optimum amounts from food. Supplementation is necessary for your body to be its best. Based on your unique needs and symptoms, we recommend the nutrients and supplements that will help you body achieve health and wellness.

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Hormones for Men

Medicine is just starting to realize that men undergo andropause, just as women undergo menopause. Men have a complex array of sexual, metabolic and stress hormones. These must be in good balance for a man to be his best.

Beginning around the age of 30, a man’s testosterone begins to decline. It is estimated to drop between 1% to 3% per year. With such a slow slide, it’s not always evident on a year-over-year basis. Usually, my patients will notice that they just don’t feel the same as they did a couple of years ago. They’re having trouble losing weight, it takes longer to recover from workouts, they’re energy levels are low, libido isn’t the same, focus at work is off. By correcting sub-optimal levels of testosterone, my patients return to the picture of health they once were.

Of course, it’s not as simple as just testosterone replacement. Testosterone has downstream metabolites that must be monitored. There are other hormones, such as cortisol, insulin, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and growth hormone that must be monitored an corrected.

Cenegenics works because we address the entire hormonal profile and safely balance it to optimum levels.

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Hormones for Women

To the detriment of many women, hormone replacement therapy has been dumbed down to ineffective and potentially dangerous replacement therapy. It’s easy to see why. Women’s hormones fluctuate on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, and there is a much more nuanced balance that must be achieved. This requires the use of bio-identical hormones that are adjusted individually. In a traditional medical practice, there’s really only time to pick an off-the-shelf, non-bioidentical pill and have you take it indefinitely.

There is a fluctuating balance of estrogen and progesterone that starts to change as women age. Too often, I see women put on anti-depressants when they turn 40 when the real cause of  “not feeling right” is due to a hormonal shift. Just correcting this shift gets women feeling like themselves again.

Other hormones that are important for women are testosterone, cortisol (and adrenal fatigue), DHEA, thyroid, and growth hormone. Getting the balance just right is important for cardiovascular health, bone health, muscular health, uterine and breast health, and overall well being. Symptoms women experience are:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular concerns
  • Decreased energy
  • Lack of skin elasticity
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Decreased Libido
  • Cognitive concerns
  • Aches, pains and stiffness
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Poor sleep
  • Concerns about memory
  • Skin wrinkling

The good news is that taking a thoughtful approach to hormonal balance, most women achieve great vitality and health.

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