Is Your Workout Enough?
Regular exercise and staying active has repeatedly been proven to be the most important way to stay healthy.
Yes, it is also important to eat nutrient dense foods including clean protein, healthy fats and plenty of vegetables along with some fruits, seeds and nuts.
While many people do eat well, stay active and exercise they still struggle to achieve the muscle tone desired. Others want to have a healthy lifestyle but get sidetracked from the busyness of life.
If you struggle for results while eating well and exercising, it might help to look at hormonal balance. When hormones are in the optimal range it seems that exercise is easier to do and recover from, and produces the results we are after.
How do hormones matter?
Being an adult can be demanding and stressful. There is work, kids, family and friends, groceries to buy, meals to make and housekeeping and yard work to do. So, by the end of a long day crashing out on the couch starts to seem like it would be a better option than going to do a yoga class or going for a jog or heading to the gym for a workout.
By age 35-45 there is another important thing going on inside our bodies that quietly compounds with life’s responsibilities to make the couch’s appeal even stronger allowing daily exercise to get left behind – hormone decline.
For the first 20 years of our lives, men and women alike make ever increasing levels of hormones. One of the most important hormone precursors is DHEA – dehydroepiandrosterone. DHEA is a naturally occurring prohormone. DHEA is a base building block for all of the sex hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers that give us the drive and desire to be active and exercise. Hormones also are what give us shapely muscle tone that is obviously different for men or women.
DHEA levels by age
The graph above shows DHEA levels over the human lifespan.
Notice how the DHEA levels peak in the late 20’s and begin to decline. This drop in DHEA coincides with the drop in our excitement to exercise when results elude us. Between age 35-45 many people begin to get discouraged that even though they are exercising, they just don’t notice the same benefits in how they look anymore. Could it be a hormonal imbalance?
How to Raise DHEA Levels Naturally
By providing topical DHEA cream on the skin, the largest organ of the body, the levels of DHEA will begin to rise as shown in the chart below.
The advantages of raising DHEA levels are very exciting!
- Better muscle tone
- Increased physical strength
- Helps support normal estrogen and testosterone levels
- Improves sleep
- Improves feelings of well being – you will feel more vital and want to be active
- Supports the adrenal glands which may be weak from stress and/or hypothyroidism
- Benefits for skin health, libido and bone health
- Strengthen immune system
- Support cognitive function
Test Your Hormones – Work with your Doctor and get a Saliva Hormone Test
Saliva hormone testing is very beneficial when supplementing with DHEA or other bioidentical hormones.
Are you ready to experience the benefits?
Bringing DHEA levels up to a beneficial levels will bring needed support. People notice that the benefits they gain from exercise return. Lean shapely muscle tone develops because hormone levels are regained. People also notice that they recover faster after exercising, and don’t suffer from debilitating muscle soreness the next day even after an intense workout.
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