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Understanding the Signs and Symptoms   Most of us are running on stress, caffeine, and minimal sleep. As a result, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and poor digestion seem to have become the new normal.   Many practitioners do not specialize in hormones and can easily overlook these common medical red flags. The goal today is to help you understand the difference between hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue symptoms so you will feel more empowered to test, treat, or refer out as needed.   Common Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms vs. Hypothyroid Symptoms   Thyroid Gland   The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that drapes across the front of your windpipe. It releases thyroid hormone, which controls the growth and metabolism of essentially every part of your body.   Hypothyroidism   Hypothyroidism is a result of the thyroid

Increased intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut, occurs when the barrier between the gut and the bloodstream (mucosal membrane) fails to prevent potentially harmful molecules from entering the bloodstream. These molecules include large fat particles, toxins, and bacteria, which may cause bowel dysfunction and a generalized inflammation in the body, which in turn contributes to chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. Leaky gut is a syndrome or group of symptoms, not a disease.   The Leaky Gut Test   Testing for leaky gut is relatively new. The “lactulose mannitol ratio” test or challenge is also known as the Intestinal Permeability Assessment and is used to uncover disorders characterized by changes in gut permeability.   During the test, you will be asked

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining becomes too permeable, allowing everything from toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles to escape your intestines and enter your bloodstream. These particles were never meant to get through, and when they do it leads to a huge increase in inflammation because your body goes into defense mode to attack the unwanted invaders.   This can cause a whole host of problems, including digestive issues, food sensitivities, headaches, mood imbalances, skin issues, and even autoimmune disease.   In fact, there are 5 characteristics that have been identified as the most common causes of leaky gut.   Inflammatory Foods   Let’s start with the biggest offender – gluten! Whenever you eat a food containing gluten it’s not only highly inflammatory, it

Did your doctor recommend hormone replacement therapy, and you’re wondering if this is right for you? Maybe you have questions about the different types of hormone therapy and need some straight answers. Perhaps you want a natural treatment to fix the problem.   Both men and women come to Integrative Telemedicine for this therapy and are looking for real information. Most find interesting things online, but ultimately end-up being quite confused by everything they have found.   It makes total sense, and you’re not alone. Until you do your research, hormone therapy has been mired in controversy and rumor.   One of the most common reasons women use hormone therapy is for menopause. They may also find themselves with low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, and difficulty

Helping to Feel Better : The Benefits of Peptides & HGH   There is quite a lot of buzz surrounding the benefits of peptides. In skincare, it is an ingredient that dermatologists use to create bioactive peptide-rich formulas, moisturizers, and serums. These peptide products boost your skin’s collagen production and offset the signs of premature aging. In bodybuilding, peptides are used to stimulate the natural growth hormone required to accelerate muscle growth and recovery.   What Are Peptides And Why Should You Care   Peptides are organic protein compounds known as short chains of amino acids that play a pivotal role in creating protein essentials such as collagen, keratin, and elastin. They’re the building blocks of proteins. As stated, the most prominent benefits of peptides for