Did you know women are more prone to thyroid conditions than men? As women age sometimes their thyroid function decreases and this can lead to a myriad of symptoms including hair thinning weight gain, cold hands, and feet, fatigue or low energy, and constipation.
most times only one marker is checked as an overview of the thyroid, this marker is known as TSH aka "thyroid-stimulating hormone" and it is a signal going from your brain to the thyroid located in your neck. TSH tells your thyroid how hard it needs to work to produce thyroid hormone.
Although this test is very important there are many other factors that affect thyroid function. Dr. Rodriguez runs a comprehensive blood thyroid panel to check each essential part of the thyroid.
5 truths about hormones and menstrual cycles
Periods that cause a woman to have to call out from work or stay in bed all day are not normal.
Regular cycles range from 24-35 days but missing a period unexplainably is not normal.
Severe cramping and breast tenderness are signs that there could be some hormone imbalances.
Just because your mom or dad had acne or you have dealt with acne-prone skin your whole life does not mean you have to suffer too.
Having to change your sanitary product more than every 1-2 hours is a sign there could be some hormone imbalance.
These are just some of the symptoms women persevere through everyday and western medicine has made little progress in the way of helping to alleviate these sometimes debilitating symptoms apart from giving oral contraceptives (birth control pills) to synthetically control hormones.
But through specialized laboratory testing, dietary modifications, individualized supplementation, and increased awareness and knowledge of one’s hormones these symptoms can be eliminated and your cycle can be just a reminder of how healthy and capable your body is.
Unless you are one of the few people lucky enough to never experience acne and have naturally flawless skin, then you know what it's like to not feel your 100% best when you are fighting acne outbreaks.
factors that can affect acne
Daily skincare routine and facial products
Sweating, and elimination
Suboptimal nutrient levels
The cause of acne is different for everyone that is why some skincare products work for some people and some don’t. Acne is a way of your skin telling you that something is imbalanced. Sometimes we need to dig deeper than just applying different moisturizers or pimple-zapping-night-time creams. Investigating the root cause of why your skin is eliciting this inflammatory response will help get you lasting results with bright, illuminating skin.
3 weight loss myths
Eating less is the only way to lose weight
It is true that eating in a calorie deficit will theoretically help weight weight loss, but there are other factors that influence the bodies abilities to lose fat. Hormones, thyroid, stress, sleep, and nutrient intake all play a crucial role in metabolism.
The scale has not changed, therefore I have made no progress
Progress is better measured by checking body composition and not by a number on the scale. But sometimes, there are those occasions when people are doing everything right but their body is retaining weight. This is when we need to dig deeper, looking into hormone balances, thyroid function, the nuances of daily diet, and ensure they are not over-exercising (yes that is a real thing).
I must do cardio at least 6 days per week to lose weight
Although cardio is great for heart health and building endurance, doing solely cardio and especially steady-state cardio (such as walking, running, or elliptical) is not the most effective way to lose fat or weight. Adding weight lifting into your exercise routine can help increase metabolism because muscle fibers are torn during weight lifting and repairing those muscles takes extra energy and calories, thus causing an increase in overall metabolism.
Dr Rodriguez's Fat Loss Model
STEP 1 /Investigate any obstacles to optimal metabolism (hormones, thyroid, etc.)
STEP 2 /Focus on mindset - you’re not “on a diet,” eating healthy daily is your diet!
STEP 3 /Build a sustainable, nutrient-rich diet.
STEP 4 /Maximize exercise efficiency.
STEP 5 /Optimize supplement regimen.
STEP 6 / Make it a Lifestyle.
Dr Rodriguez's Fat Loss Tools
Semaglutide (aka Ozempic, WeGovy)
Peptide Therapy (CJC/Ipamorelin, Sermorelin, etc.)
Prolon Fasting Mimicking Diet (with guidance)
Skinny Shots (vitamin injections for metabolism support)
symptoms of peri menopause
Mood swings and Irritability
Vaginal dryness/pain with intercourse
Reduced cognition, memory, and recall
Increased cholesterol levels
Peri-menopause is a transitional time that every woman will go through. Although the most common age for women to experience peri-menopause is 51, some women can experience symptoms starting as early as 35. Although going through peri-menopause is a natural part of the aging process, the negative symptoms that can come along with it do not have to be.
Whether you’re interested in BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) for relieving symptoms, anti-aging and the other health benefits of it or you would like to go about relieving symptoms and optimizing wells it in a different way it is best to speak to a doctor who specializes in hormone balancing.
Dr. Rodriguez works with each one of her patients to build a treatment plan that resonates which their wants, lifestyle and goals. Not only will treatment alleviate symptoms but Dr. Rodriguez focuses on optimizing brain function for longevity, preserving bone health, and supporting heart health (cholesterol and blood pressure).
Initial Consult to Establish Care
Follow Up Consults