Do you relate to any of the following:
If you answered “yes” to any, or all of these questions, there’s a good chance that you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.
Most people see these questions and answer “yeah but that’s normal” or “that’s just part of life” but guess what, it’s not! Feeling anything less than your best isn’t normal and most people never even consider that there might be something off in their body because these feelings are so common that we believe it’s normal.
Adrenal fatigue isn’t “normal”, but it is one of the most common problems that the adult population in the U.S. suffers from silently, unknowingly. Adrenal Fatigue is a form of adrenal gland dysfunction caused by the body’s inability to keep up its response to chronic stress in daily life.
To understand Adrenal Fatigue, you must first understand the normal function of the adrenal glands.
The Adrenal glands are responsible for producing certain hormones that maintain and regulate different body functions, including the evolutionary “fight-or-flight” response that has kept humans alive for thousands of years.
When the body is exposed to a situation perceived as stressful, it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce and release more Cortisol and Adrenaline. These hormones cause changes in the body in an attempt to prepare for survival.
Adrenaline increases heart rate, elevates blood pressure, and boosts energy supplied to the body.
Cortisol increases blood sugar levels, sharpens brain function and reflexes, and reduces body functions that it deems nonessential or harmful to survival, including the Immune System, Digestive System, and Reproductive System. This hormone also communicates with regions of the brain that control mood, motivation, and fear to alter rational thought process and decision-making and impair declarative memory.
Have you ever been in a really stressful or scary situation, and then afterwards when you try to tell the story of what happened to a friend you suddenly can’t remember certain details? That’s the result of Cortisol’s effect on your declarative memory during the situation.
So all of this so far sounds great right? Our bodies have developed this evolutionary response that has kept the human species alive throughout the centuries so that we are all here today, that’s amazing! But we don’t live in caves and fight to survive each day anymore. Our stress comes from everyday life, and often hits us constantly throughout the day.
Adrenal Fatigue is the result of overworked adrenal glands trying to keep up with the chronic stress many adults experience every day. Just like any other organ or muscle in the body, the adrenal glands can get tired.
You overwork a muscle? You get a tired and sore muscle.
You overwork your brain? You get exhausted and feel mentally drained.
You overwork your lungs? You get out of breath.
So what happens when you live with chronic stress and try to push through every day and ignore the stress? Your adrenal glands work twice as hard to produce and release hormones into the body in an attempt to “survive” what it feels is a stressful situation. Eventually they can’t keep up their production of these hormones to meet the body’s needs, they become fatigued and unable to produce even normal amounts of these hormones required to maintain balance during non-stressful times.
Everyone has a different perspective regarding what is important, stressful, enjoyable, etc. Something that may be a stress trigger to one person might be enjoyable to another, that’s why there is no definitive cause that all people experience adrenal fatigue. But years of research has been able to determine quite a few common factors or situations that people with adrenal fatigue recognize as their stress triggers.
Common causes of Adrenal Fatigue include:
The hormonal imbalance in the body results in a variety of symptoms that can become increasingly severe the longer the imbalance occurs. Unfortunately many of these symptoms are misdiagnosed by medical providers that are not experienced in hormonal imbalances and often treat specific symptoms their patient is suffering from, instead of treating the underlying condition that is causing the symptoms to begin with.
Common symptoms may include:
Adrenal fatigue can be categorized into 4 stages based on what symptoms a person is experiencing and how severe those symptoms are. Treatment and recovery from Adrenal Fatigue can vary based on the stage of symptoms a person is experiencing.
There are many easy ways to manage and reduce stress to help prevent your adrenal glands from becoming overworked and fatigued.
These steps are also essential in recovering from this condition and giving your adrenal glands what they need to heal from the damage caused by overexertion. This functional style of treatment works to repair the underlying cause of the symptoms someone may be experiencing rather than just prescribing medications designed to mask those symptoms without treating the cause.
Adrenal Fatigue is commonly misdiagnosed since its characteristic symptoms closely relate to other conditions, so it is important to find a medical provider experienced in hormonal imbalances and adrenal gland function to receive treatment geared towards healing the adrenal glands and reducing the chances of experiencing symptoms in the future.
If you are experiencing symptoms that you think could be related to Adrenal Fatigue, or if you need help recovering from Adrenal Fatigue, give us a call at 352-512-9996 or schedule your free hormone screening here so we can help you start your journey towards optimal health and wellness.
Written by: Bailey
There’s a new weight loss medication on the market and it has become a key component in weight loss for celebrities, influencers, and socialites. This new medication is called Semaglutide, commonly sold under the brand name of Ozempic or Wegovy. Semaglutide is an FDA-approved prescription medication originally used for treatment of diabetes and obesity, until it was noticed how well it worked to reduce weight in its users.
Since then, it has quickly become one of the most desirable weight loss medications used in conjunction with diet and lifestyle changes. It is rumored that Kim Kardashian used Semaglutide to assist her during her 3 week transformation to lose 16lbs and fit into the famous Marilyn Monroe dress at the Met Gala. Elon Musk took to Twitter to credit his new “fit, ripped, and healthy look” to a combination of “fasting and Wegovy”.
Semaglutide is a type of medication known as a GLP-1 receptor agonist. This means that it mimics the same biological responses of the naturally occurring hormone GLP-1.
This hormone is responsible for multiple reactions in the body, including:
The result of these reactions makes a person feel full for longer periods of time and reduces cravings for certain foods like sugary or salty snacks, essentially working as a stimulant–free appetite suppressant.
When combined with a low calorie and low carb diet and increased exercise, it can speed up and assist weight loss. One study showed that over a 68 week period of time, participants who received once weekly injections of Semaglutide experienced an increased loss of 15% to 20% from their starting weight, compared to only 5% loss in participants who weren’t receiving injections.
After learning about the way Semaglutide works in the body and how much it increases weight loss, it’s completely reasonable to wonder if this medication is safe or without any negative side effects. Just like any other medication, there are potential side effects that may be experienced initially but Semaglutide is safe for most people.
It is not uncommon for patients starting on a new dose to experience some minor side effects such as:
This is completely normal and should not be alarming to patients, it’s just how the body initially reacts to the changes in digestive hormone release. To reduce the severity of these pesky symptoms, we have anti-nausea medications available to patients and we follow a Dose Escalation protocol.
We start all patients on a low dose (0.5mg) for the first two weeks in order to slowly introduce the medication into the body. As the body adjusts, we can increase the dose if needed since everyone’s bodies react differently to medications, allowing us to find the perfect dose needed for each individual patient.
Before starting on Semaglutide, patients are screened by one of our clinical staff members to ensure that it is completely safe for them to receive it and to answer any questions a patient may have. Just like any other prescription medication, patients are regularly monitored by our clinical staff to ensure they are experiencing the desired weight loss results safely and efficiently.
Most of our weight loss patients start to notice the weight loss effects of Semaglutide within their first week, averaging a loss of 5-8lbs within those first 7 days. We have even had patients on our 12 week program lose up to 60lbs using Semaglutide, though results may vary person to person.
We start all patients on a low dose (0.5mg) for the first two weeks in order to slowly introduce the medication into the body. As the body adjusts, we can increase the dose if needed since everyone’s bodies are different and react differently. This process is called Dose Escalation, it is designed to help reduce the severity of potential side effects from stronger doses and gives patients the ability to find the perfect dose for them.
The biggest factors affecting how much and how fast a person will lose weight on Semaglutide are their eating and exercise habits. This medication works best for weight loss when combined with a low calorie and low carbohydrate diet with regular exercise, that is why we require all patients receiving Semaglutide to be on our medically supervised weight loss program. Our certified weight loss coaches guide you every step of the way, to not only reach your weight loss goals, but also to provide education and tips to help you create healthy habits and lifestyle changes to maintain that goal weight long after you stop Semaglutide and our program.
In 2021 the STEP 1 study on Semaglutide for weight loss was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This 68 week clinical trial involved 1,961 participants split into two groups, Semaglutide plus lifestyle intervention and placebo with lifestyle intervention only. The results of this study showed that the Semaglutide group lost an average of 14.9% from their starting weight, whereas the placebo group lost an average of 2.4% from their starting weight. Some of the participants in the Semaglutide group even lost upwards of 20% from their starting weight!
We have seen huge success with Semaglutide in patients on our weight loss program. We have had patients lose anywhere between 30lbs and 60lbs in 12-16 weeks with this medication. It’s important to note that although this medication played a role in these patients’ amazing weight loss results, it was not the sole reason for it. These incredible weight loss results are proof of the commitment and hard work that these patients put into changing their lives. Just like any other weight loss medication, Semaglutide is used as an aid to a weight loss program, not as an alternative to healthy eating and exercise habits. Patients who commit to the lifestyle change are the ones losing the most weight on Semaglutide.
There is no definitive answer to the question of how much weight can be lost with Semaglutide. Everyone’s bodies are different and lose weight at different rates, individual amount of weight lost will depend on that person’s level of commitment to the program, but clinical research and our patients’ experiences are evidence of Semaglutide’s impressive ability to enhance weight loss results that could be otherwise unachievable with diet and exercise alone.
So now that you’ve got the skinny on this powerful new weight loss medication, are you ready to get started? Call us at 352-512-9996 or click here to schedule your free consultation with a weight loss coach to get started!
Written by: Bailey
Since the Affordable Cares Act, casually referred to as Obamacare, passed in 2010 it seems that the topic of health insurance has become more popular in day-to-day conversation. With the rise of health care prices in the United States in the past decade, more and more people are suffering from inadequate medical treatment or avoiding seeking medical treatment at all. In 2017 The Commonwealth Fund released a research report on health care costs from 11 different countries. According to their data analysis the United States had the most expensive health care system in the world and ranked the lowest of the 11 countries for quality of care, access to care, and health outcomes. Part of this study involved a survey given to American citizens in regards to their health care and to no surprise ⅓ responded saying that they either didn’t take a prescribed medication, seek medical attention when sick or injured, or receive recommended care because it was too expensive.
So who is to blame for this? Most people’s first response is typically to blame doctors and medical providers for charging too much, but that is not the case. The hidden reality is that private and government insurance companies run the show, not medical providers, and certainly not patients in need of help. Commercial insurance companies have been turning health care into a profitable business since the 1950s by controlling both sides, selling insurance to patients to help pay for their medical care, while at the same time offering medical providers more money in reimbursement if they follow certain regulations.
Insurance companies are masters at marketing their financial assistance to potential patients. They offer these enticing benefits and financial assistance to patients and then set requirements about where these benefits can be used. At the same time they are marketing to different hospitals and private practices, showing how they will receive financial reimbursements and be able to treat more patients if they sign a contract with them to become an “in-network provider”.
So far this sounds great for everyone, so why is the quality of care for patients declining and the cost of insurance rising? Insurance companies create a fee schedule that outlines reimbursement rates and treatment requirements for in-network providers and as they alter the providers’ reimbursement rates and treatment requirements, the providers must adjust their treatments accordingly.
Some of the most common complaints about doctors or medical providers are that patients wait for an excessive amount of time to see their provider and when they finally enter the patient’s room they don’t appear to be truly listening to the patient or make eye contact with them while they are talking. Then they speed through explaining their treatment plan to the patient and then leave the room, not to be seen again by the patient. It feels as if they just waited hours for 15 minutes with their provider. This is not always the provider’s fault!
At this point you may be thinking to yourself “but what about the Affordable Cares Act? I thought that was supposed to fix the problems of our health care system!” Since it was signed into action in 2010 it has absolutely helped people receive health insurance who wouldn’t normally qualify for coverage by commercial insurance companies due to medical conditions or predispositions for illnesses or diseases. Insurance companies have been forced to accept “high risk” patients, often referred to as “expensive” patients by insurance companies. To supplement these extra expenses that they have to pay for these “high risk” patients, insurance companies raise the price of other clients’ plan deductibles and copay rates.
In recent years, more and more private practices are opting out of signing contracts with insurance companies. These Cash Only practices, also known as Cash-Pay practices, are maintaining their freedom to treat patients their way. Cash Only is a blanket term, simply meaning that patients pay out of pocket at the time of service. Most Cash Only providers accept multiple forms of payment, including cash, credit, debit, and HSA or FSA. Some even accept healthcare credit cards like CareCredit.
The key benefit here is that there is no third-party payer (insurance companies) involved to complicate a patient’s quality of care or a provider’s ability to treat their patient. Cash Only providers have complete freedom in: how much time they spend with their patients, the number of patients they see each day, how they want to treat their patients, and the rate they charge for their services. They have the freedom to do what they went to years of medical school for and are truly passionate about: caring for people and improving every patient’s life.
Just because Cash Only providers don’t accept insurance as a form of payment doesn’t mean you can’t use your insurance at all. There is a document called a Superbill that you can submit to your insurance company to potentially be partially or fully reimbursed for services you received at a Cash Only practice. If you are tech savvy there are online softwares that can be used to create a Superbill to send in to your insurance. Some Cash Only providers even offer the service to create the Superbill for you, so you can skip the hassle of doing it yourself.
Recharge Clinic offers this service to our patients, collecting all required information to create a detailed invoice, including information regarding the date and type of service provided, procedure and diagnostic codes, and the price of each service paid for by the patient. Once submitted, the amount of money reimbursed to the patient solely depends on the type of coverage they have through their insurance. Since Recharge Clinic has opted out of Medicare to avoid government regulations for treatment options and patient care, patients will receive no reimbursement for any services received if they try to submit a Superbill to their Medicare insurance payer.
If you’re willing to take the time to submit a Superbill, then you can receive all of the benefits that a Cash Only provider has to offer and still have the potential to put that price insurance premium that you pay each month to good use; including fast and convenient blood draws and lab work, appointments with a provider that has the time and freedom to care for you and your health goals, and the power to take care of your medical care.
Make the switch today to a Cash Only practice like Recharge Clinic for better health care! Regardless of your health insurance coverage status, seeing a Cash Only provider is the best decision you can make if you want to: build a trusting relationship with your medical care provider, address and treat the root causes of your concerns, and receive innovative and impactful treatments to achieve your lifelong health and wellness goals.
In the U.S., new innovations in the medical field are opening the door for new forms of treatment for patients. Doctors are opting for more holistic medicines and patients are taking charge of their health, being more involved than ever before. One of the new approaches to treating patients is Functional Medicine. It is a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of a disease or condition rather than focusing on solely treating the symptoms a patient may be experiencing.
The goal is to treat the root cause of a medical condition to have lasting health benefits beyond the scope of symptom suppression. Functional medicine practitioners focus on individualized treatment approaches that are patient-specific rather than disease-specific. Using low risk treatments rooted in nutritional science, cellular functions, and biology, functional medicine works to modify molecular and cellular body functions to reverse and prevent the development of medical conditions.
Imagine going to your doctor and presenting them with the symptoms you are experiencing. They gather the information you give them then make a treatment plan to reduce those symptoms. They may request certain blood tests to ensure all your levels fall within the “normal” range and prescribe medications accordingly. Great, you will hopefully experience reduced symptoms and be able to return to normal life. But wouldn’t it feel even better to receive a diagnosis and a treatment plan that will focus on resolving the condition, reducing the need to take multiple medications for the rest of your life, and ultimately improving your health and wellbeing.
Functional medicine also allows for more personal patient-clinician relationships, offers patients education on their condition and how the human body functions, and empowers patients by giving them the tools to improve their health.
Optimizing the body’s normal functions can treat complex and multifaceted health issues, including:
Every individual is different genetically and biochemically. All of our bodies have different requirements and needs in order to function optimally. By focusing on each patient’s individual characteristics, practitioners are able to find ways for the body’s normal healing mechanisms to resolve the problem.
Practitioners have extensive evaluations with their patients, gathering information about:
They also review in-depth lab results to look for correlations between the physical symptoms and possible concerns on the lab results. Practitioners avoid looking at certain lab results and seeing the “normal” range because they know that every body has different requirements and being in the “normal” range doesn’t mean it’s enough to fuel their body optimally.
Practitioners encourage patients to take an active role in their health and their treatment. The body is capable of healing itself and preventing many diseases of aging when it is properly cared for and fueled to function optimally. Practitioners use a multifaceted approach to treat conditions and educate patients on their body and its different functions, explaining the importance of the different parts of their treatment, so their chances of successful treatment, as well as a healthy life, are improved.
The functional medicine model is a patient-specific treatment approach that uses proven scientific methods to empower patients to take part in their health care, while working closely with their practitioner to resolve the underlying causes of their symptoms to work towards the goal of optimal health and wellness. If this sounds like something you are interested in, schedule your free consultation here or call 352-512-9996 to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best.
Created by: Bailey