The work I do with my private clients is a little like solving a math problem.
Instead of “reading the problem”, I get a comprehensive history on each client to understand the context of their current health and future wellness goals. And while I don’t “identify the variables”, I do identify specific markers they are deficient or imbalanced in based on the specialized lab work I request.
Just like in math class, we come up with a solvable “equation”, or plan of action.
And just like in math class, we solve that equation one step at a time, and in a very specific order.
If you remember PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), you remember that it literally tells you the order of operations, or the order in which the various operations must be performed in order to get the correct answer.
Well, fixing chronic health issues is exactly the same.
There is a very specific sequence that I take my clients through, and it’s all in order to bring their bodies back in balance.
If we go out of order, that is to say if we perform one of the downstream “operations” first, we will be, at best, wasting time and, at worst, jeopardizing our longterm success.
Hormones are one of the last topics in the sequence.
Hormones are chemicals the body produces. They are large structures that require lots of complex processes within the body.
They, of course, trigger and regulate 1000’s of subsequent processes in the body, but they themselves require so many parts to be working correctly.
Lots of people come to me complaining of trouble with their hormones, and they almost always are already on some kind of medication for a hormone imbalance or have tried numerous hacks to fix their issue, unsuccessfully.
Here ‘s the problem with that.
Taking medications to treat low levels…
Taking Synthroid for an hypoactive thyroid or testosterone injections for low testosterone will certainly help improve low levels of these hormones and are a legitimate short-term approach.
However, they never address the reason WHY these hormones are low in the first place. So what that means is that these hormonal issues will persist and worsen over time despite taking prescriptions because you never addressed the root of the issue.
These medications actually become less effective over time, and you can slowly begin to feel worse again.
Trying to address the root of the issue by trial and error…
Listening to podcasts and reading blogs on ways to boost ‘X’ hormone naturally is a noble idea, but in my experience, it’s not worth the effort.
The diets and supplements most biohackers promote aren’t very effective because they fail to account for peoples’ individual biochemistries, lifestyles, and environments.
The theory behind them might sound good, but they don’t track hormone levels (and if they do, they don’t track them with all the labs necessary), nor do they quantify the need for such supplements or diets to begin with.
This results in a lot of wasted time and money without any discernible long term benefits to the user. So many people have come to me thoroughly discouraged after several rounds following these so called “experts” and health gurus.
Lacking a comprehensive view of all of the additional health issues that are contributing to a hormone imbalance…
For instance, if you want to address a hypoactive thyroid, you need to assess the following things:
- Nutrients – B2, B3, B6, Vitamin A, C, D, iron, iodine, tyrosine, selenium, magnesium, zinc
- Stressors – both physical and psychological
- Toxins – heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, etc.
- Stealth infections – such as an infection or overgrowth in the gut
- Certain medications
- Radiation exposure
- Environment – proper light exposure, water intake and quality, air quality and breathing, and sleep quality
- Activity level – both too much or too little can be problematic
These are all of the upstream inputs that could be contributing to a hormone imbalance.
As you can see, it’s a lot!
The focus NEEDS to be on the upstream imbalances causing the hormonal issues, not on treating the hormones themselves.
This is why taking X supplement to boost a hormone is a poor long term approach — it is not addressing why the issue is there in the first place, meaning that the problem will continue to worsen over time and the supplement that initially worked will lose its potency over time.
The truth is, the fix isn’t that complicated.
But it requires you to utilize a framework that helps you accurately gauge where you are currently – based on the right data and an understanding of your lifestyle, environment, and nutrition – in order to determine what needs to be fixed, and in what order.
Just like a math problem.
With the right approach and framework, the right “order of operations”, what would have taken you years of frustration can be fixed in a matter of months, and with lasting results.
And this is precisely what I help my clients do so that they can stop wasting time and money on things that don’t move the needle in order to focus on the things that matter most to them in life.