So you’ve made the New Year’s Resolution to lose weight through diet and exercise. Congratulations! So you are now about two months into your life changing program; how is it working for you? Have you met your goals? If you haven’t, are you becoming frustrated? If things aren’t progressing as planned, we are here to help! Clinical Apothecaries is pleased to welcome Marcy Cook, a Registered Dietitian, who is OUR solution to YOUR New Year’s Resolution! Marcy is a licensed nutrition professional, who is here to lead you, guide you, and protect you (from misinformation and false advertising), as you move forward with your well intended lifestyle changes.
We all know that weight loss isn’t as easy as it sounds. Every individual’s weight issues are very unique and need to be customized. Although it may help, it’s not just a matter of cutting calories or eliminating fast food. If you want to make this year THE YEAR that you finally succeed in your weight loss goals, you should schedule an appointment with our nutritionist, Marcy. She has developed an individualized and comprehensive assessment that includes a very thorough review of your medical issues and any medications that you may be on, as well as your lifestyle and social habits. Weight loss can also positively impact your heart health.
Our Clinical pharmacists, Jeff Potter and Jackie Mallett, are also very involved in Marcy’s program because as we age, diet and exercise alone may not be enough. As our body composition changes and hormones decline, so does our metabolism. This is true for both men and women. Body Composition Testing analyzes your body in relation to fat, lean body mass, and water. More importantly, the information will help you to set realistic goals in terms of weight adjustment, eating habits and exercise. A successful program must also include lifestyle changes and we can help you with that, too!
Declining levels or imbalances of our adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones are also known to cause sleep disturbances, decreased libido, depression, fatigue, and stress. How do you know if hormones are playing a role in your symptoms? Will balancing your hormone benefit you? How do you know if hormones are affecting your weight loss? These are some of the questions Clinical Apothecaries is asked on a daily basis. By working with your physician and other health care providers, we can help you find answers and solutions to these questions.
It is important to identify the problem area before selecting a treatment plan. This is achieved through saliva testing, which is the most reliable way to measure free, bioavailable hormone activity. Most blood tests do not measure bioavailable hormone at the tissue level. Saliva testing is an excellent way to objectively measure estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol. Blood spot testing can additionally measure your thyroid hormone function by observing TSH, free T4, free T3 (active thyroid) and TPO. By analyzing this “symphony of hormones” it allows us to see a clear picture of your overall hormone health.
Are you taking any vitamins or supplements? Would you like some guidance? We carry quality, pharmaceutical grade vitamins and dietary supplements. Stop in or call Clinical Apothecaries to schedule an appointment with our Clinical Pharmacists or Nutritionist.