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Peptides and Your Immunity

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Peptides and Your Immunity

As the coronavirus continues to spread, you may be looking for ways to strengthen your immune system and improve your health. While social distancing and frequent handwashing is still the best option, you can take steps to boost your immunity in case you are exposed. In addition to proper nutrition, peptide therapy may be the solution you need.

What are peptides?
One of the newest areas of study in immunology is peptides. Peptides are short chains of connected amino acids, which make up proteins. These chains of amino acids are used throughout your body to signal changes in your cells. They attach to receptors on the outside of cells and tell them what to do, such as produce hormones or heal damaged tissue.

They also play a role in your immune system, prompting immune cells to take action against intruders. Peptide therapy has been used and studied in boosting immune system function in cancer patients who are immuno-compromised. In fact, there are more than 60 FDA approved peptide medicines and 140 currently in clinical trials. Peptides as medicine are becoming more and more popular as they are proven safe and effective.

How does Peptide Therapy work?
Peptide therapy uses specific growth hormone secretagogues to stimulate your pituitary gland and regulate your immune system. These peptides are naturally found and produced in your lymph system and in your thymus, both of which are involved in fighting illnesses. You can take these peptides via injection, pills, creams or nasal sprays, depending on how the peptides work and what they are meant to do.

Our most commonly used peptides are Sermorelin, Ipamorelin, and CJC-1295. These growth hormones “boosters” are naturally found in the human body. Growth hormone has a profound effect on the immune system and function. Regular injections of peptides provide long-lasting boosts to immunity. Once the peptides are in your body, they prompt your immune system to fight foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. If you are immunosuppressed, your immune system is weakened at all by illness or aging, peptide therapy may help get it back up to normal strength. It can also help people who have a normal immune function.

Peptide therapy has a profound effect on the immune system and function. Patients also report increases in lean body mass, decreases in fat mass, and anti-aging benefits.

If you are looking for more ways to protect yourself from coronavirus, influenza or other infectious diseases, peptide therapy may help you stay healthy. At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we provide peptide therapy to fight the effects of aging and improve your immune system. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

As you grow older, the amount of hormones in your body begins to drop. The drop in hormones can start as early as age 25 and the symptoms of low hormones can begin disrupting your daily life even before you turn 30.

In men, lower levels of testosterone can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Increased body fat
  • Lower energy levels
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Erectile dysfunction

Women can see similar symptoms when their estrogen and progesterone levels drop, including:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Weight gain

Fortunately, both men and women can seek treatment to fight these symptoms and restore their energy.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help
For women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves taking hormones in cream and pill form. These pills, taken daily, help replace the missing amounts of hormones. Bioidentical hormones are molecularly the same as the hormones created in your body and are considered natural replacements for your hormones.

For men, we recommend intramuscular injections of testosterone. These injections are time-released to help provide longer-term replacement of missing hormones. Other forms of testosterone replacement, such as applying it to the skin, are not as effective and can actually put other people at risk of absorbing testosterone.

In both men and women, continued hormone replacement therapy can boost energy, improve sex drive and stop weight gain. Combined with lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular physical activity, hormone replacement therapy can help you feel younger and more energetic.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?
While hormone replacement therapy has some risks, at Fountain of You, MD we customize your treatment plan to reduce these risks as much as possible. By continually re-evaluating your needs and health, we can ensure you are taking the right doses of hormones for you. We help ensure that the benefits of hormone replacement therapy outweigh any possible risks.

A healthy lifestyle also helps reduce risks of hormone replacement therapy while boosting your hormone levels. We encourage you to eat a Paleo diet and get regular moderate to vigorous exercise to boost your health and wellbeing as you age.

Get your hormone levels–and your energy–back. At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that can help you. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

Testosterone Loss, an Epidemic

I often tell my patients our grandfathers had twice the level of testosterone than we do. But because of modern lifestyles and environmental factors, many men experience loss of testosterone even at early ages. The average age of patients in my hormone replacement and anti-aging innovation clinic, Fountain of You, MD, in Virginia Beach is only 38 years old.

How Lifestyle Affects Testosterone

Obesity is definitely a huge factor in lowering levels of testosterone. It is estimated that approximately 70% of Americans are overweight, and, statistically, 70% of men over 50 years old have low testosterone.

Fat cells within the body convert testosterone into estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels make it extremely difficult to lose weight. That’s why many men find it harder to lose weight the larger they get and the older they get.

In my opinion, the biggest culprit in both the low T epidemic and the obesity epidemic is processed foods. We recommend our patients try a Paleo diet, or caveman diet.. This diet consists of non-processed foods like meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. The Paleo rule is to shop around the outside of the grocery store, where fresher whole foods are sold, and stay out of the center aisles where processed foods are located.

Our food supply, which has been altered by pesticides and herbicides, plastics used in packaging and additives in foods, may also affect testosterone levels. The infiltration of soy, which can be estrogenic, as a low-cost protein booster in the American diet has contributed to rising estrogen levels. These factors make it even harder to control the hormones in our bodies.

Inactivity and stress also certainly contribute to the problems with testosterone and obesity. Americans experience high levels of stress, which affects physical and mental health. Many people sit behind a desk and get no exercise or very little vigorous activity in their days.

Low testosterone has been related to the opioid crisis, marijuana usage, alcohol abuse, and excess caffeine. All of these substances of abuse are known to lower testosterone and increase the conversion to estrogen.

While getting more exercise and eating a healthier diet may help testosterone levels, it may not be enough to overcome the effects of low T. Hormone replacement therapy can boost your testosterone levels, improving your mood and energy levels. When provided by experts, hormone therapy is safe and effective.

I am very proud of the fact that at Fountain of You, MD, 96% of our patients saw an improvement in their testosterone levels. We can help you feel younger again with hormone replacement therapy, weight management and more. Contact us today at 757-644-4615 to get back your energy.

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