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Comments Off on VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that is produced in the skin during exposure to sunlight. It has many important functions in the body, including strengthening bones, promoting a healthy immune system and protecting against a wide range of diseases. Vitamin D helps to regulate cellular replication in a very important way. Specifically vitamin D helps cells to differentiate (become specialised), and inhibits cells from proliferating, or growing in an out of control way. It is thought that these are the reasons why vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of various types of cancer, including breast cancer, as well as cancer of the colon and prostate. An Australian study conducted in 2001, detected mild or moderate vitamin D deficiency in more than one in three women during summer, and one in two women during winter. This is quite shocking, as we live in the sunburnt country! Those most at risk of vitamin D deficiency include people with dark skin, women who practise veiling, people taking certain medications (such as anti-epileptic drugs), and people who spend most of their time indoors. Sunscreen inhibits the manufacture of vitamin D in the skin. It’s healthy to get some regular exposure to the sun’s rays on uncovered skin. However prolonged sun exposure can be hazardous and inconvenient, and vitamin D is found in very few foods therefore supplementing with vitamin D may be the best option. Your body’s level of vitamin D can be accurately tested with a simple blood test.
West Lindfield Pharmacy and compoundingchemist.com can make any strength Vitamin D required by Physicians for patients.
Comments Off on Introduction to BHRT
Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, produced in various glands such as the ovaries, thyroid, pancreas and adrenals. There are many types of hormones, with each having their own specific effect and all coming together to control every function in our body. A well-balanced hormonal environment is necessary for optimal health.
Our reproductive hormones are:
• estrogen (estrone, estradiol, estriol)
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are, as the name implies, identical to the hormones produced in the body. They are produced from precursors found in plants such as soy and wild yam. The body recognises, absorbs and utilises these hormones because they are identical to that which it would naturally produce on its own. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can, therefore, be used effectively and safely.
Comments Off on What is your Flavour?
Did you know that adults have about 10,000 taste buds, and children have even more?
Flavouring is designed to meet each individual preference. A choice from a variety of different flavours can help to increase the palatability of your medication.
We currently have the following flavours:
- Cherry Brandy
- Choc Mint
- Creme De Cafe
- Cream De Menthe
- Lemon Lime
- Orange Brandy
- Pralines & Cream
- Tutti Frutti
- Vanilla Butternut
Comments Off on Understanding Your Body
In order to understand what happens to a woman’s body as she ages, it is necessary to review the normal menstrual cycle. The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to prepare a woman for pregnancy through the following hormonal steps:
The pituitary gland near the brain releases a chemical called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH causes an egg to mature in the ovary and signals the production of estrogen.
• Estrogen stimulates the lining the uterus to thicken, creating an acceptable environment for a potential fertilised egg.
• The pituitary gland releases another chemical called luteinizing hormone (LH). LH causes the egg to be released from the ovary and travel to the uterus (in anticipation of being fertilized).
• Meanwhile, the part of the ovary from which the egg was released (the corpus luteum) begins to produce progesterone.
• Progesterone continues to stabilise the lining of the uterus and readies it for implantation of a fertilised egg.
• If the egg is not fertilised, it will not implant and progesterone is no longer produced. Without progesterone, the lining of the thickened uterus begins to shed and leads to menses. Thus, one cycle ends and another begins.
Menstrual cycles change vastly over a woman’s life because of varying estrogen and progesterone production. Menopausal women reach a point where estrogen levels are so low that the uterine lining is not thick enough to shed. This is why periods no longer occur.