Ask the Doctor: Slim Down and Fertility

It is time again for “Ask the Doctor.” I particularly enjoy this monthly feature because it gives me an opportunity to answer your questions and help you on your path to health and wellness. 

If you have a question or health concern you would like me to address, please visit the Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page and send me a private message. Mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line.

Effective Solution for Weight Loss

I have been struggling with my weight for years. No matter what I try, I can’t seem to find the right solution. I think I am eating right, but I still can’t lose any weight. What else can I try?

First, please know that you are not alone. Weight loss is a struggle for so many people. I find that it helps to have a sense of community when you are on a weight loss plan because it helps to be regularly reminded that you are not the only one trying to change habits to achieve a worthy goal. I highly recommend doing my 28-DaySlim Down challenge.  

The 28-Day Slim Down is a nutritionist-designed and guided weight management program that teaches you how to make healthy lifestyle and eating choices that will help you look and feel your best, achieve your ideal body weight, and help give you a boost in energy. It’s an all-inclusive program that is easy to follow and it promotes weight loss and reduction in body fat. Click here to join us, get lots of advice and encouragement, and finally see results at the end.

You will get emails along the way to guide you, motivate you, and give you new ideas. This program comes with my 28-Day Slim Down Kit which includes a step-by-step guide. This guide is nutritionist-designed with easy to follow instructions and key tips for success. The 28-Day Slim Down guide book will walk you through what types of food you can and should eat on a daily basis. It has numerous delicious recipes. You also have access to our certified nutritionists once you join the program. The kit also comes with daily supplements to help enhance results as well as a slimming protein powder that makes mealtime easy.   

You can join my 28-Day Slim Down Program right now at www.hotzehwc.com/slimdown. There is no cost to join. Sign up today and get the help and support you need to jump-start your weight loss journey!

Why can’t I get pregnant

My husband and I are in our early 30s and are trying to conceive our first child. I am getting very discouraged. We live a pretty healthy lifestyle, and we don’t have any major health problems, but I have had painful, irregular periods for the last few years. We are considering in vitro fertilization, but it is so expensive.  

I’m glad you asked about this because so many women struggle with infertility, and most often, the solution is very simple. The very first thing you should do is have a doctor evaluate your hormone status.  When your hormones are out of balance, your body is not able to function optimally, which is why hormonal decline, in particular low progesterone and low thyroid function, is a common cause of infertility in women. 

Progesterone Deficiency Causes Infertility and Miscarriage

Progesterone is necessary to balance estrogen. If estrogen is not balanced with progesterone, then women may develop infertility, endometriosis, skipped periods, heavy bleeding and fibroids, all of which hinder their chances of becoming pregnant.

Progesterone enables the body to maintain a pregnancy. It makes possible the survival of the fertilized egg by promoting implantation and is important for early embryonic development. It also maintains the lining of the womb which feeds the developing embryo. Progesterone is necessary for proper thyroid function, which also affects fertility.

Hypothyroidism Causes Infertility

Women with infertility are often not told by their doctor that their first step should be a thorough thyroid evaluation.  Having optimal levels of thyroid hormone is essential for the ability to become pregnant and must be maintained in order to sustain a healthy pregnancy, even in the earliest days after conception.

Before you spend your money on costly fertility treatments, find out if your hormones are out of balance first. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we use bioidentical hormones that are identical to those made by your body to bring you back into balance. Take my Symptom Checker Quiz to find out if you have symptoms of hormone decline. It is possible that balancing your hormones may be all you need to do in order to get a visit from the stork!

Keep Your Questions Coming

I hope these suggestions are helpful to you and to others who are dealing with these common problems. Keep your questions coming! Send me a private message on Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HotzeHWC/. Don’t forget to mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line. And remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question. 

To learn more about the Hotze Health & Wellness Center and schedule a Free Wellness Consultation—via telemedicine or at the Center—call us at 281-698-8698 or visit hotzehwc.com

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Dr. Steven Hotze

Dr. Hotze is the Founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International. Dr. Hotze received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hotze believes that everyone deserves a doctor and a team of professionals who can coach them onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Hotze is the best-selling author of Hormones, Health, and Happiness, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness and Do A 180. Suzanne Somers dedicated an entire chapter to Dr. Hotze in her New York Times best seller, Breakthrough. “This Texan doctor is going to steal your heart,” writes Somers. “He has so much energy he can’t wait to get to his office each day.” Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the nation, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, CBS’ The Morning Show and The Biography Channel. He has also appeared on the morning program, Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan. Dr. Hotze hosted “Health & Wellness Solutions” radio show on KSEV 700 AM and “Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution” radio show on KPRC AM 950 and iHeart radio. He currently hosts the Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution podcast. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janie, for 52 years. They have 8 children and 23 grandchildren.