Questions to consider
Do you suffer from a low libido? Have you recently seen your body fat percentage increase and your muscle tone decrease? Do you feel tired all the time and no amount of sleep leaves you feeling rested? Does your soreness linger for extended periods of time? All of this can be attributed to hormonal imbalances. (1,2,3,4)
Currently there are more Americans facing the issue of hormonal imbalances and impaired hormone production than ever before. Hormonal imbalance and disease can cause a host of issues. When hormone production is impaired, physical and mental signs of an imbalance can become apparent. Some signs include weight gain, muscle atrophy, lingering soreness, poor physical performance, and decreased libido. (1,2,3,4)
Diet, lifestyle, and our hormones
Certain foods in the traditional American diet can exasperate these signs of hormonal imbalance. Some recent studies are identifying the American diet, which is full of processed meats, corn and soy, as a major contributor to the dysfunction of chief regulating hormones of the body. (5,6) The same is true with plastics, which continuously emit estrogens and petrochemicals into our foods and bodies, disrupting the body’s natural balance. (7,8)
Exercise and our hormones
Exercising promotes positive changes in the body when comprehensive and responsible programming is employed. However, there are circumstances where overtraining can occur. Overtraining takes place when fatigue builds due to too much activity and inadequate recovery time. This can lead to muscle breakdown, suppressed anabolic hormone levels, and increased catabolic hormone levels. (9) This disruption of the body’s hormones for an athlete is similar to the dysfunction of hormone production an unhealthy aging person would experience.
Velvet Antler Growth Factor 450s all-natural growth factor formula is used to combat aging on the cellular level and utilizes a sustainable raw material that consists of a naturally derived, balanced matrix of growth factors including IGF-1. Growth factors have the profound ability to balance hormones for men and women, raise male sex hormones, decrease insulin sensitivity, and produce increases in the function of mitochondria and nucleic acids. (10,11,12,13 )
Additionally, Velvet Antler Growth Factor 450 have the hormone modulating power of Bulgarian Tribulus, which has been shown to naturally increase libido and energy.
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