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Do you have low energy, brain fog, or feel that you may have adrenal fatigue? Or on the contrast, perhaps you have gained some weight, have as suppressed immune system, or just in general do not feel well. If you answered yes to these questions then the DUTCH Hormone Test would be a good option for you, read on to find out some more information.
Many people suffer from issues with their steroid levels. For example, their cortisol levels may be out of sorts. Cortisol is a type of steroid hormone. In some cases, it can be either too high or too low, which causes many harmful effects to the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland. When the hormones in your body are not at their optimal level, it can leave you feeling terrible. Cortisol has many different functions from regulating blood sugar levels, helping the body to manage stress, and is also a factor in metabolism.
The DUTCH test is a urine test that measures steroid hormones as well as hormone metabolites in the urine sample. It is an easy test that can even be performed in the comfort of your own home. It is actually one of the most modern and also most cutting edge ways to measure hormones. The great thing about it is that it does not just measure the hormones, it also measures a little thing called metabolite levels. Metabolite hormone breakdown as well as hormone production can also be measured.
While many tests that have been used in the past such as testing the hormones in the blood and the saliva, these have had some drawbacks. The DUTCH test is an acronym in that actually stands for “Dried Urine Test for Complete Hormones.”
It is a test that collects four different urine samples over the course of so many hours that gives important information about steroid hormones in the body, and how they change throughout the day. It is a better option than saliva testing as it measures your free cortisol levels as well as total cortisol production, total cortisol is not measured in a saliva test.
Why is it important to measure steroid hormones and their metabolites? Measuring these two things can provide us with some valuable information about your body and about your hormone production, to help you optimize your hormone health, and health in general.
Hormones are chemical compounds that are in the blood that coordinate different actions, cortisol can influence other hormones like the thyroid, sex hormones and insulin. A steroid hormone that is out of balance has the potential to affect every other part of your body.
For example, the urine profile can show your physician whether you have a low cortisol level, which is characterized by a person having low-energy levels, adrenal fatigue, or brain fog. These are things that if your physician were aware, he or she could determine the cause and be able to find a solution to fix those things for you.
The same is true if your cortisol levels are high which could cause other types of health related issues such as the suppression of the immune system, increased muscle breakdown, decreased amino acid uptake, as well as bone degree degradation. You could feel awful when your cortisol levels are too high or too low, the symptoms of high and low cortisol can be similar which is why testing is important. Knowing your hormone levels can help us provide solutions to optimize your health.
Believe it or not, the DUTCH test is the ultimate test for measuring sex hormone metabolites. Testosterone and estrogen levels can be measured with the test. The DUTCH test provides insight for both men and women in this one easy test. It allows people to get baseline measurements of these hormones and it also shows whether there are hormonal imbalances. If you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) it can help to monitor hormone levels and make sure you are taking the right amount.
Utilizing the DUTCH test can help men and women to maintain optimal balance in their sex hormones.
Doing the DUTCH test also can let you know how well you are methylating your estrogen. Methylation is the process that breaks down estrogen into another form that is more water soluble and can easily be eliminated through waste. Methylation problems can lead to hundreds of diseases. When a person doesn’t methylate their estrogen properly this can create serious hormonal problems. Problems that this can cause include endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, breast and ovarian cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
The DUTCH Hormone Test can be shipped anywhere in the world, because it uses special strips to collect the urine samples the samples are easily shipped back to the lab no matter where you are.
If your not sure if this is the right test for you, or if you have multiple health problems like digestion issues, autoimmune problems or other chronic health issues then it maybe a good idea to schedule a consultation first. All consultations are done via our video conferencing platform or phone so they can be done from anywhere in the world, a consultation will help us to identify the best test options for you, and help you get started on the journey to good health.
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions.
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