Are your cravings from adrenal fatigue or brain fatigue? What the DUTCH test can reveal.
Have you heard of the DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) test and what it can reveal to you about your health? Let me explain.
In the 1990’s, Adrenal Fatigue was coined to describe the imbalance of the cortisol stress hormone and its effect to make you tired, fatigued, crave sugar or salt and gain more belly fat faster. Cortisol is made by your adrenal glands, and it was believed your adrenal glands had succumbed to the stresses of your lifestyle and poor diet and simply didn’t work well anymore. This was important, because if your cortisol levels are out of balance, you get more and more belly fat and stronger cravings you can’t control. In fact, People who are obese, have more than twice as much cortisol production as healthy people, so this is IMPORTANT to find out where your cortisol levels are at. Moreover, how you use the cortisol is equally important – some people use it differently than others
Our understanding of this system has evolved, and medicine is largely moving away from using the term ’Adrenal Fatigue’ because it only tells half the story. Research has clarified that often, the problem has to do with proper brain signaling necessary to regulate your response to stress and the cortisol produced in your adrenals. In this sense, Adrenal Fatigue is likely to actually be “in your head.”
Long-term stress and various other life experiences can lead to an abnormal stress response, but it is often a brain issue more so than an actual adrenal response issue.But how would you know whether it’s your brain or your adrenals or a bit of both that are causing your cortisol levels to be out of whack? If you have belly fat and cravings, is it your adrenals or your brain??
Whether we are dealing with the adrenal gland or the brain, we are dealing with cortisol. When we are dealing with cortisol, the DUTCH test is a very useful tool to determine whether it’s your brain or your adrenals that are in need of support. Knowing this, it allows us at FEWL to better support you in your health goals and whether any of our brain or adrenal supplements are appropriate to expedite your journey to better health and less belly fat.
Take the DUTCH test in the comfort of your own home or office to learn the status of your hormones, including: DHEA, testosterone and androgens, estrogens and progesterone and also includes melatonin. Click here to order your test or contact us for more information.
Also, be sure to watch this video to learn what the DUTCH test did for FEWL Founder, Jeff Krueger.
Contact us to learn more, and whether it’s your brain or your adrenals, here’s a list of our useful supplements for the cortisol / belly fat / cravings connections:
- Stops Cravings
- Brain Boost
- Adrenal Boost
- 8-Day Reset Detox Program
- EFA’s (essential fatty acids)
- Methyl Support
- Stress Buster
- Thyroid Pro
- Vitamin D