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Why test your hormones?

Why test your hormones? Because hormone imbalances affect every body system and can cause very uncomfortable symptoms and can even contribute to disease.  Common symptoms of hormonal imbalances include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • low libido
  • Infertility
  • Poor sleep
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Postural hypotension (getting dizzy or feeling faint when you stand up)
  • Severe Fatigue
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Foggy brain
  • Poor memory
  • Man boobs
  • Belly fat
  • Fat gain and weight gain
  • Cravings for salt or sugar
  • Skin rashes and breakouts
  • Decreased stress tolerance
  • Intolerances to cold or hot
  • Poor muscle tone, difficulty to gain muscle
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased Immunity

When assessing your hormone balance there is a lot to consider!   The total amount of hormone made is important, but as important is the amount your cells can use, how well you clear out the hormones, what time of day you are producing them and even their relationships to each other.  Getting a blood test simply can’t tell you all these things. Besides, a blood test is painful. And expensive. And terribly inconvenient.

That’s why FEWL uses The DUTCH urine hormone test.  This simple urine test tells you how much hormone you make, how much you use, and how much you make at adifferent times of the day. It’s affordable, it’s accurate and it’s convenient – simply pee on some strips at home and mail it in. Easy-peasy.

The DUTCH test measures these key hormones and their metabolites:

  • Free cortisol
  • Free cortisone
  • Creatinine
  • Tetrahyrdocortisone
  • a-tetrahydrocortisol
  • b-tetrahydrocortisol
  • DHEAs
  • Progesterone metabolites (a-pregnanediol, b-pregnanediol)
  • Androgen metabolites (DHEAS, etiocholanolone, androsterone, testosterone, 5a-DHT, 5a-androstanediol, 5b-androstanediol, epi-testosterone)
  • Estrogen metabolites (estrone, estradiol, estriol, 2-OH-estrone, 4-OH-estrone, 16-OH-estrone, 2-Methoxy-estrone, 2-OH-estradiol)
  • 6-OH-melatonin-sulfate

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Here are the BASICS on why hormone testing is so important:

Stress, Cravings and Belly Fat

CORTISOL

If too high you might have: poor memory, insomnia, belly fat, easily gain weight, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression, headaches, lower immunity, cravings, gut problems, tired but wired, pre-mature menopause

If too low you might have:  fatigue, faintness and dizziness, weakness, heart palpitations, emotional hypersensitivity, inability to cope with stress, muscle weakness, but issues, extreme cravings for salty foods, clumsiness, confusion, irregular periods

If you make it but are not using it, or not clearing the active cortisol: you might have depression, thyroid issues, poor liver function

If your cortisol production is not in rhythm (not making the proper amount at the proper time of day) you might experience any of the symptoms above even if you are producing and metabolism the proper amount in total.

Sleep

MELATONIN

Low levels are associated with: poor sleep, insomnia, possibly high blood pressure and headaches, SAD (seasonal Affective Disorder), bi-polar disorder, restless leg syndrome, cancer, symptoms of low thyroid, sex hormone balance (PMS, Menopause symptom) and intestinal symptoms

When melatonin is not in optimal range its a sign that your rhythm is out of whack.

Anti-aging Versus Aging

DHEA

If too high you might have:  in women – excess facial or body hair, oily skin and acne, insulin resistance and PCOS, altered cholesterol levels.  In men –  mild estrogen increase, altered cholesterol levels, hair loss,

If too low you might have: inflammation, fertility issues, low libido, erectile dysfunction, altered cholesterol, blood sugar problems and diabetes, obesity, low muscle mass, fatigue advanced signs of aging, early menopause

If you are making a good amount of DHEA but have low levels of DHEAS: you probably have a high amount of inflammation in you body because inflammation blocks the conversion of DHEA to DHEAS.

Sex and Muscle

TESTOSTERONE

If too high you might have: In men: acne, reduced fertility, hair loss, enlarged prostate. In women: hair loss, excess facial hair, acne, menstrual problems, PCOS, aggressiveness and irritability,  depression

If too low you might have:  in men: erectile dysfunction, low libido, depression, decreased motivation and ambition,  brain fog, irritability, man boobs, high body fat, lower muscle mass, higher risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, low sperm count and infertility.  In women: fatigue, exhaustion, easy to gain weight , hard to lose weight, low sex drive, mood swings, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, hair loss

Testosterone is converted into other hormones via enzymes: sometimes these other hormones are out of balance due to the enzyme activity.

Fatigue, Depression, Fat, Erectile Dysfunction & Man-boobs

ESTROGEN

If too high you might have:  In men: belly fat, low muscle mass, low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, man boobs, depression, lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy.  In women: low libido, depression, agitation, mood swings and anxiety, memory loss, irritability and fatigue, weight gain

If too low you might have:  In men: decent erections but not so great orgasms, joint pain, fatigue or depression, flat emotions, anxiety, increases jealousy, lower blood pressure, excessive urination.  In women: thinning hair, weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal drones , low libido, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, bloating, thinning skin

Estrogens should be metabolized in higher concentrations into more favorable pathways: sluggish liver detox and impaired methylation can be the cause of estrogen imbalances.

Understanding what your level of hormone production is only one piece of the puzzle.  Being able to see the metabolized hormones and the ratio of these hormones compared to each other is a really helpful tool in determining the root cause of your symptoms.  Knowing the full picture will allow your practitioner to prescribe or recommendd very personalized protocol for the best results possible.

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