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:
High blood pressure
Postural hypotension (getting dizzy or feeling faint when you stand up)
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
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:
Here are the BASICS on why hormone testing is so important:
Stress, Cravings and Belly Fat
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.
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
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
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.
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.