What are Hormones?
Hormones are actually tiny chemical messengers located inside of your body. Every second of every day you have dozens of hormones acting in your body to get certain physiologic functions accomplished. This includes reactions taking place in the skin, too. Physiologically speaking, hormones control much of what we feel, be it tired, hungry, horny, anxious, hot or cold. Hormones regulate everything from your metabolism and appetite, heart rate, sleep cycles, reproductive cycles and sexual functions, growth and development, mood and stress levels, and body temperature.
Hormones are like little traffic signals, telling our body what to do and when so it can run smoothly and efficiently. They play a role in almost every part of our bodies, including our reproductive system, urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, skeletal, and immune and digestive systems.
When hormones are in proper balance they help the body thrive, but small problems with hormones can cause serious and life-altering symptoms. Women tend to be more commonly associated with hormonal imbalances due to menstrual cycles and menopause, but men also experience hormone changes throughout their lives, especially as they age. And while each gender has its own unique set of symptoms that occur with a hormonal imbalances, common symptoms include:
- Weight changes (weight gain or weight loss)
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hold or cold intolerance
- Dry or oily skin
- Brittle or weak bones
- Depression and anxiety
- Changes in appetite
- Reduced sex drive
- Thinning, brittle hair
- Breast tenderness
- Deepening of the voice
What Causes Hormone Imbalances?
Hormones don’t go out of balance for no reason. In a healthy, functioning person, hormones will be regulated and operating as they should, so when they are out of whack, it is a sign that something is not working properly
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.
Lab tests won’t “cure” you and in fact, sometimes even the best lab tests simply point to the need for further investigative testing, but the DUTCH is a great test for everyone to do because of the richness of the data it provides when you seek to uncover the ROOT CAUSE behind health concerns instead of just covering up symptoms with drugs or medications.
Dutch Testing for Hormones
The DUTCH test is a cutting edge at home urine test offering a comprehensive insight into your hormone levels and how well they may or may not be functioning.
D = dried
U = urine
T = test
C = comprehensive
H = hormones
Dutch takes hormone testing to a new level; alongside sex hormones and their metabolites, the DUTCH Plus looks at the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total and distribution of cortisol metabolites. The inclusion of Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) brings another important piece of the HPA axis into focus.
The addition of 6 organic acid markers turns the original DUTCH on its head – allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the hormone and adrenal picture, especially when it comes to commonly reported symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, depression, motivation, sex drive, estrogen dominance, and stress.
Whilst a blood test offers a snapshot of hormone levels in time – the DUTCH test looks at the products of hormone metabolism which show HOW your body is processing hormones. This allows us to see where there are imbalances – and even better can infer why – which allows us to tackle the root cause of health problems.
The DUTCH test is a urine steroid hormone profile that measures hormones and hormone metabolites (called conjugates) in a dried urine sample and is performed from the comfort of your home.
It’s the most cutting-edge way to truly see what’s going on when it comes to your hormones. See example reports:
How to Order the DUTCH Hormone Test
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 you are interested in DUTCH testing, we will need to set up a First Appointment. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to reach out to me at Nutriton@rachelscheer.com
Rachel Scheer is a Certified Nutritionist who received her degree from Baylor University in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Rachel has her own private nutrition and counseling practice located in McKinney, Texas. Rachel has helped clients with a wide range of nutritional needs enhance their athletic performance, improve their physical and mental health, and make positive lifelong eating and exercise behavior changes.