Do you have concerns about your hormonal health? Are you struggling to understand the reasons for your symptoms? Do you ever wonder if your hormone metabolism is protective or in fact potentially leading to DNA oxidative stress?
Without a shadow of a doubt, the majority of females that we see in our clinics are experiencing some element of endocrine imbalance. This in many cases begins as adrenal dysfunction (caused by stress, gut infections, busy life styles, toxicity etc) and progresses to hormone imbalance.
This in many cases for example presents as a 43 year old female teacher, working full time, juggling 3 children with extra curricular activities and trying to ensure as a family unit they are eating as healthy as possible! Initially weight gain is an issue, sleep becomes disturbed with multiple toilet trips during the night, PMS signs, bloating, fatigue and feeling wired! Over a period of time this pattern changes to a strong fatigue, finding it hard to get out of bed each morning, motivation is affected, cravings are common place, weight continues to pile on around the mid section and life becomes more of an existence rather than an enjoyment.
DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex hormones and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included, along with melatonin (6-OHMS), 8-OHdG (a marker for oxidative stress) and six organic acids.
Three of the six organic acids build up in the urine when there is a vitamin or nutrient deficiency. Specifically, xanthurenate, methylmalonate and pyroglutamate elevations serve as markers for vitamin B6, B12 and glutathione deficiencies, respectively. In addition, three neurotransmitter metabolites are included to give insight into the production of serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline. These three neurotransmitter metabolites will offer insights into symptoms such as mood disorders and fatigue.
This simple urine test can be done in the comfort of your own home. The results give our practioners valuable clinical information which enables us to create bespoke nutrient & dietary programmes for each unique client.