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Hormones & anxiety, are they connected?

At the Nadura Clinic, we understand the connection between stress, COMT enzyme, anxiety, and oestrogen dominance, and we take these factors into account when evaluating each person’s health history. Additionally, we utilise a specialised hormone test called the DUTCH test to assess these effects.

When we experience stress, our bodies release certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and noradrenaline, to help us cope. The COMT enzyme is responsible for breaking down these neurotransmitters. However, chronic or prolonged stress can overwhelm the COMT enzyme, leading to an imbalance in neurotransmitter levels.

This imbalance can result in anxiety symptoms. When the COMT enzyme is overloaded, there is an accumulation of dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain, disrupting the normal balance of neurotransmitters and contributing to increased anxiety.

Moreover, oestrogen, a hormone primarily associated with female reproductive health, can affect the activity of the COMT enzyme. High levels of estrogen can inhibit the enzyme’s function, further impacting the breakdown of neurotransmitters.

At the Nadura Clinic, we recognize the importance of understanding each person’s unique health history. By considering factors such as stress levels, past experiences, diet and lifestyle, we gain insights into how stress may be affecting the COMT enzyme and contributing to anxiety and oestrogen dominance.

Furthermore, in many cases we utilise genetic testing (to assess potential issues with a number of genes) and/or the DUTCH test, which stands for “Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.” This test provides a comprehensive assessment of hormone levels, including oestrogen and other hormones involved in stress response. By analysing the DUTCH test results, we can gain a clearer understanding of a person’s hormonal balance and the potential impact of stress on their overall health.

By combining the information from a person’s health history and the results of the DUTCH test, we can develop personalised treatment plans tailored to address their specific needs. This may include diet & lifestyle modifications, stress management techniques & supplement/herb support.

At the Nadura Clinic, our goal is to provide individualised care that takes into account the complex relationship between stress, COMT enzyme function, anxiety, and oestrogen dominance, helping our clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

For more information contact the clinic 087-3492991