Hormones, regardless of age can cause a range of issues for individuals if not kept in balance or equilibrium. Remember we are not just talking about woman here, men also experience hormonal symptoms so its important not to jump to conclusions that hormones are solely a female problem.
Our bodies, by our genes but more importantly our nutrient status, gut health and liver metabolism will metabolise and balance hormone levels naturally. In many cases this is smooth sailing and there are no issues or symptoms, however if for genetic reasons, age related reasons, gut reasons, nutrition reasons these begin to slow/reduce/inflame then we can very quickly begin to see hormone symptoms appear.
Its obvious that any hormonal imbalance can cause an array of issues that can really effect our quality of life. Thankfully there are many methods and protocols that can be implemented to help target the root cause and improve symptoms. Whether the primary issue lies in your genes, gut health, nutrition, liver pathways, endocrine signals, at The Nadura Clinic we use the renowned DUTCH Complete test.
DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex hormones and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol (stress hormone) is included, along with melatonin (sleep hormone), 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.