hormone balance test


 
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TEST FOR IMBALANCES

Hormones play a much bigger role in maintaining one's health than many people realize. Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key.

In fact, relatively healthy individuals who follow an optimal diet and supplementation plan may still suffer from hormonal imbalance symptoms. For this reason, a proper balance of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and other hormones are essential. 

Relatively healthy individuals who follow an optimal diet and supplementation plan may still suffer from imbalance. The body cannot fully achieve optimal hormone regulation if lacking in key micronutrients, which are the building blocks of hormones and assist in hormone production.


BALANCE YOUR MICRONUTRIENTS TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES

Our hormone panels allow you to pinpoint deficiencies, thus, providing you with the information you may need for optimal treatment. In addition, thyroid testing can be added to any panel, which gives you a general scope of metabolic efficiency throughout the body.

You cannot fully achieve this optimal hormone health if you lack key micronutrients - vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. Micronutrients are the building blocks of many hormones. They assist in hormone production, help regulate enzymes that act on hormones, detoxify hormone metabolites, and affect neurotransmitters and active genes that regulate hormones. A single nutrient deficiency can negatively affect hormone levels. In a reverse relationship, hormones also alter nutrient levels.

A comprehensive micronutrient profile combined with a comprehensive hormone panel gives a more complete diagnostic picture. With these results together, a custom program of natural micronutrient supplementation can target deficiencies that are leading to the imbalance in hormones without the use of questionable creams, injections, pellets, and other hormone therapies.

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HORMONE BALANCE TEST: $150

**NO FASTING REQUIRED**


WHAT ARE HORMONES?

Hormones 101

Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key. 

Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions.  There are many types of hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes.

Clinical Applications of Hormone Imbalance: 

  • Fatigue & energy levels

  • Cardiovascular health (blood pressure, clotting, lipids)

  • Neurology (migraines, sleep, pain)

  • Mental health (depression, anxiety, cognitive function)

  • Immunity (infections, autoimmune disease)

  • Metabolism (blood sugar regulation, tissue repair)

  • Bone density (osteoporosis)

  • Physical appearance (skin, muscles, hair)

 

WHAT IS TESTED?

Sex (Steroid) Hormones

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) - the most abundant sex hormone in the body, DHEAS (the sulfated, or bioavailable for of DHEA), is produced by the adrenal glands is the precursor hormone to testosterone and estrogens.  DHEAS enhances immunity, reduces autoimmunity, helps prevent cancer, and improves insulin sensitivity, bone health and cognitive function.P,E

  • Androstenedione - precursor hormone to both testosterone and estrogens; occurs in equilibrium with testosterone so an increase in one also increases the other.P

  • Testosterone - clinically associated with increased muscle mass, libido, bone health and a general sense of well being.E

  • Estradiol (E2) - the strongest estrogen; protects blood vessels, increased high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL), prevents bone loss, helps form collagen which benefits the appearance of the skin, improves cognitive function and increases the immune response.  However, estradiol also exerts a strong proliferative effect on hormone sensitive tissues like the breast, uterus and ovary so it must be properly balanced with progesterone and other estrogens to prevent the clinical manifestation of estrogen dominance and related cancers.E

  • Estrone (E1) - This estrogen has very strong tissue proliferative effects and may be linked to estrogen dominant conditions like fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.  It will create either dangerous or benefical metabolites, depending on a person's nutritional status. 

  • Estriol, unconjugated (E3) - weaker estrogen; protective against cancer as it opposes the proliferative effects on the uterus, breast and ovary from the stronger estrogens; particularly high during pregnancy.E

  • Progesterone - selectively balances the effects of estrogen in hormonally sensitive tissue (breast, uterine) as well as in the brain and skin. Progesterone decreases the immune response, promotes bone formation, protects the brain and tends to have a calming effect on mood.  It is also a precursor hormone for other sex hormones as well as cortisol and interacts with hormones to regulate metabolism.P,E 

    P - Precursor hormone - typically converted to other hormones
    E - End point hormone - acts directly on tissues for physiologic effects
    R - Regulating hormone - initiates the production or suppression of other hormones

Regulatory (Peptide) Hormones

  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) - stimulates the production of estrogens; marker of ovarian function in women and initiates sperm production in men.

  • Luteinizing hormone (LH) - contributes to reproductive function in both men and women; responsible for ovulation in women and sperm production in men; works synergistically with FSH and largely affected by prolactin levels.

  • Prolactin (PRL) - an inhibitory hormone that reduces the action of several other hormones; most known for its ability to stimulate milk production in lactating women but it also regulates calcium metabolism and plays a role in the synthesis of nerve cells and prostaglandins as well, in both men and women.

  • Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) - produced in the liver and regulated by other hormones, SHGB is a protein that binds estrogens and testosterone in the bloodstream so they are biologically inactive.