We have already touched on the most common hormones in earlier weeks, but here’s a quick refresher
Urinary or Salivary Hormones Tests
If you are specifically looking to improve fertility health and struggling to conceive than this may be a very valuable investigation to undertake.
A blood test of your serum hormone levels will only show half the picture, if that. Keep in mind there are many many different forms of Oestrogen, not just Oestradiol (E2) which they can check via a blood test. The other reason you are far better off investing money into something like the Dutch is because it also tests the way your body is metabolising and excreting these hormones, which of course provides heaps amount of info on how your body is working and which glands and organs actually need the most repair work. Of course when you undertake a holistic care managed plan like Balance Me, you don’t necessarily have to invest money into these tests, because with Balance Me, you are healing at a cellular level, encouraging the body to heal itself and find its own natural balance, as opposed to just treatment symptoms.
We Recommend: Precision Analytical Dutch Complete
Again, it’s a similar sort of story, you can have your GP test your serum (blood) cortisol levels in the morning, but to get a proper understanding of what is actually normal, we need to assess the changing levels of cortisol throughout the day and the values are of no use if we are not also assessing other adrenal hormones such as DHEA and the metabolites, which indicates exactly how your body is coping with stress.
We Recommend: Precision Analytical Dutch Adrenal
MTHFR Gene mutation
A gene mutation of the MTHFR enzymes dramatically effects the rate our body methylates, a process which occurs in every single cell of the body and is widely associated with cellular replication, DNA health, blood clotting, detoxification, emotional wellbeing, preconception care, pregnancy health and the immune system. Such factors also affect our ability to maintain balanced hormones, so in the presence of an MTHFR gene mutation which is becoming more and more common due to natural evolutionary factors, it is imperative that the defect is supported with a specific MTHFR protocol.
We Recommend Australian Clinical Labs (previously Healthscope Pathology)
This test is available as a blood sample or a saliva test. Take the referral form into any Healthscope pathology lab for a blood sample or ring and order a test kit direct from Australian Clinical Labs, who will post a kit for collecting a saliva sample.
This is a urinary test to check for elevated Kryptopyrolle molecules, a neurotoxic molecule which should be excreted daily, however in those with Pyrolle Disorder, they build up in the system leading to anxiety, irritability, depression, compromised immunity and many more symptoms. For women it can feel like you have severe PMS, all month long, so I highly encourage those with anxiety and other mental, emotional discomfort to investigate this test.
You can download referral forms for all of these functional pathology tests here.
Please note. Your results will be forwarded to you for FREE and the cost of these tests go directly to the Laboratory which process your report. Moment 4 Life Health & Living do offer private skype consultations by which you can chat to a qualified practitioner to discuss your results for a consultation fee, which also qualifies for private health rebates should you be covered for extra with your private health insurance policy.
We will be going over exactly how to interpret your results and the ideal reference ranges in week, so try and have your test done as soon as possible to ensure you have them ready to go as we cover the content.
As a general rule, general pathology will only take 3-5 days to be returned to your GP, where as Functional pathology can take 2-3 weeks.
Undertaking the most appropriate tests is the first part of feeling better, because unless we understand exactly what we are dealing with, it can be difficult to implement a specific treatment protocol. These tests will rule out anything more sinister other than general systemic hormonal dysfunction.
Out of the functional pathology suggestions we don’t adamantly recommend each and every one of these tests, it’s important to choose the investigations which you feel are most specifically indicated for your individual symptom presentation, if you are unsure, reach out to your mentor within the Facebook support group or in the Live Q & A sessions.