In my practice I see a lot of women who are suffering from hormonal imbalances. I also see a lot of women who are burnt out, fried, and frazzled. Hormonal imbalances and burnout have two things in common: hormones and gut health.
The DUTCH test is the hormone test I suggest every woman gets done. Yes. Every, single, woman. I think it's crucial to know what your hormones are doing in order to optimise your health. And the DUTCH test is the best way to determine accurately what's going on with your hormones.
Hormones obviously play a crucial role in how we feel. When they're out of whack we can feel downright lousy. But when they're balanced not only do we feel physically better, but also mentally better and we set ourselves up for the prevention of multiple diseases.
The DUTCH test allows us to look at the state of your adrenals, which play a huge role in burnout. It also gives us insight into whether or not you may have a thyroid condition at play and how well your liver is performing, (and optimal liver function is crucial for hormonal balance).
The DUTCH test also allows us to see how you're metabolizing your estrogen so we can set you up as best as possible for the hopeful prevention of estrogen-dominant cancers such as breast, uterine, and ovarian, and to reduce or eliminate symptoms of estrogen dominance such as PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy periods, and more.
The second test I suggest all women get done is a GI Map, which gives you information about the state of your gut.
It's no over-statement that all disease starts in the gut. The gut is honestly the most crucial and fundamental pillar of optimal health in my opinion. And a huge number of people – more than not – have gut issues.
Gut issues span dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, pathogens, parasites, overgrowth of yeast, issues with beta-glucuronidase, which can negatively impact your estrogen metabolism, and more.
An unhealthy gut will mess with your hormonal balance and also put significant strain on your adrenal glands to exacerbate symptoms of burnout.
And the thing is, often you can be asymptomatic. Symptoms don't have to be present in order for you to have some serious gut imbalances at play.
So those are the two tests that I suggest you put on your “to get” list as a priority for your health. Investing in your health will pay you back every, single, day of your life.
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In happiness and health,