THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF HORMONES ARE BALANCED
IS TO TEST THEM
HORMONE BALANCE: The Key to Health
Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known collectively as the endocrine system. Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of their similar functions and relationship to each other.
Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by these glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body playing the role of chemical messengers turning specific target tissues on or off. Because they can’t be stored in the cells, hormones do their work as they pass through and then they’re gone. As a result, hormones must be made and released at the precise time they’re needed. To keep things functioning at their best, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits.
Because of the complexity of these interactions, a hormonal imbalance rarely stems from only one type of hormone. More often, the problem involves a series of hormones that are out of balance. In addition, a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland or set of glands can cause other glands or systems to dysfunction. Before you know it, you’re feeling miserable on multiple fronts.
How to Achieve Hormone Balance
To restore the vital balance of hormones, we first need a detailed, accurate measurement of hormone levels. Not just numbers, but an assessment that offers real meaning. ZRT’s reports are the most meaningful because they combine test levels with self-reported symptoms that are then correlated into a set of individualized comments – all giving unparalleled insight into conditions.
Why do we test hormones in saliva? Steroid hormones in the bloodstream are 95-99% bound to carrier proteins, and in this form are unavailable to target tissues. Saliva testing measures the amount of hormone available to target tissues – the bioavailable amount. For this reason, saliva testing better relates to specific symptoms of excess or deficiency, and is a good option for monitoring hormone therapy.
Why measure in blood spot? Blood spot is ideal for measuring hormones and other analytes such as insulin, blood lipids, Vitamin D, thyroid hormones, and elements like lead and magnesium. It offers distinct advantages over serum because it eliminates the need for a blood draw – saving time and money. ZRT developed the science for accurately measuring hormones in dried blood spot.
Urine testing is the best way to measure adrenal and sex steroid hormone by-products and their metabolic pathways, providing a gauge for understanding the body’s hormone metabolism. Urine testing is also the preferred method for testing elements like iodine and heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium. Additionally, it’s the most common method for testing neurotransmitters.
Female/Male Saliva Profile I: E2, Pg, T, DS, C
Female/Male Saliva Profile II: E2, Pg, T, DS, Cx2
Female/Male Saliva Profile III: E2, Pg, T, DS, Cx4
Hormone Trio – Saliva: E2, Pg, T
Adrenal Stress: DS, Cx4
Diurnal Cortisol: Cx4
NeuroAdvanced Profile: Dried Urine: GABA, Glu, Gly, DA, Epi, NE, HIST, 5-HT, PEA, DOPAC, HVA, 5-HIAA, NMN, VMA, Crtn
Estrogen Essential Profile
Estrogen Elite Profile
Basic Metabolites Profile
Advanced Metabolites Profile
Dried Urine: Melatonin (MT6s) x4,
Free Cortisol x4, Free Cortisone x4,
Female Profile I: E2, Pg, T, SHBG, DS, C
Female Profile II: E2, Pg, T, SHBG, DS, C, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Male Profile I: E2, T, PSA, SHBG, DS, C
Male Profile II: E2, T, PSA, SHBG, DS, C, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Hormone Trio: E2, Pg, T
Vitamin D: 25-OH D2, 25-OH D3, total
CardioMetabolic Profile: In, hsCRP, HbA1c, TG, CH, HDL, LDL, VLDL
Toxic & Essential Elements: Zn, Cu, Mg, Se, Cd, Pb, Hg
Essential Thyroid Profile: TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Elite Thyroid Profile: T4, Tgbn, TSH, fT3, fT4, TP0ab
Comprehensive Female Profile I:
Saliva: E2, Pg, T, DS, Cx4
Blood Spot: TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Comprehensive Female Profile II: Saliva: Cx4
Blood Spot: E2, Pg, T, SHBG, DS, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Comprehensive Male Profile I:
Saliva: E2, T, DS, Cx4
Blood Spot: PSA, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Comprehensive Male Profile II:
Blood Spot: E2, T, SHBG, PSA, DS, TSH,
fT3, fT4, TPOab
Dried Urine: I, Se, Br, Li, As, Cd, Hg, Crtn
Blood Spot: T4, Tgbn, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPOab
Comprehensive Toxic & Essential Elements
Blood Spot: Zn, Cu, Mg, Se, Cd, Pb, Hg
Urine: I, Br, Se, Li, As, Cd, Hg, Crtn
Cholesterol (CH), total
DHEA + DHEA-S
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Free Thyroxine (fT4)
Free Triiodothyronine (fT3)
HDL Cholesterol (HDL)
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP)
IGF-1 (Somatomedin C)
Insulin (Ins), fasting
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOab)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Vitamin D (25-OH D2/25-OH D3)
Intuitive graphics allows for quick scanning of a column of results to determine whether levels are high, low or ok.
Advanced Symptom Interpretation
Symptoms are summarized into 8 hormone imbalance conditions and scored with red, yellow or green bars to indicate severity.
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