I’m so excited to share this video with you. As you know, I love talking about all things hormones! 🙂
As you might remember, I’ve had some wacky hormone stuff going on since Quinn was born nearly 4.5 years ago. I’ve worked with Kristin from Thrive by Food for several months now, and she suggested the DUTCH test to figure out what was going on with my hormones. DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.
In this video, she discusses my personal results as well as how the DUTCH test works, its benefits, and what information it provides. She also briefly discusses some of her supplement recommendations to me.
About Tina’s Results from Kristin:
The DUTCH Test (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) is the most advanced test for hormones. Tina’s results showed that her progesterone levels, a master hormone in the body, is on the high end of the range. We also see that her testosterone is on the low end of the range (we want to see that a bit higher as that’s a hormone we women need in order to feel well). Last, her estrogen average is well in range, which is a good sign. Digging into her other estrogens later on in the test, however, we see that two of her estrogens, estrone and estradiol, are in range, but her estriol is quite low in comparison. This is a common pattern I see, and it means we need to help the body better metabolize estrogens so they can all even out.
Comparing her three main hormones, we can see that she has testosterone deficiency because it’s lower than estrogen and progesterone, which correlates to many of the symptoms she came to me about. There is also a relative estrone dominance, which could mean the body is having trouble clearing it. This can result in outward manifestations of acne on the face as the body is trying to detox.
Her adrenal hormones were in range but there is some tweaking that needs to be addressed. Her metabolized cortisol levels (the amount of cortisol the body produces to give us energy for the day) is nice and in range, but her 24 hr free cortisol (the amount of circulating cortisol in the body) is higher. This indicates that the body is holding onto cortisol as a stress reserve, so it’s one of our goals to reduce stress in the body and get her out of fight and flight. Her DHEA levels, which is an anabolic hormone that helps to counter the effects of cortisol, is in range but a bit lower than cortisol, which can indicate the body is having a hard time keeping up with stress.
Last, we see that she’s deficient in vitamin B12, a major nutrient input to the hormone production process, and she’s also deficient in glutathione, the body’s main antioxidant. This also correlates with her high oxidative stress, meaning there is some damage in the body that needs to be healed. This alone could be a big stressor to the adrenal glands, so by helping the body to heal, we can then allow the adrenals to do their job better. We also see that she has a few neurotransmitter imbalances which relate to some of the symptoms she came to me about as well. By addressing damage in the body, switching the body from fight and flight to rest and digest through adaptogens and hemp oil, and continuing to work on her gut health, we should see these levels even out.
Overall, I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER with regard to my hormones. There are some things that I am still working on, but looking back at the quiz that took in The Hormone Cure at the beginning of my journey, I’ve come SO FAR with regard to my hormonal symptoms. Fixing your hormones definitely doesn’t happen overnight, but working with Kristin and receiving this information from the DUTCH test has made a huge different in my progress!
If you’re interested in learning more about the DUTCH test and/or working with Kristin, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her. And, of course, if you have any specific questions for me, just let me know. I’m more than happy to chat about hormone stuff – it’s my favorite topic! 🙂
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