Are You Suffering With Weight Gain, Anxiety, Brain Fog, Fatigue, Mood Swings or Insomnia... Then You Need A Dutch Test!
The most advanced and extensive hormone testing available, the DUTCH test uses urine to provide information on sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites. It also shows the diurnal pattern of free cortisol as well as melatonin.
If you are suffering with any of the following it is likely that we would want you to complete the DUTCH hormone test.
Clinically it provides a wealth of information and stands out from other hormone tests because it is comprised of 4-5 urine collections throughout the day. This allows us to see your cortisol pattern that would not be able to be detected in a single blood or saliva test. Being able to look at the metabolites of the hormones is super important because we can tell if your symptoms are present because of the actual hormone being low or high or perhaps it has more to do with the inability of the body to clear it out or metabolize it.
Adrenal Fatigue (which is actually HPA axis dysfunction) has been a big buzzword for several years now and for a long time the way to test that was using saliva. The problem with the saliva testing is that it only provides information on how much free cortisol was in the body. Using the DUTCH testing we are now able to see the metabolites of cortisol which is actually a much better marker for overall cortisol production in the body.
People who were previously thought to have been producing too little cortisol as measured by saliva sample, are able to see that it may have not been an issue with actual cortisol production, rather there is a problem with the metabolism of it. This information is critical when deciding on treatment options. These patients may have been given supplements to boost cortisol production and found that it did not help them to feel better, simply because they were not looking at the right thing.
The complexity of the test makes it so that you really need to be working with a practitioner who has the training to guide you through the testing guidelines, read your results and develop a treatment plan. Also, when you order the test through us you will save $100 off the retail price. Both April and Kevin have been through additional training on the DUTCH testing and would be happy to help you address any hormone issues you may be having.
With this information we can create a custom health blueprint that may consist of dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes and/or supplementation.
Dr April Bradley is an Acupuncture Physician and Certified Functional Medicine Practioner. She has been in the natural health field for over 17years.