Hormone Balance: Your Key to Better Health
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If you’ve tried to understand changes in your health, or perhaps even treated your symptoms in ways that don’t seem to work, testing your hormones may be an important next step.
A Delicate Balancing Act
Hormones exist in harmony with each other partners in a delicate balancing act.
When levels are in balance, body systems are stable. When levels fall our of balance, normal function is disrupted, leading to chronic symptoms, disorders and disease.
Everyday Decisions Have Impact
Hormone balance starts with the everyday decisions we make. Lifestyle, nutrition and supplementation impact that balance-as well as our overall health.
Symptoms that may signify an imbalance include:
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Irregular cycles (women)
- Mood swings/irritability
- Decreased urinary flow/increased urge (men)
- Thinning hair
- Foggy thinking
- Loss of libido (sex drive)
- Finding your balance
Finding Your Balance
Active in cells throughout the body, hormones govern key facets of our health such as moods, memory, energy, sleep, libido and fertility. They not only regulate our immune system and response to stress, but help maintain bone and muscle mass, too.
Factors such as stress, diet,exercise and environmental toxins impact our overall hormone wellness. This is particularly true at mid-life, when reproductive functions diminish and significant hormone production is taken over by the adrenal glands.
Symptoms resulting from hormonal shifts in our bodies can be felt strongly-leading us to feel physically or mentally out of balance.
The Importance of Testing
Comprehensive baseline testing gives you and your healthcare provider an in-depth picture of your hormone levels.
Testing reveals your individual level of hormone production and pinpoints imbalances, and also shows where you stand in comparison to healthy averages for your age group and gender.
These test results, combined with an assessment of any additional symptoms you may be experiencing (like hot flashes or low libido), provide a detailed picture of how hormone imbalance is affecting your life and well-being.
From there, you and your healthcare provider will be able to create an individualized treatment program.
Testing takes the guesswork our of treatment-making it possible for your provider to tailor program just for you.
Lab Tests Made Simple
Samples can be collected in minutes at home or at your healthcare provider’s office.
Once ZRT receives your sample, it will be processed and the results sent to your provider-typically within 3-5 business days. You can then meet with your provider to discuss results and appropriate treatment options.
ZRT makes periodic, follow-up testing easy by providing historic data ranges that compare your hormone levels over time and with treatment-enabling your provider to track your progress and make adjustments accordingly.
Founded in 1998, ZRT Laboratory has one of the largest databases of hormone test results in the industry. You benefit from the experience of a lab that has tested more than two million people and has established ranges for all hormone supplementation types.
For further questions about testing, ask your doctor, pharmacist or other trained healthcare provider. You can also visit us at zrtlab.com.