Hormonal & Neurotransmitter Evaluations
When addressing hormonal or neurological imbalances, we look to regulate the HPA Axis. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis also known as “fight-or-flight” plays a dynamic role on the function of the body. When appropriately activated this stress response can aid in survival, but when over-activated, can lead to organ dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, metabolic disruptions, inflammation, and autoimmune reactivity.
All too often a client searching for a solution with ongoing health condition is picking at layers of the symptom rather than understanding that managing this axis can resolve many chronic conditions.
The integrity of the gut and digestive tract is often the first place to start in a functional medicine approach to healing the body. GI imbalance can lead to Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, and a range of diseases beyond the digestive tract including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, hormonal imbalance, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome and more. It is important to identify the root cause of any intestinal stress in order to apply the appropriate intervention.
SYMPTOMS OF HPA AXIS AND HORMONAL IMBALANCE
· Chronically stressed/anxious or worried
· Exhausted/Adrenal fatigue/Depression
· Brain Fog
· Hair Falling out
· Weight gain or loss
· Always hot or cold-temperature dysregulation
· Bloat and fluid retention
· Histamine/allergy reactivity
· Food sensitivity
LABRIX NEUROHORMONAL PANELS
Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone, and testosterone as being a male hormone. But men AND women make both, plus several more that need to be in balance for optimum health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems. Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing hormone balancing needs, and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. Unlike serum tests, saliva testing represents only hormones actively delivered to receptors in the body.
NEUROTRANSMITTERS are the brain chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among the body’s glands, organs, and muscles. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with most of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in practitioner’s offices today.
NEUROHORMONE COMPLETE PLUS PANEL is a combination of saliva and urine test used to uncover hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances and disturbances in the adrenal glands. This test includes a 4 point cortisol test to test for adrenal fatigue or failure, as well as a complete hormone panel workup including estrone, estriol, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone and well as DHEA. These seven hormones will provide crucial information about deficiencies, excesses and daily patterns, which then result in a specifically tailored treatment approach and one far more beneficial than the old “shotgun” approach. This lab is also a good assessment of perimenopause and hormonal shifts with aging. Cravings, brain fog, sense of vigor and cognitive function can also be addressed with the use of neurotransmitter testing included in this lab.
NEUROHORMONE COMPLETE PANEL is a combination of urine and saliva assessment that includes a four point cortisol test along with a measurement of serotonin, dopamine, gaba, norepinephrine, epinephrine and glutamate. This test also measures Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, and Estriol. This lab is a good assessment for males working to improve sense of vigor, sex drive, testosterone expression, fatigue, stress management, balanced mood, and regulated sleep.
NEUROADRENAL PANEL is a combination of saliva and urine test used to uncover neurotransmitter imbalances and disturbances in the adrenal glands. The urinalysis measures levels of neurotransmitters including; serotonin, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and glutamate. The saliva looks at Adrenal hormones including DHEA and a 4 point cortisol test to test for adrenal fatigue or failure. These are included in the neurohormone complete plus panel.
NEUROBASIC PANEL is a urine test that measures levels of neurotransmitters including; serotonin, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and glutamate. This panel is important to run when assessing anxiety, depression, insomnia, or working to wean off mood stabilizing medications such as
antidepressants and antianxiety prescriptions. These are included in both the neurohormone complete, complete plus, and neuroadrenal panel.
Get a Neurohormone Complete Plus (for Women) or Neurohormone Complete (for Men) test kit today to start balancing your HPA axis and optimizing your hormones and brain chemistry! Each online lab test purchased comes with a customized email lab review by a functional medicine practitioner. For a more in depth lab interpretation with personalized supplement and diet intervention recommendations, upgrade by adding an initial consultation to your order! For lab pricing, visit the SHOP page.