How’s Your Hormone Health?

Know the impact hormones have on your body and your health.

Feeling out of balance these days? It might be the pandemic. It might be hormones. It might be both!

Many of us have experienced emotional ups and downs. It is just one of the ways our bodies tell us things just aren’t quite right. If you are in tune with your body, you might recognize the symptoms and act quickly to figure out how to get back in sync before things get worse. But what causes our bodies to get out of balance in the first place?

Tiny but mighty, our bodies depend on hormones to function. Hormones are created by our endocrine system, more specifically, they’re created by glands that are part of the endocrine system. The main hormone-producing glands are the hypothalamus, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, pineal, ovaries and testes. Each is responsible for creating and maintaining different hormones, it’s these glands that work together in a delicate balance to keep us healthy.

The hormones coordinate many important functions like growth, metabolism and fertility. They can also influence your immune system and your behavior.

Some people are more sensitive to hormones than others. This might explain why some people suffer from premenstrual syndrome or postpartum depression, while others aren’t bothered at all by the hormonal changes of menstruation and pregnancy.

While we all experience hormonal shifts throughout the day, trouble arises when the hormone levels don’t return to normal levels and remain unbalanced – whether that is too much of a hormone or not enough.

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by endocrine-related health disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Discovering Hormone Imbalances

Any Lab Test Now offers a wide variety of tests that can be taken both in the office and at home to determine what is causing your hormones to go haywire. Not all of the tests involve a blood draw either.

The Saliva Hormone Test

The Saliva Hormone test is the simplest and most non-invasive tests to discover any type of hormone imbalance in either males or females.

Hormone imbalance can occur at any age and can be due to a multitude of reasons. The ovaries produce many of the hormones in females, which also communicate with the brain to either increase or decrease the release of various other hormones.  The imbalance within the body can lead to symptoms experienced during a short period of time or for many years.

In men, the testes produce mainly 95% of all testosterone, which is balanced by the adrenal gland.  The brain also regulates the increase or decrease of hormones released within the body.  The irregularity of testosterone within the body may contribute to decreased bone density, decreased muscle strength and decreased libido.

The Weight Management Hormone Test

Undetected hormone imbalance can be the missing link as to why achieving and maintaining your optimal weight has been unsuccessful, despite your best efforts with diet and exercise.

The Weight Management Kit  is ideal for women and men who are struggling with weight issues, menopause or andropause and anyone wanting to get to the root of general health concerns.

The Weight Management Take Home Hormone Kit consists of a dried blood spot test and a saliva test. The test measures bioavailable hormone levels for those with unexplained weight gain, obesity, abdominal fat, high BMI and low metabolism. This kit is available in-store or for purchase online.

The Sleep Balance Hormone Test

More than 60 million Americans suffer from some degree of sleep loss. It’s no surprise that many of us are still unaware of the connection between hormones and sleep. Some of the most common hormone-related causes of sleep loss are high cortisol and low melatonin.

  • High cortisol results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired & increased belly fat.
  • Low Melatonin results in excessive fatigue, depression, anxiety & insomnia.

To restore the vital balance of hormones, you need to start with an accurate measurement of hormone levels. The Sleep balance kit is an at home test which includes:

  • A dried urine test to measure Melatonin levels ( Melatonin (MT6s x 4))
  • A dried urine test to measure Cortisol levels (Free Cortisol (Cx4))

Be at Ease

There are many more options for hormone testing available. You can speak with the experts at Any Lab test Now to discuss which one is right for you. As mentioned, many of the tests are available for purchase online and can be performed from the comfort of your home. However, if you need a blood test that requires a blood draw, you can also be at ease when it comes to seeking out any type of lab work at Any Lab Test Now.

We provide you a safe and clean alternative location for lab work. Each of our 185+ stores is sanitized several times a day, in accordance with the CDC’s protocols. Any Lab Test Now is a committed partner in helping you manage your family’s healthcare so you can make educated decisions that will directly affect your quality of life. We want to put you at ease during the coronavirus outbreak. We are here to help.

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