Functional Hormone Testing
We utilize the most comprehensive testing available for hormones. Sometimes traditional blood work leaves us without a thorough understanding of what is truly going on with our hormones. For this reason, we offer multiple ways of testing hormones in the body - saliva, urine, blood, and stool. There is no single test that is right for everyone, so having a variety ensures we will gain a better understanding of your hormone function, and what may be leading to problems with these important messengers in our bodies.
why check hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. There are many types of hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes.
- Fatigue & energy levels
- Cardiovascular health (blood pressure, clotting, lipids)
- Neurology (migraines, sleep, pain)
- Mental health (depression, anxiety, cognitive function)
- Immunity (infections, autoimmune disease)
- Metabolism (blood sugar regulation, tissue repair)
- Bone density (osteoporosis)
- Physical appearance (skin, muscles, hair)
how is functional hormone testing different?
Functional hormone panels reveal the overall state of hormonal balance in a patient. Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance. An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key.
Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body as most basic functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. We also test several proteins that affect thyroid function as well as antibodies to thyroid which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue) and your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Interested in functional hormone testing but not sure which test is right for you? Fill out the form below and we will have Dr. Jill Plentl, D.C. contact your to answer your questions.