Hormone & Neurotransmitter Testing
Are You Experiencing Adrenal Fatigue?*
- Tired for no reason?
- Panic attacks?
- Having trouble getting up in the morning?
- Need coffee, soda, salty or sweet snacks to keep going?
- Feeling run down and stressed?
- Feeling angry without cause, temper tantrums?
- Acne not improving despite medication?
If you answered “yes” any of these questions, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue can affect anyone who experiences frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. It can also be an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. Adrenal fatigue has generally been ignored and misunderstood.
A cortisol test is done to measure the level of the hormone cortisol in the blood or salvia. The cortisol level may show problems with the adrenal glands or pituitary gland. Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels go up when the pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
Cortisol has many functions. It helps the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy (metabolism), and it helps the body manage stress. Cortisol levels can be affected by many conditions, such as physical or emotional stress, strenuous activity, infection, or injury.
Normally, cortisol levels rise during the early morning hours and are highest about 7 a.m. They drop very low in the evening and during the early phase of sleep. But if you sleep during the day and are up at night, this pattern may be reversed. If you do not have this daily change (diurnal rhythm) in cortisol levels, you may have overactive adrenal glands. This condition is called Cushing’s syndrome.
Part of Dr.Littzi’s antiaging regimen includes cortisol testing.
Neurotransmitters are very important chemical messengers that affect your health and wellness in complex ways. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. Neurotransmitters are also necessary for thought processes, emotions, and other essential body functions including sleep, energy, and fear. Unfortunately, the nervous system can be easily disrupted through a number of factors: Stress, Poor diet, Toxic chemicals and Infections Genetics. Neurotransmitters can now be tested in a simple urine test.
These factors can cause the levels of neurotransmitters to become either too high or too low. Imbalanced neurotransmitter levels can contribute to: Stress, low mood or mood swings, anxious, irritability, agitation, tension, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, focusing or remembering, sleep disturbances, sleep difficulties, fatigue, lack of energy, weight issues, food cravings.
When any of your neurotransmitters are either too high or too low for optimal balance, you tend to experience life through the lens of the imbalance. If your serotonin levels are too low, you may begin to see the world in a negative way, believing that you are weak and overwhelmed, and become resentful and feel victimized. If your levels are too high you may feel driven to take unnecessary risks and overwork yourself, avoiding personal intimacy and connections, and compulsively drive yourself to win at all costs.
Dr. Littzi now offers neurotransmitter testing.
Using the results of a neurotransmitter test as a starting point, we can use safe, natural, non-prescription approaches to restore your neurotransmitter balance to support your health and well-being.
Dr. Littzi evaluates your overall health, administers a neurotransmitter and cortisol test determines the best integrative treatment. Treatments include: hormone replacement recommendations, herbs, supplements and vitamins, patient education, exercise and dietary modifications.
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