Hormone Level Testing

Hormone Level Testing with Maria Claps

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Maria Claps talks about hormone level testing and managing and balancing your body’s hormones.

Maria Claps is a certified health coach and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. She has trained with Dr. Sarah Gottfried in order to help women balance their hormones.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What test do you use to assess hormones?
  • Why do you say the saliva test not effective for women over forty?
  • What are some of the key foods we can eat to improve liver health?
  • What can we do to better balance our blood sugar?

Key Points made by Maria:

  • The saliva test has been the dominant hormone level testing method for the past twenty years but it provides an incomplete picture.
  • The Dutch test shows you free cortisol as well as metabolized cortisol, indicators of adrenal fatigue.
  • Very low cortisol is a reason to refer to a medical doctor. The saliva test may indicate low cortisol but the Dutch test gives a better picture of what cortisol your body is producing.
  • The Dutch test also measures melatonin, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
  • Using the Dutch test can help determine a program of supplementation and lifestyle.
  • The saliva test is not a great test for women over forty due to the fact that they produce smaller amounts of estrogen.
  • Liver health is the first factor to look at. The liver processes everything your body comes into contact with.
  • Adrenal health is the second factor. Stress management is important here.
  • Blood sugar balance is the third factor. You have a hormonal response to food that exercise alone can’t account for. A diet of refined carbohydrates can lead to blood sugar imbalance which can lead to hormone imbalance down the line.
  • Appropriate movement is the fourth factor. Exercise in short, intense bursts.
  • Avoid foods like supermarket meat since they add to the burden your liver must process.
  • Dandelion and dandelion tea are effective foods to help your liver process hormones.
  • Aim to have fat, fiber, and protein at every meal. True stomach hunger within three hours of eating indicates that you haven’t eaten a complete meal.
  • Mitigating the stress in your life is the best way to balance your hormones, but it can also be the hardest. It requires meditation, yoga, or some sort of intention and mindset change.

Resources Mentioned:

Guide to Perimenopause

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again

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