Why it is important to get your hormones checked

Our hormones control everything from the way we feel, look, or appetite, weight, pms, muscle tone, mood and much more.
A simple blood test can help get to the bottom of what’s going on for you. Let’s talk about some of the most important hormones in the body.

OESTROGEN:

➕ Makes your skin look lush, blemish free and hydrated
➕nourishes our bones
➕important for fertility and regulating our menstrual cycle
➕it’s a mood booster

If there is too much oestrogen circulating around the body it can lead to some pretty unpleasant symptoms such as:

➖heavy periods
➖migraines
➖breast tenderness
➖endometriosis and fibroids
➖weight gain
➖acne

Equally is the hormone progesterone which can make is feel amazing when it is in abundance. It’s kind of like the yogi of the hormone. It loves to relax and shine.

In abundance

➕gives you thick and shiny hair ( which is why pregnant women always have such glowy luscious tresses)
➕puts you in a zen headspace and helps you sleep like a baby at night
➕important for fertility and pregnancy, it is released after ovulation and your body produces more when you are pregnant to keep the uterine wall nice and thick for the placenta to attach and feed the baby

When it’s lacking

➖ it can cause hair loss
➖anxiety and sleeplessness
➖fertility and pregnancy issues

Last but not least drumroll please for….: Testosterone
Men and women need this hormone and it has different actions for either.

In Men

➕increases muscle tone and growth
➕boosts libido
➕influences hair growth on the body as well as the scalp
➕boosts mood and confidence

In women it also influences libido and mood as well as the decisionmaking process.

There are many more hormones whichare important and can be tested on an individual basis. These include stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin, thyroid hormone a\which affect our metabolism and weight.

If you are interested in getting your hormones checked, we offer a hormone testing package here at natology and this is how it works:

1. Book in for a phone consult to tell us what’s going on so we can choose the right tests for you

2. You will get a personalized blood test form sent out to get a test done at a standard pathology lab – takes 10minutes

3. We will receive your test results back within 2 days and will make an appointment to discuss your results and create a treatment plan for you.

The cost is $250 which includes both consults and your tests.

Book in for a free chat to discuss what’s best for you or book in for your personalized hormone testing package here.

What is the deal with Folate during pregnancy?

PRECONCEPTION

Why is MTHFR important in preconception and pregnancy ? 

Written by our fertility Naturopath – Shannon Stokes

1. MTHFR is an enzyme in your body that converts the folate you eat (leafy greens and legumes) into a usable and active form for absorption
2. If you have a mutation in the gene (which is what we can test for) the absorption of folate you consume via diet or prenatal vitamin will be affected. 
3. Folate is absolutely essential for a healthy pregnancy. 
4. If we know there is a mutation in this gene we can help ensure you are getting the right types of active folate to assist with getting you pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and healthy growth and development of your baby. 
4. A mutation in one of the tested genes or even both of the genes tested is very common and could be affecting your chance to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy. 
5. Taking higher doses of folic acid in a prenatal vitamin if you have this gene mutation is not the answer and can be impacting your fertility and may lead to pregnancy struggles. 
6. So many foods and cereals are fortified with folic acid which is overkill if you ask me, so you may be overloading via diet and then taking a prenatal vitamin with already high levels of folic acid form. 
7. This science is hugely complex and not a one size fits all approach, don’t opt for a quick over the counter prenatal vitamin especially if you feel there might be some problems getting pregnant or having frequent miscarriages.
8. Some of the signs that you may have a defect are;

depression
– fatigue
– anxiety
– low B12 levels
– elevated homocysteine (blood test)
– multiple miscarriages
– ADD
– ADHD
– high blood pressure
– chronic constipation. 

All this aside, it is important to know that the MTHFR gene resides in every single cell in the body. People with the genetic variant can have up to 40-60% reduced ability to utilise folate. It is suggested that 1 in 4 people carry a variant or mutation. That’s pretty high odds if you ask me?!
If you would like to know more, call us for a chat and get the test done at our clinic or have it posted to you. The test is simple and quick with a finger prick test and the information gained and treatment post MTHFR test is actually really easy, but always individualised! 

Credit:

Shannon Stokes

Naturopath and Nutritionist at our Brisbane clinic.

Specialising in fertility, pre-conception care, pregnancy and women’s health, children’s and adolescents Nutrition

To learn more please contact us!