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HORMONE BALANCE: The Key to Health
Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known collectively as the endocrine system. Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of their similar functions and relationship to each other.
Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by these glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body playing the role of chemical messengers turning specific target tissues on or off. Because they can’t be stored in the cells, hormones do their work as they pass through and then they’re gone. As a result, hormones must be made and released at the precise time they’re needed. To keep things functioning at their best, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits.
Because of the complexity of these interactions, a hormonal imbalance rarely stems from only one type of hormone. More often, the problem involves a series of hormones that are out of balance. In addition, a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland or set of glands can cause other glands or systems to dysfunction. Before you know it, you’re feeling miserable on multiple fronts.
How to Achieve Hormone Balance
To restore the vital balance of hormones, we first need a detailed, accurate measurement of hormone levels. Not just numbers, but an assessment that offers real meaning.
With almost 20 years of experience and results from over 10 million tests, ZRT Laboratory is a recognized leader in informative, safe and meaningful hormone testing. Our reports include customized comments specific to your lab results. We also are the only lab to offer reference ranges based on patient age, reproductive states and levels of supplementation.
For an initial evaluation of overall hormonal status, it is strongly recommended that most comprehensive profiles use both saliva and blood spot collection, which give you the “big picture” of where the hormones may be unbalanced.