The DUTCH test is a comprehensive look at your hormones, detoxification pathways and other contributing factors such as stress hormones and nutritional markers. The DUTCH uses a dried urine collection method which is a convenient and highly accurate. The results are complex but highly informative if you have ever wondered whether hormones have been at the root cause or a major contributing factor to your health issues. Our Nutritionists are extensively trained in interpreting these results and can tailor your protocol using this information.
An imbalance in sex hormones may be present in PMS, irregular or absent cycles, anovulation, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, skin problems and fibroids amongst others. Detoxification of oestrogen is also an important consideration where there is an increased risk of breast cancer.
You can take the standard test if you have a cycle or if it is absent. If you have a menstrual cycle, your Nutritionist may recommend to track your hormone fluctuations over the course of one cycle – this is the DUTCH Complete Hormones with Cycle Mapping.
For men: An imbalance in sex hormones may be present in low mood, anxiety, lack of motivation, hair loss, weight gain and fatigue.
- Oestrogen and the metabolites indicating how you detoxify oestrogen
- Testosterone and metabolites of testosterone including the most active form
- DHEA (a master hormone)
Stress can have a profound effect on our emotional and physical well-being, affecting everyone at some point and causing symptoms including weight gain, depression, digestive problems, hormonal imbalance and many more. Continued imbalance of stress hormones can wear the body down, triggering chronic fatigue. An altered cortisol pattern can contribute to sleep irregularities or feelings of exhaustion that are not relieved by rest or sleep.
- Cortisol, breakdown products and cortisone which is a more accurate way of measuring your overall resilience to stress
- Stress hormone pattern over the course of the day as an important indicator of recovery from stress and resilience to stress
Markers of Nutritional Deficiencies
B12 and B6 play an important role in hormonal balance, symptoms of PMS, pain and mood balance.
Markers of oxidative stress
Oxidative stress can contribute to cell damage, inflammation and pain.
- 8-OHdG marker found in the urine as a reliable indicator of oxidative stress
- Marker of glutathione requirements, an important antioxidant
Neurotransmitters and hormones
Neurotransmitters and their metabolites are critical in regulating mood, sleep, motivation and energy.
- Dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine/ norepinephrine
- Melatonin is the hormone that regulates sleep
If you are interested in functional medicine testing: please contact us at email@example.com or make an enquiry online. We have a number of different tests available and it is most helpful, and cost effective, to carry out an initial assessment with your Nutritionist before testing.