DUTCH Test Hormone Series
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HORMONES WE SEE
ON THE DUTCH TEST + WHY TESTING IS NECESSARY
Can’t fall or stay asleep, or you wake up earlier than you’d like to in the morning? 😫
You may have LOW melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted at night by the pineal gland to help regulate our circadian rhythm 🌓 (natural body clock).
It is also an important antioxidant. Day time melatonin is made in the gut.
The DUTCH test measures the levels of nighttime melatonin production.
Low melatonin levels are linked to:
- Lowered immune system health
- Weight gain
- Increased appetite
- and much more….. 😟
More on why melatonin could be low in Post 5 of the DUTCH Hormone Series.
Could melatonin-containing foods help? Worth a try! If you have proper sleep hygiene – grab my handy guide on good sleep foundations here – you could try incorporating these into your diet, especially closer to bedtime.
Foods that contain melatonin:*
–> Tart cherries and tart cherry juice
–> Regular cherries
–> Goji berries
–> Orange peppers
–> Flax seeds
🍌 Bananas** can also be super helpful. They contain potassium and magnesium, both are muscle relaxants, and the amino acid tryptophan, which converts into serotonin and ultimately melatonin – if we have enough nutrients coming into the body, we can digest them and absorb them well, aaaaaand stress is not a problem for us.
🥔 Potatoes also fall in the carbs-that-are-good-for-sleep category.
Disturbed sleep and insomnia are no joke! 😫 This gal didn’t sleep for over 10 years, the misery is something else! So many other factors and dynamics can be at play, but the good news is, you CAN start to sleep properly again.