DUTCH Test Hormone Series

PART 3

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HORMONES WE SEE

ON THE DUTCH TEST + WHY TESTING IS NECESSARY

READ MORE ABOUT THE DUTCH TEST HERE

PHASE II ESTROGEN METABOLISM
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Methylation is a protective process in the body, affecting DNA production, neurotransmitter production, detoxification, estrogen metabolism, eye health, fat metabolism, cellular energy, liver health. It happens primarily in the liver. We want to be methylating well as this will ensure the safe detox of substances and estrogen out of the body (we see estrogen on the DUTCH).

This process happens via the COMT enzyme (as seen on the image above).

What causes SLOW methylation?
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🧬 Genetic variation in your COMT gene can slow things down.
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💊 Too many supplements & medications (remember – they get detoxed by the liver).
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🤯 Stress – If the body is too busy metabolising a lot of adrenaline, it leaves fewer COMT enzymes to help break down estrogen. They both get metabolised via the same pathway. This is one of the ways stress directly affects hormone health!
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😩 Digestive problems – not enough stomach acid, malabsorption, insufficient protein uptake resulting in insufficient amino acid input. Amino acids are important for the methylation cycle.
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🍕 Suboptimal nutrition – not enough protein and B vitamins. As above, B vitamins are needed for us to be able to methylate well.
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🥬 Low magnesium.
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♾ Low glutathione – the MASTER oxidant we produce. Super critical for all body health. Again, we need enough macro- and micronutrients coming into the body and the cells.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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🌟 Consult with your health practitioner first – you can apply to work with me here
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📈 Do a DUTCH test so you can see the full picture – you don’t know what you don’t know. Playing guessing games with hormones is not a wise strategy for optimal health.
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🥝 Eat whole, nutritious foods.
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💊 Consider supplementing with magnesium & ensure you’re not deficient/insufficient in B vitamins. We see B12 and B6 cellular levels on the DUTCH – both are crucial for hormone production as well as for neurotransmitters production (serotonin and dopamine), which are crucial for mental health.
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🍋 Lighten your liver load – a lot can be done here from incorporating certain foods daily (cruciferous veggies + high ellagic acid foods – raspberries, pomegranates, walnuts etc.), removing others like alcohol + processed food. Some supplements can offer temporary help.
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🤯 Work on your perceived stress i.e. what you view as stressful + how you react. Relaxation practices like journaling, deep breathing, meditation, creative projects massively help. Assessing any and all sources of chronic stress is a must.
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🐛 Optimise your digestion, absorption, assimilation of nutrients & elimination of toxins.

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