While conventional medical practises may often focus on matching diseases with medications, alternative and functional practises ask questions like “Why is this happening in the first place?” And “How can we help the body to heal itself?”
This holistic approach that treats the body as a whole, and addresses the root of the issue is particularly helpful in dealing with hormonal conditions, such as PMS, infertility, hormonal acne, weight gain, irregular, absent or painful periods, mood swings and sexual dysfunction.
After all, hormones are natural chemicals inside you that literally act as messengers, telling your cells what to do, how to function and what to prioritise– they’re kind of a big deal in how we think, act and feel in our bodies.
In celebration of the launch of the Eve Hormone Test—a simplified, results-focused version of our original offering—we got chatting to our friends at the BePure Clinic to find out the key reasons why they use hormone testing with their clients.
Here’s what they had to say.
1. FIND OUT WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON
The signs of hormone imbalance listed above can be related to different hormone imbalances for different people, making it difficult to know what’s really going on through symptomology alone.
For example, a client struggling with irregular cycles could be dealing with an imbalance in oestrogen, androgens, progesterone or even all three. Another who experiences debilitating PMS each month could have high oestrogen, low progesterone, poor oestrogen metabolism or some combination of the above.
Testing allows you to find out exactly what’s going on, and work with that, without second guessing yourself.
2. THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
They really don’t. For some people, seeing the numbers, reference ranges and dials is the ‘Aha moment’ that brings everything to life.
For many women, seeing the numbers brings a sense of relief, providing the answers they have been searching the internet for, or validating what they have been experiencing—it really isn’t “all in their head.”
3. ELIMINATE TRIAL AND ERROR
When your client comes to you struggling with acne, weight gain, fatigue and other signs of hormone imbalance that affect their day-to-day quality of life, they’ll likely be feeling a bit desperate.
Those who decide to start working with a health practitioner have likely already tried a series of (expensive) stabs in the dark with herbs, supplements and diet changes; and are looking for support and guidance from someone who can tell them more about their unique body than google can.
They don’t want to ‘try’ more options, they want to know exactly what’s right for them.
Testing eliminates the need for more trial and error, by allowing you to know exactly what’s going on, and address that.
4. PICK UP ON ISSUES THAT MAY HAVE BEEN MISSED
Testing your hormones and their metabolites tells you exactly how your body is producing and processing different hormones.
A comprehensive urine-based test such as the Eve Hormone Test, measures 18 markers of key sex hormones covering progesterone, oestrogen, testosterone and androgens. It also includes metabolites for oestrogen and androgens—which is important, as the way hormones are being metabolised (processed by the body) can be just as important in explaining your wellness as the actual levels of hormones.
This deep insight into a range of hormonal markers can often reveal imbalances and key information that otherwise may have been overlooked by focusing on symptoms alone.
5. CLIENT SATISFACTION AND EARLY WINS
With a clear understanding of what’s going on with your client, you can create a much clearer path to balance, through tailored nutritional and lifestyle changes that support your client, and their unique hormone picture.
Noticing changes early on in the journey is one of the most important factors in ensuring a client stays on a health journey, for greater successes down the track.
Are you a practitioner interested in using Eve Hormone Tests with your clients?
Eve Hormone Tests can be used the same way DUTCH testing is used in practice, however, they are more affordable, NZ-based, and have a quicker turnaround time*.
To learn more about our wholesale offering for practitioners, register your interest here.