Not all that long ago, the words ‘I’m feeling so hormonal’, were synonymous with feeling fragile & moody at ‘that time of the month’. That was about where our understanding of hormones both started and ended.
Thankfully, times are a-changin’. We are becoming increasingly aware of the way hormones play an essential role in pretty much every system in our bodies; from our appetite to our sleep to our mood; and everything in between.
As our understanding in this fascinating area of health grows, it makes sense that our desires to investigate them does too.
In fact, at-home hormone testing and other technologies that allow us to monitor and manage our personal health, is a trend that’s already on the rise around the world, and predicted to grow by three-to-four-fold over the next few years.
If you’re new to the world of hormones and struggling to comprehend why you would want to send your urine or saliva to a lab, you’ve landed in the right place.
Here are 4 reasons why you might want to think about testing your hormones.
1. Take Charge of Your Own Health & Wellbeing
The reality is that hormones affect so much of what makes you feel like you. If these chemical messengers are off balance due to diet, lifestyle, or other external stressors—your mood, energy and everything in between can feel off kilter too.
Consider this: if you don’t take charge of your own health and quality of life, no one will.
You have both the most invested interest, and the greatest power to affect how you feel in your body, day in and day out.
If you feel like something is a little ‘off,’ it probably is. Even small shifts outside the optimal range can impact your well-being and warrant further investigation. We get one body in this life, why wouldn’t you want it to feel as good as it possibly can?
Hormone testing can help to explain why you’re feeling the way you are, and when you have answers to the ‘why this is happening’, the ‘what to do about it’ becomes much clearer.
As BePure’s Ben Warren often says, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”
2. Find Out What’s REALLY Going On Inside
Sometimes the physical sensations that affect the quality of our life the most are also the most difficult to decipher.
Your energy levels are on the floor—but is it because your cortisol is as well? What about your oestrogen? Testosterone? Should you be looking into nutrient deficiencies? Is it your sleep quality?
The same goes for the signs of ‘oestrogen dominance,’ such as weight gain, PMS and tender breasts. They could be showing up to let you know that your oestrogen is high, or that your detoxification pathways are struggling, or that your not ovulating at the moment.
Confusing, isn’t it?
To make these signs, (and every other physical sensation that’s tied to the precious ratio of hormones in your system) a thing of the past, it’s important to address the imbalance that’s driving the signs in the first place.
But this all starts with figuring out exactly what that is… (cue reason #3)
3. Save Your Precious Time & Money
While there are a whole lot of ways you can improve your general health - and therefore your hormone health (like eating greens, drinking water, getting enough sleep and so on) -, in some cases our health and hormones need more of a targeted and specific approach.
The great news is, there’s a lot of powerful herbs & supplements out there that can make a world of difference to your hormone health when used correctly. The problem is that using them on a whim when they aren’t right for you, can - and often does - make things worse rather than better.
Trying to correct a hormone imbalance without knowing exactly what you’re dealing with can very easily turn into a series of (expensive) stabs in the dark.
Speaking from experience, when you are struggling with acne, weight gain, fatigue and any other signs of hormone imbalance that may be affecting you on a regular basis without knowing what’s at its root, it’s hard not to feel a bit desperate. And, speaking from experience again, desperation can lead to throwing a whole lot of mud at the wall and hoping something sticks.
However, when hormone imbalances are at the root of your bloating, acne or weight gain; no tea, serum or fad diet is going to address why you are experiencing these signs in the first place.
Hormone testing means no more guessing. No more spending all of your money on skincare & supplements that don’t work. Find out what your hormones are up to, and just support their needs. Your needs. Keep it simple.
4. Tune In To Your Body
So many of us feel detached from ourselves from the neck down and have relationships with our bodies that are built around frustration and resentment, rather than compassion and understanding.
Testing your hormones is a way to tune into your body, and find out what it’s really trying to tell you. Only when you know the ways in which it needs a little extra support can you meaningfully go about providing it.
Testing with Eve doesn’t just mean finding out your levels of different sex or stress hormones; it’s also a plan around how to move forward and a range of different tips and tools to support your unique body.
Think of the recommendations in your Eve test report like your own personal hormone tool-kit; strategies to refer back to whenever the inevitable bumps happen along the way of your lifelong health journey.