Why hormone tests are important
Hormone tests can give you an indication of whether the hormone levels in your body are within the predicted range and whether the hormones are able to do their job without restriction. Hormones are messenger substances in our body. They migrate with the blood to pass on chemically encoded information from one part of the body to another. Depending on the hormone, this information transfer takes varying lengths of time, from a few seconds to several hours. Once they have reached their destination, hormones usually trigger a complex chain of reactions. In this way, they are involved in numerous processes in the body.
Glands in certain organs produce hormones. For example, adrenaline and cortisol are produced in the adrenal gland, the sleep hormone melatonin in the pineal gland in the brain, the happiness hormone serotonin in the intestines and nerve cells, the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone mainly in the ovaries and testicles. You can measure the levels of these hormones using the cerascreen® tests.
What happens when the hormone levels are mixed up
This is because the concentration of hormones in the body can get confused. If such a hormone deficiency or surplus occurs, this can have serious consequences for health. The complaints associated with this are manifold and not always easy to interpret.
For example, chronic stress can result in permanently elevated cortisol levels, which increases the risk of osteoporosis and is probably also associated with depression. You can measure your cortisol levels by performing the cerascreen® cortisol test. Too high or too low a level of the sleep hormone melatonin leads to sleep disorders and sleep deprivation. If the concentration of the happiness hormone serotonin is too low, listlessness, tiredness and depressed mood will spread.
The sex hormones can also fluctuate alarmingly. If estrogen levels in women drop too much before menopause, menstruation stops early and in worst-case infertility occurs. A testosterone deficiency can lead, among other things, to reduced muscle strength and physical performance as well as erectile dysfunction. Too much testosterone, on the other hand, is manifested in women by a deeper voice, reduced sex drive and disturbances in the menstrual cycle, and in men by impotence, hair loss, and flatulence.
Hormone tests - Measuring hormone levelsSince the symptoms of a hormone level that has gone off the rails are often ambiguous, it may be worthwhile to test the levels. Too high or too low hormone levels also often give an indication of diseases and unhealthy habits against which you can take action.
With the cerascreen® self-tests you can measure the levels of the hormones cortisol, melatonin, serotonin, estrogen and testosterone. To do this, you take one or a few simple saliva or urine samples and send them to our specialist laboratory. You will then receive a detailed report with your measured values and tips on how to bring the level of the respective hormone into the green range. Melatonin fluctuations, for example, can be counteracted with supplements or light therapy, too little estrogen with a change in diet and too high cortisol levels with stress management and relaxation techniques.