Getting to the Root Cause

Sometimes it is easy to know what is going on in your body. When the pollen count is high, you know that’s why you find yourself sniffling and sneezing. Or, you know that when you give in to your sweet tooth and have ice cream, even though you are lactose intolerant, that is why your digestive system is off the next day. But sometimes complex symptoms arise and it is not so easy to determine exactly what is going on. For example, fatigue, depression, pain, or insomnia can all be quite challenging to understand. Rather than trying to guess what your body is trying to tell you, I think that it is very helpful to talk with a health expert who can provide valuable insights into what may be the root cause of your symptoms.

Beyond working with a skilled practitioner, I also highly encourage various types of diagnostic testing. It is so easy (and yes, very affordable) to check the status of hormone levels, neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, etc.), stress markers (cortisol and DHEA), and melatonin levels in the privacy and convenience of your own home. You simply collect urine and saliva samples as directed by the test instructions and send them off to the lab in the prepaid box. Continue reading “Getting to the Root Cause”

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