Cortisol Metabolite Testing: Finding the Missing Link in your Hormone Health

Ep 66-min
In this week’s episode of ReInvent Healthcare, we talk about a specific type of test that analyzes metabolites in the body. This test analyzes the levels of metabolites to help evaluate for adrenal dysfunction.


The DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) Test
There are different versions of the DUTCH test with different purposes that can check hormones, the cortisol awakening response, and adrenals, which in turn can find out about thyroid function. Another great thing about this test is it can also test for cortisol metabolites.

Cortisol Metabolites
Once cortisol is broken down by the liver for excretion, it is converted into cortisol metabolites. Each individual person has a different set of chemistry that may be contributing to their symptoms, fatigue, libido, etc. and looking into cortisol metabolites can go a long way in order to understand their dysfunctions better.

Cortisone and Cortisol
Cortisol is deactivated to cortisone and vice-versa through different types of enzymes. The ratio of cortisol to cortisone and their metabolites is something to look at to see how the body is excreting and this can show signs of inflammation and give us a better picture of how the adrenals are functioning.



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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.