Last weekend I went whitewater rafting. A particularly turbulent patch of the rapids caught me off guard, when I tumbled off the raft into the water. It all happened so quickly. We hit a big rock, the raft turned vertical and I fell into the river. I was swept under and spat back out, my body tossed around like a tiny paper boat. I was gasping for air with the whitewater waves rising in front of me, crashing over…

Tags: Cortisol, Neurotransmitters, Brain Health, Mental Health, Heart Health, Stress


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Understanding a Broken Heart – The Physiology of Grief

I was in teenage hell. Overnight, I went from being completely oblivious to what I looked like, to being obsessed with my appearance. And let me tell you, I did not like what I saw in the mirror. Too tall and too skinny, with an awkward toothy grin, uncoordinated and gangly, and I didn’t seem to know where my limbs were supposed to be around me. I wanted pretty hair and a semblance of curves, like…

Tags: Skin Vitality, Androgen, Contraceptives, Microbiome


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Are Hormones to Blame for My Acne?

The Italian magazine Evolutamente recently published a well-researched article exploring the link between melatonin and COVID-19, pneumonia and inflammation. It’s a compelling article so let’s take a look at the key argument and see why melatonin could be so important.Melatonin and HealthMelatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the hours of darkness to usher the initiation of…

Tags: Immune System, Melatonin, Covid19


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Melatonin – An Important Piece of the COVID-19 Puzzle?

For the past 4 weeks, each morning for me starts with a cup of coffee and a side of news about the global health pandemic in which we’re living. Invading our world rapidly, forcing everything to look different today compared to just a month ago, COVID-19 has everyone on high alert! Throughout the rest of my day, I allow myself to be interrupted by articles about the virus, nurturing the feelings…

Tags: Adrenal and Cortisol, Androgen, Cortisol, Covid19, Estrogen, Hormone Testing, Hormone Balance, Immune System, Selenium, Stress, Zinc, Vitamin D


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The Importance of Hormone Balance for a Healthy Immune System During COVID-19 Outbreak

In today’s scary world of rapidly spreading COVID-19 infections, most individuals are hesitant to have their health care provider, or worse, a stranger at a blood draw clinic, violate their mandated social space of 6 feet to allow them to stick a needle in their vein and draw blood for testing hormones. It is understandable why during the…

Tags: Blood Spot Testing, Cardiovascular Disease, Covid19, Hormone Testing, Heavy Metals, Vitamin D, Thyroid Health, Research, Menopause, Laboratory Quality


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Convenience of Collecting Dried Blood Spots at Home for Hormone Testing in the Laboratory

If there is anything the United States is lacking in the war against the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is the mass testing required to detect the virus in those with suspected cases and in asymptomatic individuals. In February the Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency, which allowed for “emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).”…

Tags: Blood Spot Testing, Dried Urine Testing, Laboratory Quality, Serum Testing, ZRT Laboratory, Test Validation, Covid19


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COVID-19 At-Home Sample Collection – FDA Does Not Approve (Yet)

It seems like there is an endless loop of stories these days about new viruses and the spread of disease. There is no doubt that as the human population increases and the space between us decreases, we will only experience more of these events in the future. While the world waits on new vaccines, one solution to slowing or preventing the spread of viruses may be something as simple as adequate…

Tags: Selenium, Essential Elements, Blood Spot Testing, Dried Urine Testing


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Preventing and Protecting Against COVID-19 – Is Selenium the Answer?

One of the most commonly used herbs in the botanical toolbox is Vitex agnus-castus, also known as chaste tree berry. During the Middle Ages the dried berries were used in monasteries as a peppery condiment that was said to help suppress libido. Additionally, in the mid-1900s, Vitex was often given to women for “sexual irritability,” nervousness and melancholia. Perhaps for these reasons the herb…

Tags: Hormone Balance, PMS and PMDD, Menstrual Cycle Mapping, Menopause, Mental Health


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Vitex Agnus-Castus – Botanical Support for Female Hormone Imbalance

Menopause can be a confusing time for many women and their families, and as a society we tend to steer away from having open, honest conversations about this very important transition in a woman’s life. At ZRT, we aim to change that and equip all woman with the tools and resources necessary to maintain optimal health during their menopause transition and after. In this post, ZRT’s Clinical…

Tags: Menopause, Progesterone, Estrogen, Depression, Anxiety, Weight Management, Sleep, Thyroid Health


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Menopause: Your Most Common Questions Answered

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