The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

5 Spices to Warm Your Soul During Winter

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Friday, 12 January

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Spices are the delightfully aromatic plants whose warming scents are a characteristic element of the winter season. In fact, there are five spices that evoke memories of sitting by the fire on cold nights, weekends of playing in the snow, and social gatherings that feature rich seasonal desserts and mulled wine.   

A spice is harvested from the root, bark, seed or dried fruit of a tropical plant or tree. The aroma or flavor comes from essential oils. Many spices contain similar essential oils but in different proportions. These oils are released through the physical process of grinding, grating or crushing. The essential oils begin to evaporate after processing and the flavors of the spices will fade over time. In contrast, the original bark, seeds, or berries can often stay fresh for years. 

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Vitamin D: What Level is Normal vs Optimal? 

Posted by Jillian Harrington, PhD, HCLD on Wednesday, 10 January

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If you have ever had your level of Vitamin D tested, depending on which lab you used, your report showing whether your level is low, normal, or high might have left you scratching your head. In fact, there are multiple agencies all with slightly different opinions on what levels are deficient, insufficient, sufficient, high, or toxic.

When testing with ZRT, you will receive a result that is reflective of your total 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D status (vitamin D2 plus Vitamin D3) in blood. This is the storage form of vitamin D, which is converted by the kidneys to the biologically active form, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol.

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Looking Back: Popular Articles for Providers in 2017

Posted by ZRT Laboratory on Friday, 05 January

Female Doctor_lores.jpgAs we step into 2018, ready to deepen our understanding of the critical balance of hormones and neurotransmitters, as well as the role of elements in optimal health, we wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on the top stories of the past year.

Following is a round-up of 2017's most popular posts for practitioners.

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Looking Back: Popular Articles for Patients in 2017

Posted by ZRT Laboratory on Friday, 05 January

ThinkstockPhotos-479706709_crop2.jpg2018 has begun, and with it comes new opportunity to understand the role of hormones, neurotransmitters and elements in our overall health. 

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane to reflect on the top stories of 2017 that captured your attention. 

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