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.

Dr. Sherry LaBeck

Sherry LaBeck, ND is a Clinical Consultant at ZRT Laboratory.

Recent Posts

ZRT’s Favorite Healthy Eating Summer Recipes

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Tuesday, 03 July

Healthy Mexican dip and chips

Hello summer! The ZRT docs and staff have compiled some tasty recipes to include for your family picnics or impromptu gatherings with friends.  From a refreshing herbal beverage and a cool creamy soup to a zesty, peppery corn dip and tangy, nutty quinoa salad, the foods that make up summer fare can be simple to prepare as well as delicious. The addition of spicy, savory grilled chicken thighs boosts the protein up a notch. Then top these off with a delectable mini muffin containing nut butter and chocolate chips! What more could you want? Fruit sorbet, of course! Enjoy!!

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When to Choose Menstrual Cycle Mapping vs Fertility Testing

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Monday, 23 April

Person holding Fertility test kit and Menstrual Cycle Mapping test kit

In 2008 ZRT Laboratory introduced the Fertility Profile to assist women in identifying possible hormonal causes of infertility. More recently ZRT launched the Menstrual Cycle Mapping (MCM) test that allows women to map time points throughout their menstrual cycle, measuring levels of estrogen, progesterone and luteinizing hormone (LH).

Since the MCM test was introduced there has been some confusion as to which test is best to evaluate fertility/infertility. The aim of this blog is to clarify the differences between the two tests and when best to use each.

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5 Spices to Warm Your Soul During Winter

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Friday, 12 January

Spoons in a row full of different spices

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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Herbal Remedies for Sleep Disturbances & the Nervous System

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Wednesday, 29 March

Woman sleeping in grassy field

O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?

William Shakespeare, Henry IV

A good night's sleep is important to health. During sleep the body is in an anabolic state when energy conservation, tissue repair and growth take over. The body temperature drops, growth hormone is secreted and immune cell production is increased. Thus sleep is essential for a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

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