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.

Estrogen: The Link Between Microbiome, Menopause & Metabolic Health

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Saturday, 23 September

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The diversity of the microbiome has profound implications for metabolic health. The micro-organisms that we host in our gastrointestinal tract maintain our gut integrity, break down complex carbohydrates to improve energy extraction from food, produce vitamins and minerals, aid in digestion and absorption, ferment dietary fibers and protect us against pathogens. Maintaining a delicate balance in the diversity of the host-microbiome relationship is crucial for disease prevention and healthy aging. 

Studies on the microbiome are emerging as a new and exciting frontier of science. However, how the microbiome interacts with the endocrine system to modulate metabolic health is still one of the less explored avenues in microbiome research. This blog aims to shed light on the intertwined roles of gut microbiota and estrogen on metabolic health for women as they transition into menopause.

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7 Tips to Making Your Own Blue Zone

Posted by Dr. Alison McAllister on Sunday, 21 February

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Did you know there are 5 places in the world where your odds of living to 100 are greater than anywhere else on the planet?

These regions are called "Blue Zones" and include Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California, Seventh-day Adventists), Nicoya (Costa Rica), and Ikaria (Greece).

Based on the research and writings of Dan Buettner, people are studying these communities to try to find out how they have tapped into the fountain of youth and are trying to introduce these tools into new communities and towns.

What do these Blue Zone communities have in common?

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How Hormones are Key to the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Candace Burch on Saturday, 09 January

ThinkstockPhotos-496639204.jpgAs we roll into 2016 what is it that YOU hope to change, reinvent, reconsider, move towards or away from in the coming year?

New Year’s resolutions are often among the most noble of ideas, centered on self-improvement, education, health, lifestyle and relationships. Yet statistics show that only eight percent of us successfully reach our aspirations.

Experts tell us that the more specific the goal, the better the chance of achieving it. So what if this time 'round we tackle our New Year’s resolution-making strategically? What if by making a single fundamental change we could tackle all our best laid intentions at one fell swoop?

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The Ultimate Hormone Balancing Guidebook Review

Posted by Candace Burch on Sunday, 22 March

Hormone Balance Guidebook review

As scientific researchers, practitioners and patients bear witness to the increasing evidence of hormone dysfunction in today’s society, Dr. Cobi Slater’s Ultimate Hormone Balancing Guidebook couldn’t come at a better time.

Her premise throughout this illuminating book is that the real cause behind the plethora of symptoms plaguing modern adults of all ages can be linked to imbalances within the hormonal cascade.

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