This simple urine test, collected by you in the comfort of your own home using the kit provided, contains information on your levels of:
Serotonin is the main brain chemical responsible for making us feel happy, relaxed, and self-confident. It’s believed that low serotonin is responsible for our current epidemics of depression and anxiety. Besides its effect on mood, serotonin also plays an important role in our sleep, sex drive, and digestive health and also regulates memory and learning.
Dopamine is responsible for forming reward pathways in the brain, giving us a hit of pleasure when we do something that the brain perceives as 'right'. This enforces 'good behaviour patterns' and gives us pleasure in our lives. Low dopamine may lead to Parkinson's Disease and may also leave us prone to addiction.
Noradrenaline and Adrenaline
These are hormones produced by the brain and adrenal glands in response to stress. If you have sufficient adrenaline and noradrenaline, you'll feel energised, upbeat, alert and focussed and you won't be craving carbs or sugar as a quick pick-me-up. Low levels lead to depression and lack of motivation. Chronic stress can play a part in depleting these hormones. Diet can help to increase levels.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that functions as a neurotransmitter and is responsible for keeping us calm. Low levels of GABA are associated with anxiety, high stress levels, poor sleep, panic attacks and agitation. Insufficient GABA can also lead to cravings for carbs, alcohol, or any drugs that are calming or relaxing.
Glutamate is a major mediator of excitatory signals in the brain and is involved in most aspects of normal brain function including cognition, memory and learning.