By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body coordinating complex processes like growth, metabolism, and fertility. They can influence the function of the immune system, and even alter behavior.
The top glands that make up the endocrine system are the pituitary gland which is in the brain and helps regulate human growth hormone, FSH, LH, prolactin, TSH and more. The thyroid (which includes TSH, T3, Total T3, T4, Free T4 and antibodies) helps you maintain a healthy weight, heart-rate, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, cholesterol, body temperature and more. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine. Lastly there are the sex hormones which includes estrogens and androgens (testosterone) produced by the ovaries and testes. When any of these hormones are imbalanced you may feel like like your hormones are all messed up. You may feel tired, depressed, have trouble focusing, have hair loss, weight gain, skin eruptions, low sex drive, mood swings, trouble sleeping and for women hot flashes or irregular menstrual cycles.
There are two ways to test hormone levels – blood tests and saliva tests. At Nutritionally Yours, we believe that saliva testing is superior to standard blood tests for a multitude of reasons. The blood can only show materials currently in transport, called “bound” hormones. This level can fluctuate depending on multiple factors. Saliva shows the hormone potential of the body, or “unbound” hormones. Essentially, what this means is that blood shows you what is currently being used by the body, whereas saliva shows what your body has the potential to be able to use. One example of how this can effect you is when a hormone is normal in the blood and high in the tissues. Take testosterone for example, if it is low in a woman’s blood but high in the tissues (saliva) the woman may have high testosterone symptoms that never appear in her test results. Symptoms of high testosterone can be acne, hair loss, weight gain, insulin resistance and anxiety. You may feel like your hormones are a mess but nothing shows up to explain this. We would suggest you try our hormone level test in saliva instead of blood.
You are unique and symptoms of hormone imbalance can differ from person to person. We have one client that could not lose weight no matter what she tried. She came in saying her hormones are all messed up. We did saliva testing and ALL of the hormones showed high in the saliva even though she does not take any hormones. We gave her one supplement based on her results and she dropped the weight and feels better.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.