Have you ever felt like this?

You wake up one day and feel great and think things are going to be wonderful. Then, it happens. It’s like someone switched your identity. You went from happy to sad or angry or downright mean. We call it the Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde Phenomenon. So what causes it? Well we’ve all heard, or been told, that it’s “your hormones.” But here is the interesting part. Have you ever gone to a doctor’s office and had some blood work done? They call you back in for the results and you are sitting there waiting. You know something is wrong. You know for a fact that something isn’t right. The blood work is coming and it’s going to tell me the answers…Finally.

Then your doctor walks in and says “so everything looks normal.” And you scream out “NORMAL? There is no way I’m normal!” This is a strange time because we all really want to be normal, however in this situation you don’t. You want to know WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? Why do I feel this way? Why can’t I lose weight? Why do I roller coaster so much? You are certainly not the first person to feel like this. In fact, it’s pretty common. We hear it all the time. What we usually end up saying is that your doctor was probably right (…this usually starts an argument). What we mean is that your blood IS probably normal. But if you really want to find out what is wrong, we can’t look in your blood. If you really want to know what is going on with your hormones, we need to look in your saliva.

Saliva Testing; Top Test for Hormonal Imbalance
Saliva testing is an easy and non-invasive (no needles!) way to assess your hormone levels and balancing needs. Saliva testing for hormone levels is proving to be the most reliable method. As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved this method of testing in the 1990’s when it was found to be an accurate and convenient measurement of “free” hormone levels. In order to best appreciate the reliability of saliva testing one must understand the difference between hormone levels in saliva versus those in serum (blood). The difference is based on whether or not the hormones are “free” or  protein bound.

The Hormones That Work And The Hormones That Don’t (made simple! ) 
The majority of your hormones are in one of two forms; “Free” or “Protein Bound.” Protein bound hormones are not biologically active or “usable” by your body. When your hormones are bound to a protein, they can’t fit into the receptors to do their jobs. These hormones can’t pass through the saliva because they are too large. About 95% of your hormones are protein bound. Free hormones do not have a protein attached to them. They are active and “usable” by your body. These fit perfectly into the receptors to create normal function in the body. Free hormones pass through into the saliva and can easily be measured. About 5% of your hormones are free. When doctors do blood testing to evaluate hormones, they often only see the protein-bound version which isn’t active, and isn’t clinically relevant. Saliva testing looks at the “free” version of the hormones we are testing.

Who Should Be Tested?
Men and women concerned with decreasing hormone levels as a result of age. Cycling women experiencing PMS symptoms, perhaps related to a hormonal imbalance. Anyone with symptoms involving fatigue, insomnia, stress, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, and overweight should be tested for cortisol levels as well as “sex” hormones. Hormone problems affect both men and women. Common symptoms include, PMS, fatigue, insomnia, stress, mood swings, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, weight issues, depression, decreased sex drive, osteoporosis, prostate problems, muscle strength, heart function, mental focus, inflammatory issues and more.

Is all saliva testing the same?
No it isn’t. Some saliva tests only take one sample. Some take 4 samples over the course of one day. Some (like evaluating hormone status during a woman’s menstrual cycle) are 17 samples over 28 days. It would be awfully difficult to evaluate a woman’s menstrual cycle by looking at one hormone sample. That would be like looking at one still frame of a motion picture and trying to describe the movie.

Call us today at 770 -922- 2556 to find out how saliva testing can be used to help get your hormone levels and health back on track!

(Article based on information from Labrix.com)