The delicate endocrine system was never designed for the abuse we humans put it through. Abuse from stress, toxins, bad emotions, infections, food allergies etc. seems to be the "normal" for almost all of us. Dr. Hans Seyle, M.D. developed the stress theory of disease. There are 3 stages of biochemical stress: alarm, resistance and exhaustion. He found the entire digestive system, the immune system and the adrenals were severely affected by stress from any cause. Saliva testing uniquely accesses the levels of the stress handling hormones.
Saliva testing was recognized as early as 1983 as the most accurate method to access the status of cortisol, the stress handling hormone produced by the adrenals. Today saliva testing has expanded to include other hormones including the anti-aging hormone, DHEA, estrogen and progesterone, sugar handling hormones, and is also used to identify food allergies, and immune function.
Contrary to popular belief, Menopause is not simply the result of estrogen deficiency; although, estrogen levels do decline during the latter phases of a woman's reproductive cycle. Estrogen levels drop by approximately 40% at menopause while progesterone levels plummet to approximately 90% of the pre-menopausal levels. It is the relative loss of progesterone that causes the majority of symptoms.
Typical symptoms of estrogen dominance are:
Mood Swings: Irritability, Depression
- Irregular Periods
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Hot Flashes
- Vaginal Dryness
- Water Retention
- Weight Gain: Hips, Thighs and Abdomen
- Sleep Disturbance (Insomnia, less REM sleep)
- Decreased Libido
- Short-term Memory Loss
- Lack of Concentration
- Dry, Thin, Wrinkly Skin
- Thinning of Scalp Hair
- Increased Facial Hair
- Bone Mineral Loss (Osteoporosis)
Diffuse Aches and Pain
If you feel that you are experiencing the majority of these symptoms, you most likely would benefit from natural hormone replacement. The most effective way to assess your hormone status is to test your saliva for the appropriate hormone levels. The reason that saliva is the best method of testing is that "active" tissue levels are measured, opposed to blood serum testing in which essentially measures the "inactive" levels. Hormones are bound in the blood to protein molecules, making them "inactive".
Testing the active form of the hormones in the saliva is the most accurate way to measure the hormone levels that your body has available for use. An analogy would be to compare the assests of your bank, your blood, with your bank account, your saliva. Saliva testing is the most effect method to accurately monitor your hormones, especially if you are on any transdermal or topically applied hormones.
Testing your saliva is the best way to know the status of your hormones, and eliminates the guessing as to what to take nutritionally to optimize your health. Saliva testing is a simple, effective non-invasive way to test how your body is handling life stress, and which hormones are too high or low. Your immune status and food allergies can also be identified with this testing. The test is done in the privacy of your home, and then sent to the lab for analysis.
Call (734) 664-0339 to schedule a no charge consultation to see if salivary hormone testing is right for you. If you do not live locally, visit our online store and purchase a home hormone saliva test kit.
Once the saliva testing has been completed you will receive a thorough report. A doctor will review this report with you, by phone if needed. The saliva analysis report of findings will include simple lifestyle changes with diet and nutritional recommendations. This test may only be performed under the supervision of a health care professional. The results of the testing are informational only. This test is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition.