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Attempting to lose weight without addressing the hormonal component is like going to the gym and then eating a big piece of chocolate cake. You will be hitting a wall. Focusing on whole foods, reducing refined sugars, exercising, and treating hormone imbalances will help you successfully lose weight and keep it off.
When you have exhausted everything you know how to do but the weight won't budge, it may be time for hormone testing. We think of hormone testing for women who are going through hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and low sex drive only. However, these days many women are in pre-menopause earlier and younger. Many times going to the doctor because something is wrong and not getting answers can be frustrating.
I want you to know that hormone testing is not just for women and weight loss! Men have hormones as well. This test is going to provide answers for both women and men alike.
Many of you have done all the blood testing you can think of, yet everything comes back normal. There is another way to test.
Hormone testing and follow up monitoring is a critical step in being successful with all around health. Testing will involve salivary hormones (aka: spit testing). Due to the complexity of the endocrine system issues rarely stem from a single hormone. Hormones can be can measured in saliva.
The Comprehensive Hormone Panel will test the following hormones for you:
There are three things I am looking for when we do this hormone test:
1. Sex Hormone Levels: When out of balance they can lead to Estrogen Dominance, Low or High Testosterone, Imbalances in levels which can be depleted or really high levels if you have been self supplementing.
2. Adrenal Levels: Adrenal Fatigue is one of the main causes that lead to your Cortisol and Dhea levels bottoming out. There are 3 stages of Adrenal Fatigue. The higher the stage, the deeper the fatigue and the more symptoms. This will tell me how you have been dealing with stress and if you have been demanding more of yourself then your body can handle.
3. Sleep Hormone: Melatonin depletion is very common and closely related to your other hormones which will rise and fall dependent on the ripple effect it creates. Melatonin is meant to be high at night and low during the day to create a restful, deep sleep.
Your hormones are supposed to all work together to create an environment of balance and harmony. An imbalance of one can affect them all which in turn can leave you feeling not yourself. You can do all the right things but feel like something is still missing. Salivary (spit) hormone testing has been established as a great method for accurate analysis of your active hormone levels.
The advantages of saliva testing:
The cost of a hormone kit is a flat $252 which will cover the kit, the shipping of a kit and a follow up consultation to go over your results. We will talk about natural supplements that we can use to re-balance you.
This cost is usually covered by your HSA or Flex Spending from your employer as a health expense.
I can help you figure out what the next step is to gain control of your life through testing and supplementation! Proper hormone balance can help you feel more energetic, sleep better, curb cravings, increase sex drive and help you lose weight.
Unlike blood-based tests, saliva diagnostics can measure the amount of free, unbound hormone that is available to act on a target tissue. About 95-99% of steroid hormones circulating in the bloodstream are bound to carrier proteins. Saliva contains unbound, bioavailable hormones. Therefore, salivary concentrations better represent circulating levels of free hormones, which are likely to affect the body and be responsible for symptoms related to excessive or deficient hormone levels.
Testing your hormones is the best way to identify any hormone imbalance. There are many symptoms that may look similar; therefore knowing what your hormone levels are will enable your practitioner to determine the correct supplement protocol for you. Many people add the wrong hormone or supplements which actually worsen the problem.
Blood draws and Saliva Testing are very different in the range of health. A saliva test is a different type of test which is Holistic. I, personally, spent years having my blood drawn and was told I was normal and nothing was wrong. When I did a Saliva test kit, the results came back different and explained exactly what I knew was wrong. This changed my life and health for the better.
I have been trained and certified through the Kalish Institute. I worked through a training program to learn how to read lab results, create supplement protocols to enhance the body's ability to balance itself out, and I personally have walked through this in my own life. I, also, work with the lab and their doctors to make sure we are covering all bases.
The short answer is no. This is considered a Holistic type of test. However, if you have an HSA account through your employer that you set aside money every pay period to spend on your health, there is a high probability it will be paid for by this. Do you have a debit card or check book for this account? If so, you should be able to use. I can also print out receipts for you to turn into your company for reimbursement.
The Hormone Test Kit cost is $252.00. This cost will cover the kit, the shipping of the kit to the lab, and a follow up consultation to give you the results. I work with supplements to help balance your levels. Based on the results of the test, I can put together the best protocol for you and your budget. There will be a monthly fee for supplements and a one time fee every 6 months to work with me. We will re-evaluate every 6 months what you will need.
Angie has completed The Kalish Method Functional Medicine Mentorship with the The Kalish Institute on Hormone Lab Testing and Protocols. She works in conjunction with Access Labs and their kits to get up to date and reliable results. The suppplement protocols she uses are put together based on your saliva test kit results that were learned in the Kalish Method and the recommendations of the Doctors on staff through Access Labs.