I am often asked the question, “Why do you use a Saliva Hormone Test to check for hormone levels and not blood serum?”
Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing your hormone status and balancing needs and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels.
Appreciating the reliability of saliva testing is based on understanding the difference between hormones in saliva and in serum. This difference is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%).
It is only the free hormones that are biologically active, or bio-available, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Those which are protein bound do not fit the receptors and are considered non-bio-available and not very useful.
Saliva Hormone Testing measures the “unbound” biologically active or free hormones in the body.
When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the bound hormone components are too large to pass through the cell membranes of the salivary glands. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is considered the “free”, or bio-available hormone, that which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.
Why do Saliva Hormone Testing?
Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone, and testosterone as being a male hormone. But men AND women make both, plus several more that need to be in balance for optimum health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems.
If you are afflicted with Breast Cancer or what to prevent Breast Cancer, it is very important to make sure that your hormones are in proper balance.
One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Hormones!
For decades western medicine has prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy as if everyone needed the same thing and the same amount. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your hormones are like your fingerprints and in order to achieve optimal health, you need to know what your specific imbalances are.
There are many laboratories that offer Saliva Hormone Tests. The laboratory that I have used and recommended for years is Labrix. They will ship your kit directly to you, follow the instructions and mail it back and within 2 weeks you can review a detailed report with your health care provider.
Feel free to comment or ask any questions concerning Saliva Hormone Testing and how it may apply to your health.