Salivary Hormone Testing Part 1

Jul 14, 2019

In this 3-part video Dr. Marcantel walks you through the results of a salivary hormone test, showing how the test can be used for identifying and treating hormone imbalances.


Hi, I’m Dr. Tina Marcantel. Today I’d like to talk about hormone test results.

Many people in our world today are stressed and stress affects the nervous system and the nervous system affects the endocrine system. That’s all the glands including the hormones. So I do see quite a number of people in my office today that have hormone imbalances. And we’re going to look at that, we’re going to look at the testing. One of the things that people say is, “But why, Dr. Marcantel, why do we need to do hormone testing with saliva versus hormone testing with blood?” Well, the reason is a good one.

Saliva testing checks at the intracellular level and that is an active form of hormone that I can see. We want to see the active form of hormone. In the blood test, on the...

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Allow the Winds of Change to Reveal Your Treasures!

Jul 12, 2019

While relaxing and listening to calming music on my patio the other day, a series of thoughts played out in my mind almost as if I were watching a video.

I saw a deserted ocean side beach and watched as a strong wind scattered and shifted the sands, reshaping the landscape. In one spot a treasure chest was revealed as the sand blew away, and in the open treasure chest were sparkling gems of all shapes and colors. As I considered these images, I thought what a wonderful analogy this was for the way change often works in our lives.

For me, the wind represents changes that blow through our lives—some that we bring about ourselves and some that we can’t control. In either case, change can be uncomfortable and even frightening. The sands are the stuck emotions that accumulate to bury the gifts and treasures we have to offer the world. Layers of thoughts and feelings of fear (such as lack of self-worth, anger, irritability, unforgiveness, and resentment) can hide our...

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Why Are the Adrenal Glands So Important?

Jun 10, 2019

Q: Can you tell me why the adrenal glands are so important?

Dr. Marcantel: The adrenals are located anatomically on the north pole of the kidneys in the back and they’re protected by the rib cage. There are two adrenal glands and they are each divided into two major parts. The adrenal medulla releases adrenaline to handle short-term or immediate stress­–fight or flight, such as being in danger or having to deal with a sudden crisis. The adrenal cortex that surrounds the adrenal medulla has three layers. One layer has to do with regulating blood pressure. The next layer releases cortisol to help us handle long-term stresssituations and the third layer releases progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, and DHEA in small amounts.

All through your life the adrenals are producing these hormones, but for a woman the primary source of the sex hormones is the ovaries. As I explained before (Why Is Menopause More Difficult for Some Women Than for...

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How to Cut a Pineapple (without wasting half of it!)

May 27, 2019

The unofficial beginning of summer is here, and what's better on a hot summer's day than a big bowl of fresh, cold fruit?

Fresh pineapples
 are delicious and packed with vitamin C. Are you a little intimidated by that prickly, tough-looking rind, though? Not to worry--here's a video I made a while back to show you how to quickly and easily slice a fresh pineapple--without wasting half of it!

In the video I also explain why it's best to buy whole pineapples and cut them yourself and I offer some fresh new ways to add pineapple to your menu plans.

Dr. Tina

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Perimenopause: Your Changing Body

May 20, 2019

In this video Dr. Marcantel explains the changes that happen to your body when you enter perimenopause. Hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including insomnia, night sweats, and hot flashes.

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Is Hormone Replacement Really Necessary?

May 06, 2019

For women in menopause it’s a natural part of the aging process for the ovaries to produce less sex hormones. So why is it necessary to consider replacing the lost hormones?

It’s true that the ovaries will eventually stop producing estrogen and progesterone. However, that doesn’t mean that our bodies don’t still need those hormones to continue to function properly. Nature, in her wisdom, has provided other means for us to get those hormones from other organs in the endocrine system.

An important source for these “back up” hormones is the adrenal glands. The adrenals produce a variety of hormones that help us cope with stress such as cortisol and epinephrine, but they also produce the sex hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. The problem is that I see so many patients who have so much stress in their lives from so many sources that they are in adrenal fatigue, meaning that their adrenals can’t produce...

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Where Is "Feel Better" on Your Priority List?

Apr 30, 2019

Most of us live pretty busy lives. A typical list of responsibilities for the people I meet might include

*caring for young (or even adult) children

*caring for a spouse

*caring for an aging parent

*providing emotional support for friends and family members

*working at a job and a career

*working as a volunteer for various charities

…and the list goes on. Sound familiar? But do you notice an important item that is not on the list? What about “caring for MYSELF”?

If you didn’t think of that one, don’t feel bad; it’s an item many people don’t include. We often get so caught up in the busy-ness of life and in making sure everyone around us is provided for that we neglect to take time for our own personal well being. The problem with that attitude, of course, is that when we sacrifice our own physical and emotional health we are no longer able to effectively help those around us.

As a healthcare provider, I see this story repeated on...

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Adrenal Fatigue: How Stress May Be Affecting Your Health

Mar 21, 2019

Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. One of the biggest contributing factors in adrenal fatigue is stress—something we all tend to have in abundance in our lives. Interestingly, some people get so used to living with stress that they don’t even realize how much of a toll it’s taking on their bodies. Weight gain, diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure are just a few of the physical problems that can result from this potentially debilitating illness.

The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and are anatomically located on the superior aspect of the kidneys. The adrenals produce a variety of hormones that are responsible for handling stress. Cortisol is released for the purpose of coping with long-term stresses such as chronic allergies or infection, insomnia, poor diet, repeated stresses, overexertion, fear, lack of or excess of exercise, and helping the body process...

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Try this great protein booster mix

Mar 01, 2019

 Try this great Protein Booster mix for a meal, snack, or dessert!

Please leave me a comment below to let me know you stopped by!

Video transcript:

Hi! I'm Dr. Tina Marcantel and today I want to talk to you about a delicious protein booster.

These are our ingredients. It's very simple: you just measure out, you mix it together, and you enjoy it.

Right here we have yogurt, and I have chosen Fage yogurt because it's very creamy and it's delicious. I measure out 8 ounces of the yogurt.

Then we have the peanut powder. I use the Jif, you can use other peanut powders, but the reason I like the Jif is because it only has 1 sugar per serving. I use 2 tablespoons of this peanut powder.

I also use about 6 ounces of fruit. I'm going to put apples because I like the crunchy texture in my yogurt, and I'm going to put pineapple, because pineapple has a lot of vitamin C, it has bromelain, which is a very good anti-inflammatory, and it's very sweet, it's a natural sweetener.

We also have...

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Try This Great Pasta Alternative!

Feb 19, 2019

Are you a pasta lover but you avoid it to stay away from the high carbohydrates?

I've just discovered a great substitute that will make your next Italian meal taste like the real deal, but without the empty calories and carbs from processed grains that we associate with most pastas!

Explore Cuisine makes a line of pasta alternatives made from beans that has the flavor and consistency of grain pastas, but with high protein and fiber contents that makes it not just good, but good for you!

So far I've found Organic Edamame Spaghetti, Organic Chickpea Fusilli, Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, and Organic Red Lentil Penne, and I think they're great.

The high fiber content offsets the carbohydrates and provides a satisfying, healthy meal. Just pick your favorite bean and enjoy!

Explore Cuisine products can be found at many grocery stores–here in the Phoenix area it's available at Fry's (Kroger) supermarkets, Sprouts, and others.

Ready to give it a try? Here's one of my...

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