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...
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...
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.
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...