When you decide that you’d like to get
your hormone levels tested in your bloodstream, to determine how much
your levels have dropped, the hormones they test are called
bio-available hormones, or sometimes referred to as free hormones. These
hormones are hormones that are the unbound, biologically-active portion
of hormones in the bloodstream. Bio-available hormones are doing their
job on a cellular level.
Hormones can control their own levels through a process called binding,
which will leave them inactive. When hormones are released into your
bloodstream, 90-99% of them will bind to protein. These are bound
hormones. These hormones then provide you a sort of reservoir of
circulating hormones, though they are inactive, or they cannot bind with
receptors to create a response. The hormones that do not bind with
protein, and are left “free”, can then bind with your receptors and
immediately go to work. Bio-available, or free, hormones are the only
hormones that can actually make something happen.
By the hormones doing monitoring their levels on their own, it helps
control the levels of bio-available hormones that are available to your
receptors. Other glands in your body will readily release other hormones
in order to keep the hormonal balance in your blood stable. When the
hormones bind to proteins, it acts as a natural way for your body to
prevent over-stimulation of the receptors.
Saliva testing has been labeled a more accurate way of
measuring bio-available hormones. The timing of the testing can be
closely monitored in order to take a sample at the most optimal time.
Saliva also gives a better reading of hormones that have been absorbed
into the tissue. So now, when you go to your doctor and he recommends a
test of your bio-available hormones, you’ll have some idea as to what
he’s referring to.
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