Testing Testosterone And Other Hormones With Performance Panel

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WellnessFX recently launched  Performance Panel, an upgrade to Baseline with thirty additional biomarkers to give deeper insight into he efficiency of the athletic body.

Here’s some of the key features:

  1. Identify and resolve factors impacting performance plateaus and recovery times.
  2. Consult with a physician for techniques to manage your hormones naturally and safely (without steroids!).
  3. Analyze and modify your body’s efficiency in carrying out key metabolic processes.
  4. Receive all the benefits of WellnessFX Baseline, including personal risk evaluation for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and a variety of chronic illnesses.

Fitness expert, personal trainer, and WellnessFX practitioner Ben Greenfield stopped by the WellnessFX office to help kickoff baseline by discussing key characteristics of athletic biology with Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi. In the first part, they discussed the essential biomarkers that affect baseline athletic performance. Last week’s follow-up went deeper into oxygen efficiency and the role of various biomarkers in the creation of red blood cells.

In this last video, Ben and Murdoc talk about the difference between anabolic and catabolic states, and how the body moves between the two.

The anabolic state is when the body is building new tissue, like muscle. The catabolic state is when the body breaks down that tissue to use as energy. Certain hormones drive and shape these opposing processes.

  1. Growth hormone pushes you towards the anabolic state. It’s hard to measure directly, so we use a surrogate marker: IGF-1.
  2. Testosterone, which comes from DHEA (a precursor), helps build muscle and burn fat.
  3. Testosterone isn’t biologically active when it’s bound to sex-hormone binding globulins (SHBGs). Thus, only Free Testosterone is active.
  4. A lot of testosterone is converted to Estradiol. When this occurs in males it can inhibit athletic performance.
  5. Cortisol, also known as the ‘stress hormone’, has many important and beneficial functions. But too much of it can throw your body into a catabolic state, causing you to lose hard-earned muscle.

That last sounds scary. You might be thinking ‘well, how do I get rid of this cortisol stuff for good?’ Not so fast. If you’re physically active, you’re going to create cortisol. No matter what. It’s how much cortisol you’re creating that you need to focus on.

Very high cortisol (hypercortisolic) or very low testosterone to cortisol ratios can be a marker for overtraining, inadequate recover, lack of sleep, or general life stresses.As you might have guessed, cortisol levels can also be affected by nutrient status.

The biomarkers are also interconnected. High cortisol jacks up SHBG, which binds more free testosterone, making less available to function in the body. This means if you were to test for only Total Testosterone you could think you’re fine, but really have significant functional deficiencies.

We hope you learned a lot from the videos about the Performance Panel, its new biomarkers, and how you can use it to enhance your athletic ability. Please do not hesitate to ask us any additional questions you may have!

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