Biosignature Hormonal Assessment

So for a couple of months I’ve been wanting to have my Biosignature done but never got around to it.  So finally last weekend I had it done.  Basically they take skin fold measurements at 12 different sites.

Here is what Biosignature testing is:

BioSignature Modulation was developed by world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. After working with athletes for 30 years (including Olympic medalists in over 10 different sports) Charles noticed repeated correlations between lab-based hormonal changes and site-based body fat changes. The beginnings of BioSignature were born. Charles went on to develop BioSignature Modulation as it is known today and began training a select group of practitioners world-wide in its systems and protocols.
Your initial BioSignature Modulation consultation takes approximately an hour and a half and includes a comprehensive assessment of your hormonal balance, your general well being (energy, digestion, patterns), your lifestyle, your exercise and nutrition habits, and your exposure to certain types of stress.This includes assessment of the following hormones:
• Stress hormones
• Insulin
• Androgens (testosterone) and Growth Hormones
• Thyroid
• EstrogenYou will also receive an assessment of your current Body Fat Composition, which is your ratio of lean muscle to body fat.
For example, the thickness of a person’s umbilical skin fold (your gut) is a direct reflection of cortisol (the stress hormone) output. A relatively fat midsection indicates stress levels are high and/or the ability to handle stress is low. The good news is that 1) it’s not your fault and, 2) it can be changed.
 The 12 Skinfold Sites of Biosignature Modulation and some related info:Chin and Cheek: The first sites to go down during a diet. These sites aren’t linked to any particular hormone imbalance but act as indicator sites as to whether or not the plan is working or not.Pectoral and Triceps: The androgen sites. High pec readings in men in relation to the triceps can reflect an androgen imbalance which makes it far more difficult to add lean muscle mass.Suprailliac and Subscapular: The insulin sites. These sites are related to blood sugar management. High readings here vs. the triceps may reflect poor insulin sensitivity and carb intolerance.Mid-axillary: This site is correlated to thyroid hormone levels.

Umbilical: The infamous cortisol site. It can be high despite low overall body fat. If this site is imbalanced then steady state cardio would create a further imbalance and cause the client to store fat rather than burn it.

Knee and Medial Calf: These skinfolds are related to growth hormone and act as an indicator in the quality and quantity of sleep a client experiences.

Quadriceps and Hamstring: High levels here vs. the triceps are correlated to high estrogen levels. This site usually comes up in females. Lactate threshold training works best here.

For each site that shows an imbalance then a specific training, nutrition and supplementation protocol would be implemented that would stimulate the body to balance those hormonal irregularities.

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My assessment came back that I am at 23% body fat (typical of an active female) and the main issues are my hamstrings, showing a high exposure to environmental estrogens – soy, pesticides, plastics, parabens, phthalates, BPA and the need to help detoxification/ avoid exposure.  This makes sense as first I’m a female use different products on a daily basis that have these environmental estrogens and also have been drinking a soy based protein shake for a year.

I stopped drinking these shakes and have also replaced my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, laundry detergent with organic and non toxic items (Click HERE for information on what I use now)  I have also stopped using regular cleaners.  When you think about how many chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis it is actually pretty scary and we don’t even take into account what these chemicals could be doing to our bodies.  So I ditched the shower cleaner, tilex, windex, all those regular household cleaners and have replaced them with vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap.  That is step one.

Step two is to help my body rid itself of these chemicals.  It was recommended I drink this “cocktail” in the morning and evening to catch all these excreted estrogens and prevent them from reabsorbing and becoming a bigger issue.

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  •  15 g glutamine powder
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of fibre such as Metamucil – I am using a Renew Life product that I had on hand called Fibre Smart
  • 1 scoop of Super Reds – it alkalizes, Increase Immune System Function, Fights free radical damage, increases cellular energy, cleanses the body
  • 1 Probiotic 10 billion count +
  • 1 tab Poliquin’s METHYLATOR SUPPORT : “
  • Mix the above in ice cold water- I use a shaker bottle and take your Methylator with it . .easy

This will help my body rid of the toxins instead of holding onto them.  It was also suggested I take a multi-vitamin and a magnesium supplement.  I was already taking the magnesium supplement called CALM but you need to be careful with this product.  If you take too much you will know…….you will be on the toilet 🙂

So I just started taking Ubermag which is 4 different chelates of magnesium. Chelates are far better absorbed than the inexpensive magnesium salts. They are also better retained in body tissue.  It was recommended to take it at night so I took it before bed and I felt that relaxing feeling but when it was time to go to bed I couldn’t fall asleep.  I contacted the person who did my Biosig and he suggested taking it earlier as when we are so deficient in Magnesium, the initial dosing helps the KREBS CYCLE (The sequence of reactions by which most living cells generate energy during the process of aerobic respiration) first give you energy……then it restores sleep and the nervous system.  So I took it earlier yesterday and I had no trouble falling asleep this time and this morning I felt different…….I felt refreshed.  As refreshed as you can feel at 5:45am…….. that is the only way I can explain it.  I felt like I actually had a good sleep.  I don’t have trouble falling asleep and am a sound sleeper but I always wake up every morning feeling not rested so I definitely knew something was different this morning.  This is a GOOD thing!!

Biosignature practitioners are very Paleo with their diets and of course this way of eating was recommended for me.  I kind of follow that way of eating just instead of the meat I have other sources of protein.  I let them know I’m not eating meat so will be adjusting to fit the way I eat.

It was suggested that I also add coconut oil- rich in lauric acid which is great for the heart, it also promotes a healthy thyroid/ metabolism and clears the gut of intestinal pathogens:http://jonnybowdenblog.com/coconut-oil-for-weight-loss/

coconut oil

Here is information on Phthalates:

Phthalates are used in cosmetics, perfumes and fixatives, aerosols, paints, lotions, air fresheners, shampoos, conditioners, lubricants, medications, medical bags and tubing, antifoaming agents, skin emollients, nail polish, and false fingernails. They are not required to be listed in the ingredient list, and can often be disguised under the term “fragrance”. In one study of 27 female and 23 male healthy subjects, food was the main source for DEHP.7 For some phthalates, the most significant exposure may be via inhalation of aerosols that can deliver highly absorbable phthalates. Skin exposure from lotions and creams can easily reach nearly 1000 mg/day.8 Seven of the most commonly encountered phthalates in consumer products were detectable in 81% of infants, which demonstrated widespread exposure from lotions, powders, and shampoos.9

Steps for Reducing Elevated levels of
Phthalates and Parabens
1. Avoid ingested, topical, and airborne phthalate and
paraben sources to reduce elevated levels. Exposure to
plastics, paints, and cosmetics that are not labeled as
“phthalate-free and paraben-free” should be reduced
in the home, at work, and in personal grooming. Read
labels and avoid anything that mentions “fragrance”
on the ingredient list.
2. Increase excretion and metabolism to enhance the
rate of removal from the body. Increasing phthalatefree
fluid intake can improve rates of excretion,
leading to lowering of tissue levels.29 Exercise
stimulates hepatic detoxification enzymes and
promotes excretion via the kidneys and skin30, and use
of saunas can further enhance removal of phthalates
in sweat.31
3. Eat foods and take nutritional supplements that
stimulate detoxification or improve intestinal binding
to lower absorption also benefits toxin removal.
Oligonantigenic diets containing whole, organic
foods, including dark colored vegetables, nuts, seeds,
and whole grains along with the detoxificationstimulating
components from such foods are usually
recommended for the patient with elevated levels of
urinary phthalates.32

So I know that it is impossible to not be exposed to these chemicals and we can’t live in a bubble but we certainly can make choices of what products we use on our bodies and in our homes.  Remember, the skin is the largest organ  all all those chemicals from lotions and potions are absorbed into your skin so ditch the chemical-laden hormone disrupting conventional beauty and cleaning products and try to switch to something that will not harm your health. 

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4 Comments

  1. February 28, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Wow interesting! I tried to find where I could do this in my area and nothing came up. I will keep digging. Is this test expensive? And I must say, you have a very in depth way of looking at your health. Your blog rocks!

    • February 28, 2013 / 3:04 pm

      I was fascinated by this…..and it all makes perfect sense. I paid $125 for this that includes the caliper testing, they review your diet and make diet and supplement recommendations as well. Imagine all the chemicals we are surrounded by…..it has to affect us in someway or another.

      Thanks Jenny!

  2. February 28, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    This is fascinating to me as well and I would be interested in seeing the results on myself. $125 really is not that bad to know this information. Cool stuff!

  3. February 28, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I am in total agreement with everything in this particular article.

    I LOVE my body, and I want to stay healthy. I’m just beginning to replace all my products in my house with organic alternatives as well as essential oil options. I am careful about what ingredients I put on my body, but I don’t know everything.

    For example, yesterday, I learned that aspartame = fecal matter of the E Coli bacteria. Gross, huh? Lots of other chemicals are in our foods that cause cancer, sterility, sickness, deformities, and overall – poor health.

    I want to live as natural as possible, and really focus on limiting the amount of poisons I put into my body.

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