Adrenal Stress profiles (saliva) Saliva K
Over 80% of all GP and Nutritionist visits are stress related. Stress can undermine the health of us all. The connection between stress and high blood pressure, heart disease and many digestive problems is well-established in the medical literature and creates hormonal and blood sugar changes, causing the body to excrete nutrients and has an adverse effect on the immune system. Imbalances in these hormones can also result in a wide range of symptoms from low energy and exhaustion to loss of drive and motivation and depression.
This Adrenal test is easy to use at home. It is a salivary test which evaluates adrenal function and fluctuations in the circadian rhythm.
The tests checks levels of cortisol and DHEA, the two steroid hormones that assist the body to manage stress. These hormones also have an influence on metabolism, thyroid function plus female and male hormones.
What is adrenal stress?
Two small glands, known as the adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and help us deal with life’s stresses by releasing the hormones, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones are not released constantly throughout the day. Instead they are secreted in a cycle called the circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle), with the highest levels being secreted in the morning and the lowest at night.
Sometimes in periods of long-term or severe mental or physical stress these glands can go into overdrive. If this occurs for too long or too often then the adrenals later become exhausted. When this happens, the hormonal levels of Cortisol, DHEA in the blood stream become imbalanced.
Why should our stress hormones be balanced?
- Maintain emotional and physical energy
- Improve metabolism, help reduce fat storage, and control appetite
- Slow down the aging process, decrease PMS and menstrual difficulties
- Aid dietary protein synthesis – helping mood
- Prevent osteoporosis
- Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
- Lower LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels
- Strengthen the immune system against colds, coughs, flu and possibly more serious illness
What causes stress
Factors may include, poor diet and lifestyle habits, (including over-consumption of stimulants such as sugar and caffeine and processed foods), excessive exercise, injury, bereavement, marital problems, divorce, financial problems, attitudes such as perfectionism, obsessive – compulsive disorder (OCD), feeling shy or introverted, insecurity feeling lonely and isolated..
What is being measured
The adrenals are responsible for the secretion of the body’s major stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA and this is what is measured.
The Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Test (Saliva Sample).
This test also measures levels of Secretory IgA, an important marker for immune function, and helps to show how stress may be impacting on immune function.
4 salivary samples collected at different times of the day. No steroid medication including hormones, inhalers and creams are to be taken or used for 48 hours before the test unless you are wanting to monitor the medication. Long term use of steroid medication or creams may influence the results Please check with your health provider that this is ok for you before stopping any medication.
Before Taking this Test
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine (on day of test)
Do not eat, brush or floss teeth, use mouthwash, or chew gum up to 1 hour before you take each sample
Wash your hands before collection
See instructions inside test kit for details
Turnaround time 10 days