Adrenal Stress Profile
This noninvasive saliva test measures hormones cortisol and DHEA, which are produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. These hormones influence metabolism, inflammation, thyroid function and can affect energy levels, and resistance to disease. Because levels of cortisol rise and fall in a daily pattern, four samples are collected throughout the day to allow for circadian rhythm assessment.
Why this test is important:
It is estimated that up to 80% of adult Americans suffer from some level of adrenal fatigue, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in the U.S. Imbalances in cortisol and DHEA can negatively impact energy levels, emotional wellbeing, sleep, hormone balance, weight management, and many other health conditions. Saliva tests can help to uncover biochemical imbalances. Cortisol production is normally at its highest 30 minutes after waking and declines steadily during the day, reaching its lowest point at bedtime. Both acute and chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body's healthy cortisol rhythm.
You should strongly consider testing if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Morning or evening fatigue
- Poor concentration and/or impaired performance
- Feeling “tired but wired”
- High stress and irritability
- Increased appetite and cravings
- Sleep disturbances
- Susceptibility to illness
- Cortisol x4
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress; saliva cortisol testing is preferred over serum cortisol testing because of its reliability and non-invasiveness.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex; DHEA is also an important precursor to sex hormones.
Detailed instructions will be sent to you with the kit.
All tests are authorized and reviewed by a physician from our partner laboratory.
Test results will be emailed to you in approximately 14 business days. You will also receive a brief analysis of your test results with general recommendations from a Village Green licensed nutritionist.
Email a Village Green nutritionist or call 800-869-9159.