Adrenal Stress ProfileThe Adrenal Stress Profile is a 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. Too much or too little of cortisol or DHEA can negatively impact health.
Why is this Test Important?
Daily hassles, chronic pain, blood sugar dysregulation, work stressors, and poor relationship quality can alter the body’s ability to effectively manage stress. When the body is unable to keep up with life’s chronic stressors, imbalances in cortisol and DHEA can result and lead to adrenal fatigue. 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.
Chronic stress can negatively impact energy levels, emotional well-being, sleep, hormone balance, weight management, and many other health conditions. This saliva test can help to uncover biochemical imbalances and provide direction for nutrition and lifestyle support.
Who Should Consider Testing?
Individuals 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 / cravings
- Sleep disturbances
- Susceptibility to illness
This Test Includes:
Cortisol x4 - 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. Cortisol production is normally at its highest 30 minutes after waking and declines steadily during the day, reaching its lowest point at bedtime. Because levels of cortisol rise and fall in a daily pattern, four samples are collected throughout the day to allow for circadian rhythm assessment.
DHEA - Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex; DHEA is also an important precursor to sex hormones. It is measured once in the 7:00 – 9:00 AM sample.
DHEA:Cortisol Ratio – The ratio of DHEA to cortisol is calculated to provide further insight into your body’s metabolic balance and “wear-and-tear.”
Saliva - 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 from a Village Green licensed nutritionist.
Email a Village Green nutritionist or call 800-869-9159.
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