Adrenal Stress Profile
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 the hormones, 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.
This noninvasive saliva test measures 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. If you are experiencing symptoms, such as morning or afternoon fatigue, poor concentration, feeling "tired but wired," sleep disturbances, increased cravings, or susceptibility to illnesses, this test may be helpful for you.
The Adrenal Stress Analysis 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.”
A test kit will be mailed to you from our lab partner, DHA Laboratory, that will contain detailed collection instructions.
In approximately 10-14 business days, DHA Laboratory will email you your test results. If you would like a detailed interpretation of your test results, please schedule a consultation with a Village Green nutritionist.
All tests are authorized and reviewed by a physician from our partner laboratory.
Email a Village Green nutritionist or call 800-869-9159.
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