Adrenal Stress Test

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Hormones are complex. They’re produced throughout your body by nearly a dozen glands and organs, and are collectively known as the endocrine system...

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What Is the Adrenal Stress Test?

The Adrenal Stress Test is a powerful and precise non-invasive salivary assay that evaluates bioactive levels of the body's important stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances underlying anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, dysglycemia, and a host of other clinical conditions.

What Role Do These Hormones Play?

The adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA, function to influence metabolism, thyroid hormone function, promote anti-inflammatory responses and support resistance to stress. By balancing cortisol and DHEA, one may expect and increase in overall energy, have a higher resitance to the common cold, feel a more general sense of well-being and focus more efficiently.

What Is Cortisol?

Many of cortisol's physiological actions are geared toward the mobilization of energy reserves. Cortisol is released in large amounts in response to physical, physiological, and/or psychological stress. When stressors persist, the secretion of glucocorticoids (cortisol) can be prolonged, leading to maladaptive stress of the adrenal gland. This may be also referred to as "Adrenal Fatigue" or "Adrenal Exhaustion."

If the cortisol rythm is not balanced, potential issues may arise which could include issues with the bone, thyroid gland, cardiovascular system, body weight, sleep, blood sugar regulation, immune function and aging.

What Is DHEA?

DHEA, in contrast to cortisol, exerts mostly anabolic actions and balances the body's stress response. DHEA functions to provide substrate for the synthesis of sex hormones (testosterone), guard against degenrative conditions associated with aging, influence immune function, supports energy production, affects insulin sensitivity, thyroid function, protein synthesis and provides many other necessary functions.

Imbalances in DHEA levels has been associated with impaired immunity, certain cancers, depression, panic disorder, insulin resistance, obesity and other conditions.

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