Adrenal Stress Index

Adrenal Stress Index

Feeling tired, exhausted, irritable, putting on weight? The adrenal stress index measures cortisol and DHEA at 4 different times of the day from saliva samples to evaluate the body's ability to deal with stress. Specific nutritional protocols can then be put in place to help your body to cope more effectively

What is adrenal stress?

Prolonged or extreme stress can take its toll on the body increasing the output of stress hormones such as cortisol and DHEA from our adrenal glands (a pair of critically important glands which sit on top of our kidneys.

What causes adrenal stress?

Stress may come from a range of sources including psychological stressors, mental stress, physical stress such as exercise, infections, lack of sleep , poor nutrition, surgery, smoking, drug use and excessive alcohol consumption..

Why do this test?

The adrenal stress profile is a measure of an individual’s response to stress. Irregular output of these hormones can contribute to a number of conditions such as fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, increased disposition towards allergies and inflammatory conditions, sleeping problems and changes in blood pressure.

How does the test work?

The test measures the levels of DHEA and cortisol in small samples of saliva taken at 4 points over the course of the day.

If I have lowered or increased levels of cortisol or DHEA what can I do? Dietary measures and certain supplements and medications can help to restore hormone levels to normal. A consultation would be helpful here to establish the most appropriate treatment programme for you

Sample requirements and turnaround times

4 small saliva samples are needed. Containers to collect these samples are provided with the test kit. Allow 5 days for delivery of the test kit. Results available within 10 days of receipt of sample.

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