Adrenal Stress Index Panel

This is a non-invasive way of evaluating the effects of stress on a persons body.

• Samples are collected in the privacy of your own home.
• Saliva is collected in 4 vials over a 24 hr period.
• Saliva is only free or active levels of cortisol which provides more complete information about your body’s stress response.

The Adrenal Stress Test can:

• Help identify possible causes of fatigue
• Help identify underlying reasons for chronic infections like sinusitis.
• Help identify possible reasons with difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep.

Who will benefit from taking a Adrenal Stress Index Test?

People with:
• Chronic stress and stress related health issues
• Fatigue or lack of energy/stamina
• Muscle and joint pain
• Insomnia, sleep disturbances or difficulty waking
• Poor memory
• Irritability or mood swings
• Hypertension
• Anxiety or depression

What is tested?

Cortisol
Helps to evaluate the stress response

Insulin
Helps to evaluate blood sugar dysregulation

DHEA/DHEA-S
Helps to evaluate how other hormones are affected by cortisol changes

Secretory IgA
Helps to evaluate the effect of stress on the immune system

17-OH Progesterone
Helps to evaluate underlying reasons for abnormal cortisol levels

Gluten Antibodies
Helps to evaluate immune response to gluten

 

Cortisol is one half of the circadian rhythm (melatonin being the other half) and is released by the adrenal glands in a 24 hr cycle. The largest amount of cortisol is released in the morning and the lowest amount released at night. Certain situations such as stressful events, skipping or delaying meals, blood sugar dysregulation or sleep disruption can cause the adrenals to secrete excess cortisol. Abnormal levels can have widespread effects throughout the body and may contribute to a number of health issues.

What does Cortisol effect?

• Energy production

• Brain function

• Emotional health

• Bone Health

• Immune system function

• Sleep quality

• Skin integrity

• Thyroid health

• Muscle strength