Stress, be it lifestyle, physical or psychological comprises adrenal function. Adrenal fatigue or insufficiency is experienced when the adrenals are depleted. Symptoms include fatigue, hypotension, and lowered resistance to stress, salt cravings, hypoglycaemia, and lowered immunity. Adrenal insufficiency frequently plays a role in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and most diseases for twhich corticosteroids are involved in the treatment. Although they are designed to cope with stress, changing physiological functions to deal with the ‘fight or flight’, the adrenal glands suffer in today’s high stress society. Assessing cortisol, DHEA and other adrenal hormone levels may help to identify the issues and devise an effective treatment plan.
Symptoms of depleted adrenal glands include:
- Decreased Immunity
- Brain Fog
- General Lethargy
- Lack of Stamina
- Mild depression
- Muscle Weakness
- Salt Cravings
- Flu-like symptoms
Cortisol is the ‘stress hormone’ produced by the adrenal glands. and it is involved in many functions of the body.
- Effects carbohydrates, fat and protein metabolism
- Assists blood pressure regulation
- Assists blood sugar regulation
- Affects heart and blood vessel toning
- Modulates the immune system
- Provides resistance to stress
What does this test involve?
The Adrenal Stress Profile requires either a saliva or urine sample.
You may need to take samples on a few different days at different times depending on the hormones that are being tested, but our Naturopath will discuss the process with you during your appointment.
There are a number of different tests available, and your Naturopath will discuss the best option for you. The Level 1 Profile tests for Cortisol, DHEA, 17-Keto Steroids, total OH Corticoids, Ratios.
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