“I know I’m under a lot of stress. How can I tell if that is starting to affect my body, mind, and sleep?”
What is the Salivary Adrenal Stress Profile?
The salivary Adrenal Stress Profile monitors the impact chronic stress has on the functioning of the adrenal glands’ cyclical release of cortisol and DHEA. It measures only the free circulating portion of both cortisol and DHEA and as per the (National Institutes of Health) NIH and (World Health Organization) WHO is a highly accurate and validated test easily taken via saliva in multiple samplings throughout the day and night if need be.
Why Should I test the Adrenal Glands functioning?
Since stress and the inflammation it can cause are major underlying factors in so many chronic diseases, checking the circadian deviation from the normal amounts rhythmically secreted can be a window into how well the body is managing this critical component of chronic illness. Both Cortisol and DHEA affect carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism . DHEA also serves as the steroidogenic metabolic intermediate in the formation of the sex hormones from progesterone to testosterone and estradiol. Also, as the adrenals help modulate the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3 thyroid hormone, their dysfunction can be reflected in not only lower energy levels, loss of libido, and weight gain, but increasing emotional liability and resistance to disease.
Who Should Be Tested?
Any patient who has been struggling with a chronic medical condition is a candidate for adrenal testing. More specifically, anyone complaining of the above chronic issues should be considered appropriate to be tested. It is not just for those patients whose complaints are similar to a chronic fatigue syndrome or repeatedly “coming down with something” multiple times a year.
Healthy adrenal gland functioning is critical for the body’s myriad interconnected biological systems and of primary importance to help prevent and treat chronic disease. The salivary profile is the easiest and most accurate method to view the real time ability of your adrenal glands to meet the stress needs of your daily life.