Optimal Adrenal Health - Complete - Easy & Convenient At Home Test Kit (Saliva)
This complete, at home saliva test kit, assesses adrenal health by measuring DHEA-S and diurnal cortisol levels. Both hormones work together to protect the brain and body from a perceived threat. As the body is exposed to a combination of physical, mental and environmental stressors, changes in adrenal hormone levels can occur. When adrenal hormones are out of balance, a whole range of symptoms and conditions from anxiety to infertility can occur.
Key biomarkers, DHEA-S (DS), Cortisol Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night (Cx4) are used to assess adrenal health and wellness.
Elevated levels of the hormone, cortisol may result in:
- Cravings for sugar
- Fatigue accompanied by jitters/restlessness
- Increase in belly fat
Loss of bone
Lower levels of cortisol may cause:
- Persistent fatigue
- Lack of energy
- Various cravings food/sugar
- Low tolerance for exercise
Poor immune function
Elevated DHEA-S Levels in women may result in:
- Lack of menstrual period
- Increased amount of body/facial hair
- Loss of hair
Difficulties with fertility
- Deepening voice
- Lack of breasts
- Adam’s apple
Reduced DHEA-S Levels in Aging may be associated with:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decrease in sex drive
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
The hormone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is produced by adrenal glands and in small amounts by the ovaries and testes. DHEA is converted to dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) by the adrenal glands and liver. In both men and women DHEA is necessary for estrogen and testosterone, as well as the production of insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) needed for the growth of muscle and insulin sensitivity.
Cortisol (Morning) tests levels of the “stress” hormone that helps the brain and body respond to the environment, facilitates metabolism, regulates blood pressure and supports the body’s fight against infection. Cortisol levels are highest upon wakening.
Cortisol (Afternoon) measures hormone levels as cortisol naturally begins to dip later in the day. Lower levels at this time may be the reason for the afternoon “crash” many experience.
Cortisol (Evening) reflects cortisol levels as the body starts to wind down for the day following normal diurnal rhythms. Elevated levels at this time can cause intense sugar cravings, fatigue and irritability.
Cortisol (Night) tests hormone levels just before bedtime as the body prepares for sleep. High levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can contribute to insomnia or difficulty staying asleep which suppresses the immune system.
HOW TESTING WORKS
- Shipped directly to your door after online purchase
- Collect test sample and return to the lab using the enclosed pre-paid shipping label
- Reviewed by an independent board-certified physician
- Receive test results along with personalized recommendations in 4-9 days
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE ADRENAL HEALTH TEST
- Adults with pronounced/chronic fatigue and prolonged stress
- Men with sexual dysfunction and pronounced fatigue
- Girls and women with excess body/facial hair/masculine physical characteristics
- Women who have difficulty becoming pregnant
WHAT THE TEST REVEALS
Visual representation of specific biomarker results over time, together with detailed descriptions for easy understanding of health-related results.
Analysis and Insight
Detailed analysis of test results helps identify key areas of impact on health. Important insights offer information and opportunities to support healthy changes.
Personalized Action Plan
Get simple access to your personal dashboard along with recommendations based on your specific test results.
Testing is designed for informational purposes and as a tool to support further discussion with your physician or another healthcare practitioner. You should always consult your doctor for any specific health questions, diagnosis or medical treatment.
ADRENAL HEALTH FYI
The adrenal gland is part of what’s known as the HPA-axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) Axis. The tiny pyramid shaped adrenal glands that sit just above the kidneys produce and secrete powerful hormones that affect nearly every function in the body. As part of the endocrine system, adrenal glands help modulate metabolic function, blood pressure, the immune system, sex hormones, and the stress response. When the adrenal glands produce too much or too little DHEA or cortisol, serious symptoms affecting both physical and mental health may present.
Continuous emotional stress related to relationships, work, or money can deplete the body of bio chemicals necessary for normal regulatory function. Physical and environmental factors such as sleep; diet, pain, stimulants and pollutants also affect the body’s ability to adequately and appropriately respond to stress.
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