Do you really know how to recognise chronic stress?
- Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Profile Test measuring levels of cortisol, DHEA and secretory IgA.
- Adrenal Stress Questionnaire for completion to ensure personalised, functional and meaningful interpretation of results.
- Review of results by a qualified Nutritional Therapist and personalised analysis of what the results mean for you.
- Written report by qualified Nutritional Therapist including analysis and interpretation of results, together with a clear plan (including detailed nutrition, lifestyle and supplement recommendations) on how to correct stress hormone imbalances.
Chronic stress can affect your quality and quantity of sleep, energy levels, relationships and performance. It can cause you to gain weight around the abdominal area (if you’re male) or from belly to knees (if you’re female).
Chronic stress can also play havoc with your digestive system, causing bloating, gas and abdominal pain, and it can impair immunity making you more susceptible to accumulating toxins or unusually reactive to bacteria, viruses and even certain foods. Some other signs and symptoms are waking up feeling unrefreshed, going to bed feeling wired and salt or sugar cravings.
Stress, whether we are consciously aware of it or not, can leave us looking and feeling less than great and increase our risk of developing chronic conditions and degenerative disease from heart disease to irritable bowel syndrome. Most of what causes us stress is a consequence of modern living, such as mobile phones, laptops, environmental toxins, poor diet (lack of nutrients, high caffeine, alcohol, refined foods, dehydration), work related stress, poor quality sleep, poor bowel function and so on. And of course there are major life events which can cause emotional and mental stress.
The adrenal glands are responsible for producing the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA (as well as a few others) and these hormones help us modulate our stress response at a biochemical level. When we have been stressed over a long period of time (chronic stress) these hormones can become out of balance. Chronic stress can also impair immunity and can have a significant effect on Secretory Immunoglobulin A levels (sIgA), which is the body’s first line of defence against bacteria, fungus, parasites, viruses, undigested food particles and other toxins.
Balanced adrenal hormones are absolutely critical and fundamental to good health.
In our practice, we have found that most people who come to see us would benefit (and have benefited – this is our most prescribed test) from having their adrenal hormones tested. Understanding the levels of these hormones being produced enables us to put a plan in place which can profoundly affect your energy levels, resistance to disease, emotional states and general sense of well-being. Bringing the adrenal stress hormones into balance can also remove barriers to rapid fat loss and have positive effects on thyroid and sex hormones.
This Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Test measures cortisol, DHEA and sIgA levels. The test is very simple; four saliva samples are collected at different timepoints over a 24 hour period, they should be frozen after each collection, and then shipped to the functional testing laboratory. The questionnaire included with the test should be completed and returned to three sixty°, this ensures we can provide personalised interpretation and analysis of results, along with recommendations to correct imbalances. The results from the lab and written report from our three sixty° Nutritional Therapist are then returned to you by your chosen method (post or email).
Please note that results are only made available upon receipt of a fully completed Adrenal Stress Questionnaire.
Turnaround time: Approximately 14 days from postage of samples.