Adrenal Stress Test
Why Test for Adrenal Stress?
The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and are responsible for the synthesis of several hormones. One key adrenal hormone is cortisol, which has the ability to regulate glucose levels, blood pressure, immune response, inflammation, and circadian rhythm (the sleep-wake cycle).
Cortisol has also been called the “stress hormone” for its involvement in the reaction to stress and anxiety. Prolonged exposure to stress can cause the adrenal glands to become fatigued, which causes a corresponding decrease in cortisol levels, thus hindering the body’s response to stress.
Because cortisol is involved in the sleep-wake cycle, it reaches maximum levels in the morning, which help us get out of bed and begin the day, and has minimum levels at midnight, helping us get to sleep. Abnormalities in this cycle can lead to fatigue, insomnia and depression among other things.
Our cortisol panel utilizes four salivary samples collected throughout one day from the patient. This makes the test both noninvasive and easy for patient compliance.
DHEA (DeHydroEpiAndrosterone), another hormone produced by the adrenals, is a precursor to androgens (testosterone) and estrogens. DHEA levels can be used to identify early adrenal fatigue.
In addition to four cortisol and one DHEA sample, our advanced profile contains secretory IgA (sIgA) and anti-gliadin IgA. sIgA is a marker of intestinal integrity and gut immune health. The lower the immune health, the more “leaky” the gut is, the more likely there are to be food allergies and gut disturbances.
Gliadin is a major protein constituent of gluten. Anti-gliadin IgA is an immunological reaction to that. One in 5 persons suffer from some level of gluten intolerance which may lead to nausea, fatigue, joint pain, depression and diarreahea.