What is Adrenal Stress?
Two small glands, known as the adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and help us deal with life’s stresses by releasing the hormones, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones are not released constantly throughout the day. Instead they are secreted in a cycle called the circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle), with the highest levels being secreted in the morning and the lowest at night.
Sometimes in periods of long-term or severe mental or physical stress these glands can go into overdrive. If this occurs for too long or too often then the adrenals later become exhausted. When this happens, the hormonal levels of Cortisol, DHEA in the blood stream become imbalanced.
This saliva test evaluates adrenal function and can detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. These are the two steroid hormones that assist the body to manage stress. The hormones also have an influence on metabolism, thyroid function plus female and male hormones.
Imbalances in these hormones can indicate an inappropriate response that can negatively impact energy levels, emotions, and many other health complaints. These include anxiety, chronic inflammatory conditions, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, migraines, headaches, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.