Holistic Health & Fitness

Hormonal Stress Testing
Identify the impact of chronic stress and the underlying dynamic of all of your health complaints with Functional Adrenal Stress Profiles.
Testing fee: £99

The data revealed in this profile will answer so many questions about your health complaints. 

Evaluating the impact of chronic stress on endocrine function by measuring bioactive hormones. Test results including a guide to hormone therapies, lifestyle modifications, and reversal of symptoms.

Chronic stress is a state of ongoing physiological arousal. This occurs when the body experiences so many stressors that the autonomic nervous system, which helps one adapt to changes in the environment, rarely has a chance to activate the relaxation response. This type of chronicstress response occurs all too frequently from a modern lifestyle, when everything from high-pressured jobs to loneliness to busy traffic can keep the body in a state of perceived threat and chronic stress. In this case, our fight-or-flight response can wear down our bodies and cause us to become ill, either physically or emotionally.

A stressful lifestyle can lead to consistently high levels of cortisol, and low levels of the hormone DHEA (dehydoepiandosterone), which can be damaging to the brain and other tissues. Cortisol (a stress hormone) elevation also impacts immune responses, such as secretory IgA (sIgA) and anti-gliadin antibody (AGA) production. SIgA, part of the first line of immune defense against pathological microorganisms and food antigens in the lining of the gut, decreases during stress. AGA is elevated in people with gliadin intolerance and celiac disease, which affect about 12-14% of the US population. When immune defenses in the gut are diminished by stress, gut permeability increases as does the amount of AGA in the bloodstream.

The Adrenal Stress Profiles use a non-invasive salivary procedure done at home to monitor the activity of the adrenal cortex and its ability to react to stress. This simple procedure monitors the rhythmic biological cycles recurring at 24-hour intervals of cortisol and DHEA-S levels. When the Adrenal Stress Profile indicates an inappropriate hormonal stress response, it is necessary to consider stress reduction through diet and lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplementation to support adrenal gland activity and enhance the restoration of the physical barrier in the gut.

Diseases and conditions associated with chronic stress:

• Anxiety

• Back pain

• Cardiovascular disease

• Celiac disease

• Chronic fatigue syndrome

• Depression

• High blood pressure

• Insomnia

• Migraine headaches

• Obesity

• Thyroid dysfunction

• Ulcers

• Weak immune system

If you are fed-up with getting another prescription drug each time you visit your doctor, or if you are tired of buying the latest vitamin, mineral, herb or other natural remedy that doesn't seem to work; then please consider what we do at self Holistic Health.