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Adrenal Stress Test
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The adrenal stress index is a test to determine the functioning of the
bodies stress glands, the adrenals. This panel was first introduced in
1989 to evaluate stress, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality.
The lab I use first invented this ASI panel and any other panel on the market are copies. It utilizes four saliva samples collected under real life conditions at 4 different times in a 24 hour period.
Other online salvia tests only use one time period so the cost is deceptive. They offer no explanation or recommendations without an additional cost. The main value of this panel is to determine the adrenal 's circadian rhythm and its importance to prescribing accurate and customized supplementation at those times. It can also help determine changes to diet and lifestyle.
||Abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body. This test is worth considering if you suffer from:
- Chronic stress and related health problems, i.e. panic attacks, anxiety, depression
- Lack of vitality and energy, like chronic fatigue syndrome
- Muscle and joint pain
- Migraine headaches
- Poor memory (High cortisol levels have been linked to Alzheimer's Disease)
- Alcohol intolerance
- Stress maladaptation
- Low sex drive
- Low body temperature
- Environmental allergies
||Clinical presentation of inadequate adrenal disturbances can include:
- Weight loss/Anorexia
- Progressive Fatigue/Lethargy
- Diffuse Muscle & Joint Pains
- Low Serum Sodium/Salt Cravings
- Skin Hyperpigmentation
||Clinical presentation of overactive adrenals disturbances can include:
- Weight gain/Truncal obesity
- Emotional Lability/Depression
- Glucose Intolerance
- Insulin Resistance
- Hypertension/Sodium Retention
- Thin hyperpigmented skin/Striae
How the Test is conducted
In the privacy of your own home and under your normal life activities, you will take the 4 saliva samples and send them directly to the lab. After being processed, the lab will send me the results to be reviewed. I will then forward them onto to you. Once you receive the results, a 15 minute phone consultation will be scheduled to determine a recommended treatment program.
An Adrenal Stress Index is best used in conjunction with a hair analysis. The reason for this is that optimal mineral levels are needed to correct abnormal adrenal rhythm or disturbances. The results of both tests give a more complete picture of what is needed to improve your health.