We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our body and cause long term health issues. You may not realize that oxidative stress is of particular concern. All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.
Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body? Through non-invasive lab testing we can evaluate the effects of stress on your body and map a support plan.
Functional Lab Testing
Adrenal Stress Index
The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the “stress glands,” enable your body to cope with stress and survive. Shaped like two tiny pyramids, they sit atop the kidneys and from this central location mobilize the response to changes in our environment.
Whether stress comes from outside in the form of a natural disaster, or from within like the anxiety we experience before public speaking, it’s the adrenals’ job to help us adapt to the situation.
They accomplish this by secreting key hormones:
- Cortisol – The primary stress hormone that fine-tunes our response to the stress of everyday living
- DHEA – One of the most abundant hormones in the body, and a precursor to estrogens and testosterone; also balances some of the negative effects of high cortisol
- Epinephrine / Norepinephrine – Neurotransmitters that mobilize the body’s natural “fight or flight” response in an emergency
We can conduct a saliva cortisol test or a urine cortisol test to assess adrenal hormones. This involves collecting four non-invasive samples over the course of one day, from which ZRT is able to generate results with a diurnal cortisol curve. This four-point graph reveals cortisol levels throughout the day and allows us to pinpoint issues with your adrenal gland function.
Your Key to understanding stress, fatigue & insomnia — Diurnal cortisol curves
Adrenal glands that are in balance produce adequate amounts of hormones to power you through the day. These hormones impact just about every process in your body, from energy production and immune activity to cellular maintenance and repair. They are key regulators of glucose, insulin and inflammation, and play a major role in bone and muscle building, mood and mental focus, stamina, sex drive and sleep cycles.
Adrenal glands that are out of balance can lead to:
- High Cortisol – Results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired, increased belly fat & bone loss
- Low Cortisol – Causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves
DHEA – Out of balance adrenals can lead to high or low DHEA.