What is an Adrenal Stress Index?
The Adrenal Stress Index is a saliva test that we can post to you.
This test looks at cortisol and DHEA. If imbalances are found in these hormones, patients may experience fatigue, exhaustion as well as insomnia and anxiety.
For women an irregular menstrual cycle may also be experienced as well as hot flushes.
Some patients also gain weight and may have salt or sugar cravibgs as well as increased illnesses (colds/flu).
How Can I get a Stress test done?
Call us now on 0345 1289 7996 to have a free chat to see if you are a likely candidate for adrenal fatigue. If so we will post you a kit.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a term first described by Dr James Wilson to describe a feeling of chronic tiredness. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are no longer functioning at their proper level. Often this can happen after periods of prolonged stress. The most common symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. Some people also experience anxiety and headaches.
How can I find out if I have adrenal fatigue?
If you have many of the symptoms listed above, you can have a test to see if you truly so suffer from adrenal fatigue. There is a very simple non-invasive saliva test that was developed in the USA and can be used to measure cortisol at different times during the day. Cortisol is measured at 4 times in the day, in the morning at 8 am, at 12, in the afternoon at 4 and in the evening at 8.
How reliable is the cortisol test?
Saliva testing is very reliable and there are research papers have been published demonstrating its efficacy : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9638346
The World Health Organization (WHO) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recognize saliva cortisol testing as being very accurate.
If I do have adrenal fatigue, what can I do about it?
You will need to make some lifestyle changes, dietary changes and there are some natural supplements that can help your adrenal glands.
There are some very effective supplements that you can take to help you including B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Magnesium Citrate. However, you should see a qualified Nutritional Therapist as your test results will indicate the most appropriate supplements. For example if your cortisol is too high or too low you will need different supplements
For more information please contact us on 0345 129 7996.
Here are some easy dietary rules to follow:
Never skip breakfast and eat soon after waking up
Combine complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, a healthy fat such as olive-oil and a protein at every every meal
Eat vegetables at every meal
Salt your food to a pleasant taste
Combine grains with legumes (beans), or legumes with seeds or nuts to form a complete protein
Use oils (cold pressed olive, grape seed, safflower, flax, etc.) into grains, vegetables and meats daily