The Adrenal Stress Index is an easy to use saliva test that we can post to you at home.

What is adrenal stress?
Cortisol and Dhea are two hormones that are released by our adrenal glands. The amount of cortisol in a healthy person is highest in the morning and gradually tends to decline as the day progresses. These hormones should be lowest at night. However, patients experiencing adrenal fatigue may find that their cortisol levels are too low throughout the day leading to fatigue or too high at night leading to insomnia.

Stress may also have an impact on cortisol levels. For example, initially, levels may be extremely high to deal with the acute stressor. However,  over-time these levels may become depleted and fatigue and burn-out may occur. This is when imbalances may occur.

What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Salt and sugar cravings
  • Increased illnesses (colds/flu)
  • Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido
  • Hot flushes
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

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FAQ

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 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.

Can I get this test on the NHS?

Unfortunately, Adrenal Fatigue tests are not currently offered on the NHS.

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.

What happens if I have a adrenal fatigue?

If your cortisol levels are out of balance, it is recommended that you make some lifestyle changes, dietary changes and often natural supplements can be of great benefit to the adrenal glands.

B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Magnesium may help.  We recommend seeing a qualified Nutritional Therapist to help you.