Why use saliva testing for adrenal stress? You can test the adrenals using blood, saliva and urine. However, if you want to understand the delicate relationship between the hypothalamus, pituitary and the adrenal glands, then you want to run a salivary test that will give you the information you are seeking on the HPA relationship.
What is HPA axis?
HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-HPA) axis dysfunction is involved in virtually every physiological process in the body. It does not matter whether the condition is caused by, or simply correlated with, an increase or decrease in HPA axis dysfunction (otherwise known as maladaptation to stress).
Unhealthy lifestyle habits (poor diet, inadequate exercise, insufficient sleep, lack of relaxation, and internalizing emotional stress) are sources of chronic stress that may be underlying causes of HPA axis dysfunction and hormone imbalance. Other common sources of chronic stress include: food sensitivities, inflammation, GI infections, and heavy metals. Chronic stress erodes health and compromises longevity by impairing the function of critical systems in the body.
Under chronic stress, the HPA axis downregulates the output of cortisol—often referred to as the “stress hormone.” The principal hormones produced by the HPA glands—cortisol, DHEA, aldosterone, testosterone, estrogens, and progesterone—can all suffer when HPA axis dysfunction or maladaptation to stress occurs. Saliva testing for adrenal and HPA dysfunction allows us to see this imbalance and therfore correct it.
Saliva testing for adrenal stress
What is cortisol?
Cortisol is a catabolic hormone while DHEA is an anabolic hormone that grows and repairs.
Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone”. However, cortisol is much more than a stress response hormone. If you understand cortisol and it’s affect on your body, then you will understand how to balance your hormones and achieve good health.
What is DHEA?
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland. The brain also produces this hormone. DHEA leads to the production of androgens and estrogens (male and female sex hormones).
Levels in the body decrease after age 30. DHEA levels decrease more quickly in women. People with hormonal disorders, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, depression, diabetes, inflammation, immune disorders, and osteoporosis have lower levels of DHEA.
Corticosteroids, oral birth control and anti-psychiatric medicine contribute to the reduction of DHEA. This anabolic hormone is used to help treat depression, obesity and osteoporosis. DHEA is known as a pro-hormone and associated with longevity, muscle mass and strength.
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