Let me ask you, how are you dealing with stress?
In a scale of one to 10, how do you rate your stress level? If you score high, then I urge you to read further and find out why you should be concerned.
Most of us believe that stress only affects us emotionally. But science tells a different story. More than a feeling of being overwhelmed, stress causes a chemical response that affects our entire body. When we’re stressed, our body goes into a fight-or-flight mode. This response prepares our body to either fight off the threat or run for safety. For example, you get extremely nervous right before a big presentation. Depending on how well you handle stress, you can either get on with the presentation or walk away. This is called situational stress and its effects (high blood pressure, increased heart rate) are temporary. This type of stress is not bad for you. In fact, it can help you complete difficult tasks and keeps you alert.
Trouble starts when stressors never go away. Daily, relentless stress can take a toll on your health. Here’s why: when you’re under stress, your adrenal glands release cortisol. While the right cortisol balance is good for health, chronically elevated cortisol levels caused by sustained stress can increase blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cause depression and other conditions.
So what do you do now? I typically advise my patients to take a cortisol stress test to determine the health of their adrenal glands and the level of cortisol in their body. There are three ways to measure cortisol—through a blood test, a urine test or a saliva test. Among the three, I prefer saliva testing because it’s more convenient, easy to do, and it’s non-invasive.
The benefits of a saliva cortisol stress test:
Determine biochemical imbalances
Our Cortisol/DHEAS Saliva Test measures stress hormones DHEAS and cortisol to evaluate adrenal function and determine how well your body is dealing with stress. This test can reveal biochemical imbalances that can cause Cushing syndrome, Addison disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, obesity, adrenal fatigue and other chronic conditions.
Convenient and non-invasive
Unlike a blood test or a urine test, a saliva cortisol test is painless and easy to do. All you need to do is spit into a test tube four times in a day: in the morning, noon, early evening and around midnight. Once you’re done, you simply mail the four test tubes back to our lab for analysis and you’ll get your results in two weeks.
The measurement of cortisol in saliva is a widely accepted as a reliable screening test and recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be accurate.
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