Adrenal/Cortisol Function Profile

The Adrenal Function Profile uses saliva collected throughout the day to monitor the levels of stress hormones Cortisol(t) and DHEA(t) to measure the adrenal glands’ ability to react to stress. An increased Cortisol level and a decreased DHEA level is an indication of a chronically stressful physical or mental condition. With these results, we can pinpoint not only the imbalance itself, but also the specific time of day it is happening.

Our Approach
Our plan consists of a custom, natural regimen of herbs and nutrients to repair and regenerate the adrenal glands to normal function.

Find relief from:

  • Anxiety
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Food and environmental sensitivities
  • Low immunity
  • carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism issues leading to weight problems.
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Low libido

Imagine that you are walking down the street and all of a sudden an oncoming car is headed right for you.  The driver is not paying attention to where the car is going and it is up to you to get out of the way of danger.  You feel a sudden surge of energy and quickly jump out of the way. The car coming toward you is stress and that surge of energy is an adrenaline rush – your body’s reaction to stress that allows you to get out of the way safely.

How stress has evolved
Stress, however, has evolved over the years.  It used to be single instances that affected our survival like out-running a bear or stepping out of the way to avoid a car.  Now, stress is bombarding us from all directions.  It may be smaller stresses like getting bills paid on time, work deadlines, and family commitments, but it is constant.  Its this chronic stress that requires our bodies to constantly respond, leading to consistent high levels of cortisol and low levels of DHEA.

Why stress is so devastating to our health

Constant stress can turn thousands of chemical pathways in your body upside down and cause normal bodily functions like converting food to energy and absorbing nutrients to become less effective or even completely shut off. When your body is repeatedly “switched on” and it never gets the relief it needs, chronic illnesses arise and only get worse with time. This makes stress one of the most severe and devastating strains on your health. To learn more about the effects of stress and the adrenal glands, please see our article on adrenal health. 

Pricing and Insurance
Test costs vary from $40-$106 and are paid directly to the lab. Our prices are much lower than other companies’ because we do not up-charge for any of our tests.  If your insurance carrier does not cover the test, you only pay the base cost directly to the lab. We encourage you to then submit the lab receipt to your insurance carrier as many patients get fully reimbursed.

We do need an initial appointment first so that we can get a detailed health history and get to know you (we cannot legally run tests on people who are not our patients) but also we can customize the adrenal panel that would be the most beneficial for you as there are a few different panels available. Depending on your concerns and goals, the panels that are best for you may be different than some other patients.

Furthermore, a big part of the initial consultation focuses on eating habits and food education so that you know not just what foods are best but also how to combine them and time meals properly. This is essential because food is the foundation to everything that we do and needs to be used in conjunction with the information that shows up in the adrenal profile.  We also evaluate your lifestyle and look at the reasons why patients develop adrenal imbalances in the first place and work on not just fixing what comes up on the test but also healing your whole system to prevent these and future issues and optimize your overall health. This process of looking at the whole body guarantees the most success and the quickest results with your program.