30 Sep Adrenal Exhaustion Profile – Bioheath #205
Understanding your adrenals can give you huge insight into what is going on in the body. The Adrenal Exhaustion Profile – Bioheath #205 is one of the first tests we do as a FDN practitioner. It gives us a really great overlook into what is going on in the body and the gives a clear picture of stages of adrenal exhaustion.
Something to understand is that a body doesn’t get adrenal fatigue just because. Adrenal fatigue is a symptom of an underlying malfunction, and unless you treat the root cause you will always be treating the symptom and always be feeling the same.
The test of adrenal health involves saliva tests that measure the cortisol levels at four different times throughout one day. This is giving us a clear picture of your bodies circadian rhythm. Along with this the test measures DHEA and progesterone, estradiol, estriol, testosterone and melatonin. With all of these measures I am able to identify hormonal dynamics, cortisol dysregulation, stage of adrenal fatigue, circadiam rhythm, potential malfunctions, hidden stresses and blocking factors.
Cortisol levels that are elevated or depleted are a window into a relation to internal and external stressors. When a body is stressed whether is internal or external, environmental or emotional, food related or digestive related it doesn’t matter the body increases cortisol, this increase is the bodies autonomic response in preparing the body to defend itself. If cortisol levels are elevated for extended periods this negatively impacts the entire body. Our body is a system of systems, and if one area is out it will affect other areas, this is why it is so important to get to the root cause of a problem, otherwise you just end up chasing symptoms around the body.
If cortisol is elevated it becomes much harder to slow down and rest, recovery and repair gets inhibited, hormonal balance gets messed up, sleep gets disturbed, immunity gets comprimised through poor gut health, bone mass decreases, mal absorbtion and mal norishment happens and the body struggles to detoxify properly. Without getting to the root cause and finding the underlying stressor there will be a point of no return as the body continues to head down hill.
When you take the Biohealth #205 Adrenal Stress Profile Test you will get results for the following hormones, the health of these hormones are going to be a window into why you may be feeling the way you are feeling. Functional lab testing can be critical in order to understand imbalance in the body. This salivary test measures the levels of 7 major steroid hormones in the body.
Critically important for functioning are the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA. Cortisol is a vital hormone for:
- Blood sugar regulation
- Electrolyte balance
- Calcium dynamics
- Gene transport
- Fluid retention
- Digestion of macro-nutrients
Cortisol is your bodies primary stress hormone. It is produced naturally and has an ideal production cycle throughout the day in a healthy body. When you wake in the morning cortisol ideally is elevated compared to the rest of the day. It is the hormone that is involved in making you feel awake and when cortisol is low you feel tired. When the sun or light hits your bedroom in the morning cortisol is naturally produced and in the evening as the sun goes down so should your cortisol. It is produced in the adrenal cortex section of the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels also impact many of the body’s physiological processes and if cortisol levels are out there will areas in your body affected by this. Chronic stress, and the associated elevation of cortisol levels, when your cortisol levels are high this is going to negatively impact the steroidal hormone pathways and can lead to the pregnenolone steal, which is where pregnenolone is continually shunted over to produce progeterone and cortisol. When this happens the body is in the process of adrenal fatigue. Cortisol levels that are elevated at odd times of the day give us an indication of hidden internal stressors. So by getting results for you cortisol levels throughout the period of a day we get an insight into what is going on in the body and we start the process of bringing your cortisol levels back in range.
The next hormone that is measured in this one test is DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, is the major precursor to testosterone and the estrogens. If your DHEA levels are low it can lead to an imbalance of your your sex hormones and again is a sign of adrenal dysfunction. Also if DHEA is low it also going to affect many other physiological processes in the body such as growth and repair. When increased demand for cortisol is prolonged, DHEA levels decline. DHEA then is no longer able to balance the negative effects of excess cortisol. Depressed DHEA levels serve as an early warning of potential adrenal exhaustion.
Estradiol is the next hormone measured, it is a dominant female hormone, and is the primary estrogen. It plays an important part in both men and women as a hormone modulator, fertility enhancer, sleep cycle maintenance, and fat melabolism. The levels of this one hormone are directly related to the following hormones below and there relationship to one another is important. Estradiol is made in the ovaries/testes and also small amounts in the adrenal cortex. So if there are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue there is also going to be effects seen in the production of these hormones.
Estriol is another estrogen however is is not as strong. It is derived from estradiol and estrone, getting levels of this hormone give us an idea of how well the steroid hormone pathways are working together.
The next steroid hormone measured is progesterone. This is produced from pregnenolone, and is the key hormone in the path to cortisol from pregnenolone.
Testosterone is the dominant male hormone but also plays an important part in women. It levels give an indication into libido, sexual function, muscle and bone strength, tissue integrity. Not to mention mood, energy, vitality and general feeling of well being.
The last hormone measured in this one test is Melatonin. It is produced in the pineal gland and gut and helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. The levels of melatonin are going to give insights into sleep cycle disruption, circadian rhythm, and gut function.
As you can see with this one test we can get some huge insights into what is going on in your body. We can start to unlock reasons as to why you may be feeling the way you are.