Functional Adrenal Stress Profile Test – For Adrenal Fatigue
The Functional Adrenal Stress Profile is the key test for assessing adrenal health with respects to cortisol output and DHEA. This test analyzes 4 separate cortisol values throughout the day – morning, noon, afternoon, and evening – along with 2 separate DHEA markers. The ratio between the cortisol and DHEA is important with respects to overall adrenal health. The Functional Adrenal Stress Profile is also called the adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, adrenal hormone, adrenal cortisol, or adrenal rhythm test. It is measuring specifically saliva levels of cortisol and DHEA which gives an accurate graphic representation of daily cortisol output. The saliva sampling is important because it provides the free-fraction (the physiological active form) of each hormone versus blood testing which often only looks at one cortisol value once daily – usually the morning cortisol. The blood tests for cortisol are not as accurate with respects to total cortisol production and do not give the detailed information that the salivary adrenal hormone tests provide. Based on the individual values of cortisol and DHEA that are obtained from the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile it is much easier to create supplement programs to meet the individual needs of low or high cortisol and DHEA.
Cortisol is a regulating hormone throughout the body. It plays a role in controlling inflammation, blood sugar balance, cellular function with respects to DNA sequencing, etc. In fact, the balance of cortisol and DHEA is critical for almost every organ system in the body including the brain, immune, cardiovascular, digestive, detoxification, hormone, and overall biochemistry. When the adrenals are chronically stressed health is not optimal, and it is very difficult to regain optimal health if adrenal stress is occurring.
The Functional Adrenal Stress Profile from BioHealth Laboratory, aka. #201 profile is the cornerstone test for adrenal hormone assessment. It is specific for individuals (adults and postpubescent teenagers) looking to assess their daily output of cortisol and DHEA. For individuals looking to just assess cortisol without DHEA (or prepubescent individuals) the Functional Adrenal Cortisol Rhythm from BioHealth Laboratory, aka. #204 profile is most appropriate.