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Adrenal Function Panel $349

Stress is unavoidable, which makes stress management important for maintaining health.

Rocky Mountain Analytical tests are available through regulated Healthcare Professionals.

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Everyone experiences stress at times, but how well we cope with stress depends on a number of factors, one of which is hormone balance.  The body’s experience of stress is carefully mapped out by a series of hormone responses.

Fight or Flight

In an extremely stressful situation, the body releases bursts of the hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline to prepare for a “fight or flight” response. High levels of cortisol free up stored energy to help the body physically resist or flee from  physical danger.

Modern-Day Stressors

Unlike the physical stressors of past centuries, our modern-day stresses tend to be  less dramatic, but of longer duration. This means that cortisol levels may stay mildly elevated, resulting in symptoms like feeling tired but wired, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Excess cortisol also interferes with the action of other hormones (progesterone, testosterone and thyroid), creating more hormone imbalance and more symptoms.

Low Cortisol

With continued stress, the adrenal glands may become depleted from producing too much cortisol or may reduce cortisol production significantly in response to the detrimental effects of high cortisol.

Symptoms of low cortisol may include fatigue (particularly morning fatigue), increased susceptibility to infection, decreased recovery from exercise, allergies, low blood sugar, burned out feeling, depression and low sex drive. Other adrenal hormones can be affected, particularly aldosterone and DHEA. Low aldosterone may result in reduced sodium and potassium levels. Symptoms of low DHEA are not well defined, although low DHEA is often associated with chronic illness.

Why Get an Adrenal Function Panel?

Since cortisol is the major stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, measurement of cortisol levels may be a useful means of assessing ability to cope with stress.

Testing is EASY

 

  • Testing Kits available at our Naturopathic clinic
  • Blood Draw offered by our Naturopath in-charge

 

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Rocky Mountain Analytical

Who is Rocky Mountain Analytical? Dr. George Gillson started Rocky Mountain Analytical in 2002 with an eye to delivering top quality diagnostic testing.   Dr. Gillson is a licensed physician and holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. We perform urine and hair element analysis, Food Sensitivity testing and saliva hormone testing in our accredited Calgary laboratory, and have  partnered with some excellent laboratories to offer additional test items such as: urinary thyroid analysis and conventional laboratory testing. Our commitment to quality is evident from our assay technique and our comprehensive application of patient specific information. The symptom and hormone information provided by patients allows us to make interpretations that link hormone levels to the clinical history. Through our commitment to innovation, quality, and outstanding service, we are continually advancing the science of wellness.
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