Stress and Resiliency Testing

People in today’s society tend to lead frenetic, unbalanced lifestyles. Commonly, individuals experience continuous stress, not only from mental and emotional stressors (i.e.; employment, marital, and financial) but also physical, structural, chemical and nutritional stressors (i.e.; sleep deprivation, caffeine consumption, pain and extreme exercise) without adequate recovery. Stress is catabolic, effects our metabolic functioning and leads to muscle breakdown/fat gain as a survival tactic. Excessive stress is reported to be the culprit for 75-90% of all health dysfunction.

Elevated stress hormones (Cortisol) put the body in a “catabolic” state. This is the destructive phase of cell life that includes widespread tissue destruction, muscle loss, bone loss, immune system depression and even brain shrinkage! Chronic long-term exposure to cortisol disrupts the body’s metabolism causing elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and increased body fat levels due to increased appetite. The combination of high cortisol, low DHEA and low growth hormone production causes the body to store fat, lose muscle and slow metabolic rate. Stress makes you burn fewer calories and cortisol can actually reduce the body’s ability to release fat from its fat storage to use for energy. Instead, we become sugar burners and fat storers. Stress hormones cause increased body fat in the abdominal region.

Chronic stress can lead the body to ignore the function of insulin. When insulin fails to unlock our cells, the appetite is increased while the body’s ability to burn fat is decreased. This syndrome is part of the problem of rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

Chronic exposure to these stressors often causes elevation in adrenal hormone levels and the adrenal glands start to have an impaired response to stressors, which reduces adrenal hormone output. The resulting adrenal insufficiency also known as “adrenal burnout” or “adrenal fatigue” may present a range of symptoms from chronic fatigue to various allergies.

The test of cortisol levels and adrenal function are paramount to emphasize the importance of increasing our “anabolic” metabolism, the rebuild, repair and rejuvenate cycle of cell life, to reverse the consequences of elevated stress hormones.

Most insurance plans cover this test and we get verification of benefits and a per-authorization prior to testing.

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