Your journey to optimal health starts with knowledge. At Forum Health Akron, we believe in the power of awareness, and one crucial aspect of your well-being that is often overlooked is adrenal function.
Why Test My Adrenal Function?
The adrenals are small glands located just above each kidney. They play a crucial role in your body’s stress response and the regulation of various hormones to keep your metabolism, blood pressure, and immune system in balance.
Hormones produced in the adrenal glands include cortisol, adrenaline, and aldosterone. Too much or too little production can result in adrenal disorders that affect the way your body functions. Balancing cortisol levels helps treat adrenal disorders and is a critical part of recovery. Adrenal saliva testing is often used to assess the impact of chronic stress, fatigue, and other conditions related to adrenal gland function.
What Does the Test Measure?
An adrenal saliva test, also known as salivary cortisol test, measures the balance of certain hormones, primarily cortisol, in your saliva. It provides a more detailed picture of your body’s stress response system compared to a blood test, which may not capture the daily variations and changes in hormone levels.
While cortisol is the primary hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the saliva test also measures:
- DHEA, which serves as a precursor to other hormones, including sex hormones.
- DHEA to cortisol ratio, which can offer insights into the balance between the stress hormone cortisol and the anabolic hormone DHEA.
- Secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) antibodies, which can help assess your immune function and overall well-being.
When Should You Consider This Test?
Adrenal disorders can be caused by ‘overuse’ of the adrenal glands due to ongoing exposure to mental, emotional, and physical stress. Adrenal health is an important aspect of your overall well-being, and there are certain signs and symptoms that might prompt someone to consider having their adrenals tested.
If you are experiencing chronic or long-lasting fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, dizziness, digestive problems, sleep issues, and irritability or depression, you might want to speak with your Forum Health provider about the saliva test.
Adrenal saliva testing can be a tool to help your provider uncover imbalances or underlying issues and can be a guide to a more individualized treatment plan.
How We Utilize This Data to Optimize Your Health
When an adrenal disorder is identified, your Forum Health provider can personalize a treatment plan with targeted therapies that fit your body’s unique needs.
We analyze the health of your adrenal glands and their hormone production comprehensively, and consider factors like diet, environment, and lifestyle.
Based on your results, our experienced providers craft a customized plan to reset your body and support your overall health.
We’re with you every step of the way, monitoring your progress, and adjusting as needed to ensure your journey to health is a success.
Don’t let an adrenal disorder compromise your health. Take control of your well-being with Forum Health Akron’s Adrenal Saliva Test. Begin your path to optimal health and contact us today!