Blog — Adrenal / Cortisol

STRESS & ADRENAL HORMONES

Posted by Ben White on

Since 1998, ZRT has tested adrenal hormones for 1.4 million individuals. The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the “stress glands,” enable our bodies to cope with stress and survive. Shaped like two tiny pyramids, they sit atop the kidneys and from this central location mobilize the response to changes in our environment. Whether stress comes from outside in the form of a natural disaster, or from within like the anxiety we experience before public speaking, it’s the adrenals’ job to help us adapt to the situation. They accomplish this by secreting key hormones:  Cortisol: The primary stress hormone that fine-tunes...

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Cortisol Hormone Testing in Saliva, Blood & Urine

Posted by Ben White on

Hormone Test Providers should be aware that three different body fluids – saliva, blood or urine – can be used to assess adrenal gland function, and should know each method’s advantages and disadvantages, when deciding how to test patients. Inadequate or excessive production or disrupted circadian patterns of cortisol synthesis by the adrenal glands in response to stressors can eventually lead to imbalances in blood glucose levels, impaired immune response, as well as a host of different hormonal imbalances, all of which are associated with multiple adverse conditions and symptoms.    Saliva   Cortisol is synthesized by the adrenal glands and released into the bloodstream in...

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