Adrenal Stress Index

The Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) is an in-depth test that is non-invasive and can be performed wherever you are. Four saliva samples are collected , there are no stressful blood draws or urine collection. The ASI panel measures stress hormones and insulin, to help figure out the causes of fatigue, cravings and obesity.

The adrenals are two small glands, that are located above the kidneys. The adrenals have one of the highest rates of blood flow per gram of tissue, and the highest content of vitamin C per gram of any tissue in the body. Each adrenal gland is composed of two separate functional entities. The outer zone, or cortex, accounts for 80% – 90% of the gland and secretes adrenal steroids (cortisol, DHEA-S, aldosterone and small amounts of sex hormones.) The inner zone, or medulla, comprises 10% – 20% of the gland and secretes the catecholamines (adrenaline and nor-adrenaline.) Cortisol, DHEA and adrenaline are the three main adrenal stress hormones.

Adrenal Rhythm and Its Importance
The human adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day. The hormones are actually release in a cycle, with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm. An abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body, some of which are described below.

  • Bone Heath
  • Energy Production
  • Fertility
  • Immune System Health
  • Memory
  • Muscle and Joint Function
  • Skin Regeneration
  • Sleep Quality
  • Thyroid Function

Do You Need the ASI Test?
The ASI is ordered mainly for individuals who suffer from:

  • Alcohol Intolerance
  • Chronic Stress and Related Health Problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Irritability
  • Lack of Vitality and Energy
  • Low Body Temperature
  • Low Sex Drive
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor Cognitive Function
  • Poor Memory
  • Sleep Disturbances