Adrenal Level Testing: Cortisol
Your waking day hormone (highest in the morning and lowest at night). It is necessary for energy production, blood sugar metabolism, anti-inflammatory effects and stress response.
Often when we have trouble sleeping at night and our mind is racing we have high cortisol which should be low to allow us to have a good nights sleep. In other cases we have been having a lot of stress or work for a long period of time and our adrenals are burned out or we are experiencing “adrenal fatigue”.
Usual Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include: High levels of fatigue/Low Energy, Brain Fog/Inability to think clearly/poor memory, Waking Exhausted after a long sleep, Inability to handle stress, Easily made dizzy on standing quickly, Low Blood Pressure, Craving Salty Foods, Decreased Immunity, Decreased Libido, Increased symptoms of PMS or peri-menopause
Allergy Screening/Food Sensitivities
Sometimes we eat foods that we have a delayed allergic reaction to; so we may experience a variety of uncomfortable and menacing health conditions that we would never relate to our diet. Traditional allergy testing only tests for IgE or quick onset allergic reactions and completely misses delayed allergies.
We recommend testing IgG and IgA allergies to get to the bottom of your health ailments. Once your allergies are identified they should be removed for 3 months and healing the gut should be started with the assistance of supplements.
Some symptoms can include but are not limited to:
Headaches, Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Stomach pain, Skin rashes, Ear pain, Psoriasis, Difficulty losing weight, Changes in personality.
Nutrition is at the core of integrative health and SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Testing is the most advanced diagnostic tool available. Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow your nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders.
SpectraCell’s Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells. Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies.
Salivary Hormone Testing
Simple, non-invasive, reliable and accurate method to assess bio available hormone levels. Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, DHEA, Cortisol. Hormones effect so much in our bodies and can make a huge impact on our quality of life. No blood draw necessary, do from the comfort of your own home and get excellent helpful results for information to get you feeling better ASAP!
Weight Management Labs
It is important to make sure hormones and labs are in balance or else you can be doing everything right and not lose weight.
Low thyroid hormone is associated with weight gain and difficulty losing weight. As this is your main metabolism hormone it is vital to be at an optimal level to allow weight loss.
Sex Hormone Imbalances Can cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Balancing your sex hormones will not only make you feel so much better but also help get your body back into the shape that you desire.
This can be down a variety of ways, from supplements, to injections, to bio-identical hormone creams, lozenges, or capsules.
Cortisol sometimes called “the stress hormone” is produced by the adrenal glands and is functional in our flight or flight response. When we have chronic stress in our lives we have high levels of cortisol; this has many negative effects on our health including weight gain, especially fat around the midsection.
Weight gain is also associated with Adrenal fatigue, or low levels or cortisol which occurs after long period of chronic stress. Balancing your cortisol will help in weight management.
High levels of insulin in cases of insulin resistance can cause increased fat and weight gain.
People with insulin resistance have a diminished ability to respond to insulin. Normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells. In order to compensate, the pancreas produces more insulin.
When insulin levels spike due to high glucose levels, it creates fat. And the more obese you are, the more insulin resistant you become, because the fat causes a spike in another hormone (cortisol) that prevents the insulin from working properly.
Lowering insulin levels will help you lose weight and make you thinner. As you lose body fat, insulin resistance will improve.
Toxin accumulation in our bodies can make it difficult to lose weight. Testing heavy metals and/or a detox protocol can be helpful to facilitate weight loss and activate the mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of our cells.
General Labs and Bloodwork
We are contracted with a local lab and are able to take care of all your bloodworm needs in the office. Most insurance will be accepted for general labs with a low copay. We are aware of our cash pay patients and strive to contract with the most affordable prices.
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