Hair Cortisol Test
Hair Cortisol Testing provides a measure of prolonged stress and the potentially harmful and often undetected risk factor for chronic illness.
Chronic stress, the long-term activation of the stress-response system and the overexposure to cortisol (and other stress hormones that go with it) can disrupt almost all your body’s processes, putting you at increased risk of many health problems, including:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Memory and concentration impairment
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight gain
- Premature aging
Chronic stress is often dismissed, or undetected, and most current cortisol tests measure saliva, urine, or blood. These methods follow a more complex sampling regimen and represent acute, not chronic, HPA activation.
Hair cortisol, however, is a simple and non-invasive test requiring just a small sampling of scalp hair. It is an excellent biomarker for measuring long term stress, its effect on health risks, and the efficacy of stress reducing behaviours and nutrition.
Also provides insight to Cushing’s or Addison’s Syndromes (not diagnostic).
Hair Cortisol Test
- 10-15 minute appointment to gather info for requisition form and answer questions. Requisition form and instructions will be emailed to you.
- Testing of free cortisol levels over 3 month period.
- Detailed report with results emailed to you upon completion of lab test.
Further 1:1 support available as needed. A 30 minute lab follow up session to review report and give personalized recommendations can be booked upon receiving results (optional, not included)
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