Physical and environmental stress can affect micronutrient concentration and most often leads to micronutrient depletion. Micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and chemicals our bodies use to perform every function necessary to survive and thrive. If these become deficient, we get sick. Every accepted cause of disease – inflammation, low immunity, poor gut health, hormone disruptions, environmental toxins and genetic expression – can be traced back to a micronutrient deficiency.
Cortisol (24-hour urine or saliva) * and DHEA
This test looks specifically at your stress hormone (cortisol) over the course of the day. Blood tests only give us a single snapshot of your cortisol levels, but a urine or saliva collection test gives us the ability to see how your cortisol levels are changing over a 24-hour period.
HS-CRP with IL-6
This test measures the level of c-reactive protein (CRP) in your blood. CRP is a protein made by your liver in response to inflammation. CRP identifies and tags damaged tissues or invading microbes so the immune system can recognize and clear them away. CRP levels rise and fall depending on how much inflammation you have. Once the disturbance has been removed from the body, CRP levels drop back to normal. However, when there is chronic low-grade inflammation in the body, CRP levels remain above normal. Hs-CRP levels can help predict the future risk of cardiovascular disease. Lack of sleep, stress, smoking, unhealthy diet, and nutrient deficiency have all been associated with higher CRP levels.
Interleukin-6 helps regulate immune responses including modulating the balance of our gut bacteria. Imbalances in the gut microbiome is a main component in chronic inflammation and a dysregulated immune system. IL-6 testing will not give you a specific diagnosis it sounds the alarm for chronic inflammation and inflammatory disease.