Corinne Austin | Personal Training

Adrenal Dysfunction Testing

FACT: Stress is the underlying cause of 80% of all chronic disease and illness.

We live in a stressful world.  In today’s face-paced lifestyle we are bombarded with stress from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed.  Stress comes in many forms – we have nutritional stress, emotional stress, physical stress, electromagnetic stress, and mental stress.

Why do we need to Test?

Your body can’t differentiate where stress comes from – It just knows that it is under chronic stress and acts accordingly.  Your body’s reaction to stress can (and will) damage your health, especially if it is prolonged.  When we are under stress our nervous system helps us respond to stress by triggering a sympathetic response. This sympathetic response increases our heart rate and blood pressure, increases water retention, lowers insulin, and acts on the adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. This prepares the body for fight or flight.

For example if a tiger jumped out at you right now, this sympathetic response would be triggered and we would run to safety (hopefully!).  After we are in a safe place our body calms down and returns to its normal state (homeostasis).  In today’s stressful world, many of us are getting chased around by that tiger, all day, and every day for years.  And THIS has extreme health implications.

When the body can’t deal with high stress symptoms start to appear. We start to move into Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 adrenal dysfunction (adrenal fatigue).  Symptoms are not normal.  Symptoms are a sign that your body is not coping with stress. The medical model is designed to treat symptoms.


Our approach is different. Our approach looks for the underlying cause. Rather than treating symptoms with a pill, we are interested in what is causing the stress and disease in the body.  We can either choose to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on treating the symptoms, or we can act to address the underlying problem.

Testing for adrenal dysfunction/fatigue using a single blood test from your doctor doesn’t make sense!  A blood test only takes one cortisol measure.  If you are looking at total cortisol or if you take a single cortisol measure during the day and you are in phase 2 adrenal fatigue you will often misdiagnosed as ‘normal’.    Our test measures cortisol throughout the course of the day – so you get to see your daily cortisol tracking pattern.  We test morning, noon, afternoon and night time cortisol levels – and this gives us the ability to fully understand how your body is coping with and responding to your Adrenal load.

Keen to find out more about this eye-opening and potentially life-changing testing process…. click HERE!