Who knew stress could be measured in saliva?
Our body functions in amazing ways we never knew about, and technology has advanced by leaps and bounds to provide us with vital information about our health and wellness. We are far from developing technology that can scan our whole body and determine whatever is wrong with it in an instant, but the following tests are nonetheless as exciting.
- A Test to Measure Your Metabolism – Yes, this technology exists. The test assesses your body’s ability to break down fat by looking at three things in your body: antioxidants (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, etc.), B-Vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, etc.), and minerals (magnesium, manganese, zinc, etc.). Based on the levels of each nutrient, the test assesses the inefficiency in your metabolic rate, and whether these nutrients fall under “normal,” “borderline,” or “high need” of supplementation. This test provides an overview of your results, followed by a suggested intake of supplements to address your needs.
- A Test to Measure Good Bacteria in Your Gut – New research have shed light on critical role that gut microbes play in our health. These unassuming gut bacteria actually play a hidden role in how we store fat, balance glucose in the blood, and feel hunger. In other words, they play a major role in making us fat or fit. For this reason, nutritionists suggest a gastro-intestinal assessment. By measuring the amount of various kinds of bacteria in your gut, the doctors can assess a range of issues concerning your health, such as your digestion and capacity for nutrient absorption.
- A Test to Measure Stress Using Your Saliva – Stress is associated with a hormone called cortisol, which is responsible for many bodily processes such as regulating glucose levels, metabolism, and controlling inflammation. Along with DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), cortisol helps regulate body weight, blood pressure and immune function. An imbalance in the levels of DHEA and cortisol in the body can lead to a number of negative effects such as decreased muscle mass and bone density, impaired mental performance, lowered immune function, sleep disruption, and obesity. There is a test that measures your cortisol and DHEA levels in the past 24 hours using your saliva.