Stress Test – Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones

Stress Test - D.U.T.C.H

What is Stress Testing?

Stress Testing simply put is testing saliva for higher levels of Cortisol hormone.

What is Cortisol?

Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis. Called “the stress hormone,” cortisol influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress including, but not limited to:

  • Blood sugar (glucose) levels
  • Fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism to maintain blood glucose (gluconeogenesis)
  • Immune responses
  • Anti-inflammatory actions
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and blood vessel tone and contraction
  • Central nervous system activation

Why is Cortisol Important?

While it is vital to health for the adrenals to secrete more cortisol in response to stress, it is also very important that bodily functions and cortisol levels return to normal following a stressful event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. This can lead to health problems resulting from too much circulating cortisol and/or from too little cortisol if the adrenal glands become chronically fatigued (adrenal fatigue).

Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:*

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Dampened thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat

Chronically lower levels of circulating cortisol (as in adrenal fatigue) have been associated with negative effects, such as:*

  • Brain fog, cloudy-headedness and mild depression
  • Low thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hypoglycaemia
  • Fatigue – especially morning and mid-afternoon fatigue
  • Sleep disruption
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Inflammation

How are Cortisol levels tested?

Cortisol levels are detected through a simple Saliva test. Saliva samples need to be collected at four different times during the day, and a record kept (for that day) of activities, events and foods eaten. An information sheet will be provided for you to complete.


This is an extensive test offering a thorough profile of sex and adrenal hormones, along with their metabolites. Recording 4 collections during the course of the day, plus Melatonin and DHEAS this test also consider the Cortisol Metabolites.