Examples of what you could discover.
Stress evolved as a fight-or-flight, hardwired response from our adrenal glands to alert us to external threats to our survival. Initially, stress signals were supposed to only last for 15 to 20 minutes. But when stress lasts for a week, a month or a lifetime—it can increase your risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), decreased heart health, obesity, and even adult onset diabetes.
Arivale’s partner labs collect samples to measure your cortisol and DHEA levels. These are both crucial hormones secreted by the adrenal glands, and the results can tell us whether or not your body is responding effectively to stress.
If our Coaches uncover unusually high levels of cortisol, they will work with you to help identify regular stress management techniques that suit your lifestyle, as well as ways to better manage your sleep routine and keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. People who practice stress management techniques that suit their lifestyles and help optimize their sleep may be able to effectively decrease their stress hormone levels and help lower their risk for certain diseases.
Inflammation is a normal immune response, and an essential step in tissue healing from injury or illness. You’ve likely seen or heard about the associated symptoms: redness, swelling, heat and pain.
While this acute inflammation in response to an injury or illness is a good thing, when inflammation becomes chronic, it is not so good. Constant exposure to elevated levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP), or interleukin-6 (IL-6) can cause damage to tissues and, over time, may interfere with optimal health and wellness. There are many potential causes of chronic inflammation, ranging from excess body weight to periodontal disease. Our coaching team can help you implement lifestyle and diet changes that can help reduce inflammation.
What does this amino acid have to do with your heart? The blood tests performed by our partner clinical labs include a measure of homocysteine, an amino acid and one of the building blocks of protein. While not routinely measured, it can be an important measure of less than optimal wellness in areas such as cardiovascular health.
When found in high concentrations, research shows that homocysteine may contribute to damaging plaque formation on arterial walls and has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease. Adequate levels of certain active forms of B vitamins are required to combat this effect. However, in some people, the genome testing conducted by our partner clinical labs may also reveal genetic variants that impair the ability to metabolize these vitamins. This combination further informs our clinical team and coaching staff on how to fine tune your wellness roadmap.
With this combined knowledge of blood analysis plus certain genetic results relevant to wellness, Arivale Coaches can customize dietary and supplement recommendations unique to each individual.