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All of us know the feeling of being constantly under stress and being tense. The stress, to which our body and mind are susceptible, can have different causes: a chronic infection, lack of exercise or excessive sport, exhaustion, malnutrition, allergies, foregoing recovery phases, financial worries, fear of the future and much more. But also positive events, such as a wedding or giving birth can cause us a lot of stress – even if only unconsciously.

Unfortunately, our body cannot differentiate whether we are actually in a life-threatening situation or, in fact, a daily situation – in both cases the body answers with the same biochemical process, the fight-or-flight reaction. In this condition the body produces a lot of stress hormones, especially cortisol and adrenalin. The fight-or-flight reaction is a genetic inheritance from the stone age, during which we still had to escape to safety from the dangerous sabre-toothed tiger while hunting. In moments of stress our blood pressure and sugar levels increase rapidly and our muscles are tensed, in order to escape as quickly as possible. In this condition we humans are more energetic, more motivated, the mind is sharpened and the immune system is shut down.

The perception of apparently dangerous situations triggers the production of adrenalin and it's adversary cortisol. The cortisol helps us to overcome theses situations as quickly as possible and to protect us from a stress overload. If we find ourselves constantly being in stressful situations, the body overflows our body and especially the brain with the chemical messenger cortisol. Therefore, an excessive cortisol level can be an indicator for an overstressed organism and can have detrimental effects on our health: A high cortisol level can benefit obesity. People who have high cortisol levels over a longer period of time also have a considerably higher risk of suffering from burnout.

Verisana offers the possibility of determining your hormones using a saliva test. The various samples can be easily collected by yourself, in the comfort of your own home. Saliva tests are the recommended test form from the World Health Organisation (WHO), for the determination of hormone levels.

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