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My Brain + Stress

Find out if a chemical imbalance and stress hormone imbalances are contributing to your issues with anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, focus, memory, weight challenges, impulsivity, fatigue and more. Not available in New York or Maryland.

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What's Included

  • Lab processing fees
  • Customized lab report
  • Nutrition and lifestyle recommendations
  • Clinician consultation
  • Standard shipping fees (outbound and return)
  • Requisition & Consent Form
  • Urine collection cup
  • Urine dipstick filter card
  • Vial with stabilizing powder
  • (5) saliva tubes
  • Desiccant packet
  • Specimen bag
  • Return mailer

How We Identify

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that, when out of balance, can affect almost every biological system.  My Brain + Stress is a simple in-home urine and saliva collection that measures the neurotransmitters Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, GABA, Glutamate, Histamine, and Creatinine.

Measurement of these neurotransmitters provides insight into symptoms around sleep disturbances, mood imbalances, anxiety and/or restlessness issues, difficulty focusing, and low energy levels. This is our most comprehensive neurotransmitter test. 

From a holistic standpoint, chronic stress may be the culprit for many health problems. Whether a person is experiencing physical stress (athletic overtraining, physical injury, etc.) or emotional stress (work stress, relationship troubles, worry over finances, etc.), the body is programmed to release stress signals such as cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine) as part of the "fight or flight response."  

By measuring cortisol levels in saliva we are able to glean information on how well the body is coping with stress. Evaluation of DHEA provides additional insight into how long and to what degree the stress response has been activated. 

 

Your Data is Used for One Thing...

Understanding your health! It is now time for us to take a stand against those in our industry who trade or sell the data of their customers from at-home tests. We believe the data you give us is for us to do our jobs, and that data is your personal data we do not share, trade, or sell. We are in the business of caring for you, and that means caring about your security as well. Your personal data is not a form of currency for us and never will be.

Lab Results + Plan of Action

What this measures

Identifies neurotransmitter and stress hormone imbalances related to overall health.

Tests 7 neurotransmitters and 2 stress hormones

  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • Norepinephrine
  • Epinephrine
  • Norepi/Epi Ratio
  • GABA
  • Glutamate
  • Histamine
  • Cortisol x 5
  • DHEA x 2

Collection methods

How It Works

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    1. Order

    Choose a test kit based on your wellness goals or by taking our health quiz. We ship everything you need right to your door.

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    2. Test

    Collect test samples from the convenience of your home. Collection tools, instructions, and return label are included.

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    3. Learn

    Receive results and wellness recommendations based on science, not guesswork. Speak with and receive guidance from a clinician at no charge.

The Science

Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers in the nervous system that relay signals in the body, much like emails relay information from one person to the next. Due to stress, poor diet or genetic factors, these chemical messengers can become imbalanced over time leading to a variety of symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, headaches, migraines, fatigue, weight issues, insomnia, memory problems, and chronic pain. Advances in scientific technology now provide the ability to measure these neurotransmitters to identify what is out of balance. Discovering your neurotransmitter excretion values in urine provides information on how to support the body using customized diet and nutrient regimens for optimal health.

Neurotransmitters are found in various bodily fluids, including serum, plasma, platelets, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), saliva, and urine. Since urine collection is a non-invasive method of collection, and since urine is the primary method of neurotransmitter elimination, it is the preferred method for measurement. Research has demonstrated a link between central nervous system (CNS) neurotransmitters and peripheral nervous system (PNS) neurotransmitters via crosstalk that provides information for clinical evaluation. This unique method of testing allows clinicians to create customized nutrient protocols based on urinary excretion values. The neurotransmitters that are produced in the brain and CNS require the same amino acid precursors and enzymes for synthesis as they do in the PNS and body. Based on this connection, urinary neurotransmitters give us a reflection of neurotransmitter imbalances that can result in symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, headaches, migraines, fatigue, weight issues, insomnia, memory problems, and chronic pain.

From a holistic standpoint, chronic stress may be the culprit for many health problems. Whether a person is experiencing physical stress (athletic over-training, physical injury, etc.) or emotional stress (work stress, relationship troubles, worry over finances, etc.), the body is programmed to release stress signals such as cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine) as part of the "fight or flight response." If cortisol levels are elevated, this indicates the adrenals are working very hard to keep up with the demand.

When circulating cortisol levels are high, it counteracts the action of insulin keeping glucose in the blood for a longer period of time. Cortisol elevation also down-regulates the immune system, creates sleep cycle disturbances, and has effects on hydration. Conversely, if ongoing stress has been a factor over a long period of time, cortisol levels may become depleted.

Low cortisol has been associated with low energy, poor motivation, recurrent infections, and gastrointestinal (GI) permeability problems. By measuring cortisol levels in saliva we are able to glean information on how well the body is coping with stress. Evaluation of DHEA provides additional insight into how long and to what degree the stress response has been activated.

Combining neurotransmitters with stress hormones provides a broad picture of that is happening in the nervous system as whole which relates to mood/focus issues, anxiety, low energy and sleep cycle disturbances.  Studies have shown that cortisol rhythm imbalances and elevated morning and evening cortisol levels may contribute to symptoms associated with low mood, but also the development of mood-related disorders.  

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.