Stress Insight Packages
Short-lived stress is actually good for us, it gives us the push we need to help us perform in situations such as job interviews, public speaking or sports competitions. However, if not managed properly, stress can have a destructive effect on our mental and physical wellbeing.
Stress isn’t just a result of our daily life challenges, it’s also caused by the food we choose to put into our bodies, as well as our lifestyle choices. Similarly, our dietary and lifestyle habits also affect our ability to respond to the pressures of modern life. So stress is something we cannot ignore, as an individual or as an employer, if we want to feel well, work well and stay well.
Brain Bio Centre Stress Insight Packages
Do you want to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed and ready to start your day? Do you struggle to get through the day without feeling sluggish, fatigued, leaving you to resort to reaching for coffee or sugar to keep you going? Do you dream of feeling ‘vital’, energised and clear-headed on a daily basis?
Our Stress Insight Packages are designed to give you some key information about how your body is responding to your current lifestyle and stress levels. The packages do this using a biochemical test that measures your stress hormone output by collecting a series of saliva samples throughout the day. This is followed by test analysis and nutrition guidance to varying degrees (depending on the package you choose) to help encourage your body back to a healthy balance again or to prevent imbalances and illnesses occurring.
We offer our Stress Insight Packages at different levels of support.
Basic Stress Insights
Who is it for?
This is for those who want some initial insights into their stress hormone balance – perhaps are feeling generally well but are wanting to be more proactive in understanding the impact of current stressors on their body and who want to put in place some basic dietary changes to ensure they are getting a good nutritional balance to prevent fatigue or future illness.
This package includes the adrenal stress panel test, which measures your stress hormones (cortisol and DHEA) with a report outlining your results and a basic analysis of these with generalised dietary steps that can be taken in relation to stress.
There is no face to face consultation or phone support with this package to provide direct personalised advice, unlike the Personalised Stress Insight Package.
How does it work?
We will first send you the home test kit. When you have taken the saliva samples you can send it off to the lab. Once they’re sent, it will take approximately 4 weeks for us to email back your results and explanatory report.
Personalised Stress Insights
Who is it for?
This package is geared towards individuals who feel they are under regular stress, which is perhaps beginning to negatively impact their physical and mental health. You may be experiencing frequent headaches, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, regular colds or infections, poor digestion and difficulty losing weight. Similarly to the basic package, the personalised package includes the adrenal stress panel test, which again measures your stress hormone levels.
However, you will also have a private 45 min consultation with an experienced Nutritional Therapist (usually by Skype). Prior to the consultation, you will be required to fill in an in-depth questionnaire on your current diet, health and lifestyle, which will then be discussed along with your test results during the consultation. The Nutritional Therapist will then proceed to provide you with a personalised action plan on recommended dietary changes and nutritional supplementation.
How does it work?
We send you a Personal Information Form and Home Test Kit for you to complete. Once the results are back and the form is completed, you will undertake the consultation.
NB: From the time that you send the kit back to the lab, it will take 3 weeks for results to be available so we would usually schedule an appointment for about 1 month later, but we will do this in discussion with you in regards to timing that will work best.
Stress – A Silent Killer
According to the UK Statistics Authority, more than 45 million working days have been lost in the UK due to stress, anxiety and depression in the past three years. Last year alone a record 17 million working days were lost, costing the economy at least £2.4 billion, according to the UK Statistics Authority. Stress is also a key modifiable risk factor for major health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, NCBI.
So this is something we cannot ignore, as an individual or as an employer, if we want to feel well, work well and stay well. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can be a silent killer.
Research shows that nutrition and lifestyle can make a dramatic impact on your body’s ability to manage stress, according to SAGE Journals. Factors such as our blood sugar regulation, brain cell response and connectivity, our ability to digest and assimilate nutrients and the health of our gut flora, are all dependent on the food that we eat and are also all key players in how we feel.