Introducing: The Eve Stress Test

It seems as though many of us these days are, or know someone who is, struggling with high stress, burnout, exhaustion or adrenal fatigue. This is affecting everyone from mothers juggling families, to busy corporates, those battling health conditions, or supporting someone else who is struggling with their health.

From the data we've gathered through testing sex hormones since early this year, raised markers of stress and inflammation is one of the biggest trends we're seeing in test results.

'Stress' is more than just feeling overwhelmed by work/finances etc. There are so many types of stress such as the ones here, (even this isn't even a complete list), so finding out what's contributing to the weight on your shoulders is key. Even if you don't feel 'stressed' in your mind, that doesn't mean your body isn't under stress.

Stress is a modern day epidemic and its effects on health and wellness are widespread and systematic.

With stress itself as such a huge contributor to hormone imbalance, we knew there was a need for us to find a way to provide an opportunity for our customers to investigate this further.

After months of hard work and dedication from our lab and research scientists and development team, our Stress Test has been born.



Who is the Eve Stress Test for?

Everyone! This test is for men and women - we all have stress in our lives and we all produce stress hormones.

The  Eve Stress Test is for anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in knowing how their body is producing stress hormones and coping with stress.

The great news is that you can even do the test while pregnant, breastfeeding or on hormonal contraception. And it can be done on any day of your menstrual cycle.



What does the test measure?

The Eve Stress Test measures both free cortisol and free cortisone in the body 4-5 times across a 24-hour period.

From this we can see how your body is producing and using these hormones throughout the day.

Cortisol is our primary stress hormone and day-time hormone. It should be highest in the morning and drop away throughout the day. This keeps us feeling awake and energised during the day and sleep well at night.



What can the Stress Test tell me?

The test gives you an idea of how your body is coping with life’s day to day stress.

We look at the levels of cortisol and cortisone in your body when you wake up, mid morning, in the afternoon and before bed.

We also give you the option to collect a fifth sample if you have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia to see whether your stress hormones or stress response may be behind your restlessness.

From these results we can assess your cortisol pattern - the levels and when it’s rising and falling - to see how your body is coping.

When we know exactly how your body is producing and using stress hormones, we can provide diet, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations to support your body in functioning optimally to help you feel your best.



“I don’t need a test to tell me I’m stressed” - think again...

Sure, you might know that you feel 'stressed', but there are actually a few different types of stress pictures that the body can demonstrate, and you would support these differently to re-establish balance.

Therefore, finding out where your body is at is key.

The Eve Stress Test looks for these different types of stress picture, and tailors recommendations for you based on where your body is actually at.

  • Your adrenals may be pumping out stress hormones, signalling that you need to make changes quickly to reduce the pressure on your body and mind.
  • You could find that a burnout picture is behind your fatigue that won’t lift, even after a good night of sleep.
  • You could find that your body is coping well with the stress you’re facing, but that there are areas of your life that aren’t making you happy.
  • You could have an idea of where your body is at, but your results may tell a different story (this actually happened to most of the Eve team! We’re all very in tune with our bodies, and still wrongly predicted our results!)


How does it work?

The test measures cortisol through easy to collect saliva samples. Saliva contains an abundance of active cortisol and is a simple, non-invasive way to measure this hormone in both its active and deactivated forms.

The test involves holding a small saliva swab in your mouth for around 2 minutes before transferring it into a vial and taking note of the time of day.

These swabs are then free posted to our lab in Hawkes Bay and analysed by our lab scientists.



What is the results report like?

You will receive your Eve Stress Test results in the form of a 24 page test report. The report breaks down and explains your results in layman's terms and graphs that are easy to read and understand.

The report also includes:

  • Personalised notes from your consultant based on the information you have provided including any signs and symptoms you are experiencing.
  • A section dedicated to ‘getting to know your stressors.’
  • Personalised diet, lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness and nutritional recommendations tailored to you.
  • Resources to help you put your recommendations into action including a personalised recipe book, ideas and examples for implementing recommendations and a weekly planner.


If you have any further questions regarding the Eve Stress Test, check out our FAQ page or get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.



Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique. For your individual health concerns it is important to discuss these with a relevant health professional