Athletic Performance Testing Package

Adrenal stress + Sport Genomics + Inflammation + Vitamin D + Nutrition Coaching

 

You're an athlete, putting your body through training that takes a toll on your body day after day. The training piece of the puzzle is usually the easy part but do you know how to recover? Do you know if your body is recovering well to handle your training load? What about the impact on your health? Our Athletic Performance testing package provides a comprehensive look at specific biomarkers that will effect your recovery, health and ability to keep training at a high level.


Adrenal Stress

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Whether you call it adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency, we know it is common among athletes. Adrenal insufficiency is the term we prefer to use as it describes the condition when the adrenal glands production of hormones is not balanced in trying to counteract the different types of stressors that are encountered on a daily basis. The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the “stress glands”, enable the body to cope with stress and survive. Shaped like two tiny pyramids, they sit atop the kidneys and from this central location mobilize the response to changes in our environment. Social, career, emotional, physical, and nutritional stress comes in many forms and it is the adrenals’ job to help the body adapt to these stressful situations. They accomplish this by secreting key hormones. We look at two important variables when it comes to determining how well your adrenals are functioning:

  • Cortisol
    • The primary stress hormone that fine tunes our response to the stress of everyday living.
  • DHEA
    • One of the most abundant hormones in the body, and a precursor to estrogens and testosterone; also balances some of the negative effects of high cortisol.

When the adrenals are working in balance and are able to produce the right amounts of hormones, there are usually no symptoms. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands impact just about every process in the body, from energy production and immune activity to cellular maintenance and repair. They are key regulators of glucose, insulin and inflammation, and play a major role in bone and muscle building, mood and mental focus, stamina, sex drive, and sleep cycles.

Adrenals that are out of balance can lead to either high or low cortisol levels. High cortisol can result in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired, increased belly fat and bone loss. Low cortisol can cause chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery and low immune reserves. Out of balance adrenals can also lead to low or high DHEA levels.

 

*This is a saliva collection test.


Sport Genomics

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Specifically developed with the athlete in mind, to help enhance performance, this test consists of genetic markers that impact nutritional requirements and athletic performance.

The recommendations can help you to improve your body composition, identify potential food intolerances, optimize heart health, and help you determine your nutrient requirements. The test also includes markers that can help you determine your risk for certain injuries and understand where your athletic performance strengths lie. These recommendations can help you get a step ahead of the competition by unleashing your genetic potential.

Each genomic test contains 45 of the most applicable genetic markers that includes information about the following:

Nutrient Metabolism

  • Micronutrient deficiencies (Vitamin A, B12, C, D, E, Folate, Iron, and Calcium)

Cardiometabolic Health

  • Caffeine (fast or slow metabolizer which can impact health and athletic performance)
  • Whole grains and Type 2 Diabetes association
  • Sodium and the predisposition to heart disease and hypertension
  • Omega-3 fat and the quantity necessary to improve health and performance
  • Saturated fat and body composition association

Weight Management

  • Energy balance and its association with resting metabolic rate
  • Physical activity (endurance, power/strength)
  • Protein, total fat, saturated and unsaturated fat associated with body weight and body composition goals

Food Intolerance Risks

  • Lactose
  • Gluten

Eating Habits

  • Fat taste perception
  • Sugar and starch preference
  • Tendency to eat between meals

Fitness and Physical Activity

  • Exercise motivation and behavior
  • Power, strength, and endurance based genetic advantages to certain types of exercise and sport
  • Pain tolerance
  • Achilles tendon injury risk

 

*This is a saliva collection test.


Inflammation - Omega 3 Index

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Fats are crucial parts of your daily nutrition plan and can help or hurt your recovery from exercise and training adaptations. A balance of the right types of fats (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are the key to improving your health and athletic performance.

The Omega-3 Index Complete test gives you a snapshot of the fats that makes up your cells. Some fatty acid levels are closely related to what you eat while others are more affected by your metabolism. Your diet isn't the only factor that establishes your blood fatty acid levels - genetics, gender, weight, age and other lifestyle factors all can play a role. For some fats like omega-3's and trans fats, eating that fat directly increases blood levels of that fat. This is why testing matters!

You may think you are eating enough fish or taking ample omega-3 supplements but how do you really know? It may sound as simple as just bumping up your daily omega-fat intake but that's not enough. There is a fine balance of trans fats, omega-6 fats and omega-3 fats that must be considered and you simply cannot know the interactions of these biomarkers without having them tested. It usually takes about 3-4 months to alter these biomarkers after making nutritional changes, which is why it is so critical to have this testing done and let us help you devise a plan to improve your body's inflammatory support system.

 

*This is a saliva collection test.


Vitamin D

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Many athletes are unaware that vitamin D is not officially a vitamin but actually a prohormone. Roughly one-third of athletes have insufficient levels of vitamin D with a leading cause being lack of sun exposure. This is common in northern climates where but studies indicate that even athletes in regions with more sunshine are often deficient due to concerns about the ill effects of too much sun.

Sub-optimal vitamin D status is linked to increased risk for acute illness, inflammatory injury, stress fracture, muscle pain/weakness and sub-optimal muscle performance.

 

*This is a blood spot collection test.


Nutrition Coaching

Of course, without interpretation of your test results, none of this would make sense so we include a 1-hour nutrition coaching session with your eNRG Performance Sport Dietitian. Let us take the guesswork out of all of this testing and bring it to life by forming an easy to follow plan for you!


Instructions for ordering this testing package

1. Choose your eNRG Performance Sport Dietitian in the drop down box below and submit payment.

2. Your Sport Dietitian will contact you via email to confirm your address and we will mail all of the testing collection kits to you.

3. Once you receive the collection kits, you will collect your sample and mail it to the appropriate labs for testing (pre-paid envelopes are included).

4. Your Sport Dietitian will email you when he/she receives your results and will schedule your one-hour nutrition coaching session to review the test results and help you with a nutrition plan that will help support your health and exercise performance related goals.

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