NeuroSpot+ Stress Test
Accurate Trusted Results
100% Secure Checkout
An accurate and reliable test for neurotransmitters and stress hormones
✔️ Patented DrySpot® and Salivette® guarantee validity
✔️ Report medically validated by doctors
✔️ Assess 9 neurotransmitters
Identify your levels of key neurotransmitters and stress hormones with our at home test kit. Find out how your levels of serotonin, creatinine, dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline, GABA, glutamate, cortisol and DHEA might be affecting your physical and mental health. This therapist report is available to you without a referral and will be medically validated by a laboratory supervisor and further interpreted by our qualified in house practitioner. Receive targeted advice to regulate your nervous system with appropriate foods, nutrients or supplements.
NeuroSpot - Neurotransmitter Stress Test
Are you stressed out? Chronic stress can make you sick. The brief state of alarm our body experiences can turn into a permanent state of alarm, triggering the continuous release of messenger substances such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin and cortisol. By testing your neurotransmitters, you can understand your unique stress response. There are personal patterns we can default to when pushed to a state of chronic stress and these aren’t always visible to us. For example, why do you reach for a third slice of cake when stressed but your friend can barely look at food? Some of these are due to personality, but some can also be explained by our biochemical balance.
The good news: Your unique biochemical response to stress can be made visible using a simple urine and saliva test. Neurotransmitter testing in Australia at present is only available through specific health practitioners. Now you are able to access the most accurate neurotransmitter test conducted in our lab in Germany, without the need for a referral. Thanks to the patented Dry Spot and Salivette technology, you are able to take the test at home and receive your results directly.
All important stress hormones and the participating messenger substances of your body are tested:
✔️ Corsitol (morning, noon, evening)
✔️ DHEA (morning, evening)
Receive actionable and targeted advice from our qualified in-house practitioner:
✔️ Your level of each neurotransmitter and what this may mean.
✔️ What nutrients and amino acids you may need more of.
✔️ Identify which foods will help to regulate your nervous system.
✔️ Appropriate supplementation including herbs, amino acids or nutrients to support your body.
✔️ Recommendations for other appropriate therapies.
Did you know that as much as 95% of our serotonin (a key happiness hormone) is manufactured in the gut? This is a great test to do if you also have gut related issues or are working on your gut microbiome.
Taking the NeuroSpot - Neurotransmitter Stress test
1. Place your order
Once we receive your order, a test kit is sent to you containing DrySpot® and 3 Salivettes® for collection of dry urine and saliva. Follow the pre-test instructions and fill in the health questionnaire before sending your samples safely to us.
2. Your sample is tested
NeuroSpot samples are tested in our German lab and all results are medically validated by a doctor on laboratory supervision.
3. You receive your results
We will email you with two reports which detail your results from the lab and a summary report from our qualified in-house practitioner with targeted advice to move forward with confidence.
What exactly is:
Serotonin is important for the emotional balance and the good mood. Acting together with adrenaline and dopamine, it elevates the mood and has a motivating effect.
Dopamine acts mostly in an excitatory manner. It is crucial for coordination, motor functions, memory, learning, concentration as well as mental performance. Acting together with serotonin, dopamine elevates the mood, it regulates the reward system and thus drive and motivation.
Noradrenaline has the effect of increasing blood pressure, attention, alertness, concentration, willingness to perform, motivation and motor functions. It is also involved in the control of a multitude of hormones.
The main function of adrenaline is to put the body very quickly into a state where, it is ready to perform at a higher level. It has a bronchodilatory effect and increases the respiratory volume. Blood pressure, as well as the heart rate are elevated.
Cortisol, also called the “activity and stress hormone” generally effects the body‘s adaptation to stressors. An important function of cortisol is that it activates the metabolism, to mobilise energy reserves.
DHEA is also called the “anti-aging hormone”. The production of DHEA decreases continually as we age, from age 25 on. The lowered DHEA level is responsible for a number of degenerative processes in the
body. That is why the DHEA level can be used so well to determine the biological age of a human. Not only that, DHEA is also the precursor for the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen.
Where stress is concerned, GABA (Gamma-amino butyric acid) plays a major role. It has a calming effect, since it influences the amount of the stress hormones and is also called the “body‘s natural sedative”.
Glutamate has various important functions in the brain. It is essential for the demanding tasks of the brain, such as learning and memory, for the intentional, controlled movements as well as for the ability of the
brain to perceive the environment and to adapt to it. In addition, glutamate participates in the metabolic processes, such as detoxifying the brain of ammonia.
With your test, you will receive:
- The display of the measured parameters is graphically prepared and thus easy to understand for you as a patient.
- In a detailed assessment of the findings, we specifically address your laboratory values. You not only receive “naked” laboratory values, but also an individual assessment of the findings, including recommendations for your doctor or alternative practitioner based on your laboratory values, which they will examine in individual cases.
- In the case of chronic stress, individual stress management and the development of stress avoidance and stress management strategies are recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you define stress?
The founder of stress research, Hans Selye, defined stress as the “non-specific reaction of the body to any kind of demand.“ i.e., in addition to the specific reaction to stimuli (such as fighting off an infection) the body always provides the same reaction to stress, regardless of the respective trigger. Excitatory and inhibitory hormones and neurotransmitters are part of the response to stress. To provide an adequate response to stressors, these must be in balance. Already slight deviations in this balance may lead to health complaints.
What happens in chronic stress?
After phases of increased stress that have triggered the physiological stress reaction, the body needs regeneration during which the entire system returns back to normal. The used-up neurotransmitters can be produced again and stored in the neurons until the next time they are needed. If these regeneration phases are missing, the stress becomes chronic. The body no longer has the chance to go back to the normal status. The need for messenger substances is continuous and elevated. Initially this leads to elevated levels with symptoms such as anxiety, hypertension, difficulty sleeping, but also to increased performance and similar. Later, this can lead to an overloading of the production. The body is then no longer able to synthesise sufficient amounts of these messenger substances. The storage areas in the neurons cannot be filled and empty out increasingly. The consequence is a decreased level of the messenger substances with deprivation symptoms such as lack of drive, depressive state, trouble concentrating, all the way to burnout syndrome.
What is GABA?
Where stress is concerned, GABA (Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid) plays a major role. It has a calming effect, since it influences the amount of the stress hormones and is also called the “body‘s natural sedative”.
GABA is very important for memory and learning. It prevents sensory overload, has an effect that is anxiety resolving, relaxing, sleep-enhancing, pain-reducing, anti-spasmodic and it stabilises blood pressure.
How long do results take and what can I expect?
Results take 2 weeks and will be sent to you via email. You will receive your comprehensive NeuroSpot report which details your level of each stress marker and an explanation of what this means. You will also receive advice on how to improve your specific stress profile, by way of natural remedies, diet or lifestyle measures. You may like to discuss your results with your healthcare practitioner or book a naturopath consultation with our in-house practitioner.
What causes stress?
Acute & chronic infections
Drinks containing caffeine
Lack of fresh food
Permanent lack of time
Smoking and other narcotic agents
Lack of sleep
Poor or irregular diet
Death of a loved one
Recurrent stress situations
Healing of wounds
Not enough relaxation
Sugar & white wheat products
Can I get this test via my GP?
This test is arranged directly through our specialised lab, so there is no need for a GP referral.
Why is DrySpot superior to liquid urine?
Patented DrySpot technology for urine samples ensures the validity of the test results is guaranteed. By drying the urine sample, the normally unstable substances are stabilised. The neurotransmitters at the time of taking correspond with levels when they arrive in the laboratory, meaning the result is reliable. For example, the concentration of dopamine in liquid urine increases greatly with increasing temperature during transport/storage. With DrySpot, the dopamine concentration remains stable.
Why do you test dry urine and saliva instead of blood?
Dry spot urine (DUS) testing is currently the most accurate and least invasive way to measure neurotransmitters in the body, outside of the expensive and invasive analysis using a puncture to access cerebrospinal fluid. Blood is not ideal for measuring neurotransmitters because it is so tightly regulated that it is not reflective of actual levels elsewhere in the body, hence you would not see if levels are below or above the normal range. Blood tests often make people nervous or stressed, which then results in artificially elevated cortisol. It is also not practical to have 3 blood tests throughout the day to see the pattern of cortisol, so a 3 point saliva test is ideal and can be taken anywhere. NeuroSpot utilizes enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods to quantify levels of each clinical marker.