Our services for mental and physical health

Persometrics for mental and physical health

Persometrics Ltd is a Swiss wellness firm performing remote DNA and hormone testing for physical and mental health. Above all, we specialise in stress and burnout using psychoendocrinological testing (saliva and questionnaire data). After purchasing one of our products either online, in a pharmacy, or through a coach/therapist, you perform a saliva sampling at home and send it to our lab. We, or our partner laboratory, then perform analyses that give output on a range of biomarkers. From there, we create customized reports which we transmit to you electronically. These reports contain customized advice that is suitable for your fingerprint and your goals, whether it be to fight burnout, reduce weight, or optimize exercise routines. We then anonymize sensitive data completely by removing links between anonymous codes and email addresses, so that there is no way to link your identity and sensitive data.


Key benefits include

  • Check risk factors for burnout and other stress-related illnesses.
  • Optimize strategies for weight-loss and sports performance.
  • Obtain your stress profile with personalised lifestyle advice on how to deal with abnormal stress hormone levels.
  • Perform hormone and DNA testing by the use of saliva home test kits – no need to visit a medical centre for costly blood tests.
  • Improve the quality of fitness regimes by making sure muscular work-outs are performed when testosterone and cortisol levels are their optimal levels.
  • Check how resilient or how well you cope to stressful situations encountered in day-to-day life.
  • Check the progress of therapies by assessing your reactivity to situations you have difficulty dealing with (for instance phobias).
  • Assess whether your stress management techniques are working (SPAs, massages etc.)

Man in front of computer with hands to his forehead looking worn out

In moderation, stress is good. However, as pressure increases, stress becomes counter-productive. And when we constantly get bombarded with stressful events without time to recover or recuperate, things can get ugly.

The stress response system helps us react quickly when faced with an immediate threat, a so-called acute stressor, for instance to avoid a car crash or finish a job with a deadline. Stress triggers the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis: the hypothalamus releases CRF, which makes the pituitary secrete ACTH, finally causing the secretion of cortisol from the adrenal cortex. Cortisol targets the central nervous system, the metabolic system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system, with the aim of releasing energy to allow us to deal with the stressor and not waste precious resources elsewhere. If the autonomic and endocrine stress systems don't get over-activated, we are able to deal with the stressor effectively and, once the perceived threat has passed, cortisol levels should return to normal, and other systems resume regular activities. So stress is a good thing, provided the stressor isn't too overwhelming: the activation of the fight or flight mode may have saved our ancestors many an attack by predators, and still works to our advantage for moderate acute stressors to people today.

However, the HPA-axis was not created for the continuous activation which is often experienced in a world of economic instability and political turmoil. Our prehistoric ancestors didn't have to worry about paying bills; they didn't experience high psychological demands at work or worries about even keeping their jobs. If continued psychological stress causes cortisol levels to remain high for excessive periods of time, this can take a toll on your body. If left untreated, excessive chronic stress can lead to problems with the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, and the reproductive system.

Chronic stress and consistently high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can lead to several health problems, including:

  • obesity
  • muscle loss/reduced muscle growth
  • inflammation in circulatory system
  • heightened cholesterol levels
  • early aging
  • reduced sex drive and reproductive functions
  • degradation of skin, nails and hair
  • hypertension, heart attack or stroke
  • memory problems
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • burnout

The good news is that by being informed of your hormone secretion patterns you can take necessary steps to reduce the negative impacts these may have on your health. Persometrics provides several tests depending on your health concerns and goals and gives individualized reports with advice depending on your results on these tests. DISCOVER NOW.

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Whereas physical exercise has a positive impact on health and indeed is highly recommended for stress management, chronic stress from overtraining can manifest in adrenal insufficiency and what is known as Overtraining Syndrome. This is a type of burnout where there has been an imbalance between exercise and recovery over a long period of time. Because Overtraining Syndrome is so intricately tied to the adrenal glands, we strongly recommend for professional athletes to monitor recovery and performance by means of salivary hormone sampling. Adrenal insufficiency can be assessed by Free Cortisol from Saliva. Cortisol, often called the stress hormone, increases during excessive physical exercise. If your workout is too long or too intense, cortisol levels become so high that they may become detrimental to muscle growth.

On the opposite end, the hormone testosterone is one that high resistance athletes will want to keep high to aid in protein synthesis. The cortisol to testosterone ratio is therefore of importance to athletes, and it has been found that a change to this ratio precedes performance enhancement in athletes during tapering. In short, hormone testing not only provides a tool to maximise exercise intensity and avoid overtraining but also provides an index of athletic improvement.

If you already have a specific salivary hormone test in mind, we also offer home test kits for this. For instance, if you are a man and have decreased sex drive, difficulties conceiving a child, or experience erectile dysfunction, you may want to check for low testosterone, since this knowledge could guide you further in your research on interventions for improvement. Whilst Persometrics does not offer medical advice, the results of the home test kit give you an indication of your free “unbound” testosterone and this could be something to discuss further with your medical doctor.

Your genetic makeup may tell you more about you than you might think. We encourage you to explore our DNA product range for more information