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Adrenal Glands, The Stress Adapting Gland

A strong, lean, energetic, dynamic body requires healthy, vibrant adrenal gland function. Cortisol, a hormone made by the adrenal glands, is responsible for this high level of health. It is needed for stress adaptation, energy level, blood sugar regulation, proper sleep patterns, and weight loss. If your cortisol is too high or too low you will suffer from a number of symptoms. Read below to see the potential symptoms, the causes and how to test your adrenal function.

Disruptions in your cortisol production can lead to many health problems including:

Fatigue, either hard to get up or slumps during the day
Poor Memory
Weight gain, especially around waist
Muscle and Joint pain due to decreased tissue repair
Low Sex Drive
Osteoporosis due to compromised bone rebuilding
Migraine Headaches
Suppressed immune response so you succumb to illness easily
Poor adaptation to stress
Less skin regeneration
Symptoms reminiscent of hypothyroidism

With the fast pace of life and the many recent changes to our world adrenal fatigue is rampant in our society. Adrenal fatigue can be caused by a number of factors including prolonged stress (mental/emotional, chemical, or environmental), poor nutrition (food intolerance, poor food choices, and nutrient deficiencies), overexercising, chronic inflammation, and underlying infections that go undetected such in in root canals or poor bacterial balance in the intestinal tract.

If you are wondering if your adrenals are fatigued ask yourself these questions:

Do you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning?
Are you fatigued? Depressed? Irritable? Anxious?
Do you avoid exercise or lack motivation?
Are you gaining excess weight? Or have unexplained weight loss?
Do you crave salty or sweet snacks?
Do you feel dizzy or lightheaded, especially when standing?
Do you have low blood pressure?
Do you feel cold a lot?
Do you have unexplained body aches?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the questions above, you may be struggling with adrenal depletion. We can identify the sufficiency of your adrenal hormonal output, how balanced your circadian rhythm is and the potential that cortisol imbalances are impacting your health but using a simple urine test called the DUTCH test can uncover a number of hormonal imbalances. Click here for more information on the DUTCH test. DUTCH Test Preferred over Blood for Hormone Testing

From the results of your DUTCH test a personalized program can be created specifically for you.

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If you need more information click here to Take a Stress Test Evaluation to determine if cortisol testing is right for you(coming in the future).