Do you have to peel yourself out of bed in the morning?
Are you dragging all day regardless of how much coffee or energy drinks you have?
The adrenals are best known for producing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which allow your body to spring into action in a stressful situation.
Think back to the caveman days when we were being chased by a lion. The adrenals provided us a surge of adrenaline to give us the ability to think fast and perform at our peak in order to escape the danger. The problem is that when we are stressed, our body is only focused on certain survival functions and it ignores simple functions like properly digesting food. Let’s face it, if the lion catches us, it won’t matter if the food was digested or not. Now instead of the lion, today we’re faced with constant stress from traffic, family life, job responsibilities and financial matters along with the day-to-day stressors that occur in life which can all drain your adrenals. Over time, this daily stress can turn into major health problems like gut issues , thyroid problem and weight gain creating a domino effect of health consequences.
Do You Have Two Or More Of These Symptoms?
- Dizzy when standing up
- Moody or become agitated easily
- Sweet cravings
- Weight gain and difficulty losing it especially around the waist
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea
- Dry and thin skin
- Unexplained hair loss
- Low blood sugars
- Low body temperature
- Reduced sex drive
- Mild depression
- Infections that tend to last longer than usual
- Low thyroid symptoms (cold hands/feet, thinning hair, and low body temp)
- Low immune function (gets sick easily)
- Chronic pain/fibromyalgia-like symptoms
- PMS/menopausal symptoms (your adrenals produce a significant portion of sex hormone
If you do have two or more symptoms, there is good chance your adrenals are in need of support.
Fifty Shades of Adrenal Dysfunction
Have you been told by your doctor that you do not have adrenal fatigue? That may be true, but your symptoms can be a powerful indicator that you have an adrenal imbalance. Even an imbalance can become unbearable and make you feel helpless.
This is why I don’t like the word adrenal fatigue. A lot of people confuse adrenal fatigue with adrenal dysfunction. True adrenal fatigue is called Addison’s disease, which is what occurs when there is an autoimmune attack on the adrenal glands themselves. The tissue is destroyed to the point that the adrenals are barely functioning. The cortisol becomes so low that it could be deadly. At the other end of the spectrum is Cushing’s disease. This is when the adrenals are constantly producing too much cortisol.
Cortisol production is supposed to follow your daily circadian rhythm. That means healthy adrenals make more in the morning and taper off as the day goes on. Even minor variations from a healthy circadian rhythm can cause real symptoms. However, conventional medicine only recognizes two adrenal diseases, Addison’s and Cushing’s, which are both at the opposite ends of the spectrum. The majority of people with adrenal dysfunction may not reach the criteria to be diagnosed with one of these diseases. Traditional medicine dismisses these people even though their symptoms can be extreme and make it a struggle to get through each day.
Matters can get even worse for women who are starting menopause or are already in it. Once you go into menopause, the ovaries shut down and the adrenals become a backup generator for the production of your sex hormones. The back up generator is not designed to handle this work load on its own. This could magnify both your adrenal and menopausal symptoms.
Now you can understand why supporting your adrenals really helps protect this hormone cascade. Plus hormones aren’t just needed to make babies, but they are also essential to reproduce every cell in your body—hair, skin, nails, muscle, tissue, bones. So in order to age gracefully, you must have strong adrenals.
Yes, The Adrenals Can Be Fixed
It starts with knowing what tests to run to pinpoint the root cause of your adrenal imbalance. Then the results must be interpreted properly to structure a customized healing program for you.
The question is not just, “Do you have adrenal fatigue or not?” LivingYoung takes a 4-pronged approach on how we assess adrenal function.
#1 Assess your cortisol rhythm. The communication between the hypothalamus and pituitary to the adrenals is key.
#2 Are your adrenals making enough hormones to support function?
#3 How quickly are you metabolizing the adrenal hormones?
#4 Are your sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone at the optimal levels?
If you want to finally get to the bottom of what is causing your symptoms, take the first step and call us about getting tested for adrenal fatigue.