Testing for Adrenal Fatigue

Christian Post.com

Aug 02,2010, 2:00PM

Adrenal fatigue and exhaustion is a growing problem that is often overlooked by mainstream medicine. What causes adrenal fatigue is prolonged stress, which brings an over-production of your stress hormonnes, cortisol and adrenaline from your adrenal glands.

Common problems associated with adrenal fatigue are:

  • Fatigue or Weight gain
  • Cravings Low Blood Sugar
  • Mood swings, Irritability
  • Hormonal, Chemical Imbalances
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Digestive Problems
  • Allergies, Weakened Immune system
  • and the list goes on

If you suspect adrenal fatigue could be at the root of your problem take the Stress Test. For a more accurate assessment do the 24 Hour Saliva test, which is the most accurate way to determine how stress is impacting your health.

The Adrenal Stress Profile (24 Hour saliva test) will measures how much cortisol and DHEA you are producing. Are you making too much or too little? When they are high you are probably staying in that ‘fight or flight’ mode too long, whereas if it is too low, that’s a signal you are starting to lose the battle.

The reasons the adrenals are so important is because cortisol and adrenaline are primary hormones…estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are secondary hormones. You can NOT live without cortisol and adrenaline. You can life without these other hormones, although you may not be the happiest guy at the beach.

Too much or too little cortisol and adrenaline will throw off your metabolism, hormones, cardiovascular, digestive and immune system. What that means is that when you are always in the ‘fight or flight’ mode you metabolism will always be burning proteins and carbs instead of fats. It will have your heart beating faster and causing your arteries to constrict…it will slow down your digestive system so even though you ate – your body is not making the necessary enzymes to properly digest and utilize those nutrients. It will make your body resistant to insulin, causing you to make more insulin, which only further throws off your blood sugar. Last but not least…reproducive hornones will sacrifice progesterone in order to make cortisol…which throws off the balance of estrogen to progesterone and testosterone, so if you wonder why your hormones and libido are shot – it could well be that your adrenals are the reason.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.