What is Adrenal Fatigue?

And Why You Need To Be Aware of How This
Stress Related Condition Can Affect Your Health.

Adrenal fatigue – also known as adrenal dysfunction or Hypothalamus axis dysfunction (HPA-D) results when the adrenal glands function below their optimum level. 

The adrenals control your body’s response to stress by releasing hormones – mainly cortisol – a crucial steroid hormone that helps regulate your overall health and well-being.

Cortisol helps regulate your immune system, metabolism, control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation.

But if you’re exposed to “stress” on a regular basis, whether it’s physical, emotional or  environmental – you can weaken your adrenals by forcing them to constantly manufacture cortisol.

When your adrenals produce too much cortisol or not enough cortisol, it can leave your body susceptible to:

  • Regular infection
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases like: Addison’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Allergies

This is why balanced cortisol levels are so important for you in staying healthy.

Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction/Adrenal Fatigue Include:

  • Constant fatigue - always tired and feel unrested
  • Unquenched craving for sweets and carbohydrates
  • Frequent moodiness and anxiety
  • Difficulty in losing weight no matter what you do
  • Frequent insomnia - trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
  • Low libido
  • Symptoms of PMS due to hormonal changes
  • Brain fog
  • Digestion problems
  • Low immune function

What you need to be aware of when evaluating Adrenal Fatigue symptoms?

It’s important to understand that these symptoms can be caused by other hormonal imbalances occur with your thyroid or if you have excess estrogen.

Your safest, smartest and best course of action

If you’re experiencing any Adrenal fatigue symptoms – it makes sense to start by getting properly tested so you can confirm or eliminate facts with your condition.

Proper testing will only improve your chances to get diagnosed correctly. And allow you to get prescribed with the right treatment plan for your specific condition.

What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is not just caused by mental or emotional stress. In fact, it can be  difficult to pinpoint because of the variety of potential causes.

That’s another reason why testing is critical, so you can have results and information to steer you on the right path to feeling healthy. And keep you off the wrong path that leads to a dead end – and costs you lost time, wasted money and frustration.

Common Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue Include:

Usually there is a number of different causes

  • Food intolerances or other digestion problems like IBS which create inflammation
  • Low calorie diets or yoyo dieting
  • Poor sleep quality or consistently not getting enough sleep because of work, family or social reasons
  • Over training, especially combined with poor recovery or not enough calories
  • Chronic immune problems
  • Injuries or chronic pain
  • Grief or loss of a loved one
  • Bad relationships, or the break up of an important relationship
  • Overwork or a very stressful job

How you can identify Adrenal Fatigue

Due to the complexity of adrenal fatigue, traditional blood tests are not the most accurate way to access your adrenal glands. Blood testing is not good for cortisol because you cannot easily do multiple tests during the day to measure the changes in cortisol, and it is the cortisol rhythm that is one of the important things to measure with adrenal fatigue. A blood test does not measure the levels of free cortisol and cortisone which is the metabolically active form of cortisol, a blood test only measures total cortisol.

Practitioners turned to Saliva hormone testing due to the ability to measure free cortisol and the cortisol rhythm. The saliva test is cheap to do but only measures the free cortisol and not total cortisol production which is important when knowing the best treatment plan for you.

Introducing a new more comprehensive test to measure adrenal function:

The DUTCH test which stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones not only measures your adrenal function but the sex hormones as well.

The DUTCH test measures cortisol rhythm, free cortisol, metabolized cortisone, and total 24- hour cortisol production.

The new DUTCH test helps:

  • Remove the guesswork from accessing Adrenal Fatigue
  • Provide an accurate diagnosis the first time
  • Save you valuable time
  • Stop wasting money on chasing the wrong treatment strategy

How to ensure a correct diagnosis with Adrenal Fatigue:

When it comes to testing adrenal function, I always recommend testing thyroid function as well. The reason is because the symptoms are so similar plus the fact that adrenal issues can also cause thyroid problems.

The easiest way to discover the best testing options for you

If you’re not quite sure which option is best for you and don’t want to waste time spinning your wheels…

Then I suggest our hugely popular:

Investigation Consultation

Where together we take a deep dive into your health history and discuss any current health issues.

By the end of your 30 minute planning session we’ll figure out your best testing options. And choose the right course of action for you.

You will be emailed a report of the action steps that you need to take.

So schedule your 30 minute in-depth Investigation Consultation today and discover the right testing option for you.

Act now and get the answers you need to put you on the right path towards a healthier and happier you.

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