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