Adrenal Hormone Restoration

Do you have stress or low energy?  If you answered yes, you are definitely not alone.  It has been estimated that 75-90% of all visits to primary care doctors are related to stress and the American Psychological Association cites money, work, relationships and health as some of the biggest stressors for Americans.  While stress impacts virtually every organ in the body, the endocrine glands that often suffer the most with chronic stress are the adrenal glands.  The adrenal glands are crucial for producing stress hormones, like cortisol and DHEA, and help your body with a number of very important biological and physiological functions.  They help to regulate energy levels, healthy sleep, blood sugar and weight, blood pressure, inflammation and even sexual function.  Adrenal hormones fluctuate throughout the day in a diurnal rhythm with levels being highest in the morning upon waking and lowest at night when you go to sleep. 

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue.  Adrenal fatigue afflicts many people and is widely underdiagnosed by doctors.  It can result in low energy, brain fog, anxiety or depression, insomnia or need for naps throughout the day, hair loss, chronic pain or inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, low libido, erectile dysfunction in men and menstrual disturbances in women.  When the adrenal glands suffer for extended periods of time, other hormone levels, including thyroid hormone, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone may also be impacted.  Consequently, this can exacerbate or contribute to other endocrine states or conditions, including hypothyroidism, menopause in women and low testosterone in men.

Conventional lab testing does not usually tell the whole story of the severity or timing of adrenal fatigue.  The doctors at Conscious Human Medicine use specialized tests, like a saliva cortisol test, to help determine if adrenal fatigue is a contributing cause of your health concerns.  A salivary cortisol test measures your adrenal hormone output at four times throughout the day and compares them to healthy reference ranges.  Individualized diet, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations are often cornerstones of our plans and and we offer other great services to help you restore normal adrenal function. 

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