It’s been called the 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Our fast-paced lifestyle puts many of us at risk for it. Yet, most conventional doctors don’t acknowledge it as a diagnosis. Adrenal fatigue is real, but it’s not so easy to detect. That’s why diagnosis requires working with an adrenal fatigue-literate practitioner.
Your adrenal glands are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys driving nearly all of your bodily functions by producing over 50 hormones – including cortisol, which regulates your stress response.
When your adrenals can’t keep up with your chronic stress, the cortisol they produce begins to fluctuate wildly between overload and deficiency. This often decreases levels of DHEA, the “parent hormone”, which produces many crucial hormones.
This total-body influence of your adrenal glands makes diagnosing adrenal fatigue difficult, as it shares these symptoms with many other disorders:
When you’re struggling with these symptoms, it’s no comfort to learn your cortisol levels fall into what is traditionally considered “normal range.” It’s only by taking supplements that function harmoniously with your body’s natural processes that you can feel normal again.
You may be wondering why you’ve fallen into this common cycle: wake up groggy and caffeine-desperate, ride your energy boost until around 2:00 p.m. when you crash, feel it rise around 6:00., fall again around 9:00, then suddenly peak at 11:00 when you should be sleeping. You may have fallen into this rut because of:
First, your healthcare provider will perform an extensive medical history analysis and blood panels to rule out other conditions. When it comes to adrenal testing, however, blood draw anxiety can cause a patient’s cortisol level to spike, which can lead to misdiagnosis.
Because blood tests might not be sensitive enough, your practitioner may use a saliva test to detect adrenal fatigue. This simple, non-invasive method allows your healthcare provider to measure cortisol levels throughout the day (morning, noon, evening, and night) to detect a pattern.
It’s one of the methods that NASA uses to measure stress levels because it’s much easier than blood testing, which requires four separate blood draw visits throughout the day. Collecting saliva is as easy as spitting into a tube to detect the true levels of cortisol your stressed adrenals are producing throughout your cycle.
Fighting adrenal fatigue requires constant collaboration with your healthcare provider. They may prescribe a customized adrenal fatigue diet, stress reduction protocol, and a quality supplement like a-Drenal®.
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