Your adrenal glands produce your stress hormones or “adrenaline,” the main one being cortisol. Cortisol is released in response to stress. It gives your body a surge of energy to help you respond properly. Everyone is under one form of stress or another and a certain amount of stress can be healthy and keep us productive. However, extreme stress can accumulate and start to negatively impact our health, leading to adrenal burnout. Adrenal burnout is all too common in our modern society.
If there is a period of prolonged stress, eventually the adrenal glands burn out and are no longer able to produce the amount of cortisol that is required by the body. At this point you may begin to experience symptoms. Symptoms of adrenal burn out include:
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Headaches & migraines
- Mood swings & irritability
- Weight problems
- Heartburn / indigestion / bloating
- Constipation / diarrhea
- Food cravings
- Depression & anxiety
- Decreased libido
We use a 24 hour saliva test to determine your adrenal gland function. Because your cortisol and DHEA levels change throughout the day, we test at different times of the day and determine your rhythm. Based on your findings, we will make specific recommendations to correct any problems.
Your sex hormones also play a big part in how you feel. A lot of your hormone balance is controlled by your adrenal glands. We can also test your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and other sex hormones with the same saliva test and work on correcting any imbalances you may have.
Take our Stress Profile Questionnaire to see if you might have a problem.