Updated: Aug 8, 2021
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The adrenal glands are several glands in one. They help direct the body's defense systems and fluid regulation while also making it possible for your body to deal with stressful situations. If they are underactive, the result is fatigue, recurrent or persistent infections, hypoglycemia with sugar craving, allergies or environmental sensitivities, low blood pressure, dizziness and poor ability to cope with stress.
The adrenal gland, for example, makes most of its cortisol hormones during the day. If it makes too much at night, the person has trouble sleeping. Evidence suggests that in people with chronic fatigue, the day/night cycles are off, and adrenal glands make too much cortisol at night and not enough during the day. Stress, such as having an infection, also causes the hypothalamus to direct the adrenals to make more cortisol.
The adrenal glands increase their production of cortisol in response to stress. Cortisol raises blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and moderates immune function, in addition to playing numerous other roles. If the cortisol level is low, the person has fatigue, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, poor immune function, an increased tendency to allergies and environmental sensitivity, and an in ability to deal with stress.
Here are several things that can help your adrenal glands heal:
Adrenal glandulars supply the raw materials that your adrenals glands need to heal.
Vitamin C is crucial for adrenal function. Your body's highest levels of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands and brain tissues, and the urinary excretion of vitamin C is increased during stress. Optimizing vitamin C intake by taking 500 to 1,000 milligrams a day also helps immune function.
Pantothenic acid, a B vitamin also supports adrenal functions, and pantothenic acid deficiency causes shrinking of your adrenal glands. Optimal levels are approximately 100 to 150 milligrams daily, although some physicians use even higher levels for adrenal support.
Licorice slows the breakdown or adrenal hormones in your body, helping to maintain optimal levels. Too much licorice can raise cortisol levels too high. DO NOT TAKE LICORICE IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, as too much licorice can cause excess adrenal function and worsen high blood pressure. You can safely take 200 to 400 milligrams a day of licorice extract standardized to contain 5 percent glycyrrhizic acid.
Chromium also helps decrease the symptoms of low blood sugar. Take 200 micrograms per day.
"If you feel that you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue, its time to take your health into your own hands and be your own health advocate. I had no choice but to do it and it was the best decision I ever made." ~Tracy
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With the Adrenal Fatigue Test (Stress Balance Plus) we use 4 saliva samples taken at timed intervals throughout the day to measure:
1.) Diurnal cortisol (4x) 2.) DHEA (1x) 3.) Cortisol/ DHEA ratio
The hormone cortisol is important for our ability to cope with stress. In this hormone test, the ability of the body to withstand stress can be measured together with DHEA.
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