Keeping up with life in the fast lane makes us all candidates for adrenal imbalance. But factors such as poor diet, too little sleep, allergies, environmental toxins, chronic inflammation plus social, physical and/or emotional pressures actually increase your susceptibility.
Do you have any red flag symptoms?
Red Flags of Adrenal Imbalance
Symptoms are your body's way of letting you know that something is wrong, so you can take corrective action! Did you know that stress is a measurable biological phenomenon?
If you’re tired all the time or just generally not feeling well you no longer have to guess what role stress is playing! You can measure it and know for sure.
There is an adrenal health saliva panel test, that is designed to evaluate crucial stress biomarkers that might be compromising your health:
The first step is to measure your body's circadian rhythm (picture above) by testing cortisol in your saliva over 4 important time points throughout the day. Although cortisol gets a bad rap as your major "stress" hormone, it's not your enemy!
The right amount of cortisol gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you energized and clear headed as you move through your day. So unless you want to push through your day tired, cranky, foggy headed and unable to sleep, you actually need cortisol to follow a healthy rhythm of highs and lows.
Optimal health also requires a balanced ratio of cortisol to DHEA. DHEA has a building influence while cortisol has a tearing down effect on your body. When these hormones are thrown out of balance you may experience the following symptoms:
Cortisol high, DHEA high
Suppression of your immune system due to an elevated Cortisol/DHEA ratio or a too low cortisol level also diminishes your body's first-line immune defense...Secretory IgA.
SIgA is an antibody that binds to pathogens such as bacteria, yeast, viruses, and food proteins in the mucosal lining of the gut. As you are exposed to stress, SIgA is depleted and you become susceptible to food allergies as well as other digestive disturbances. On the flip side, an elevated SIgA points to an inflamed gut or an acute immune response which places stress on your body.
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