Imagine one of those old movies where the cavemen are get attacked by a saber toothed tiger, or even a dinosaur. In a life or death situation the body will do anything it can do to live, even at the expense of it's own health. The body will break down, or digest it's own proteins, and convert it into sugar in order to fuel the fight or flight. In addition to the above negative effects of cortisol (increased blood sugar, high blood pressure, poor digestion, poor immune function), it also lowers thyroid hormone. Cortisol inhibits the conversion of T4 to active T3, and increases the conversion of T4 to reverse T3. Lack of energy throughout the day (often a crash between 3 and 4 PM), but energy finally comes up later in the day. You may be thinking you have adrenal fatigue but is there testing you can do for adrenal fatigue?
So if you really want to make sure and put your mind at ease you will find this article helpful. One way of knowing is by monitoring how you feel and some of the symptoms that are commonly experience by people with adrenal fatigue. One of the most accurate ways to test cortisol levels is with a saliva test that is taken over different time periods throughout the day. Cortisol is what we want to be measuring because generally the effects of adrenal fatigue and dysfunction occur due to cortisol levels that are all out of whack. When you measure your salivary hormones it shows the tissue concentration of the hormones in your body.
You can ask your doctor for the tests but don’t be surprised if your medical practitioner does not recognise your symptoms and therefore not test you. So you can order a home test, do the saliva test yourself, then send it into the lab for analysis. For my US readers, Canary Club has a home test you can purchase for $119 that gives you full instructions on when to take your saliva over a 24 hour period.
For my AUS readers, Health Scope Pathlogy has an Adrenal Profile Self Testing kit you can purchase for $125. This is where it can sometimes get confusing because different labs have different ranges for cortisol levels, this is known as the reference range.


As you can see from the above image, the ranges are slightly different to the ones I provided above but what the image demonstrates is the normal cortisol curve.
As you can see it is higher in the morning and lower at night, but when moving through the continuum to adrenal fatigue, the normal curve can be affected.
These curve changes are the indicators that can help you determine if you have adrenal health issues that need to be addressed. So in the meantime if you suspect adrenal fatigue, if your energy is flat, then start putting some of the dietary practices in place. It’s amazing how much better you can feel by simply changing a few things, such as giving up caffeine and sugar, or at least the majority of it. Jedha on The 2 Most Powerful Natural Anti Inflammatory SupplementsJedha on How To Stop Drinking Coffee Without Getting HeadachesJedha on How To Boost Weight Loss & Wellness. Therefore, in that moment, profound changes take place that change individual biochemistry to maximize chance of immediate survival. Over years this may contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
The body won't put energy to digesting food if it thinks it immediate survival is in danger. But In terms of surviving a short term life or death, this response allows people to perform much more strenuous activity then would otherwise be possible.
High blood sugar, blood pressure, diabetes, poor immune function, and poor digestion are common problems millions of people live with, and are directly caused by the fight or flight response.
As discussed in section 10, when the body is pushed too hard, thyroid hormone and the metabolic rate goes down. People with adrenal exhaustion often have the most energy at night when they want to sleep.
The great thing about measuring saliva in this way is that it shows the active component of the hormone in your body, whereas a blood test would show total hormone levels but not necessarily the active component. It is unfortunate that many doctors only recognise the very end points of adrenal dysfunction, cushings and addisons disease.
And if you are the type of person who might get motivated more from the results of a test, then perhaps this option is a good one for you. Be sure to subscribe for updates on adrenal fatigue and stress, it’s a topic I write about a lot!


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If you registered this domain name as a direct customer of Melbourne IT, please click here to renew your domain name. However, in the short term it gets more blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscles needed for fight or flight. This is the body's way of protecting itself, like putting on the emergency brakes in a car out of control.
Instead of thinking in terms of just hypothyroidism, or just poor adrenal function, it may be most wise to think in terms of a dysregulation of the hormonal system. This is perhaps the most important part of treating adrenal fatigue, and too often left out. I truly believe that good food is the key to a happy, healthy life and I'm on a mission to inspire you to get back inside your kitchen, eat real food, and as a result, improve your health dramatically. If you registered this domain name via a reseller of Melbourne IT, please contact the reseller to renew this domain. This is triggered by long term factors such as stress, poor sleep, poor nutrition and toxicity and can not be corrected by only taking thyroid medications. Although hypothyroidism is much more well known among the lay public and medical doctors, I'm very confident that most holistic practitioners consider adrenal fatigue to be a much larger problem, and something that needs to be treated along with hypothyroidism.
So here you'll find easy and practical info to help you eat well, and feel your best everyday. Since pregnenolone is closer to hormone replace that vitamins or herbs it is important to test cortisol before taking pregnenolone. There is more information on saliva tests for adrenal function on my general page about adrenal fatigue.



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