We’re all living under an open air asylum of chronic stress. Some of these stressors are unavoidable: bills, deadlines, traffic, and family problems are all things which appear in most people’s lives. It’s our ability to deal with these stressors that spells the difference between optimal health and malfunction.
So what does this have to do with hormone levels such as progesterone or testosterone, to name a few? Well chronic stress eventually exhausts the adrenal glands, and they are themainspring in body’s hormonal mechanisms (including all the female & male hormones as well as the thyroid).
Abnormal adrenal output can negatively influence energy production, immune system health, skin regeneration, muscle and joint function, bone health, sleep quality, and liver, pancreas and thyroid function.
Adrenal dysfunction may be associated with the following symptoms: excessive fatigue; chronic stress and related health problems; dizziness upon standing; weakness; hypoglycemia; nervousness; irritability; depression; inability to concentrate; confusion; poor memory; low blood pressure; insomnia; premenstrual tension; sweet cravings; headaches; alcohol intolerance; excessive hunger; alternating diarrhea and constipation; sternocleidomastoid/trapezius pain and spasms; epigastric discomfort; poor resistance to infection; food and/or inhalant allergies; dyspepsia; tenderness in adrenal area; migraine headaches; low body temperature; and diminished sex drive.
Adrenal dysfunction, as well as aging, eventually affects female and male hormone levels.
Men may experience any of the following as a result of the eventual declining levels of testosterone and other androgens (DHEA, androstenedione): diminished libido; erectile dysfunction; increased body fat; decreased bone mass, muscle mass and strength; loss of hair on the head; prostate problems; insomnia, depression, irritability and loss of zest for life.
Women may experience difficulty with menopause, suffer from PMS, bloating, mood swings, depression, sleep problems, infertility, miscarriage, etc. and a resulting hypothyroid condition secondary to adrenal dysfunction may exist.
Any complete hormone assessment must include a review of adrenal health, which is accomplised through salivary (free fraction) testing, including cortisol, DHEA (s), melatonin, and all male/female hormone levels. Once the degree of dysfunction is determined, then a personalized program is created that will normalize your adrenal gland’s function and male/female hormone pathways, thereby moving you toward more optimal health and energy levels.