As a clinician, I see so many patients that are struggling with adrenal fatigue. They have low energy and have trouble getting out of bed, they are often tired in the mid-afternoon and then are wired at night when they are supposed to be sleeping.
2 Hormones Control Stress Response & Hormone Function
There are 2 major hormones we need to study with your stress response. The first is cortisol and the 2nd is DHEA. Cortisol helps your body increase and maintain blood sugar and gives you a surge of energy to handle stress. This is great when it is released in the appropriate amounts at the right time of day.
DHEA is the master precursor to our major sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. When the body is under stress it prioritizes the formation of cortisol over DHEA. In the early stages of adrenal alarm, both cortisol and DHEA rise.
As the adrenal stress increases, the cortisol will elevate and DHEA lowers which makes one susceptible to hormonal imbalances. If the adrenal stress continues without proper recovery than the adrenals will enter into a state of exhaustion where both DHEA and cortisol will plumit and the individual will have major problems with energy and hormonal control.
The Normal Adrenal Rhythm
Cortisol and DHEA have a natural wave like cycle that should take place each day. When this cycle is off it can cause a number of major health problems. Many people are producing enough of these hormones but their circadian rhythm is incorrect which leads to poor quality of life.
A healthy circadian rhythm will have an elevated cortisol level in the morning and low cortisol at night. When people have insomnia they often have elevated cortisol at night and then low cortisol in the morning leaving them groggy in the AM. Others have cortisol dysregulation that demonstrates itself with ups and downs throughout the day rather than a steady decline from morning to nightfall.
Where Doctors Go Wrong:
Most doctors will measure cortisol and DHEA at one specific time of the day and not throughout the day. So this “static” test really doesn’t give us a good understanding of the normal rhythm of these critical hormones. This results in faulty diagnoses and treatment.
This is why we do the 24 hour test so we can really understand the rhythm of the adrenals which allows for proper diagnoses and treatment.
*The Healthy Adrenal Rhythm Test is able to diagnose the phase of adrenal fatigue and the level of stability or instability in the cortisol/DHEA rhythm.*
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