The Importance of Adrenal Health
You’re persistently tired. You know that it would be good for you to get out and about, but your low mood and constant lethargy are keeping you homebound. You’ve gone to your doctor for answers, only to be told that “you’re just fine” and “try exercising — that might energize you.” Simply stated, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Why is it so hard to get the answers you’ve been seeking so you can get back to living your life?
Your Adrenal Health
The adrenal gland produces two hormones that are both vital components to enjoying a quality life: adrenaline and cortisol. When your adrenal gland is stressed, cortisol levels drop, leaving you feeling weak, energy-depleted, and anxious. In the absence of cortisol, sugar levels and systolic blood pressure plummet, potentially resulting in a deep coma and death. Life is literally impossible without cortisol.
Traditional medical practitioners tend to overprescribe cortisol for anti-inflammatory disease. The massive doses and prolonged use of cortisol affects the body in the following ways:
- It reduces skin thickness, muscle volume, and bone density
- It provokes swelling, weight gain, and bruising
- I can also induce heart and blood vessel disease
Contrary to common belief, the weight gain associated with cortisol has nothing to do with the numbers and size of fat cells. What these high doses of cortisol do is stimulate and increase the body’s appetite for high-calorie, low-nutrition comfort foods; these toxic foods further damage your body on a cellular level, keeping you from enjoying health. This contradictory information is what patients find so frustrating. The very people who should be providing you with answers are either ill-informed or deliberately withholding information. In either case, your health is at risk.
At our clinic, we have our patients complete an Adrenal Stress Index test, which is done by collecting saliva in the comfort of their own homes. If the results indicate reduced cortisol levels, I prescribe a physiological low dose of cortisol, which is safe and beneficial, leading to:
- An increase in energy
- Improved resistance to stress
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced oxidative stress
- Reduction of bad fat
While the doses of cortisol that are prescribed by most medical doctors cause unpleasant and dangerous side effects, the small doses that I prescribe offer life-enhancing benefits. If you find yourself feeling sluggish and can’t find a solution, call my office so we can get to work. I look forward to seeing you.