Over 500,000 Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and millions more suffer from severe exhaustion or adrenal dysfunction. If you find yourself relying on coffee, sugar or other stimulants to get you going in the morning, you may be experiencing adrenal dysfunction. This feeling is often accompanied by one or more of the following:
- Morning fatigue
- Craving salty or fatty foods
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Muscle aches
- Increased irritability
Stress can age the body very quickly. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones including cortisol from your adrenal glands. Cortisol is also important for regulating blood sugar, electrolyte imbalance and the production of other hormones.
It is difficult to know what your cortisol levels are with symptoms alone; therefore, it is important to test to determine an optimal treatment plan. Salivary testing is the only way to accurately measure the pattern of cortisol release throughout the day. Saliva testing also allows measurement of the fraction of the hormone that your body can use, and is convenient and painless.
At NuWave Wellness Center, we work with patient with adrenal problems to help them achieve a more active and healthy lifestyle.