How Stressed Are You?
Low energy? Fatigue? Belly fat? Sleep issues? Hard to cope with stress? These are common complaints of those who suffer from cortisol imbalances.
As a Registered Dietitian, adrenal testing is not fully a nutritional service or treatment. However, it is my goal to empower my patients with the most knowledge to be able to reach their health goals more independently. I want to help you understand your body clock and stress response. This is one reason why I am now offering adrenal cortisol testing.
Why test your cortisol levels?
This can help us understand your body’s natural rhythms. Once the body clock is off track, this can lead to disruptions in metabolism and make it difficult to reach your goals.
- Better balance sugar metabolism
- Maintain better emotional and physical energy
- Strengthen the immune system against colds, coughs, flu and possibly more serious illness
- Help reduce fat storage, and control appetite
- Slow down the aging process, decrease PMS and menstrual difficulties
- Aid dietary protein synthesis – helping mood
- May prevent osteoporosis
- Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
- Lower LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels
Can nutrition help support healthy adrenal glands and cortisol levels?
Absolutely! We want to make sure you are getting the right balance on nutrients, primarily the B vitamins, to make sure you are supporting the body’s stress response. Sometimes there are various herbs that can be used to support as well.
Other Expert Opinions:
“Dr. Low Dog notes, however, that saliva tests for cortisol, the adrenal hormone that mediates stress responses, are now considered highly reliable and that a growing body of evidence suggests that saliva tests can also accurately determine levels of the testosterone and DHEA (a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including androgens and estrogens).” -Dr. Weil
“The more pronounced cortisol response in saliva than in serum and its closer correlation with adreno-corticotrophic hormone offer advantages over serum cortisol, suggesting salivary cortisol measurement may be used as an alternative parameter in dynamic endocrine test.” -Clin Chem Lab Med. 1998 Apr;36(4):215-22.
Related to the thyroid: “Saliva testing will measure your cellular levels at four key times in a 24 hour period–revealing whether you have high cortisol (which can have similar to symptoms to low cortisol), or a mix of highs and lows…, or a majority of lows, which is extremely problematic when raising thyroid meds, causing hyper-like symptoms and excess RT3.” –STTM