Corisol is a steroid secreted by the adrenal glands. One of its many functions is to work with insulin to keep our blood sugar stable. If Cortisol is out of balance you will store body fat rather than burn it. We call this a “damaged metabolism” – your normal fat burning mechanism is broken. We can test and correct your Cortisol and fix your broken metabolism with an Adrenal Stress Profile.
Cortisol, the main adrenal hormone, is made from progesterone, so every molecule of Cortisol you produce when under stress depletes your progesterone levels. The more stress you are under the more female hormone imbalances will occur as your progesterone levels drop. PMS symptoms like cramping, sweet cravings, mood swings and irritability will respond really well to lab based adrenal hormone program. As we normalize Cortisol levels, progesterone levels will improve. Progesterone is the pro-gestational hormone; it keeps the uterine lining in tact through the second half of the menstrual cycle. Perimenopause and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, memory problems and mood swings are caused by drops in estrogen. Estrogen is made from DHEA, one of the major adrenal hormones, so the more exhausted the adrenal glands become the more low estrogen symptoms women develop. If we test and correct your Cortisol and DHEA levels with a adrenal stress test your female hormone related symptoms will improve significantly. For many patients they go away completely.
Chronic Fatigue - Weight Gain - Female Hormone Imbalance - Digestive Disorders - Mood Disorders
The immune cells that line are digestive tract are regulated by Cortisol, so if your Cortisol is out of balance you become prone to developing digestive symptoms like bloating, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea. The more stress we’re under the more out of range are Cortisol becomes, and as our Cortisol is depleted the digestive system starts to react poorly to foods and we run the risk of picking up pathogens. Most people are familiar with ulcers being exacerbated by stress. This is a good example of the connection between Cortisol, stress, and digestive functioning. If we can start an anti-inflammatory diet and cut out gluten, then test and correct your Cortisol levels we can start to get your digestive system on the road to healing.
When the adrenal hormones Cortisol and DHEA are depleted or low, we become depressed from the physical exhaustion that takes place. Up and down moods throughout the day as well as irritability often reflect on stable Cortisol levels. People feel what we call “wired and a tired” from adrenal exhaustion - they can get amped up and even anxious but at the same time have burned out and down moments throughout the day as Cortisol levels bounce up and down. With an adrenal stress test we can measure these hormones and correct any imbalanced to create more energy, more stable moods, and the general sense of well being that many have lost due to chronic stress.