Do You Have Adrenal Gland Dysfunction?

Symptoms of adrenal gland dysfunctionIf you asked me to name one of the most important nutritional issues that many doctors overlook, it would without a doubt be adrenal gland dysfunction.

Using the following questions you can quickly and accurately determine if you have an adrenal problem that needs to be addressed. Not all responses have to be positive but rather look for a positive pattern.

1. If you go too long without eating does it bother you? Do you get headaches, nausea, irritability, weakness, etc? (An indication your adrenal hormones are not keeping the blood sugar up via gluconeogenesis).

2. How would you rate your energy level? Do you feel it is as good as it should be?

3. Do you have a sweet tooth?

4. Do you have trouble getting to or staying asleep?

5. What different type of adrenal stimulants do you consume and how much – coffee, sodas, tobacco, alcohol?

6. Do you usually wear sunglasses when outside?

7. Do you occasionally get light headed or see stars when you get up from the floor or hop out of bed quickly?

8. How much stress do you feel you are under? Are you a Type A or a perfectionist?

If you answered multiple yes answers to the above questions, it could be  an indicator of adrenal imbalance. This could be from elevated or even very low cortisol levels that fluctuate throughout the day.

When your adrenals are exhausted they no longer have the precursor ability to manufacture adequate levels of cortisol. This includes the cortical hormones like aldosterone, DHEA, estrogen precursors, and cortisol. Typically in men the DHEA and the Testosterone are out of balance, and in the ladies, the Estradiol and Progesterone have been effected downstream.

As a result, many people experience headaches, spine pain, joint pain, or some sort of inflammatory condition.

What can you do to correct this problem?

  1. First we always recommend speaking with your doctor about this. You can request to run a saliva hormone test, always start with the Comprehensive Hormone Panel that does 4 cortisol levels, DHEA, Testosterone, Estradiol and Progesterone.
  2. The next step is as simple as replacing bad habits with better ones.  Stay away from adrenal stimulants like sugar, heavy carbs, etc. Eat a clean diet with lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Also, exercise gently and regularly and spend some time outside in the sunlight each day.
  3. Lastly, start supporting your adrenal gland with proper nutrition. Be sure to take a good multi-vitamin, Omega 3’s, Vitamin D3 and whatever your doctor finds low from the saliva hormone test.

The Liquid Amino Diet is based on a very “clean” diet that can help to naturally balance your hormones. Following the Liquid Amino Diet can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

Health coaches are available at 1-800-980-7208 to get you started today or to answer any further questions that you may have.

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