Are Your Adrenal Glands in Trouble?
I tell you true, whether they’re involved in mischief or magic, our adrenal glands know how to get attention.
* Our adrenals have a big say in how well our brain works.
* When the adrenals drag, fatigue settles in like a big, black cloud. And stress marches in wearing steel-tipped boots, so we’re tired, but wired.
* And on, and on, and on.
When adrenal glands go south, which happens a lot, you know you have a problem. Hoo, boy, do you know. You will not be having fun. And you will not be getting the help you need.
Medical schools don’t teach doctors-to-be how to fix wonky adrenals. And doctors can lose their medical license by ordering any test except a blood test, which isn’t accurate. Plus, approved medicines, such as cortisone, come with huge side effects and can eventually kill the adrenals.
Meanwhile, poobahs insist there’s no such thing as adrenal fatigue-even though research says it’s an epidemic these days.
Let’s look at a few signs and symptoms of underperforming adrenals:
• Your back itches all the time
• You often sigh without realizing it, while others hear your sighs as editorial comments
• You drag through each day, then become a whirling dervish at bedtime
• Standing up can make you dizzy
• Sugar calls your name, and you have little resistance
• You become “allergic” to more and more foods
• Your digestive system enters fandango mode
• You don’t handle frustration at all well
But the most attention-getting adrenal symptom awaits at the end of the road: dysautonomia, an imbalance in your autonomic nervous system. My what system? What’s an autonomic?
It kind of sounds like Conversational Sanskrit, so let’s talk.
Dysautonomia says you’re in deep trouble, but you may not realize you have it. Oh, you won’t have a doubt in the world that something’s wrong, just not what that something is.
Frequent trips to the bathroom, all day and all night, sometimes rushing to make it, provide one big sign of dysautonomia. And sleep is sketchy, even without all the interruptions. Plus, you overreact to stress-sudden noises, an irate boss, an interruption in your plans, etc.
Here’s how it goes: Our hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland, and the pituitary controls all the other glands in the endocrine system. The hypothalamus also controls our nervous systems and keeps them in tune with the endocrine glands.
The autonomic nervous system controls all the automatic functions of our bodies, such as breathing, blushing, sweating, blood pressure, sneezing, and on, and on.
One part of this nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, stays alert to danger and starts pumping out adrenaline, hyping us up so we can take care of business. “Look out! Look out! There’s a tiger coming!”
When the danger is gone, the parasympathetic nervous system steps in to calm us. It pumps out cortisol to tell us “You can relax now; the tiger’s gone.”
Dysautonomia occurs when you don’t have enough cortisol to get calm, and the sympathetic nervous system keeps yelling about danger. And this is where you need to step in.
Adrenal saliva test
First step: Get an adrenal saliva test to confirm that your cortisol level is, indeed, low. If your doctor will order a saliva test, insurance usually covers it. If the doc says “no,” do a computer search on “adrenal saliva test” and see what’s possible.
In the U.S., check out https://CanaryClub.org and their Advanced Plus bundle of 10 tests, including adrenal, thyroid, and other hormones, plus a test for vitamin D3. (Other packages test less and cost less.)
Low cortisol affects every part of the body, and fixing that requires dealing with everything contributing to your mess. My Moving to Health (link below) program takes you step by step through body systems. You get the information you need to fix the contributing problems as you go. I know of no other program that takes this approach, but it’s what got me out of the ditch.
To get your adrenals back in the game, you have to get your body parts to harmonize. Otherwise, you stay in the ditch.
In health, everything affects everything. Especially adrenal hiccups.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.