Stress refers to anything that disturbs an individual’s physical, mental, or emotional balance.
The body has numerous mechanisms to deal with stress and stress can affect the body in many different ways. For instance, the same form of stress might cause one person to get a migraine, a second person to have an elevated blood pressure, and a third to have an ulcer attack.
While stress is natural and normal part of life, what really matters is the amount and type of stress, as well as the ability of each individual to handle their stresses.
How do the adrenals deal with stress?
In response to any type of stress, the adrenals respond with the production of the hormones cortisol and DHEA. This mechanism is designed to help us deal with short-term stress.
Adrenal hyperfunction sets in when the stressors are not removed and the cortisol levels remain high in relation to DHEA levels.
Symptoms of Adrenal Hyperfunction
- Decreased insulin sensitivity leading to insulin resistance
- Impaired glucose utilization by the cell
- Increased blood sugar levels
- Salt and water retention due to excess aldosterone activity
- Weight gain around the abdomen due to fat and water retention
- Increased bone loss (osteoporosis)
- Increased infections (viral)
- Decreased immune function, which can lead to allergies and infections
- Decreased secretory IgA
- Reduced vitality
- PMS and other hormonal problems
- High blood pressure
- Hot flashes
- Trouble calming down
- Clench or grind teeth
- Excessive hair growth on face or body (females)
What you may see on your blood test
- Decreased potassium levels
- Increased sodium levels
- Increased cortisol
Adrenal Stress can be confirmed by a comprehensive hormonal test like the DUTCH Hormone Analysis.
What are the causes of adrenal stress?
The list below will help you understand where to look to investigate the stressor that ultimately results in hormone, immune, and metabolic breakdown
- Anger, anxiety, worry, guilt, depression
- Excessive exercise
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Sleep deprivation
- Pain and injury
- Staying up late
- Low blood sugar
- Trauma: mental/emotional/physical
Some of the Sources of Chronic Stress
- Environmental Toxins
- Heavy metals
- GI Infections
- Oral infections
Do you experience any of the symptoms associated with adrenal stress and realize that there are some of the above-listed stressors impacting your life and health?
Contact me if you need help finding and addressing your root causes, and getting symptom-relief. I will help you create your individual nutrition and lifestyle protocol to achieve long-lasting health.