By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
November 7, 2015
- Full-time stress with a caveman’s coping mechanism
- Is adrenal fatigue really a health condition?
- Why your body’s crashing, and what to do about it.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted?
Maybe anxiety is gnawing at you or your heart seems to beat a little too fast. And what about that muscle pain…or maybe that skin problem that won’t seem to go away?
Well, you might be suffering from a health problem that most conventional doctors will tell you doesn’t exist. It’s a “fake” disease, they’ll say.
And you can pester them to death, but it’s unlikely they’ll even bother testing you for it.
The condition I’m talking about is adrenal fatigue syndrome. And if you’ve ever experienced it – or are experiencing it right now – you know exactly how bad it can get. You just can’t function right.
And it’s no wonder!
You see, the underlying cause of adrenal fatigue is typically linked to chronic stress. Whenever you feel threatened, your body goes into a “fight or flight” response.
Back in the days of our ancient ancestors, this response only kicked in only when faced with a dire threat…say being chased by a 600 pound saber toothed tiger. It wasn’t something that happened every day – or even every other day.
But that world disappeared a couple hundred years ago. These days, your body is practically in non-stop panic mode.
If you’re under pressure to perform at work, that’s 8 or 10 hours of panic mode. Add a couple of hours on the freeway with cars honking, switching lanes and pulling out in front of you. Is one your children – or maybe even a parent – ill or not doing well? How’s your financial situation?
At some point, your adrenal glands won’t be able to keep up with the stress. Your body’s demands for stress hormones will be more than they can deliver.
You see, today you’re facing a life full of modern-day stressors with a caveman’s coping mechanism. That means your body is trying to pump out stress hormones – hormones your ancestors only needed every once in a while – on a full-time basis.
Overworked adrenals affect every part of your body. So when your adrenals are in overdrive, trouble can crop up anywhere. This is one of the reasons this syndrome is so difficult to diagnose.
You might experience…
- High blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.
- Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or type II diabetes.
- Severe skin problems like psoriasis or eczema.
- High blood sugar and fat build-up around your belly, even though you’re eating the same.
- Depression, anxiety, nervousness or panic attacks.
And that’s just the short list.
When you tack on things like headaches, muscle pain, memory problems and so forth, it clouds the picture even further. Each and every one of these ailments alone can easily be passed off as age-related changes. You might even put it off to a “phase” you’re going through.
And what happens if you do notice a problem and ask your doctor about it? If they only perform standard tests, they’ll probably miss it. This is especially true they don’t believe in adrenal fatigue to begin with.
Lucky for you a number of reputable labs, like ZRT Laboratory, offer a mail-in service for checking your adrenal hormone levels.
The most comprehensive is the “all day” saliva test. This test looks at your adrenal hormone levels at four key points during the day.
You would take a sample within an hour of waking up – usually between 6:00 and 8:00 am. The next sample time occurs between 11:00 am and noon. You’d take a third sample between 6:00 and 8:00 pm (just as in the morning/evening test). Finally, you’d take one last one around 10:00 pm and midnight.
All you have to do to get your results is order the kit.
Provide the four saliva samples on cotton swabs. Place the swabs into vials the lab provides. And then mail it off. The lab does the rest.
If your results show that you suffer from adrenal fatigue, it’s urgent that you take steps now to boost your adrenal function.