Tuesday, April 21, 2009
adrenal glands are located above your kidneys, and are responsible for
producing hormones to control stress, blood pressure, and reproduction.
you are under significant stress for an extended period of time (more
than a week), your adrenal glands can start to have difficulty
producing enough of the hormones that control stress. This is called
adrenal fatigue, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or fatigue. Over time, adrenal stress can also cause weight gain, blood sugar imbalances, and insomnia.
adrenal glands need to produce a certain amount of cortisol and DHEA in
order to maintain good energy and healthy weight. We can test your
adrenal function with either a blood sample, or a saliva test.
saliva test is a kit that you bring home with you, and you take 4 saliva
samples throughout the day. Then you drop the kit in the mail, and the
results are sent back to our office for review. The saliva test gives
us 4 different cortisol readings, plus DHEA, and your DHEA to cortisol
ratio. This is helpful for determining the extent of adrenal stress,
and gives us a clear idea of which adrenal support supplements are
right for you.
endocrine (hormone) system in your body is very interconnected. If your
adrenal glands are not functioning properly, it can be very difficult
to maintain healthy hormone balance in the rest of your body.
stress can make it harder for your thyroid gland to work well, and can
also put added stress on your reproductive glands. For women going
through menopause, or men with low testosterone, adrenal testing can be
a woman transitions into menopause, her adrenal glands will take over
for your ovaries in the production of estrogen and progesterone. Testosterone
is also produced with the help of the adrenal glands. If your adrenal
glands are not functioning at their best, symptoms can occur including
low libido, poor energy, or menopausal symptoms in women. For people with poor thyroid function, supporting the adrenal glands can take a burden off of your thyroid, and promote better energy and weight loss.
a naturopathic doctor, I recommend adrenal support
supplements that are made from vitamins and herbs. These natural
supplements are non-addictive, and you are likely to need less of them
over time, as your adrenal function is restored.
Tara Peyman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona.
She has an expertise in treating depression and anxiety with natural
medicine. Dr. Peyman has also developed comprehensive, naturopathic
programs for weight loss, diabetes and smoking cessation. She practices
at East Valley Naturopathic Doctors in Mesa (480.985.0000) and in Tempe
(480.456.0402). Visit www.DrTaraPeyman.com for more information.
Tara Peyman, ND
"Feel Like Yourself Again With Natural Medicine"