Suboptimal Adrenal Function

Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. In addition to facilitating fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, cortisol stimulates blood sugar levels through a process known as gluconeogenesis. As such, cortisol plays a central part in the body’s day to day battle with physical and emotional stress; key aspects of modern life.

When the adrenal glands are functioning optimally, cortisol levels are at their maximum after a good night’s sleep (about eight hours for most people) and at their lowest around midnight. This fluctuation in cortisol level is sometimes referred to as the diurnal cycle of cortisol.

Causes of suboptimal adrenal function

The experience of psychological and/or physical stress places the body in a state of heightened readiness typically characterized as the “fight or flight” response which among other things entails an increase in cortisol production that is related to the intensity of the stress as perceived by our system. Exposure to heightened stress levels –a circumstance not so uncommon for many of us as we juggle a career, marriage, kids, friends and all that comes with a twenty-first century life style- places an undue demand on the adrenal glands as they work hard to maintain a cortisol production level that is equal to the task. Long term subjection to such heightened demand, ultimately leaves the adrenals unbalanced and robs them of the ability to perform at an optimal level by upsetting the normal diurnal cycle of cortisol production. This state can sometimes leave an individual unable to function effectively at a personal and/or professional level.

It is important to note that the adrenals in an individual experiencing this type of adrenal insufficiency are not diseased, as is the case for primary adrenal insufficiency, but simply unable to “keep up” with the long term high demand.

Symptoms of suboptimal adrenal function

The symptoms of suboptimal adrenal function usually manifest in a consistent manner as follows:

  1. Starting the day not rested and refreshed
  2. atigued and exhausted to the point of dragging throughout the day
  3. Unable to cope with life’s typical stressors
  4. Low stamina, slow to recovery from exercise
  5. Slow to recover from injury or illness
  6. Poor digestion
  7. Increased frequency of illness such as cold or flu

Treatment of suboptimal adrenal function

Since the adrenal glands in individuals dealing with the effects of suboptimal adrenal function have usually not seen any sort of permanent damage, a treatment regimen aimed at rejuvenating the glands in an effort to restore their function is best suited. A comprehensive integrative approach, such as our Adrenal Healing Program is an ideal means of addressing this issue.

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