#Adrenal #Self-Test #Assessment – Knowledge is Power.

Stressed? Then we need to seriously consider your adrenal glands. TAKE THE SELF TEST ASSESSMENT BELOW!!!

 

The adrenal glands are located just on top of your kidneys. They are an integral part of your endocrine system. They are responsible for your “flight or fight” response, and your ability to deal and cope with the stresses of life (this includes both internal and external factors).  This can include work, family, and relationships, as well as internal factors such as anxiety, insomnia, etc.

The adrenal glands produce a wide array of hormones (these are all factors that we can very easily determine your levels with a simple saliva test) such as cortisol, epinephrine, testosterone, DHEA, which are responsible for many vital bodily functions. When your adrenal glands are working at optimal capacity,  your body is able to more effectively handle stress.

We can easily become complacent with symptoms that we just accept as normal. This can include a wide variety of issues such as headaches, fatigue, insomnia, etc. These changes that occur slowly over time, are things that we can actually be unaware of.  However, if our adrenals are working too hard or not hard enough, the entire system can be affected.

Implications of malfunctioning adrenal glands:

Poor quality of sleep (Insomnia)
Fatigue, weight gain
Hormonal imbalances (thyroid, PMS, menopause, libido)
Brain (attention/ability to focus)
Depression and anxiety
Handling stress
Issues with bones, muscles, hair and nails
Digestive System (constipation, diarrhea, IBS, food sensitivities)
Cravings for carbohydrates and sugars (breads, rice, pasta, cookies)

Stress is a major factor that will affect the adrenal glands.  Additional issues can be chronic infections and introducing toxins on a daily basis (such as using harmful cookware, drinking from plastic bottles and toxic cleaning products). There is research that claims an imbalance in your adrenal system can create a shortened life expectancy as well as premature aging.

Stress is the most common of adrenal issues. Even if you feel like you are handling stress effectively – chances are you probably aren’t.  At the core of your system, each time life throws you curve balls (this can be traffic, a difficult boss, bills, etc.) your adrenal glands are still buzzing and coping with the stressors. Magnesium supplementation is only a secondary recommendation to anyone who experiences any type of stress.

Relaxation is the key.  A great relaxation technique is to lie on the floor with your bottom all the way up against the wall, with your legs straight up on the wall. Then relax with your eyes closed for 10 minutes. Burn a candle, listen to your favorite relaxation CD and take deep breaths throughout this exercise. Do this technique (2) times per day. This is a great alternative to meditation and requires little effort.  It relieves the stress from your nervous system and aids significantly in relaxation.  Over time, this technique will undoubtedly help you sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety.  The relaxation response has been well researched and there are well documented studies that show significant improvement in health, with conditions ranging from high blood pressure to concentration.

In over 6 years of wellness education I have seen maybe 2-3 patients that do not state that there stress levels are elevated. This is something that I cannot encourage enough. Give this exercise 6 weeks and you, and the people around you, should see significant results.

Please take the self-test assessment below to determine if your adrenals are an issue that should be addressed. Please know that this is a very common issue that can be easily corrected with a commitment to practice relaxation techniques and a nutritional/dietary intervention.  Below are some examples of physical, psychological, emotional, physiological stressors that may be helping your adrenals to become tired. If you experience 2 or more of the following in a 12 month time frame, I highly encourage you to contact me for a consultation to address your issues.

Please do not embark on a wellness program without adequate knowledge of the issues at hand. Whether its me or someone else…please seek the advice of a health care practitioner that can assist with your health endeavors. Please see my disclaimers regarding the information/products listed in these articles and in the AskDrSkip.com store. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Condition Yes No
  • Emotional Issues (anxiety, depression, fear, anger)
  • Allergies
  • Malnutrition (imbalanced diet)
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Awake at night (working the overnight shifts)
  • Surgeries
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Infections
  • Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
  • Stress
  • Injuries/Trauma/Accidents