Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common hormonal health disorders that we see as naturopathic specialists in hormone health. In a busy city like Toronto, it’s not at all surprising that poor adrenal health is the most common cause of fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety. The adrenals, the glands that sit atop your kidneys, are the cornerstones of overall hormonal health.
These two little glands have a very big function in the body: to help you cope with stress, and to survive. The adrenals are known as the body’s “stress glands”, and they help you deal with every type of stress, ranging from physical stress such as exercise, to mental-emotional stress such as that related to relationships or work.
Not surprisingly, it’s estimated that around 80% of Americans will suffer from adrenal fatigue or other adrenal health conditions at some point in their life.
Cortisol is one of the major hormones secreted by the adrenals that helps your body to function during stressful situations. Cortisol is secreted in a circadian rhythm, meaning that the secretion changes throughout the day.
Ideally, cortisol is at its high point in the early morning hours, and follows a sharp curve where it lowers and reaches a low point at night. During sleep, cortisol then rises again to its high point in the morning.
How do you Test for Adrenal Fatigue?
Saliva hormone testing is considered to be the single best lab test for detecting adrenal fatigue.
We use saliva testing rather than blood or urine testing because:
So with blood and urine testing, we are lacking a true picture of the overall adrenal health status and we can miss many cases of adrenal fatigue. Saliva testing gives us a much more complete and comprehensive way to diagnose adrenal fatigue and also allows us to treat it much more effectively.
Please contact us if you’d like to complete diurnal cortisol saliva testing for adrenal fatigue.
Different Cortisol Patterns Related to Adrenal Fatigue?
What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
The most common symptoms of adrenal health problems, adrenal fatigue and adrenal reactivity include:
References for this Article
- Adrenal Fatigue. The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. James L. Wilson, ND, DC, PhD