8 Important Reasons To Have Your Adrenal Function Evaluated

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Blog, Tests | 4 comments

1. Energy production

Abnormal adrenal function can alter the ability of cells to produce energy for the activities of daily life. People who have a hard time rising in the morning, or who suffer from low energy throughout the day, often have abnormal adrenal rhythms and poor blood sugar regulation.

The maintenance of a stable blood sugar level depends on food choice, lifestyle, adrenal function and insulin activity. The Adrenal Stress Index™ panel measures stress hormones and insulin, to help ferret out the causes of fatigue, cravings and obesity.

2. Muscle and joint function

Abnormal adrenal rhythms are known to compromise tissue healing. Reduced tissue repair and increased tissue breakdown can lead to muscle and joint wasting with chronic pain.

3. Bone health

The adrenal rhythm determines how well we build bone. If the night and morning cortisol levels are elevated, our bones do not rebuild well, and we are more prone to osteoporosis. Stress is the enemy of the bones. In postmenopausal women, the effect of stress worsens due to female hormone imbalances.

4. Immune health

Various immune cells (white blood cells) cycle in and out of the spleen and bone marrow. The immune system trafficking follows the cortisol cycle. If the cycle is disrupted, especially at night, then the immune system is adversely affected.

Short- and long-term stress is known to suppress the immune response in the lungs, throat, urinary tract and intestines. With reduction in the surface antibody (called secretory IgA), the resistance to infection is reduced and allergic reactions are believed to increase.

5. Sleep quality

The ability to enter REM sleep cycles and experience regenerative sleep is interrupted by high cortisol values at night and in the morning. Chronic lack of REM sleep can reduce a person’s mental vitality, vigor and induce depression.

6. Skin regeneration

Human skin regenerates mostly during the night. With higher night cortisol values, less skin regeneration takes place. Therefore a normal cortisol rhythm is essential for optimal skin health.

7. Thyroid function

The level of cortisol at the cell level controls thyroid hormone production. Often, hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue and low body temperature are due to an adrenal maladaptation.

8. Grain intolerance and stress response

Approximately 12-18% of the U.S. population suffers from a genetic intolerance to grains, such as wheat, rye or barley contained in cereals, breads and pasta. A high incidence occurs in people with Celtic, Nordic, non-caucasian and Mediterranean ethnicity. The gut becomes inflamed within 30 minutes after consuming grains, and this can lead to an adrenal stress response, increased cortisol and reduced DHEA.

Source: Diagnostechs, Inc

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  1. Hi Samantha – I’m inquiring on how to check for inflamation – not sure if it’s what I’m eating etc. I am experiencing joint swelling in the fingers & toes. I’m working on being gluten free and trying to stay away from corn, soy & wheat. Off dairy except for cheese. Any how I’m trying to clean up my diet –but I’m still experiencing inflamation. I’ve increased my greens in the vegetable area and working on the fruits. Any how – what do I need to do for testing for adrenal function?
    Thank you

    • Hi Ellie-
      Thanks for the comment. Make sure you listen to the radio interview I did with Carol Rithberger on Inflammation on this page: http://samfgrant.com/media/ I also e mailed a response to you and am looking forward to helping you.

  2. Listened to your call with Jennifer Fugo. It was so much new information for me about grains!!! I am very interested in adrenal testing/food sensitivity testing and wanted to get more information about this!

  3. Is there a Adrenal test that you can buy OTC? If so can you please let me know how/where I can get one. Thank you

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