Adrenal Imbalance

Vitalia’s Approach to Adrenal Imbalance

In Naturopathic medicine, adrenal imbalance refers to an all too common condition in our stressed out society.  It is diagnosed by a cortisol saliva test that checks the patients cortisol status against the normal circadian rhythm that is typical in healthy patients.  Patients with chronically high cortisol will typically be anxious, irritable, fatigued, “burnt out” and often struggle with insomnia and abdominal weight gain.  An adrenal imbalance characterized by a reverse circadian rhythm is common as well.  This is a low cortisol in the morning and high cortisol at night; resulting in fatigue during the day and insomnia at night.  After chronic stress has continued for a long time, adrenal fatigue may result.  This is a chronically low cortisol and chronic fatigue.

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Chronic stress is what causes adrenal imbalance.  Diet and lifestyle factors greatly affect the adrenal glands as well.  Keeping the blood sugar balanced is the key to supporting the adrenal glands.  This means avoiding sugar, caffeine and refined carbohydrates and starches; such as white flour, white rice, potatoes and corn. It means eating a good healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner consisting of lean protein, vegetables or fruit, and a whole grain.  Additionally, healthy snacks contribute to keeping the blood sugar balanced throughout the day.  Many naturopathic doctors advise patients to eat beans for breakfast!  Black beans, eggs and fresh salsa with either whole grain toast or tortilla makes an excellent and nutritious breakfast.

Naturopathic doctors find adrenal imbalance is a common underlying cause of many conditions that patients present with.  Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is often an indication that adrenal imbalance may exist.  Many women with hormonal imbalance such as Menopausal symptoms, Pre-menstrual syndrome, and Infertility have adrenal imbalance as well.  Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome typically have an underlying adrenal fatigue issue as well.

At Vitalia, we use diet and nutritional advice, herbal medicines and homeopathic medicines to support and re-generate the adrenal glands.  We also teach people about the effects of stress and encourage lifestyle changes that promote a lower stress lifestyle.  Give us a call today!