Wow! Is all I can say about the last month of immersing myself in Functional Medicine with my amazing mentor Dr Kalish from Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine. After running quite a number of Adrenalcortex Stress Profile saliva tests on myself and on my clients, as well as studying over a hundred adrenal lab results in the Kalish case study forum so far, I can now SO CLEARLY see just how integral our tiny adrenal glands are to overall health and wellness. When people think of poor functioning adrenals, they often think of ‘tiredness’ and ‘fatigue’. But poor functioning adrenals can affect SO MUCH MORE than just your energy levels.
In this sciencey image, you can see how many body systems and bodily functions are affected by the adrenals. Poor functioning adrenals not only affect your mood, mental health sleep patterns, but they can also affect your muscular-skeletal health, your metabolism and ability to lose or put on fat, and your detoxification system.
A very negative affect that poor functioning adrenals can have is on your thyroid, as high cortisol levels (which are produced by the adrenal glands) can interfere with the stimulation of thyroid hormones. Often thyroid issues are secondary problems, and by treating the adrenals, you indirectly treat and restore the thyroid as well.
Another biggie of poor functioning adrenals is that it suppresses the immune system. Cortisol levels in excess can literally affect your body’s ability to fight of infections. If you constantly catch colds or flus, if you are regularly being treated for infections, if you have allergies or sensitivities to food or chemicals, chances are your adrenals are failing to their job. If you simply treat these ‘symptoms’ rather than detect and treat the underlying cause (which may be poor functioning adrenals), chances are you may not get better, or your healing time will be very slow.
Health issues are an extremely complex puzzle, where anything can cause anything. This is why I chose to specialise in Functional Medicine, so I can work out the root cause of health issues and treat accordingly, rather than just treat ‘symptoms’ which can be a bit of a ‘hit or miss’ approach. If you’re dealing with health issues that you just can’t seem to kick, feel free to contact me for more info about how I can help assist and coach you to heal naturally 🙂