Diagnosing adrenal fatigueOften times, adrenal fatigue is difficult to diagnose clinically. Most mainstream doctors do not recognize adrenal fatigue since they are trained to look for severe adrenal malfunction such as Addison's Disease or Cushing's Syndrome. Fortunately, there are alternatives available for diagnosis. An effective and affordable salivary cortisol test can be purchased online. With this kit, a sample is collected at home then sent off to a lab for results. Self-diagnosis is another option.
According to Dr. Wilson, a specialist in adrenal health, indicators of adrenal fatigue include:
- Difficulty physically and mentally "waking up" before 10 a.m., even if one has been awake since early morning
- Sleepiness or clouded thinking between 2 to 4 p.m.
- Burst of energy at 6 p.m.
- Mild depression
- Unable to manage stress
- Muscular weakness
- Increased allergies
- Decreased sex drive
- Inability to handle foods high in carbohydrates or potassium
- Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or prone position
Measures for healing
By adopting certain nurturing dietary and lifestyle habits, the adrenals can be brought into a state of equilibrium that helps to support vitality. Activities such as mild exercise, yoga, laughing, minimizing stress, and taking a short rest around 10 a.m. and again between 3 and 5 p.m. contribute to adrenal health. Healing dietary recommendations include: avoiding sugar, junk food, and caffeine; consuming six servings of vegetables per day and eating small amounts of quality protein with each meal; refraining from all cow dairy except for organic raw pasture butter which is high in adrenal nourishing cojugated linoleic acid (CLA); incorporating moderate amounts of extra-virgin olive or coconut oil into each meal. Enjoying a varied diet is also important to provide a spectrum of nutrients. Additionally, supplements play a crucial role in rebuilding the glands, especially vitamins A, B, C, E, pantothenic acid, and zinc.
Well-functioning adrenal health contributes to the enjoyment of life. By making a few necessary adjustments, strength, clarity and vigor return along with enthusiasm and zest.
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