This month, we are addressing one of my favorite areas of wellness—the adrenal system. It is one of my favorites because it is so complex and so far reaching in its impact on our health and wellbeing. Most of us have appreciated that “stress” impacts us in many ways. How often have we experienced or heard these comments: “I worked myself right into the ground.” “I got so run down over the holidays I wound up with pneumonia.” “I am so fatigued from lack of sleep and I crave sugar constantly.” These are most likely expressions that reflect less-than-optimal adrenal function. When our adrenal system is failing, we may see unexplained weight gain in the midsection – the proverbial “love handles.” We may see our blood glucose rising and prediabetes develop even while eating a relatively healthy diet. We may also experience lightheadedness and a profound “washed-out” feeling from drops in our blood pressure when the adrenal system is really unhealthy. The upshot of this is that we tend to respond in ways that actually further compromise us. We find ourselves eating sugar, lots of sugar. We find ourselves drinking caffeine all day long. We may also find that we are suddenly addressing an intense salt craving by eating a bag of potato chips and licking our fingers at the end so as not to miss even a morsel of salt. All the while, we are not repairing the real problem—our adrenal system—and all the other systems that are affected by its decline.
The metabolic code is a very detailed analysis of all the systems and their interplay with one another. The 4-point cortisol test looks at adrenal function over a 24-hour period and helps elucidate the overall health of the adrenal system. When we address each individual system, particularly the adrenal, and systematically repair or optimize, then we are moving toward metabolic wellness and better health. I hope you will digest this information and make the necessary changes to improve your health and well being. Be well…
For more information, contact:
Dr. James Stevens, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, ABAARM