By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Welcome to the world of cortisol and how it can make you feel. If cortisol is low all day long you can feel exhausted. If cortisol is down in the morning and up in the PM you may feel exhausted and have trouble sleeping. If cortisol is spiked all day long plus in the PM you may feel stressed, wired and exhausted all at the same time.
The key to properly supporting your adrenals and cortisol is to learn which type of cortisol curve you have and use the right type of supplements. You can learn this from our Adrenal Fatigue test. For example if cortisol is low all day long you may benefit from an adrenal glandular for a few months and then be able to switch to an herbal adrenal adaptagenic product. But if your cortisol is high all day long you do not need an adrenal glandular at all! You need something like phosphatidylserine to bring down your cortisol.
A high cortisol test can be an indicator of an underlying health challenge. The high cortisol would actually then be a symptom to get you to dig deeper into the health issue causing the high cortisol. Some reasons for high cortisol can be excessive stress, a food intolerance like gluten, auto -immunity, a tumor, an underlying illness or too much caffeine. Either way high cortisol can lead to high C- reactive protein levels which are indicative of the amount of inflammation in your body. As the cortisol normalizes and lifestyle and diet are adjusted the C-protein levels can improve and so does your health.
If cortisol is high all day long it can also prevent weight loss from occurring no matter what you do to lose weight.
Consider our Adrenal Fatigue test and make sure your cortisol is curved properly. If it is high all day long you may be feeling more stress then you need to be feeling. Cortisol should be highest in the morning and drop slightly throughout the day being low enough at night to allow you to sleep.
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Medical disclaimer: Our adrenal fatigue test and other testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.