Stress promotes Aging. That is indeed a fact.
Medicine as we know it has been very poor at stress mitigation and identifying it when it is subtle. Stress also sells.
Our approach to aging is more integrative. We use holistic therapy and herbal medications to assist in the process of bringing our patients to a sense of balance.
Stress produces a hormone called cortisol which was designed originally to prepare us for activity. Cortisol suppresses our immune response, suppresses thyroid response, increases blood sugar. Initially with prolonged stress, our cortisol levels are high.
High cortisol levels from continued stress can cause:
- notice poor sleep
- weight gain around the abdomen
- depression because of low serotonin
- glucose intolerance
- fluid retention.
With continued stress, eventually we can get “burnout”, “a nervous breakdown”. These are all decriptions of what is really adrenal fatigue. The cortisol levels are depleted : “burnt out”. The breakdown is not nervous, but hormonal.
Low cortisol levels from burnt out adrenals can cause:
- mental fogginess
- fatigue which is constant
- dark circles under eyes
- salt cravings
- exercise intolerance (there is no cortisol even to give the energy to exercise).
In our center we use saliva testing to get an idea of what your levels are throughout the day. These levels fluctuate, so a better picture is gained with a 24 hour profile. It is easily done in the privacy of your home, and the results mailed off. Once this is returned we can get information about cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA. All of these hormones are steroid hormones and are interconnected. A decline in one can affect the others. We have various ways to replenish these stores. Some are herbal in nature, which have been studied and have proven benefits. Some are hormonal in nature, and compounded formulations are used to mimic the natural physiology as much as possible without the adverse effects.
Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, Menopause, Andropause and low testosterone, Sexual dysfunction are all inter-related with the common denominator being stress.
A tailor made regimen will be outlined for you depending on your physical examination, salivary hormone profile and blood testing.
Come for a free consultation for any of the above conditions.