Is Your Body Keeping Up with Stress?
18 Dec 2019

Is Your Body Keeping Up with Stress?

Is your stress level putting your health at risk? Every day, your body is subjected to a wide range of physical and psychological stressors that it senses as stress. Typically, we think of work, finances, or relationships when it comes to stress. 

But the list is much bigger and broader than this. Lack of sleep, dieting, skipping meals, and winning the lottery are also stressful! Why? Because all of these situations signal your body to produce cortisol, one of your stress hormones.

Cortisol helps us get our to-do lists done, but when our adrenals are required to chronically crank it out, the body eventually puts on the brakes. The resulting slowdown in cortisol production not only zaps your mojo in a big way, but also affects your body’s ability to produce and balance other hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. 

Signs that Trouble is Ahead

When symptoms develop, it’s your body’s way of waving a red flag and letting you know that it is not receiving the support it needs. Ignoring what’s going on WON’T make it better… this is not a situation you want to just “power through.”

Here are some of the signs and symptoms that can indicate adrenal imbalance. See if you recognize any of these in yourself:

There is a lot of overlap of the signs and symptoms listed above with sex hormone imbalances or other illnesses, so adrenal imbalance may not always be the root cause. DUTCH testing can identify which imbalance is the actual problem, allowing you and your provider to target treatment appropriately and get your mojo back on the right track.

The remedy for adrenal dysfunction may be as simple as getting more sleep or cleaning up your diet. But for more advanced cases, support with herbs and vitamins may be necessary. The good news is, when addressed in time with proper support, you can heal adrenal imbalance and reverse the damaging effects of chronic stress.  

If you have symptoms of adrenal imbalance, your body is waving a red flag letting you know it needs support. Pay attention! #cortisol #adrenalfatigue #adrenaldysfunction #hormoneimbalance #stress #DrAnnaGarrett #AnnaGarrettAsheville Click To Tweet

Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Dr. Anna is the author of Perimenopause: The Savvy Sister’s Guide to Hormone Harmony. Order your copy at

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  1. My endo thinks my adrenals are my problem, and after reading this, I think he’s right. He wants me to take a pill at midnight and be at the lab at 8 am to get my blood drawn. One big problem: I’m lucky to sleep by 3 am! I’m so afraid I can’t pull this off, and I’ve always needed 8-9 hours, thanks to my obnoxious neurology. Help…

    • Hi Liz, the gold standard for testing adrenals is saliva. A one-time test in the AM will not give you a picture of what’s going on all day with your adrenals. A saliva test gets samples at 4 points over the day. Your endo is likely to poo-poo this idea. I am assuming you shared your sleep pattern with your endo and he still wanted it at 8AM? I am not sure this will give you the answer you are looking for.

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