This week I took a big step forward in taking back my body and my health. For years I have felt like Alice in Wonderland, wandering aimlessly through the medical system, being pushed into the “Eat this, Drink this,” world of prescription drugs and unnecessary lab test—never getting to the reason why I, like many women feel:
Tired, Depressed and Overweight for no good reason!
Just because I am a mother and I suffered a major loss in my life recently, doesn’t mean I should disregard what my body is trying to tell me. Even when I am very mindful of my nutrition, I still feel bloated. My stomach talks to me all the time, letting me know it is NOT HAPPY! Even when I consistently get 8 hours of sleep, I often need to rest after doing light housework. And just doing exercise and cutting from my diet may superficially fix the problem, but if there is a serious issue at its source is ignored, what will be the ultimate cost? All these symptoms have the likelihood of building into life threatening ones.
So what did I do?
I started working with a Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Chambers, to get to the source of my issues. First, I took an Adrenal Stress Test, testing my saliva, for any abnormalities. From that test, we can determine any depletion in hormones, namely cortisol, that are vital to my overall balance. When there is a depletion in cortisol levels in your body, it is unable to work with insulin to keep your blood sugar level stable. If cortisol is out of balance your body will store body fat rather than burn it. This can cause damage your metabolism. So even it you are making healthy lifestyle choices, you could be fighting an uphill battle.
Adrenal stress can cause:
- Weight Gain
- Depression, i.e. mood swings
- Female Hormonal Imbalance, i.e. low libido, night sweats, insomia
- Gastrointestinal problems, i.e. bloating, heartburn, ulcers
I await my test results which should be any day now. If the results come back that I am not in adrenal burnout, then we next take a closer look at my stomach to determine if my problem lies there. Either way, I am thankful to be on the path to truth.