Your body needs a healthy balance of hormones in order to function at its best and for you to feel energized. One of the most important parts of your body for producing necessary hormones is your adrenal glands, which are found on top of each of your kidneys. These glands produce two crucial hormones for your body: Aldosterone and Cortisol.
Why Adrenal Hormones are Important
Aldosterone helps to balance the levels of potassium and sodium in your bloodstream which, in turn, regulates your blood pressure. Cortisol functions alongside the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are responsible for excitatory reactions in your body when responding to stress. Adrenal insufficiency, also called Addison’s Disease, leads to the adrenal glands not producing enough Aldosterone and Cortisol, wreaking havoc on your body.
Signs You Could Be Experiencing Adrenal Issues
Adrenal insufficiency can show itself in many ways, including experiencing extreme chronic fatigue, dizziness and fainting, gastrointestinal upset, irritability, muscle and joint pain, and depression. Interestingly enough, one distinct sign that can differentiate this issue from other problems is an unusually high craving for salty foods.
In some cases, the body can end up producing too much cortisol, resulting in similar symptoms as Adrenal insufficiency, but without the craving of salty foods and with high blood pressure. This condition is called Cushing Syndrome and can be the result of natural imbalances or from taking steroid drugs Other distinctive symptoms of this condition include weight gain in the upper body, purple stretch marks, and thinning skin that bruises easily.
Both of these conditions are serious and should be addressed right away when caught.
At VitaHealth, we want to help you feel your best both mentally and physically. Our experts can provide thorough testing to measure your Aldosterone and Cortisol levels to see if there are any issues with your adrenal glands. Figuring out the problem is just the first step we will take to get you back to feeling more like yourself.