Adrenal Insufficiency and Low Cortisol: Symptoms, Causes & Solutions
In this podcast, we're going to talk about adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol. I've talked a lot about the adrenal gland and cortisol, but I want to touch on a condition called Addison's, which is an autoimmune condition.
By the time you notice Addison's complications, over 90% of your adrenal glands are destroyed. This means you're not able to produce enough cortisol and other hormones. Symptoms of this are:
• Weight loss
• Can't sleep
• Salt cravings
• Low tolerance to stress
Though cortisol helps the body respond to stress, it actually has over 200 other functions throughout the body. It helps regulate blood pressure, immune response, and insulin levels. In fact, it can help counter hypoglycemia.
What causes Addison's? There are three primary things:
Around 25% of the population has TB. However, it can remain dormant until later in life. I recommend 20,000 IUs of vitamin D to combat TB
Certain funguses can cause cortisol levels to drop. This often goes unnoticed.
3. Stress and trauma
Both mental and physical stress can cause Addison's disease. Stressors can cause the adrenals to shut down or becomes overwhelmed. I recommend using acupressure to help the adrenal glands function properly. Just to the right of the belly button, use your thumb and middle finger to apply pressure. This will help relieve and extract stress.
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