Your brain (Hypothalamus, Pituitary) and Adrenal glands (known as the HPA axis) play a central role in your endocrine system when it comes to regulating and reacting to your body’s stress levels. When they are functioning properly, you are able to effectively accommodate and react to the day-to-day stresses that you encounter
However, if your HPA axis not functioning properly, it can affect your entire body negatively. Without proper regulation from your endocrine system, you may feel more prone to mood swings when stress levels mount.
Craving salty or sweet foods is not uncommon, as is a decreased ability to cope with stressful situations like you feel you usually may. Additionally, adrenal dysfunction can result in decreased energy, low libido, increased PMS/menopausal symptoms, constipation, a weakened immune system, and not feeling fully rested after a night of sleep.
The HPA axis is often overlooked in addressing your health issues. However, at Functional Medicine Clinics, we are trained to look for endocrine imbalances resulting from HPA dysfunction. Specialized functional lab testing is utilized to determine if HPA dysfunction is the root cause of your symptoms or if other imbalances or disease is causing HPA dysfunction.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with HPA dysfunction and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Functional Medicine Clinics today!
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