The Stress Response was designed for dealing with a fight or flight type of circumstance, short term in duration and hopefully occurring infrequently. This is the ideal way your body deals with stress. However, today we are bombarded with emotional, physical and chemical stressors that are chronic, longer in duration, and often occur with no physical outlet for the effects of the stress response.
What happens when the physical response to stress start to become a normal way of living versus a once and awhile occurrence? Several of your body systems slow down, and think of the impact that can have if it keeps happening over and over. Some of the common symptoms are fatigue, brain fog, depression, anxiety, weight gain, sugar cravings, gut issues, low libido, PMS and menopausal symptoms, just to name a few. Any one of these symptoms can easily be written off, but when they start occurring together, frequently a hormonal balance is to blame.
Instead of guessing or struggling to find answers, the best solution is to get tested. The Dutch Test is the most advanced hormonal test offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones and melatonin, along with metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances. It uses urine and saliva samples collected at home. Find out more about Functional Medicine at Davis AHS here.