4 Point Saliva Cortisol Test for Adrenal Fatigue

In my quest to treat adrenal fatigue naturally, I have found some lab testing to be very helpful. First off, a complete thyroid panel with Free T3, Free T4, total T4, Reverse T3, TSH, and the two types of thyroid antibodies. I actually recently pulled this myself as I was curious what my levels were. The other test that I think is extremely helpful is the four point saliva cortisol test. I recently completed this and received my results.

Cortisol is highest in the morning and then drops as the day progresses. Optimal cortisol follows that curve. My cortisol test came back low, low, high, high. The only one that was way out of range was the “evening” one. I am now taking PS 100 about an hour before each high was recorded- around 4pm and then 9pm. That will hopefully help get my cortisol back on track and the theory is that if you bring down the highs, the lows will come up. If I don’t feel like it’s helping bring the lows up, I will use Thorne Adrenal Cortex to bring up the lows. My thinking is that the lows really aren’t that low, so hopefully they will start to rise as my cortisol falls.

I’m also trying to make sure that my blood sugar is balanced. It seems as though people with adrenal fatigue experience reactive hypoglycemia symptoms and I am really bad about making sure that I’m eating on time. Sometimes I wait until I’m starting to get shaky and that’s terrible. I also have been making sure to eat protein, fat, and carbs together. Before bed, I make sure I have a snack. When I don’t, I’ve been waking up with my heart pounding in the middle of the night! It’s a terrible feeling!

My functional medicine doctor is also exploring the possibility of mold toxicity. I am hoping and praying that is not the root cause of all of this. I’m hoping it is just adrenal and thyroid problems. I think personally my case is more adrenal than thyroid, as I tried thyroid hormones but couldn’t tolerate them. I could be wrong, but that’s my gut feeling. It also seems like my body produces adequate t4 according to labs, but it’s not converting it properly. So frustrating.

A lot of the days I feel overwhelmed by anxiety. I have always had anxiety, but this is different. It’s like I’m a stranger in my body. I feel like I can’t control the anxiety or completely relax no matter what I do. I have never felt so bad in my life. I’m really hopeful that sharing my experience can help someone else, and in a few months I hope to be able to come back and share that I am feeling completely better! Healing is a journey. I think that’s probably what is so hard is not being able to do something and wake up completely better. I’m going to keep fighting and praying and will make it through this!

If you are struggling from chronic fatigue, anxiety, or overwhelm, please seek out a full thyroid panel at least. I’ve found the four point saliva cortisol test to be very helpful too. The best bet is to look for a functional or alternative medicine doctor.

I am not a doctor, and this is just my personal experience. Please visit a medical professional for any medical questions you may have.

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How to Save Money in the Office

You already know that financial planning can help you save money. Anaheim, CA, financial advisors Griffin Financial notes that “reaching your long-term financial objectives hinges on having the right plan – one that fits your unique circumstances and grows with you.”

But what about saving money at the office? Money problems have tanked countless businesses. You need to be smart with your finances if you want to thrive in business. It doesn’t matter how great your product your product is if you’re spending more than you’re earning.

The following tips can make a huge difference.

Rely on Technology

The people who worry about automatization in the office are right. Computers are taking jobs. What does this mean for you? You should take a close look at your staff and see if there are any positions you can eliminate.

Staffing costs will always be among your heaviest expenses. Employees are costly. Trimming their number will instantly save you money. Many business owners have found that it’s worthwhile to pay a heavy upfront cost for software that can do tasks formerly performed by humans. They know that they’ll quickly get their investment back.

Staffing isn’t the only area where technology can affect your bottom line. Depending on your industry, you might be able to find software that helps your employees do their work. For example, you can use inventory software to track your sales and your inventory.

Negotiate

There’s no reason to settle for the initial price. Sometimes, when business owners are arranging for services like office space, they forget to negotiate and end up accepting whatever price is thrown at them.

However, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re not willing to work for them. Use the same attitude with your suppliers. Seek discounts.

Go Remote

Do you even need office space? The traditional office is changing. More and more people are working from remote locations. Employees love it because of its convenience. They get to work from the comfort of their living room and don’t have to deal with rush hour traffic. Employers love remote teams because it widens their applicant pool and saves money.

Going remote is pretty simple. There are multiple software options that allow you to communicate with your team. You can play around with different programs like Slack and Basecamp until you find one that works for you.

If you still want to foster team spirit, you can schedule a once or twice a year employee meetup.

Cut Supplies

The stereotypical office is filled with stereotypical supplies. It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying a lot of things that you don’t need. A lot of your correspondence is now digital. Your office doesn’t need to be equipped the same way that your parents’ did.

To save money,  you should only buy office products that you’re actually going to use. Look around the office and see what people are doing. This will help you figure out what’s necessary.

Get Security

Install video cameras, hire a security guard, whatever makes sense for your business. You need to protect it from people who would harm it. It’s a good idea to get insurance as well. Otherwise, you could be destroyed by a single robbery.

Most business robberies are committed by employees. These costs add up over time. Installing cameras can break this trend. If you tell employees that the camera is there, they’ll behave because they know they’re being watched. If you don’t tell them what’s going on, you can catch the dishonest people.

Advertise Online

Traditional TV and print advertising are very expensive. This might be okay if you’re a Fortune 500 company. If you have a small business, it makes more sense to focus on online advertising. You get more value for your money.

An online advertising campaign can be created to suit any budget. Even influencer marketing can be inexpensive if you do it correctly.

You should think about pouring all of your advertising budget into your online projects. You can get customer feedback almost immediately. You’ll quickly learn if your strategy is working.

Saving money at your office require creativity and constant work. You can’t do it if you’re not an expert in your industry. When new labor-saving technology is introduced, you should know all about it.

If your business already has an accountant, talk to them about further ways to save money. It can be hard to know what to do when you’re in the thick of things.

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NDT Didn’t Work for Me

A few months ago, I was diagnosed hypothyroid and also with HPA Axis dysfunction. In an effort to try to heal my body, I am working with a functional medicine doctor to come up with a plan of action. My doctor started me on 60mg (1 grain) of natural desiccated thyroid to help with the hypothyroidism. After a few days of being on it, I was feeling worse. I had increased anxiety, fatigue, couldn’t keep my eyes open, and just felt like garbage. I felt much worse than before I started it! I called, and they said there are a couple reasons that NDT doesn’t work for someone.

Adrenal problems. Unfortunately, if you have adrenal issues, taking NDT can make your symptoms worse. In an effort to hopefully help my adrenals, I have ordered and am going to be doing a cortisol saliva test. This will give me a better idea of when I am high or low in cortisol and I can take adaptogens or other supplements to help. I wasn’t sure if the test was necessary, as my doctor said it really doesn’t matter if you are high or low- you treat it with adaptogens either way, but the more I read, the more I see that can be not true. Sometimes people can have really low cortisol and if you take certain adaptogens it can lower it even more, which is not good. I figure I’ll do this test and be able to come up with more of a treatment plan.

Iron problems. If your iron levels are off, you can also have problems with thyroid hormone replacement medicine. My doctor told me iron was fine- she actually said that my ferritin is high, which can be a marker of inflammation actually. I think I’m going to ask her to run a panel of four tests to check all the iron markers.

I’m unsure of the next steps after I work on healing my adrenals, but hopefully it won’t be too long and I’ll be able to try the NDT again if I need it. Such a confusing process! The hard thing is that adrenals and thyroid are so closely linked that you really can’t work on one without working on the other. One of the biggest things to help the adrenals is how you deal with stress, and in this day and age that’s not an easy feat! I’m thinking that in a few months I’ll be feeling a lot better and will be able to help others heal as well.

I am not a doctor, and this is just my personal experience. Please visit a medical professional for any medical questions you may have.

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