Adrenal Imbalance

The adrenal glands produce three types of steroid hormones: glucocorticoids (cortisol), mineralocorticoids (aldosterone), and androgens (DHEA/DHEAS). Cortisol enables the body to respond and adapt to the stresses of daily life. It also helps to maintain blood sugar levels and promote a healthy immune system. Aldosterone works to balance salt and water in the body. Androgens secreted by the adrenals provide the majority of DHEA for both men and women. For women, the adrenal glands are the major source of testosterone. Imbalances in the adrenal system can contribute to problems with the nervous and immune systems, body composition difficulties, blood sugar irregularities, and high androgen levels.

Symptoms of adrenal imbalance

  • Allergies / asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Bone loss
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Morning/evening fatigue
  • High blood sugar
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Memory lapses
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sugar cravings

Download, print and complete the Symptoms Checklist (PDF) to take to your healthcare provider. If you need help locating a healthcare practitioner who can further assess hormone imbalances you may be experiencing, go to ZRT's Find A Provider Locator or you can Order a Test now.