Saliva Cortisol Test Results
My doctor called yesterday with the results of my saliva cortisol test. I haven't yet received the written report with ranges, but my doctor said that things are out of whack in that my cortisol is high; in fact, it's highest at night when it should be at its lowest (at least that's what I understood her to say). She recommended that I start taking Ashwagandha, an Indian herb that is an adaptogen and somehow lowers cortisol.
From what I've read, high cortisol can cause poor sleep, anxiety, depression, and weight gain. I've got all those (except my weight gain is primarily in the hips and thighs, not in the belly as is typical of high cortisol). I've also read that high cortisol, like low cortisol, can interfere with the cells' efficient use of thyroid hormones. If that's true, that might explain a lot.
I know a lot of folks here have had adrenal fatigue, and my understanding of that is that high cortisol for an extended period of time can lead to the adrenals burning themselves out, so I hope I've caught this in time. I'm just wondering if anyone out there has experience with high cortisol or has taken Ashwagandha or has any other insight or helpful hints.
I also had blood drawn yesterday for Vit D, electrolyte, and thyroid levels, so I'll be interested to see what those reveal.