Adrenal FAQs

Ep 72
We are on the last episode in our Adrenals theme so in this episode of ReInvent Healthcare, we go over the most commonly asked questions I get about the adrenal glands in order to help our clients and patients live optimized lives.


The Difference Between Adrenal and Thyroid Symptoms
Adrenal dysfunction is often characterized by a tired and wired presentation, with individuals experiencing tiredness at certain times of the day and an inability to turn off their racing thoughts and fall asleep. Thyroid symptoms, on the other hand, tend to be more consistent throughout the day. Other differentiating factors include blood pressure levels (low in adrenal dysfunction, high in thyroid conditions) and the presence of constipation (more common in thyroid conditions).

Testing For Adrenal Dysfunction
While blood tests can be useful for assessing thyroid function, they are not as informative for evaluating adrenal function. Fasting first morning cortisol levels, commonly measured in blood tests, don’t provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the HPA (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal) axis. Alternative tests such as saliva tests and Dutch tests, which analyze cortisol levels at different times of the day and examine metabolites, can provide more valuable insights into adrenal function.

Exercise Recommendations for Adrenal Health
It’s important not to overtax the system when recommending exercise for individuals with HPA axis dysfunction. Lighter forms of exercise such as stretching, yoga, swimming, walking, and light weights are generally better suited to their condition. Starting with small amounts of exercise and gradually increasing intensity based on individual tolerance is recommended. It’s crucial to avoid exercises that leave them excessively exhausted and in need of several days of recovery.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.