The Ragland’s Test is an analysis of your blood pressure to determine the level of adrenal health and function. First, your blood pressure will be taken while lying down and then immediately after standing up. With healthy adrenal function, the systolic blood pressure number (the top number) will rise 8 to 10 mm. If your blood pressure doesn’t rise or drops, your adrenal glands are insufficiently functioning (adrenal burnout) and need additional support.
What are the adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are two small glands that sit above the kidneys. These glands are necessary for optimal health because they secrete more than 50 hormones that are involved in some of the body’s processes including: energy production, fat storage and electrolyte balancing. The hormone cortisol, which is active in maintaining the immune system, normalizing blood sugar levels and regulating blood pressure, is also secreted by the adrenals. Intense or prolonged stress (physical, emotional or psychological) can cause adrenal fatigue, which is when the adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress and function below the necessary level. A few symptoms of adrenal fatigue include: fatigue in the morning and late afternoon, salt cravings, inability to lose weight, weight gain, increased blood sugar when stressed, depression and muscle weakness.
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