Do You Suffer From Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal glands are respon­si­ble for reg­u­lat­ing the body’s response to stress. When stress becomes excessive or is not managed well, the adrenal glands’ ability to perform it’s job is com­pro­mised

Chronic stress is mal­adap­tive and dis­rupts the adrenal gland’s normal pattern of cor­ti­sol release.

Cor­ti­sol is the main adrenal hormone used to manage a stressful sit­u­a­tion. Typ­i­cally, Cor­ti­sol in released in response to a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion and then the level decreases when the threat is abated. In a chronic stress sit­u­a­tion, the cor­ti­sol does not return to normal and con­tin­ues to be released, causing an increase in the amount of an individual’s belly fat

The highest amount of cor­ti­sol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning pro­vid­ing energy to start the day, with levels then decreasing throughout the day. In adrenal fatigue, patients often feel tired in the morning upon wak­en­ing, despite a good nights rest. They are “wired” at night, having a dif­fi­cult time winding down from the day and falling asleep.

Adrenal Fatigue

Are you expe­ri­enc­ing any of these Adrenal Fatigue symptoms?

  • Interrupted sleep cycles
  • Unable to fall asleep
  • Anx­i­ety
  • Depression
  • Easily confused
  • Crave salt or sugar (to the extent of binging)
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Increased sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to infections
  • Digestive problems (GERD, Irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Reduced tol­er­ance for stress
  • Craving for sweets and salty foods
  • Devel­op­ment of new allergies
  • Exac­er­ba­tion of skin con­di­tion (eczema, pso­ri­a­sis, urticaria, acne)
  • A tendency to feel cold (many confuse this with hypothyroidism)
  • Aching joints
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Erec­tile dysfunction
  • Osteo­poro­sis

Treatment varies depending on the stage of adrenal fatigue. Saliva testing is performed and the patient is placed on the appro­pri­ate adrenal support sup­ple­ments for them. These can include calming herbs (valerian root, chamomile, hops‚ passion flower), adap­to­gens (such as ash­wa­ganda, rho­di­ola, and holy basil), adrenal extracts, vit­a­mins and min­er­als (Mag­ne­sium Glu­ci­nate, vit­a­min B, vit­a­min C, Vit­a­min E).

If not treated in the early stages of adrenal fatigue, the body may no longer be able to produce the needed amounts of cor­ti­sol and patients end up with low cor­ti­sol levels. Fatigue, pain, and stress may result in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyal­gia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Med­ica­tions may be required for severe adrenal fatigue resulting in hypocor­ti­solism. In this case, low doses of hydro­cor­ti­sone (by pre­scrip­tion and closely mon­i­tored) have been found to help when the body fails to produce suf­fi­cient amounts of cortisol.

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