Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Are you exhausted?
Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and down a cup of coffee just to get up and going?
Do you fight fatigue throughout the day?
Does the slightest bit of stress send you over the edge?
Do you find that you are not “bouncing back” from stress like you used to?
Do you suffer from muscle and/or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, or low blood sugar or blood pressure?
Do you feel weak or often lightheaded?

Adrenal Fatigue can cause a host of health problems:

• Severe fatigue – the number one symptom of adrenal insufficiency
• Anxiety or panic attacks
• Hair loss
• Muscle and joint pain
• Chronic fatigue
• Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
• Recurrent infections
• Allergies and/or asthma
• Irregular menstrual cycles
• Infertility
• Low libido
• Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
• Hypotension (low blood pressure)
• Heart palpitations
• Difficulty “bouncing back” from stress
• Cold and heat intolerance
• Depression
• Headaches

With adrenal fatigue, you are likely to be more vulnerable to infections and to heal more slowly than those with healthy adrenal glands. Bottom line, you just don’t feel like yourself. Your loved ones are worried about you, but don’t understand what’s going on. Doctor after doctor tells you that your blood work is fine and that maybe all you need is an antidepressant. But you’re not depressed! You are just exhausted! You feel like no one gets it. The hardest part is that you know that your family is suffering too. You want to be a super parent or super spouse, but you’re just too tired. The ones you love the most are getting only a shell of who you are. That’s not what they deserve and that’s certainly not what you deserve either.

If this sounds familiar, it’s possible that you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue. In today’s fast-paced world, the chronic stress that many people experience on an ongoing basis is one of the contributing factors which can cause adrenal fatigue. Stressors may include noise, pollution, traffic, inclement weather, injuries, illnesses, emotional conflicts, deadlines, inadequate sleep and on and on. Chronic, unrelenting stress, whether physical or psychological or both, eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. The adrenals simply cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands. The result? We feel “stressed out” – because we are.

Adrenal fatigue treatment is facilitated using natural adaptogens , herbs and physiologic, subreplacement doses of bioidentical cortisol to supplement your adrenal glands. When your adrenal glands become exhausted, your natural cortisol levels drop significantly. Cortisol is your naturally occuring stress hormone. Physiological levels of cortisol are essental for good health as it bolsters your immune system, increasing your resistance to infections and inflammation. Cortisol is also important in promoting the assimilation of both thyroid and sex hormones by the cells of your body.

In addition to bioidentical cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), another hormone produced by the adrenal glands is also an important part of our approach to adrenal fatigue treatment. Levels of DHEA peak in young adulthood and then begin to decline. When blood levels are low, supplemental DHEA often enhances energy, immunity, and libido.

By supporting your adrenals you will be able to not just survive the day, but actually thrive and enjoy it. You will be able to handle not only life’s small nuances, but the curve balls as well. When your adrenal hormones are in balance your immune system will have what it needs to fight infection rather than succumbing to every germ that comes your way. At Aveda Integrative Medical Center it is our joy to put the potential back in your body and you back the driver’s seat.

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