Adrenal Fatigue

The Adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys.  The purpose of your Adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stress and survive.  It does this by producing over 50 different types of hormones, which influence all the major physiological processes in the body.  These hormones influence everything from energy production, muscle and joint function, bone health, immune health, metabolism, sleep quality, skin regeneration, thyroid function, sex drive, hormonal balance, food intolerance, and stress.

 

When the body is under too much stress, either physically or emotionally, the adrenal glands become depleted.  They no longer function at full capacity, which can affect nearly every system in your body.

 Adrenal fatigue occurs in over 80% of adults, on average.  However, this number is suspected to be higher as most individuals don’t realize that they are experiencing an actual condition.  Because the Adrenals regulate so many hormonal cascades and processes in the body, there are a wide variety of symptoms associated with burned-out Adrenals.

 

  • Constant fatigue, not relieved by sleep
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Insomnia or restless sleep
  • Tendency to gain weight and difficulty losing weight
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Tendency to tremble under pressure
  • Feeling lightheaded/dizzy when you stand up
  • Relying on coffee or other stimulants for energy
  • Craving salty foods
  • Having a difficult time remembering things or focusing
  • Low back pain
  • Dry thin skin, lack of skin turgor
  • Increased PMS symptoms and irregularity for women
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Increased time to recover from illness, injury, or brain trauma
  • Decreased tolerance, short-tempered
  • Depression
  • Hair Loss
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Food allergies and digestive upset

 

Rebuilding your Adrenals is a process that can take 3-6 months, depending on severity.  We take our patients through a series of detoxes and lifestyle changes to reduce the physical stress on the adrenals.  During this time, we also use supplementation and hormone balancing therapies to rebuild the adrenal glands.  Part of our treatment involves life management tools, as well, to ensure that the adrenals don’t burn out in the future.

 

Suggested Lab

Genova Female Hormone Panel

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