Adrenal Fatigue – What Is It & How to Fix It

June 27th, 2018 / Posted by chandra

In today’s fast paced busy world, life tends to move with increasing speed. More than ever, stress and fatigue are always present in our lives. Modern lifestyle often tends to challenge our stress levels- job pressure, familial responsibilities and physical and emotional stressors. As a result, our bodies have an increased demand to manage stress, which can ultimately manifest in numerous unhealthy ways. Some of the most common ones, tiredness, chronic fatigue, depression, weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, as well as, digestive and emotional health concerns.

The adrenal glands are small glands located at to the top of each kidney. Adrenal insufficiency or Adrenal fatigue begins when the adrenal glands stop making enough cortisol, and sometimes, aldosterone that assist you in managing stress levels. A “collection of symptoms” like fatigue, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, body aches, and nervousness can occur when this happens.

The adrenal glands produce hormones that are important for a myriad of complex bodily functions. The relationship between cells, glands, hormones and organs is highly interdependent, and is responsible for the regulation of mood, blood sugar, reproduction and fertility, energy levels and neurological functions.

When there is an adrenal insufficiency (this means there is not enough production of these hormones), it could lead to underlying health concerns. To learn more you may find this helpful:

Symptoms and signs of adrenal insufficiency:

  • Fatigue (feeling exhausted or burned out)
  • Unreasonable weight gain
  • Sugar and Salt cravings
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mood imbalances
  • Anxiety & Stress Increases
  • Weakened Immune system
  • Loss of body hair

Adrenal fatigue is a result of chronic stress. Because the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the continuous demands for the glands to produce cortisol and stress hormones to manage your body’s physiological stressors. As a result of that, they are unable to produce the right amount of the hormones for you to feel optimal.

The good news is that the conditions often resulting from Adrenal dysfunction are treatable with Acupuncture, Functional Medicine and most importantly, taking an Adrenal Stress Index test to further evaluate the condition of your glands. Once the proper testing and assessment has been done a customized protocol will be created to begin healing your body and restoring adrenal function.

If you would like to restore your energy and vitality back to where they were, there are a few things you can do to begin this process. Getting tested is your first step! Then a customized wellness plan will be designed specifically for you including, adhering to a adrenal fatigue diet, and giving your adrenals the raw materials in the form of supplementations, based on your body chemistry, will set you on your way back to optimal health!

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