Fatigue & Stress

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of various signs and symptoms that occur when the adrenal glands are not functioning at the necessary capacity. The primary symptom caused by this adrenal gland deficiency is chronic and persistent tiredness, even after periods of rest and sleep.

The exact cause for this adrenal dysfunction is not known, but chronic stress is believed to be a major contributing factor. Current theories suggest that adrenal exhaustion occurs as a result of the mind and body being in a nearly constant fight-or-flight mode, which leaves the adrenal glands unable to keep up with the body’s demand for the hormone cortisol.

Because there is no medical test that can definitively detect adrenal fatigue, the syndrome is often overlooked by doctors. This makes it difficult to estimate the number of people currently suffering from adrenal fatigue, but it is believed to be in the millions. Adrenal fatigue affects people of all races, ages, and genders.

Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue

Someone suffering from adrenal fatigue will exhibit a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:

+ Severe and chronic fatigue

+ Problems falling asleep and/or waking

+ Cravings for salt or sugar

+ Unexplained weight loss

+ Reliance on stimulants like caffeine

+ Unusual loss of body hair

+ Skin discoloration

+ Dizziness or lightheadedness

+ Body aches and joint pain

+ Difficulty dealing with stress

+ Low blood pressure

+ Numbness in the fingers or toes

+ Loss of muscle tone

+ Low sex drive

Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue

 

There are several factors that can contribute to adrenal fatigue.

 

1. Stress

Because of the link between the production of cortisol and stress, the most common cause of adrenal fatigue is chronic stress. When a person is put under significant physical or mental stress, the adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol to help the body cope. When stress is prolonged or chronic, the constant demand for more cortisol grows beyond what the adrenal glands can produce.

 

2. Poor Diet

Consuming too much sugar, which most Americans do, causes the body to produce more of the cortisol hormone, which can fatigue the adrenal glands over time.

 

3. Improper Sleep Habits

Not getting enough sleep puts stress on the body. Over time, improper sleep habits can reduce the body’s ability to heal itself and bring on adrenal fatigue.

 

4. Chronic Disease

Diseases like diabetes, asthma, and arthritis stress the body and increase the demand put on the adrenal glands. Over long periods of time, they can become overworked and fatigued.

 

5. Severe Injuries And Physical Trauma

Events like car accidents or major surgeries put high demands on all of the body’s internal systems during recovery. The effects of such events can linger for years, bringing on adrenal fatigue as the body tries to cope with the added stress.

Treatment For Adrenal Fatigue

Treatments for adrenal fatigue involve replacement of the deficient cortisol using a bioidentical cortisol hormone to supplement the production of fatigued adrenal glands. Some or all of the following lifestyle habits can help address the root cause of adrenal fatigue:

+ Reduce psychological stress

+ Regulate physical stress

+ Practice proper sleep habits

+ Reduce sugar intake

+ Consume probiotics to strengthen the gut

+ Avoid caffeine

+ Keep the body properly hydrated

+ Consume proper amounts of vitamin C, B vitamins, and magnesium

+ Lifestyle changes and hormone replacement can help you feel like yourself again.