Today’s lifestyle – a demanding job, relationship dynamics, raising children in a complicated world, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, lack of sleep, unresolved emotional distress – results in a constant demand for the adrenal glands to produces stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline). Eventually the adrenal glands become less responsive, which impairs the short-term response to stress in addition to impairing the production of other hormones produced by the adrenals that are crucial to health – DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This is known as adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
Insomnia and/or restless sleep
Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
Ongoing fatigue not relieved by sleep
Lack of energy
Inability to handle everyday stress
Feeling overwhelmed by relatively minor challenges
Struggling to get through the day
Longer recovery times from illness, trauma or injury
Increased cravings for salty, sugary foods and refined carbohydrates
Dependence on caffeine to get through the day
Low blood pressure and/or lightheadedness
Intolerance to cold
The above symptoms can overlap with the signs and symptoms of other medical conditions. Therefore, a thorough intake will be taken, your cortisol and DHEA levels will be checked and other labs will be ordered to rule out other causes.
If adrenal insufficiency is the cause of your symptoms, there are wonderful herbs, nutrients and gentle lifestyle changes that can help normalize your adrenal function. The practitioners at the Health and Healing Center will offer guidance and support to help you get back on track so you are able to feel like yourself again.