What is Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue specifically refers to your body’s ability to cope with stress.
The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system. They are small glands about the size of a walnut that sit on top of the kidneys. They produce the stress hormone cortisol.
Due to modern lifestyles, the body can feel chronically stressed which causes the adrenals to constantly produce cortisol. Over time this can result in high or low blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, weight gain, disturbed sleep, insomnia, sugar cravings, recurrent infections, fatigue that doesn’t improve with sleep and anxiety/depression.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue include difficulty waking in the morning even with sufficient sleep, feeling tired mid afternoon, difficulty falling asleep, becoming overwhelmed easily, craving sugary or salty foods, worsening fatigue with exercise, poor short term memory, digestive difficulties, food allergies, inflammation & inability to concentrate.
Testing for Adrenal Fatigue
Testing for adrenal fatigue involves testing cortisol levels and DHEA.
Since cortisol is normally about 10 times higher in the morning than at night and it varies much during the day a single blood test is typically not going to be very helpful.
A salivary cortisol test in which saliva samples are collected at four different times throughout the day, is a better assessment of adrenal function. A salivary saliva test easily finds too high or low cortisol as well as deregulated cortisol rhythms, such as cortisol low in the morning and high at night. Knowing the pattern of adrenal function can help treatment.
Other recommended testing include:
Natural MedicineAdrenal fatigue is the collection of symptoms often caused by prolonged stress that causes the adrenal glands to function less optimally. It is considered subclinical and therefore usually goes untreated by conventional medicine. Natural medicine tests and addresses the imbalances associated with adrenal fatigue using nutrition, herbs, whole food supplements & minerals and homeopathy bringing healing to the individual with adrenal fatigue.
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