Adrenal Fatigue
Are you feeling tired for no apparent reason? Get lightheaded when standing up quickly? Do you crave salt or sugar all the time? Does it take a double latte to get you moving every morning? Do you consistently experience an afternoon lull? Have you experienced decreased mental clarity, sexual drive, or resistance to infections? If you find yourself answering "yes, yes, yes," then you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. Never heard of it? That's because it is not often diagnosed by traditional medicine.  While we recognize that other glands (think thyroid and ovaries) can operate at suboptimal levels, many practitioners continue to ignore that the adrenal glands can do the same.  Dr. James Wilson called adrenal fatigue "the 21st century stress syndrome."  Rather than suffer from all of the classic symptoms, we recommend listening to your body and working with a professional to heal and restore your adrenal function.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

We use the term "adrenal fatigue" to describe the state of health the adrenal glands are in after years of chronic stress.  Since the adrenal glands help us respond to blood sugar demands and stressful events or change, almost everybody is susceptible to experiencing some degree of decreased adrenal function. On the other hand, the initial response to increased stress when we are entering the rat race of our 20s and 30s is to have an increased stress response, where none of the above symptoms are present.  Over time, this stress takes a toll on the adrenal glands, and they will display an abnormal pattern of cortisol release.  While we like to verify your pattern using blood or saliva testing, we ultimately listen to what your symptoms are from your own body.

What therapies can help Adrenal Fatigue?

It may take some time to help heal your adrenals. After all, it took them years to get where they are now.  The first thing you must do is remove the major stressors from your life and build the foundation of improved perception of external stimuli, and healthier sleep and dietary habits. To support you on this journey, the following therapies may be of benefit:

Nutritional therapy
Counseling with EMDR or CBT
Functional Medicine
Physician-grade supplements
Sleep training

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Additional Info about the Adrenal glands

As mentioned above, we almost always find a connection between the adrenal glands, the thyroid, and the ovaries or testes. We highly recommend that all areas of the endocrine system are examined carefully - including the pancreas and blood sugar regulation. In many cases, there are other stimuli which prevent the adrenals from healing properly. For example - chronic infection, food sensitivities, insulin resistance (diabetes or metabolic syndrome), unhealthy relationships, or previous trauma.

To properly evaluate the adrenal glands, we recommend testing be done four times throughout the day - morning, noon, afternoon, night. The adrenal glands have a daily rhythm, which begins as an elevated state in the morning, and then fades off as the day progresses and blood sugar levels rise.