Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Do you feel tired all day, consuming caffeine or sugary foods in an attempt to keep yourself going? Perhaps you notice that you feel more stressed than usual. If you have experienced these feelings, you may have adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when function of the adrenal glands slows or is disturbed, causing fatigue that sleep will not alleviate. Those who suffer from adrenal fatigue may be able to function on a daily basis, but simply feel tired and unwell. Adrenal fatigue can have a serious effect on your quality of life. The more adrenal function is diminished, the more other functions in your body are affected, especially metabolism, heart and cardiovascular system, and libido. Some doctors estimate that millions of people in the U.S. and around the world are affected by this condition.
What are the adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They produce and distribute essential hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. Their primary function is to enable your body to deal with any type of stress you encounter, whether physical or emotional. They determine the energy of your body’s responses to changes in environment. The adrenal glands balance your body’s reaction to stress to prevent harm from allergic reactions, alcohol, drugs, food, the environment, cancer, chronic illness, infection, and autoimmune disorders. They control hormones such as cortisol to regulate metabolism, blood sugar, and distribution of stored fat.
What causes adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are not able to respond appropriately to physical, emotional, and/or psychological stress. The adrenal glands respond to stress through hormones that regulate the body’s processes. Your adrenal glands function during adrenal fatigue, but not at the right levels because of diminished hormones due to an episode of intense stress or chronic stress over a period of time.
Are there risk factors for adrenal fatigue?
While anyone can experience adrenal fatigue at any point in their lifetime, there are certain risk factors that increase diminished adrenal function. These include lifestyle choices such as inadequate nutrition and rest, abuse of alcohol or drugs, or abundant stress and pressure. Other risk factors include chronic illness, repeated infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, or maternal adrenal fatigue during pregnancy.
How do I know if I have adrenal fatigue?
If you have adrenal fatigue, you may feel constantly tired or have difficulty getting up in the morning, even with adequate sleep. Inability to cope with stress or illness and feeling generally unwell indicate adrenal fatigue. You may also crave salty and sweet foods, and feel more awake and alert after 6 pm than the rest of the day.
I think I have adrenal fatigue. What should I do?
Our REVITA physician can perform comprehensive testing to determine if you have adrenal fatigue or another cause of your health challenges. Based on the results of these tests, our doctor will devise a treatment plan using only the most effective, natural, and safe treatments to bring you back to optimal health and wellness. With the right treatments, most patients with adrenal fatigue can feel their best again. Visit the Contact Us page for more information.