Adrenal Fatigue

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What’s Happening?

Many people stumble out of bed in the morning and begin running all day with kids, work, sports practices, dinner, errands and housework. Constantly burning the candle at both ends leaves you exhausted. Weekends used to be a time to relax and unwind, but
many people now find the weekends to be equally as busy. Sadly this is “normal” for many Americans.

Over 500,000 Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and millions more suffer from severe exhaustion or Adrenal Fatigue.
You may suffer from adrenal fatigue if you find yourself relying on coffee, sugar or other stimulants to get you going in the morning. This feeling is often accompanied by one or more of the following

  • Morning fatigue
  • Craving salty or fatty foods
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased irritability

Effects on the Body

The cells in the body are constantly breaking down and then repairing. Much of this repair occurs during deep sleep. Sleep deprivation combined with the constant barrage of everyday stresses can reduce the body’s capacity to repair
itself.
Stress can age a body very quickly. Your body responds to stress by releasing the hormone cortisol from your adrenal glands. Cortisol is also important for regulating blood sugar, electrolyte balance and other hormone
production.
Like a car in need of a tune up, the body can function outside of the optimal range. But if too much strain is put on a system without correcting the issue, damage can occur. The adrenal glands can become “tired” by having to respond to constant stressors and will eventually reduce the amount of cortisol produced, which may result in Adrenal Fatigue.

Testing and Treatment

Initial salivary testing and follow up salivary monitoring are crucial for determining the most optimal treatment program. Salivary testing is the only way to accurately measure cortisol levels and also allows the testing of unbound or bioavailable hormone levels. Because of the complexityof the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other endocrine systems to be out of balance also. The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function. This panel tests both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones, because symptoms of imbalance may overlap. \


The Comprehensive Hormone Panel will assess:

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol – Four times during the day
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