Lack of energy, stamina, pain, insomnia, mood swings and more should be addressed since these symptoms don’t represent good health. These symptoms often correlate with adrenal fatigue – the state of exhausted adrenal glands. For the majority of cases, adrenal fatigue is secondary to some other underlying health issue such as chronic, hidden inflammation. Stress can come in a variety of forms, but your body’s response is the same. It can take years for your adrenal glands to fail to meet the demands of your daily life, ultimately resulting in adrenal exhaustion.
If you’re suspecting that you have adrenal fatigue, ask yourself if you suffer from these symptoms:
If you answered yes to any of these questions then consider adrenal fatigue as a possible explanation.
What does adrenal fatigue actually look like in and on your body? Not good. Essentially, under stress, all systems that are required for rest, repair, and digestion shut down. Below are just a few examples of how stress can affect your whole body:
In sleep-deprived individuals, the mean cortisol levels are elevated. Chronic lack of REM sleep can reduce a person’s energy, mental vitality and induce depression.
Abnormal adrenal rhythms can alter the cells’ ability to produce energy. That is why all people with adrenal fatigue will be affected in this area. You might have a hard time rising in the morning or have low energy throughout the day. These are signs of exhausted adrenals.
Chronic long-term stress makes it difficult to think, organize and store new memories or retrieve long-term ones. An abnormal cortisol level interferes with the chemicals the brain uses for its cellular intercommunication. This also decreases the function of the hippocampus, which is the part of your brain that forms memories.
Often, hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue and low body temperature are due to stress or adrenal fatigue. Countless studies show that chronic adrenal stress depresses hypothalamic and pituitary function – two organs that direct thyroid hormone production. Adrenal stress can also reduce the conversion of T4 to T3, leading to hypothyroidism.
Short- and long-term stress is known to suppress the immune response in the lungs, throat, urinary tract, and intestines. If the cortisol cycle is disrupted, especially at night, then the immune system is adversely affected; allergic reactions increase and the resistance to infection is decreased.
Abnormal adrenal rhythms lead to compromised tissue healing, reduced tissue repair, increased tissue breakdown, and chronic pain. If cortisol levels are imbalanced, our bones do not rebuild well, and we are more prone to osteoporosis.
Yes, you have to take your “beauty sleep” if you want good-looking skin! This is because human skin regenerates mostly at night. When you are stressed or don’t sleep, less skin regeneration takes place.
Many couples engage in expensive fertility programs without properly focusing on their adrenal health. It’s a reality though that stress alters the brain signals, which trigger the ovaries to release eggs each month. So women under chronic stress ovulate fewer eggs than less stressed women. Men and their testosterone and sperm production are also affected by stress.
Luckily, there are many, efficient, natural, and non-invasive treatments that can help you bring your adrenals back into balance. Proper treatment for adrenal dysfunction can have profound effects. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry can greatly improve your quality of life.
If you are suffering from adrenal dysfunction and feel you are not getting the help you need, contact Holtorf Medical Group today.
Mary ShomonMary Shomon is a patient advocate and New York Times bestselling author of 13 books on health. Mary has been researching, writing and teaching about thyroid disease, hormonal health, weight loss, and autoimmune disease for two decades. In addition to her books, you can find her writing at www.Verywell.com and www.HealthCentral.com.
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