If you’re continually having more problems dealing with emotional or physical stress, you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
There are few things in this world that affect our health as greatly as stress, and nowadays, there are more reasons than ever before to feel overextended. If you’re continually having more problems dealing with emotional or physical stress, you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands are responsible for producing so-called “stress hormones” like adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. Lower levels of these hormones can cause lethargy, exhaustion and a general sense of just feeling low.
Here are some other signs of adrenal fatigue:
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Not only does adrenal fatigue cause exhaustion, but it also can lead to weight gain due to a slowing down of your metabolism. Other symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Low blood pressure
- Cravings for sweet or salty foods
- Feeling cold, shivering
- Thinning hair
- Getting sick more often
- Frequent urination
- Dry, flaky skin
- Body aches
- Tingling in your feet and hands
The hormones produced by the adrenal glands(located above the kidneys) assist in regulating blood pressure, metabolism, electrolytes, and the immune system.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue usually come after experiencing several infections or intense stress. Respiratory infections like the flu and pneumonia are often reported before the onset of adrenal fatigue.
Endocrine diseases, such as Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome, can also develop when the adrenal glands falter. Cushing’s syndrome occurs when too much cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands.
People with adrenal fatigue usually have a pervasive sense of being down. And to pick themselves up, they’ll turn to sugary foods and caffeinated beverages for help. But in the end, these only lead to gaining more weight and feeling more exhausted, which increases the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Adrenal Fatigue
Primary care physicians usually treat adrenal fatigue by prescribing different medications. But these only address the symptoms of adrenal fatigue and not the cause.
Adrenal fatigue can greatly impact your quality of life, and by learning healthy eating habits, getting more exercise, and developing stress-coping techniques (breathing, meditation), you can help restore healthy hormone levels. But one of the best treatments for adrenal fatigue is bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT).
BHRT can reinvigorate both men and women by naturally raising the hormone levels of cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy also assists in creating conditions where adrenal glands can perform more efficiently.
If you’re feeling stressed out and think you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, then let’s talk.