What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue occurs when the amount of stress experienced by the body exceeds the body’s capacity to compensate or recover from stress. The stress may be physical, emotional or psychological. Common examples of stressful insults include lack of relaxation, job stress, divorce, starvation, prolonged illness or continued sleep depravation. Some signs of adrenal fatigue may include, but are not limited to:
1. Difficulty getting up in the morning
2. Injuries that are slow to heal
3. Decrease in tolerance to stress
5. Decreased sex drive
6. Craving salty foods
7. Lack of concentration or fuzzy thinking
8. Inability to complete daily activities
9. Lack of energy, better after meals
10. Difficulty in recovering from illness or trauma
11. Mild depression
12. Increased PMS
The human body has a tremendous capacity for maintaining balance, protecting itself from insult and promoting health. The endocrine system includes the thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, testis, pituitary, pancreas and parathyroid. The glands produce hormones, including aldosterone, cortisol and the sex hormones. Hydrocortisone controls the body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The hormone also plays a role in suppressing inflammatory reactions in the body and, therefore, influences the immune sys tem. The sex hormones (testosterone, DHEA, progesterone, pregnanolone, androstenedione) help balance the effects of cortisol and promote reproductive health. Aldosterone maintains sodium balance and influences blood volume and blood pressure.
Adrenal fatigue is not recognized by modern medicine and is not easily diagnosed by conventional methods unless the adrenals are failing or destroyed and therefore conventional therapies are not prepared to treat it. Saliva testing remains the preferred method for testing low function of this gland. Fortunately, adrenal fatigue has been diagnosed and treated for over one hundred years successfully with adrenal cortical extract, used extensively prior to the development of synthetic corticosteroids. The extract is not a replacement hormone, but provides concentrated nutrients and cellular DNA and RNA necessary for cellular repair and restoring normal adrenal function. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue has been confused with many different diagnoses, including chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, fibromyalgia or depression.
Strategies for treating adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to:
About the author of the article:
Dawna L. Jones, MD is the Medical Director of Bella Natural Health, a practice that specializes in natural solutions for menopause, homeopathy and naturopathic solutions for gynecological concerns. New patients and inquiries are welcome. Feel free to contact the office at
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