Stressed Out? Tired? You Might Have Adrenal Fatigue.
Has stress become a part of your everyday life? Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning and rely on coffee to get you through the day? If your answer is “yes,” then you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that Americans face today. Unfortunately, most of them are unaware that this could be the cause of their symptoms because their doctor never brought it up as a possibility. Like hypothyroidism, it is a common condition that is overlooked by conventional medicine, and many doctors deny that adrenal fatigue is even real! But we know better.
Signs that you have Adrenal Fatigue:
- Severe fatigue/chronic fatigue
- Prolonged stress
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Hair loss
- Muscle and joint pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
- Recurrent infections
- Allergies and/or asthma
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Low libido
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Heart palpitations
- Difficulty “bouncing back” from stress
- Cold and heat intolerance
What is “Adrenal Fatigue,” anyway?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. In short, you are wearing your adrenal glands out, so you feel increasingly fatigued, stressed, anxious, and many other health conditions may occur as a result.
Low cortisol is associated with and is a cause of fatigue. (1) Research suggests that there are several potential associations between daily cortisol production, fatigue, and pain. It shows that low cortisol underlies symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. (2)
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Chronic, unrelenting stress, whether physical or psychological or both, eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. It can also occur after acute or chronic infections such as the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. In today’s fast-paced world, the stress that many people experience on a daily, ongoing basis is a contributing factor. Stressors may include noise, pollution, traffic, inclement weather, injuries, illnesses, emotional conflicts, deadlines and inadequate sleep.
Cortisol is Your Friend!
Cortisol is your naturally occurring stress hormone. Without it, you literally could not survive. Physiological levels of cortisol are essential for good health as it boosts your immune system, increasing resistance to infections and inflammation. Cortisol is also important in promoting the assimilation of both thyroid and sex hormones by the cells of your body. Research concludes that quality of life in Addison patients (who produce too little cortisol) is improved with cortisol replacement therapy. (3)
Protect Your Health
Chronic stress can take a severe toll on your health. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we differentiate ourselves by emphasizing the importance of properly diagnosing and treating this common but often misdiagnosed problem: adrenal fatigue.
1. Cortisol Secretion and Fatigue: Associations in a Community Based Cohort
2. The Associations Between Basal Salivary Cortisol and Illness Symptomatology in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
3. Quality of Life in Patients with Addison’s Disease: Effects of Different Cortisol Replacement Modes