Adrenal fatigue is caused by continual over stimulation of the adrenal glands from constant stress. The adrenal glands have difficulty keeping up with the constant demands and become limited in their ability to adapt too many stressors. This manifests as a number of symptoms, one of which is exhaustion that doesn’t resolve with the typical rest and relaxation.
Typically, most people adapt well to the stresses of life. However, as we continually place increased demands on ourselves, our adrenal glands are constantly stimulated to produce stress hormones as our bodies’ way of coping. As the stressors continue and less time is allowed for sleep and rest, ‘adrenal fatigue’ is often the result.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when a person is unable to continue with their customary level of activity. This is marked by a continual deterioration of everyday functioning. Depression and decreased performance are hallmarks of adrenal fatigue. Other key symptoms include difficulty sleeping, difficulty waking up in the morning, feeling unrested, decreased energy, fatigue, and increased injury and difficulty healing. One of the hallmark clinical observations is that of elevated or depressed cortisol levels. It is important to not ignore these symptoms and get help as soon as possible. The longer you ignore the longer it takes to help restore… however there is hope! The type and duration of treatment will vary from patient to patient since each person’s clinical symptoms and situation will differ. For the most part however, adrenal fatigue is typically treated using a combination of nutraceuticals (specific professional grade nutrients), herbal remedies, and replacement hormones.
Lifestyle adjustments may have to be initiated depending on the individual. In highly active athletes sometimes a reduction in training for a period of time may be part of the treatment; while in sedentary people; light exercise may be part of the prescription.
Once you’re on your way to recovery it is important to communicate regularly with your health care provider. They may recommend follow up testing to verify that the recommendations are having the optimal impact on your condition and your health.
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DRD (Dr. Richard DiCenso)