Do you feel exhausted? Check your adrenals. What is the adrenal fatigue? Adrenal exhaustion can develop after lengthy periods of intense physical or emotional stress when chronic overstimulation of the glands leave them unable to meet your body’s needs. Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common hormonal health disorders that we see as naturopathic specialists in hormone health., It’s not at all surprising that poor adrenal health is the most common cause of fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety. The adrenals, the glands that sit atop your kidneys, are the cornerstones of overall hormonal health. These two little glands have a very big function in the body: to help you cope with stress, and to survive. The adrenals are known as the body’s “stress glands”, and they help you deal with every type of stress, ranging from physical stress such as exercise, to mental-emotional stress such as that related to relationships or work.
Not surprisingly, it’s estimated that around 70% of Britain’s will suffer from adrenal fatigue or other adrenal health conditions at some point in their life.
Cortisol is one of the major hormones secreted by the adrenals that helps your body to function during stressful situations. Cortisol is secreted in a circadian rhythm, meaning that the secretion changes throughout the day.
Ideally, cortisol is at its high point in the early morning hours, and follows a sharp curve where it lowers and reaches a low point at night. During sleep, cortisol then rises again to its high point in the morning.
Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that causes so many other diseases to the organism such as inflammations, endocrine and immune disorders.
Other hormones of the adrenal cortex that are affected by the adrenal fatigue syndrome are: aldosterone, androgens and oestrogens. Hormones of the adrenal medula are also disturbed such as adrenalin and noradrenalin,
Symptoms of adrenal exhaustion
• Excessive fatigue and exhaustion
• Non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake feeling tired)
• Feeling of being overwhelmed
• You live at night, having most energy in the evening
• Difficulty concentrating
• Chronic infections and weakened immune system
• Food or environmental allergies
• Premenstrual syndrome
• menopausal symptoms including hot flushes (the adrenal should take over production of oestrogen after the ovaries have given up)
• Cravings for salty and sweet foods
• Poor digestion
• Low blood pressure
• Night sweats
For each individual there is a different treatment plant and the best thing is to take advice from a Register Holistic Practitioner.
Natural approach for adrenal fatigue includes many different therapies combined together such as:
• Hormonal balance with Biofeedback,
• Reducing stress Neurofeedback
• Homeopathy for resolving conflicts and release patterns
• DHEA reduce cortisol
• Food allergy test to reduce stressors from food and Hypereactivity
• Electrical muscle stimulation to unblock the energetic blockages and for muscle energy recharge
• Avoid stimulants and sugar
• L- Tyrosine for adrenal support
• Adaptogenic herbs like ginseng, holy basil, ashwagandha, lycorice, rodiola e.t.c
• other herbs like valerian, chamomile, Gotu cola
• Magnesium the anti-stress mineral because it has a calming effect
• Pantothenic acid
• Vitamin B complex and vitamin C