Have you been experiencing low energy, unable to complete workouts, weight gain, inability to concentrate, overwhelmed, mood changes, low libido, difficulty with sleep and frequent Cold & Flu?
IF you answered YES to any of the above then you are most likely experiencing Adrenal Fatigue
Overview of Adrenal Functions
Adrenal glands are a walnut size above your kidneys that significantly affect the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in your body and the way you think and feel. The main purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stresses and survive. The adrenals are known as “the glands of stress.” It is their job to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and diseases to work and relationship problems. Your resiliency, energy, endurance and your life all depend on their proper functioning.
Numerous hormones secreted by your adrenals influence all of the major physiological processes in your body. They closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, the distribution of stored fat (especially around your waist and at the sides of your face), normal blood sugar regulation, and proper cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function. The protective activity of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant hormones secreted by the adrenals helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions to alcohol, drugs, foods and environmental allergens.
After mid-life (menopause in women and andropause in men), the adrenal glands gradually become the major source of the sex hormones circulating throughout the body in both men and women. These hormones themselves have a whole host of physical, emotional, and psychological effects, from the level of your sex drive to the tendency to gain weight. Every athlete knows that the adrenal hormones, more commonly known as steroids, acutely affect muscular strength and stamina.
Even your propensity to develop certain kind of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands. The more chronic the illness, the more critical the adrenal response becomes. Your health depends on adrenal glands function because you cannot live without your adrenal hormones.
What are the causes of adrenal fatigue?
Stress is the main cause of adrenal fatigue. Stress can be physical (weight gain, trauma), emotional, psychological, environmental (chemicals and pollutants), infectious, or a combination of these. It is important to know that your adrenals respond the same way whatever the source of stress might be.
How can you tell you have adrenal fatigue?
- After a long night sleep you wake up tired and/or unable to get up
- You turn to caffeine and sugar as energy source
- Craving salty snacks
- Unable to handle stress –feeling overwhelmed, irritable, depressed and anxiety
- Lack of motivation, concentration and inability to recall information
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Frequent cold & flu
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Muscle pain
- Under active thyroid
Laboratory tests for adrenal fatigue:
- Saliva Hormone Testing
- Thyroid profile (TSH, fT4, fT3 & antibodies)
- Neurotransmitter Testing
- ACTH challenge
- Iris Contraction-pupils dilate in presence of light
- Blood Pressure Test-Low Blood Pressure and Postural Blood Pressure in hypoadrenia
What are treatment options for adrenal fatigue?
It is imperative that you follow the adrenal gland recovery protocol suggested by Dr. Fernandez to improve your energy and vitality.
- Remove high processed foods, sugary and sodas from your diet
- Eliminate caffeine as much as possible
- Eat at the right times-don’t skip breakfast & don’t eat too late
- Recognize food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances and avoid them
- Incorporate good sleep hygiene
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Your adrenals need nutrients high in vitamins and minerals from food, supplements, herbs and intravenous therapies:
- Vitamin C, magnesium, B5, B6, B12, probiotics, omega-3, D-Ribose, acetyl L-carnitine, licorice root, ashwagandha, maca root, rhodiola, all are important nutrients for adrenal glands recovery.
- Moderate exercise
- Hormone balance
- Mind and body recovery-*REMEMBER YOU DESERVE TO BE WELL AND HAPPY*