Adrenal Fatigue

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands are the body’s primary “shock-absorbers.” They are walnut sized, triangular-shaped glands that sit on of top the kidneys and produce the hormones cortisol and DHEA.

These hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress, which is important for optimal health and wellness—particularly during times of stress. Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone produced by the adrenal glands to manage stress.

Chronic stress results in a constant overproduction of cortisol by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands cannot keep up with high cortisol production over a long period of time. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands become “exhausted” or “fatigued” and no longer produce adequate quantities of stress hormones. Many doctors believe that adrenal fatigue is at epidemic proportions today because many people experience chronic stress in their lives and do not manage stress properly.

Low cortisol due to adrenal fatigue causes the imbalance of other hormones such as progesterone and thyroid. Likewise, hormone imbalance symptoms due to perimenopause and menopause may cause chronic stress that results in adrenal fatigue. Also, low progesterone levels in women will result in low cortisol levels because the body needs progesterone needs to produce cortisol.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Low cortisol due to adrenal fatigue may cause many unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Excessive fatigue and exhaustion
  • Non-refreshing sleep
  • Unable to fall asleep
  • Reduced tolerance for stress
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
  • Low libido
  • Craving salty and/or sweet food
  • Low immune system function
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Poor digestion
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Increased allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Panic/anxiety attacks
  • Your Solution: Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue

    Proper lifestyle changes and nutritional supplementation are often a necessary first step to balance stress hormones. Treatment of adrenal fatigue with lifestyle changes requires patience as it may take 3-12 months to get the adrenal glands producing adequate levels of cortisol once again. Lifestyle changes include stress reduction and management along with dietary changes such as eating a diet of small frequent meals, adequate protein, healthy fats, and minimal sugar/refined carbohydrates. It is also important to use dietary supplements to provide the adrenal glands with the nutrients they need to recover.

    In addition to lifestyle changes, bioidentical hormone therapy will provide relief from adrenal fatigue symptoms and ensure that the condition and its symptoms do not return. At Genemedics Health Institute, we have designed and administered thousands of bioidentical hormone therapy programs for both men and women to counter the symptoms of hormone imbalance and low hormone levels. Our doctors are among the most highly trained in the United States and rely on a series of advanced tests to determine the precise levels of hormones you need to relieve your symptoms. Our programs also include a detailed exercise and nutrition plan, as well as a comprehensive supplement program to make sure your body has all the essential nutrients it needs for optimal health.