The term “adrenal fatigue” is recognized in many popular health books and websites, however, you may not be aware of what the term is referred to, exactly. The term is applied to a group of nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, sleep disturbance, nervousness, and digestive issues. If you are suffering from any or all of the above-mentioned conditions, you may want to have your adrenal glands checked as they produce a selection of hormones that are crucial for vitality.
The term “adrenal insufficiency” or Addison’s disease is characterized by insufficient production of one or more of your essential hormones and can be a result of an underlying condition or disease. Adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed via blood tests and/or special stimulation tests which reflect substandard levels of adrenal hormones. Adrenal fatigue is, essentially, a mild form of adrenal insufficiency that can be a result of chronic stress. Some signs and symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, as well as adrenal insufficiency may include:
- Inability to get warm/always feeling cold
- Low tolerance for stress
- Fatigue in the middle of the day
- Joint pain and aches
- Craving certain foods, especially salty and sweet foods
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
- Muscle and strength loss
- Poor immune function
- Allergies and chemical sensitivities
The theory behind adrenal fatigue (which may result in the above-mentioned issues) is that the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the demands of the physiological environment which occurs with the ongoing “fight or flight” arousal which causes the production and release of certain hormones. Blood tests that diagnose adrenal insufficiency are quite sophisticated or sensitive enough to detect the smaller decline in adrenal function which is associated with adrenal fatigue, however, it is something that your body may recognize and consequentially, develop symptoms.
It can be very frustrating to suffer from the symptoms that are associated with adrenal fatigue. Fortunately, Doctor’s Best Wellness Center uses bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to supplement the levels of cortisol and other hormones in your body. By replenishing hormones that are in short supply, your levels are more balanced, and your experience improves physical and mental well-being. The treatments help you feel well enough to lower your stress, thus allowing your adrenal glands time to recuperate and begin to function properly. For your free adrenal fatigue consultation, please click here so you can start to feel like your old, energized self again!