Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

What is adrenal fatigue?

Tired, worn-out, just can’t regain your normal energy no matter what you do or how many doctors you visit?  An extremely common and overlooked problem is weak adrenal gland function.  Adrenal Fatigue (technically called “hypoadrenia” and “hypoadrenalism”) has been one of our most prevalent yet rarely diagnosed conditions for the last fifty years.  Despite being described in medical texts in the 1800’s, and despite the development of the first really effective treatment in the 1930’s, most “convential” physicians are unaware that the problem exists!

According to Dr. James Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., “it is estimated that up to 80% of adult Americans suffer some level of adrenal fatigue at some time during their life and remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the U.S..  Too much physical, emotional, environmental and/or psychological stress can deplete your adrenals, causing a decrease in the output of adrenal hormones, particulary cortisol.  This lowered adrenal activity (hypoadrenia), resulting from adrenal fatigue, can range in severity all the way  from almost zero to almost normal.  The extreme low end of hypoadrenia  is called Addison’s disease and  luckily, it is the rarest form of hypoadrenia.

What are common signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

  • Fatigue (94%)
  • Depression (79%)
  • Apprehension (71%)
  • Insomnia (40%)
  • Nervousness and irritability (86%)
  • Excessive weakness (65%)
  • Faintness or fainting spells (42%)
  • Lightheadedness (47%)

What are common diseases associated with adrenal fatigue?

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Frequent colds
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Altered mental states (increased fears, anxiety and depression)

How is adrenal fatigue determined?

Although medicine only officially recognizes Addison’s disease as hypoadrenia, you do not have to wait until your body is at this extreme level of adrenal collapse to identify and treat the problem.  Adrenal fatigue can be easily determined by a review of the patient’s health history and measuring cortisol throughout the day.  Although, cortisol can be measured by the blood and urine, saliva is the easiest way to measure adrenal fatigue.  Normally, 4 saliva samples are taken throughout the day at 8:00 am, 12 noon, 4 pm, and 10 pm.  Once these results are obtained a personalized treatment plan is developed to help restore your health.

How is adrenal fatigue treated?

Once these results are obtained a personalized treatment plan is developed to help the patient restore their adrenals to a normal functioning level and improve their health.  Most corrective programs include lifestyle changes, dietary recommendations,  specific supplements. In addition, intravenous therapies to rebuild your adrenals is extremely beneficial.

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