What is adrenal fatigue?
Our body’s adrenal glands produce hormones that help us cope with stressful situations. A sudden stress, such as accidentally tripping and catching yourself, will caused a sudden increase in your speed and agility to help you stay upright. After a severe or prolonged stress, you might experience a “crash” where your body temporarily slows down to recover.
Extreme or prolonged stress can result in the adrenal glands functioning below the levels necessary to meet the demands placed on them. Such adrenal fatigue can persist when the stressful conditions that caused the glands to get overstimulated are no longer present.
What causes adrenal fatigue?
What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
How is adrenal fatigue diagnosed?
How is adrenal fatigue treated?
The naturopathic doctors at North Coast Family Health are experts at treating adrenal fatigue. Fortunately, adrenal fatigue responds well to treatment over time. Nutrients and botanical medicines can support the rest and repair of your adrenal glands. A managed diet that includes complex carbohydrates, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins will provide the necessary balance to help repair and rejuvenate the glands. It’s helpful to avoid becoming hungry to decrease adrenal stimulation of cortisol.
Adequate sleep, meditation, yoga, stress awareness methods, light exercise and other therapies will help to restore the necessary balance of your life and reduce causes of adrenal fatigue. In some cases taking the hormones DHEA, Pregnenelone, Aldosterone or Cortisol for a number of months may be helpful to allow the adrenal glands to rest, repair and rejuvenate. Prognosis: excellent!