Lethargy: Why Adrenal Fatigue Could Be To Blame

More and more Americans find themselves overly worked, stressed, and tired. Stress affects us in more ways than we realize. With that being said, it can be especially harsh on our adrenal glands causing adrenal fatigue.

If you feel like you are always tired, can’t sleep well, and can’t maintain energy, adrenal fatigue could be your problem. If you’re in this situation, you might have common symptoms liks: chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, headaches, weight problems, and more. Learn how we can help you with this treatable condition. 

Adrenal Dysfunction

We as a society are more stressed now than ever, especially in our work lives. Due to this, chronic stress can have harmful effects on the body. When the body feels these stressors, it can lead to many different symptoms and problems. 

Adrenal fatigue is when a variety of symptoms appear in people who are under long-term stress. As a result, it most commonly appears in people who are working stressful jobs, are students, or are single parents.

Different Types of Stress

Some people don’t consider adrenal fatigue as a real diagnosis. However, those who believe the condition is real believe that it’s due to long-term stress causing the glands to be overworked and not able to function properly. There are four different categories of stress. Those include:

Environmental:

  • This includes your diet: like the Standard American Diet and eating high-inflammatory foods
  • Toxin exposure: using plastics, POP’s, pesticides 
  • Noise

Physiologic:

  • Chronic inflammatory diseases: lupus, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis
  • Illness or infections that are chronic
  • Starvation or nutritional deficiencies
  • Anorexia or eating disorders
  • Excessive exercise
  • Blood sugar imbalance

Psychological:

  • Unemployment
  • Grief: death, divorce, breakups 
  • Self esteem issues
  • Moving

Mental:

  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Fear 
  • Anxiety and depression 

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal dysfunction can include the following symptoms, according to Medical News Today:

  • Tiredness
  • Trouble falling asleep or waking up
  • Craving salty or sweet foods
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Caffeine dependency 
  • Nonspecific digestive problems 

More symptoms include: 

  • Being overwhelmed with stress
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Recurrent infections 
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Severe PMS or menopausal problems
  • Slow healing
  • Palpitations 
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability 

Though these symptoms are generic, they could be telling your body there’s an underlying problem. However, these symptoms are also associated with other common health problems. Those are issues like: not getting enough sleep or working too much. They’ve also been associated with not eating a healthy diet, drinking too much caffeine, or experiencing high levels of stress. 

Conventional medicine doesn’t recognize adrenal fatigue as a medical diagnosis until the gland completely fails. Alternatively, holistic providers try to gain the public’s interest by offering quick fixes. These include them selling supplements that claim to cure their symptoms right away.

At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we are traditional medical practitioners. But, we have an interest in natural and integrative therapies. We believe that adrenal fatigue is common, but we don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all solution.

Treating Adrenal Dysfunction 

There are different ways we can look at adrenal dysfunction using a variety of tests. The tests used will vary from patient to patient, however testing can include:

  • Cortisol levels through saliva, blood, or urine
  • Blood tests for DHEA, pregnenolone, sex hormones, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone
  • Thyroid hormone testing
  • Assessment of food allergies
  • GI examinations of stool to look at gut function
  • Toxin testing by using blood, urine, or hair analysis 

Treatment Options

All treatment plans are customized to the patient and their individual symptoms. We have an approach using a variety of therapies to promote more well-rounded healing. As a result, a comprehensive treatment plan can include some of or all of the following:

  • Change in diet: avoiding inflammatory foods and excess sugar and carbs 
  • Using nutritional supplements to support high stress
  • Herbal therapy to help glandular function
  • Removal of potential allergic substances and foods
  • Removal of toxins 
  • Exercise programs to promote stress relief 
  • Immune support
  • Adrenal hormone replacements, DHEA, pregnenolone
  • Gut and digestive support for intestinal function
  • Relaxation and stress reduction programs

Addressing adrenal fatigue means we look into the patient’s lifestyle. However, for treatment to work, the patient must be willing to change their lifestyle habits. We will look at every aspect of the patient’s life.

We look at everything from the brain, to the digestive system, to mental health, and more. Every part of the patient’s lifestyle will be examined. So, we will make sure we find the root cause of your adrenal stress and get you better quickly.

Make an Appointment 

We believe that the treatment plan for adrenal fatigue depends on the patient. We want to help you gain wellness in mind, body, and spirit. When we do that, you heal from within. You have the ability to get healthy. Call us today at (970)-631-8286 to get your adrenal fatigue under control. We’re here to get you feeling better!