By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
What is adrenal fatigue? Is adrenal fatigue real and how do I recover?
Adrenal Glands are triangular-shaped glands that sit right above both our kidneys and are responsible for many vital functions in our body.
The adrenals produce a variety of hormones, including adrenaline, a steroid called aldosterone, and cortisol. These hormones control metabolism, weight loss, the immune system, blood pressure and manage our fight or flight response to stress.
One example, If you’re in a car accident, the medics show up and shine a flashlight into your eyes, the iris, or the colored center of your eyes should respond by contracting. This is our body’s way of regulating how much light enters the iris. This is our adrenal function, just amazing!
Another example: If you deal with a chronic illness, you may first feel tired, and your blood sugar may go up or down. But over time, adrenal insufficiency kicks in, and you feel burnt out.
What is Adrenal Fatigue? The term adrenal fatigue explains a stress-related condition that causes symptoms like exhaustion even when you’ve had sufficient sleep at night. Adrenal fatigue can lead to a weakened immune system which leaves you constantly feeling unwell. It can also lead to insomnia, brain fog and can even cause you to crave certain foods. A person with Adrenal Fatigue may be dehydrated, confused, or have unexplained weight loss or gain.
Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue means addressing the stress in your life, adjusting your diet with proper nutrition, filling in the gaps with certain adrenal supplements until your body is up and running! Comprehensive blood tests are vital to learning where else your body needs support so it can heal easier. Leaving your body in this overwhelmed state can cause significant damage to your entire system over time, so it’s critical to be self-aware and put your health as your priority!
At Nutritionally Yours, we can: run a saliva test for cortisol levels we can run blood tests for areas to support, we can teach you an adrenal fatigue diet, help you build a new super immune system that allows your adrenals to function at their best!
What is adrenal fatigue, and does it exist? Yes, it does, and it is extreme fatigue, not just a general tired feeling.
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.