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Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue and Functional Medicine

So what is adrenal fatigue? Your adrenal glands produce your stress hormones or “adrenaline,” the main one being cortisol. Cortisol is released in response to stress.  It gives your body a surge of energy to help you respond properly. Stress can come in many forms.

  • Physical stress – Such as an injury or accident.
  • Emotional stress – such as a demanding career, the birth of a new baby, or the death of a loved one.
  • Environmental stress – Such as pollution, pesticides, or carcinogens.

There are also hidden forms of stress such as inflammation or infections and/or food sensitivities in the gastrointestinal system.

Whatever the form of the stress, the adrenal glands are the first to react.  If there is a period of prolonged stress, eventually the adrenal glands burn out and are no longer able to produce the amount of cortisol that is required by the body.  At this point you may begin to experience symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, irritability and an inability to cope with stress.

 

What Are Some Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

Excessive fatigue Neck/back pain Hair loss Irritability
Poor immune response Insomnia Cravings Headaches
Depression Indigestion Lightheadedness Lack of concentration
Anxiety Food allergies Dry skin  

 

Progression of Adrenal Exhaustion

 

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Dr. Zac Watkins has had success in correcting adrenal fatigue. Contact our clinic today!

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