Why Am I so Tired?
How Do You Treat Adrenal Fatigue Naturally?
The body can heal itself when given proper support. That’s the focus of any natural healing protocol. The majority of the time, you must support other systems in addition to the adrenal gland. The immune system, especially the Epstein Barr Virus, is a frequent culprit. Inflammation in the GI tract is always part of the solution. And balancing progesterone, estrogens, testosterone and DHEA are part of the puzzle as well. As your holistic doctor, I focus on the patient, not a disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
36 Surprising Signs of Adrenal Fatigue
- Panic attacks and anxiety for no reason
- Feeling overwhelmed with things you used to handle easily
- Catch colds easily, frequently sick
- Craving carbohydrates and sweets
- Lack of joy and enthusiasm
- Increased Muscle and joint pain
- Quick anger and irritability
- Can’t fall asleep at night
- Poor memory and brain fog
- Low sex drive
- Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
- PMS and PMDD
- Difficulty concentrating, mental confusion
- Increase in allergies
- Dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance
- Changes in body odor
- Insomnia and sleep apnea
- Heel and foot pain
- Inability to relax
- Depression and mood swings
- Impotence or soft erections
- Indifference to life
- Weight Gain, especially through the waist
- Chronic back pain
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Bouts of heart palpitations
- Crashing Fatigue
- Early menopause
- Perimenopause symptoms
- Afternoon Fatigue
- No energy to enjoy life and family
- Tired during the day, awake at bedtime
How Do You Test For Adrenal Fatigue?
Cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, is produced by a healthy adrenal gland. Out of balance, it can create many of the symptoms listed above. Testing for cortisol must involve 4 points during a 24 hour period in order to determine how it cascades through the day.
Some doctors will do only a cortisol test with a morning blood draw. Unfortunately, this tells you little about your adrenal function as you must be able to see what it does throughout the remainder of the day in order to treat. Perhaps it is low all day; or it could be too low in the morning and too high at night. Those two scenarios are treated differently, so gathering the information correctly is vital.
The Art of Healing
Adrenal problems often happen when we fail to nurture ourselves sufficiently.
Are you ignoring personal boundaries and giving up too much of your time and emotions to others?
Are you feeling shame or guilt about taking time to rest?
Are you disassociating your emotions and taxing your energy constantly by suppressing something traumatic that needs to be resolved?
The Science of Healing
Testing the adrenal function appropriately is most often performed by a natural doctor, a naturopath or chiropractor.
Tests must be performed throughout a full day – one test of serum cortisol in the morning tells you nothing about the overall function of your adrenal glands.
Saliva is the easiest utilized for this test. If your doctor isn’t doing a 4-catch test, then find another doctor.
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