Your energy, resilience, endurance and your very life….depend on healthy, properly functioning adrenal glands. In fact, these tiny glands located on top of the kidneys, generate survival power; helping you cope with life stressors associated with work, financial pressures, relationships, busy family schedules, injury, disease and physiological changes such as those occurring with aging. With persistent, long term stress, the adrenal glands become weak.
Weak adrenal function was described in medical texts as far back as the 1800s. Its prevalence has grown in part, due to significant increases in modern-day lifestyle stressors. However, it is most unfortunate that the condition is rarely diagnosed by conventional physicians who are unaware that the problem exists.
Adrenal fatigue can be reversed and energy levels can be restored to normal. Recovery begins with the right diagnosis, identification of as many underlying causes as possible and the development and implementation of a personalized treatment plan.
What happens when adrenal function is weak?
The adrenal glands play a major role in the body’s life support mechanisms. In addition to helping us cope with all types of stress, they secrete hormones that influence all of the body’s major physiological processes.
For example they:
- affect carbohydrate and fat utilization
- affect distribution of stored fat (particularly around the waist)
- support blood sugar regulation
- support proper cardiovascular and gastrointestinal functions
- minimize allergic reactions through the protective activity of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant hormone secretions
- gradually become the major source of sex hormones in aging men and women
- significantly affect muscular strength and stamina in muscles of athletes (commonly known as natural steroids)
Weak adrenal function negatively affects all of the above processes; causing a wide range of symptoms, often without obvious signs of illness. However, those affected by this disorder live with a general sense of “unwellness” or “gray” feelings. They often turn to coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and stay propped-up during the day.
In addition, weak adrenal function (hypoadrenia) increases susceptibility to allergies, infections due to impaired immunity and arthritic pain. Mental states are also affected; presenting symptoms including increased fears, anxiety and depression, intermittent confusion, poor concentration, impaired memory and insomnia.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- Low energy
- Inability to fall asleep normally and sleep through the night (insomnia)
- Constantly feeling unrested even with some sleep
- Salty and sweet food cravings
- Morning exhaustion with limited afternoon perk-up
- Weight gain
- Increased body fat (especially around the waist)
- Decreased muscle mass
- Stress intolerance or reduced stress tolerance
- Increasing lack of interest
- Decreased libido
- Joint pain or achy joints
- Emerging allergies
- Increase in infections
- Chemical sensitivities
- Poor concentration
- Anxiety and depression
In most instances, your adrenal fatigue will be missed in traditional medical practice because results from some of the standard tests are unable to be interpreted with precision. Other tests used are designed to detect markers for Addison’s disease (extremely low adrenal function) or Cushing’s Syndrome (extremely high adrenal function). So, unless you meet the criteria for either of those diseases, chances are you will not receive treatment for your adrenal dysfunction.
However, saliva hormone testing accurately measures adrenal hormone levels. It is the “diagnostic tool of choice” for confirming adrenal fatigue at Harmony Medica.
How will my Adrenal Fatigue be treated at Medica?
At Harmony Medica, your adrenal fatigue treatment will begin with a health history review, lab tests, personalized consultation and identification of underlying causes of your chief complaints.
An individualized recovery plan including bio-identical hormone support, dietary recommendations, nutritional supplements and a follow-up plan will be developed according to your needs. You can recover from adrenal fatigue and there is no better time to start than right now. Please call us today at 703-349-2382 to schedule a consultation.
Please call us today at 703-349-2382 to schedule your consultation.