The quickest, surest way to repair your adrenals, get your energy and stamina back, and avoid flares is to use over the counter adrenal glandular supplements.
More about adrenal fatigue and how to overcome it below-
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the stress coping adrenal glands become compromised from too much stress. Acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia, are often the trigger for adrenal fatigue. But any intense or prolonged stress can lead to low adrenal function and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
As the name suggests, the main symptom is fatigue. And, unlike normal fatigue, this condition isn’t relieved by sleep or adequate rest.
The adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, release a number of important hormones including the stress hormone cortisol.
This hormone plays a vital part in regulating stress response, immune function, sleep wake cycles, pain, inflammation, moods, mental clarity, energy, and blood sugar. Cortisol triggers the “fight or flight” response to stress, which allows us to spring into action in a dangerous situation. It normally is at its highest in the morning when you wake and slowly decreases throughout the day.
Chronic or intense periods of stress or anxiety can over-work your adrenal glands so that they may not be able to produce enough cortisol.
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- chronic fatigue
- digestive issues
- body aches
- low blood pressure
- weight gain or weight loss
- hair loss
In more severe cases of adrenal insufficiency, you may experience:
- low blood pressure
There 4 Phases of Adrenal Fatigue
The “alarm reaction” phase, occurs with the body’s immediate reaction to a stressor. The stressor may be real or imagined. During this phase, anti-stress hormones, including cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) are released. During this phase you may experience fatigue, but it is usually a mild causing little in the way of other symptoms.
Phase two is known as the “resistance” phase. Chronic stress causes your cortisol levels to rise while your DHEA levels gradually start to decrease. Sex hormone production is compromised in order to produce stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. The thyroid gland is often impacted at this stage as well, causing more symptoms including fatigue, cold hands and feet, tingling in your hands and feet, nerve pain, aches and pains, weight gain, low moods, and constipation.
On going, chronic stress overwhelms the adrenal glands and the usual symptoms of adrenal fatigue begin to show up including body aches and pains, depression, poor sleep, digestive issues, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, irritability, loss of appetite, jitteriness, nervousness, menstrual irregularities, and a feeling of coldness. The immune system may be compromised
The third phase of adrenal fatigue is known as “adrenal exhaustion”. During this stage, the adrenals are unable to keep up with the demands for more cortisol. Cortisol levels begin to decline and more symptoms appear. During this stage, blood sugar levels plummet, which leads to a further inability to handle stress. It will also exacerbate mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. This is sometimes referred to as “adrenal burnout”. Your body’s tolerance for stress, physical or mental is reduced and anxiety, depression, brain fog, insomnia, aches and pains, fibromyalgia, and other unwanted health conditions may start to appear or become worse.
The final phase of adrenal fatigue is adrenal failure. Though it is rare, this final stage results in a total failure of the adrenals in response to stress. During this stage, the adrenals have essentially ceased to function and there is little that can be done to restore them back to normal function. If left untreated, the progression of this stage can be fatal. Symptoms of this phase include severe diarrhea, vomiting, sudden intense abdominal pain, legs, or lower back, dehydration, loss of consciousness, and low blood pressure. Recovery from this stage takes prescription drugs, time, and changes in one’s lifestyle. Along with reducing your stress with daily prayer, meditation, mild exercise, massage, etc. and cleaning up your diet (with a whole foods diet) the right supplements can make all the difference between chronic fatigue and recovery.
A good multivitamin with B-vitamins and minerals is helpful in reducing stress response. A good multivitamins with 200-500mg of vitamin B5 (known as the anti stress vitamin) and 300-500mg of magnesium (the anti stress mineral) is recommended.
Stress depletes vitamin C, a key nutrient for good health. Research has shown that daily vitamin C supplementation can help restore cortisol levels and reduce stress. People who take vitamin C supplements are able to rebound from stressful situations faster than those with low levels of vitamin C.
It’s important that you use adrenal cortex supplements and not whole glandular adrenal supplements. Using the wrong kind of adrenal supplement may make your fatigue symptoms even worse.
Look for adrenal cortex supplements where the only ingredient comes from the adrenal cortex and nothing else (glandular cortex concentrate).
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I usually have patients take one with breakfast and one with lunch. For those who are really struggling with low energy and chronic stress, two with breakfast and two with lunch may be needed.
It can take months to restore optimal adrenal function. However, positive results are usually seen in a couple of weeks.
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