Adrenal fatigue is a relatively new term, to the point where it has not yet been deemed an official medical diagnosis, but can manifest itself as body aches, fatigue, nervousness and sleep disturbances nonetheless. The adrenals are a set of important glands that rest on top of your kidneys and they are in charge of regulating important stress hormones like cortisol, which is responsible for the “fight of flight” response, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). When your stress response is not balanced, the ability to turn these hormones “on and off” can wreak havoc with your energy levels.
Due to illness, prolonged low-grade stress and other factors, your adrenal glands may be overworked, causing feelings of intense fatigue and exhaustion; even after a full night’s sleep. Without proper regulation from your endocrine system, you may feel unable to cope with everyday stress or even handle the day-to-day activities of “normal” life.
In terms of things to watch out for, craving salty or sweet foods is not uncommon – as a way to refuel fast – since the body is searching to increase its energy levels any way it can. Additionally, adrenal dysfunction can result in low libido, weight gain, increased PMS/menopausal symptoms, constipation and a weakened immune system.
Many physicians will overlook the adrenal glands and monitoring cortisol levels in favor of other diagnoses. However, at Wellpath Center, our practitioners are expertly-trained to notice signs of adrenal fatigue and will immediately send you for an Adrenal Stress Index. This test will monitor your cortisol levels over a 24-hour period and help identify if the symptoms you’re suffering from are due to compromised adrenal gland function.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with adrenal dysfunction and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Wellpath Center today!