Some have questioned if adrenal fatigue is actually a real disease. It’s not. What it is, is a medical disorder or syndrome. The term “adrenal fatigue” has been used to explain a group of symptoms that are said to occur in people who are under long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress. It is said to occur when the adrenal glands have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release that is a result of intense stress and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.
- HAVE WE EVER BEEN MORE STRESSED?
One year. A year that locked us down and left us from enjoying life as we were used to. Lives where kids couldn’t go to school, businesses had to close their doors and millions of people ended up on unemployment. We worried about everything. From getting COVID to getting our sourdough yeast to rise. We tried to figure out Zoom and worried we would never be able to wiggle out of our sweats into our jeans. You get the idea. Every day became like Groundhog Day This kind of chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body and your mind. It all starts with your adrenal glands.
- WHAT DO ADRENAL GLANDS ACTUALLY DO?
Adrenal glands are small triangular-shaped glands located on top of both kidneys that produce hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and other functions including response to stress. High levels of continuous stress cause the adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol.
- WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT CORTISOL?
Cortisol is one of what are often called our stress hormones. Along with adrenaline and norepinephrine, they are responsible for the “fight or flight” response that happens in dangerous or stressful situations. It is the body’s way of helping to protect itself from harm. When stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on. The long-term activation of the stress-response system and the overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that follow can disrupt almost all your body’s processes.
- COULD IT GET ANY MORE REAL THAN THIS?
It’s bizarre how illnesses and conditions today are dependent on the health insurance code attributed to it. If you see a doctor and insurance rejects his diagnosis, they will just look for a different code. What the doctor determined was wrong with you takes a back seat. Adrenal fatigue is one of those conditions. But does no code mean no illness? Ask anyone who has suffered through its symptoms. And there are many. More than 60% of the population. Just note that you don’t have to have all the symptoms to have adrenal fatigue. The ones listed below are just examples.
- CAN’T KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND CRASHING THROUGH THE DAY?
Extreme fatigue and low energy are the most common things people experience.
- DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY EVEN TO THROW THE ALARM OUT THE WINDOW?
You could have a dreamy night of sleep, but no matter how many hours you get, you need more. Getting up in the morning? Forget it. Especially getting up and going.
- COUNTING SHEEP? OR GOATS? OR HENS OR WHATEVER YOU COUNT?
While it is important that you get your zzz’s, some people can’t even make it to ttt’s. Insomnia can stress you out on its own.
- ALL DAY CRAVINGS DRIVING YOU CRAZY?
We’re not talking about the pandemic penchant for snacking. We’re talking non-stop cravings for salt. And when it’s not something with enough sodium to give an elephant water retention, it’s enough sweet stuff to make dentists ecstatic.
- HATE THE DRY SKIN YOUR’E IN?
When we’re stuck indoors a lot, we have a lot of time to look at ourselves in the mirror. Not to mention a lot of time to Insta “How to have more beautiful skin”. But adrenal fatigue can cause your face to go into oasis mode. Peeling is one of the perils.
- ACHY BREAKY ALL OVER?
Are we moving enough? Probably not. But with adrenal fatigue, you can feel the kind of body aches and soreness of someone who has Tik Tok danced with Olympian intensity.
- SWEATPANTS STRETCHING A BIT MUCH?
And we’re not just talking from lockdown largess caused by excess hours in the fridge and pantry.
- PEEING REPEATEDLY?
No, it’s probably not a bladder infection. Frequent urination is a symptom of adrenal fatigue.
- SEX DRIVE TAKING A NOSEDIVE?
There are many things such as low testosterone that can cause low libido making sex the last thing on your mind. (Yes, that can happen and no one in the world wants that?) But it’s important to rule out the real cause. And yes, it could be adrenal fatigue.
- JUST HOW STRONG IS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?
A weakened immune system can also be the result of many conditions. But if ever you wanted yours to be tough, it’s now. And adrenal fatigue can cause it to be less than you’d like it to be.
- GROUCHY, GRUMPY, CRANKY, SNAPPY?
Irritability. Mood swings. Yep, you got it.
- THINK YOU’RE THE ONLY ANXIOUS ONE OUT THERE?
We’ve all been living with fear and frustration as constant roommates, feeling things may never be the same. With adrenal fatigue, those feelings can last even afterlife is open for business again.
- END OF YOUR ROPE?
Constant anxiety can easily cause depression in anyone. When the adrenal glands aren’t functioning as a result of too much stress, it can only pile it on, with depression looming large. But depression needs a proper diagnosis. Adrenal fatigue?
- WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE?
Exactly the point. As we’ve said, many of these symptoms can be attributed to other illnesses and conditions, and ruling things out is a key element of any true diagnosis. Practitioners who treat adrenal fatigue take into account the expansive function of the adrenal glands and the range of deficiencies that may occur when they aren’t functioning optimally. Without question, they have a very profound effect on the entire body. While the adrenal glands are the first to respond to stress, they are also the first to suffer as a result of stress. It takes a highly educated hormone professional experienced in treating adrenal fatigue, to understand its complexities.
- COULD ANYONE KNOW MORE ABOUT ADRENAL FATIGUE THAN DENVER HORMONE HEALTH?
No, that would be a good answer. The experts at Denver Hormone Health don’t just do one thing, they do everything. And Denver Hormone Health knows everything about the hundreds of your different hormones and the effects they can have on your overall health. And your overall health is what everyone at Denver Hormone Health cares about most. Because they care about you. They don’t just want you to feel better, they want you to feel your best. Could you be suffering from adrenal fatigue? There’s only one way to find out. And Denver Hormone Health is the best.
- SHOULD YOU CALL DENVER HORMONE HEALTH FOR AN APPOINTMENT NOW?
- DO YOU NEED TO ASK?