Modern medicine does not recognise adrenal fatigue as a distinct syndrome. However, it affects many people in the UK and Western civilisation today due to the lifestyles and increased stresses placed upon us.
Adrenal fatigue refers to lowered adrenal activity (hypoadrenia) due to physical, emotional, environmental and/or psychological stress which affects the output of adrenal hormones particularly cortisol.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a “syndrome.” People with adrenal fatigue will often look normal and act relatively normal. There may not be any obvious signs of physical illness, yet they are not well and live with a general sense of unwellness or dampened feelings. They often use coffee, cola’s and other stimulants to get them going in the mornings and to prop them up during the day.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
- Craving for salt or salty foods
- Lethargy – lack of energy
- Increased effort to do everyday tasks
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
- Light headed when standing up quickly
- Mild depression
- Less enjoyment or happiness with life
- Increased PMS
- Symptoms worse if meals are skipped or inadequate
- Fuzzy thoughts, less focussed
- Memory less accurate
- Decreased tolerance
- Don’t really wake up till 10am
- Afternoon low between 3 and 4 pm
- Feel better after evening meal
- Decreased productivity
What causes adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue, in all its forms from mild to severe, is usually caused by some form of stress. Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious or a combination of these.
Factors affecting the adrenals:-
Death of a loved one, allergies, over exertion, smoking, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, prescription and non-prescription drugs, marital stress, coffee, caffeine, fear, negative attitudes and beliefs, lack of relaxation, financial pressures and infections acute or chronic.
How can nutritional therapy help with adrenal fatigue?
Natural Solutions can provide a complete support package for individuals suffering from Fatigue and Stress related illness.
Laboratory testing is essential to identify the levels of stress hormones and energy levels. The test will also identify immune health, insulin production and ability to digest wheat products effectively.
Following test results a complete individual programme is written and will include dietary recommendations, lifestyle management techniques and supplement and herbal protocols.