Adrenal exhaustion, or adrenal fatigue, is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce a sufficient quantity of the hormone adrenaline, as well as more than 50 other hormones. It is commonly thought that the levels of stress that most people experience in this modern, hectic world are responsible for malfunctioning adrenal glands. There are many different symptoms that can be associated with adrenal fatigue.
Quite often, when these symptoms cannot be associated with any other medical condition, medical experts may regard them as being caused by adrenal fatigue. The symptoms include:
. Inexplicable aches and pains in the body
. Lack of energy
. Poor concentration
. Mood swings
. A feeling of being unable to cope
Most people will have heard of the hormone adrenaline. When we are frightened, excited or suddenly stressed, the adrenal glands go into overdrive, and pump large doses of adrenaline into our bodies. This causes the heart rate to increase and our brains to become sharply concentrated. Adrenaline is commonly referred to as the fight or flight hormone.
Because the glands are tasked with producing so much adrenaline, they have to compensate by reducing production of the other hormones they normally produce. This is not a problem when it happens for fairly short periods of time. However, when the stress lasts for long periods, the reduced levels of the other important hormones causes imbalance in our bodies. It is this imbalance that produces the symptoms outlined above.
There is no single solution to adrenal exhaustion. It is necessary to identify what issues in our lives can be elevating our stress levels. Some types of stress can be totally eliminated by simple lifestyle changes. Others, such as that caused by the death of a loved one, are more difficult to deal with. The stress cannot be eliminated, but we can learn to cope with it in a healthier way.
Poor diet, unhealthy activities and lack of exercise are prime causes of stress. Eating properly, quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol, and becoming more active all help us to feel less stressed. Hormone therapy is also beneficial. Cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone are two hormones that can be replaced with bioidentical hormones. Vitamin supplements are also beneficial because even those who stick to a healthy diet may not be getting enough vitamins. Vitamins can be destroyed by cooking or during food processing.
The Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Houston TX has successfully treated many people for adrenal exhaustion. Contact the Center today if your life is not as joyful as it should be.