What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the adrenal glands are unable to produce the amount of cortisol that our bodies need to function during the day. Cortisol is a hormone that the body needs during stress. Naturally, in today’s world, our stress levels are so high that our adrenals are under constant strain. Since cortisol is one of the primary regulatory hormones for the body, putting extensive strain on our adrenals can have a major impact on our energy and overall well being.
Cortisol controls the metabolic rate of our body’s cells. Adrenal fatigue indicates that the brain is not sending or receiving signals from the adrenal glands. There are a variety of factors that can disrupt the signaling between the brain and the adrenal glands, with the most common being prolonged stress. Other factors may include lifestyle issues such as lack of sleep, lack of fruits and vegetables in our diet, too many toxins, alcohol, and caffeine.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue are commonly misdiagnosed as normal side effects of stress. If cortisol levels are too high or too low for a prolonged length of time, they cause detrimental changes in the body. Stress causes our bodies to shift their energy to those systems that are required for our immediate survival. As a result, in the short run, our memories fog, our ability to heal decreases, we become more irritable, have sugar cravings, engage in binge eating, and our blood pressure rises. Adrenal Fatigue can start as sluggishness but can also create feelings of irritation, decreased motivation, and even depression.
How To Treat Adrenal Fatigue
When your adrenals are running like an over-revved engine they burn through nutrients at an increased rate. At Lowcountry Male, our experienced medical professionals can diagnose and prescribe nutrient supplements to meet an increased need for vitamin C and B vitamins. In addition, calcium, magnesium and zinc supplements can help alleviate the symptoms of adrenal fatigue– low energy, reduced immune function, and lethargy.
Having a nutrient-rich diet full of green leafy vegetables and healthy fats support the adrenal glands ability to function properly. If you are not getting enough of the vital nutrients in your regular diet, Nutrient IV therapy may be essential to recovering proper adrenal function and balancing essential vitamins.
At Lowcountry Male, our physicians will recommend an appropriate treatment for adrenal fatigue based on your lifestyle and needs. If you are interested in treatment for adrenal fatigue, come visit us at one of our convenient locations in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and Summerville.