Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a treatable health condition. Adrenal fatigue occurs when poor nutrition, added with physical and/or emotional stress, weakens and depletes the adrenal glands to the point where they no longer can provide balanced amounts of steroid hormones. The body’s hormonal and energy reserves can be depleted by the adrenal glands.
There are three stages of adrenal fatigue.
FIRST STAGE The first stage is called alarm reaction. It is when a new situation is met with anxiety and surprise.
SECOND STAGE The second stage is called adaptation or resistance. This stage begins when the stress is constant enough to cause sustained excessive levels of adrenal hormones. The second stage is the body’s response to long term protection.
THIRD STAGE The third stage or phase is called exhaustion. This stage happens when the body can no longer cope with the stress so it gets depleted or fatigued.
To find out if a patient has Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, they will need to see their physician for a blood, urine, or saliva test. The test will determine the health of the patients adrenal glands.
Some of the Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are:
1. low body temperature
3. unexplained hair loss
6. mental depression
9. inability to concentrate
10. excessive hunger
11. moments of confusion
13. feelings of frustration
14. poor memory
15. alternating diarrhea and constipation
17. lack of energy
18. auto-immune disease
20. heart fluttering
21. dizziness that occurs upon standing
23. low blood pressure
24. food and/or inhalant allergies
26. craving for sweets
27. dry and thin skin
29. scanty perspiration
30. alcohol intolerance
The treatment for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome requires diet and lifestyle changes. The treatment time may take 6 months to 2 years for the fatigue to resolve.
Some of the supplements a patient can take are: Adrenal Cortical Extracts, B-Complex, Cortisol replacement, Cordyceps (Chinese nushroom), DHEA, L-Theanine, Licorice, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Pregnenolone, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian Ginseng, Vitamin C, Vitamin E with mixed tocopherols (400 IU daily), and minerals (zinc, manganese, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, copper, and iodine).
Adrenal Fatigue symptoms have been shown to be relieved by: laughing, exercising, minimizing stress, taking negative people out of the patients life, eating regular meals, chewing well, doing something fun each day, combining unrefined carbohydrates with protein and oils, adding sea salt to diet, eating five to six servings of vegetables each day, and avoiding junk food, white potatoes, white bread, white flour, white rice, and refined sugar.
If you think you may have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, consult your physician. The physician can run a test to make sure your adrenal glands are working properly or not. If not, then your physician can prescribe supplements and pills for you.