Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

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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

2. weakness

3. unexplained hair loss

4. nervousness

5. irritability

6. mental depression

7. apprehension

8. hypoglycemia

9. inability to concentrate

10. excessive hunger

11. moments of confusion

12. indigestion

13. feelings of frustration

14. poor memory

15. alternating diarrhea and constipation

16. osteoporosis

17. lack of energy

18. auto-immune disease

19. lightheadedness

20. heart fluttering

21. dizziness that occurs upon standing

22. insomnia

23. low blood pressure

24. food and/or inhalant allergies

25. PMS

26. craving for sweets

27. dry and thin skin

28. headaches

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.

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