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Adrenal Fatigue

Having low energy and constantly feeling tired is the most common complaint among adults. If you are experiencing tiredness, allergies, poor memory, abdominal weight gain, anxiety, depression, irritability, poor immune sytem, digstive problems, and low metabolism you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue.

The Adrenal gland

The adrenal glands are considered our stress glands. They produce certain hormones that prepare our bodies physiologically to cope with a stressor. When the stress is prolonged or very intense, our adrenal glands tend to get overworked. Thus leading to a hormonal imbalance cascade which results in specific symptoms. 

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

1. Tendency to gain weight and unable to loose it or low metabolism

2. Poor immune system - Catch colds frequently

3. Low sex drive

4. Poor memory

5. Need coffee and stimulants to get going

6. Crave salty and fatty foods

7. Increase PMS symptoms for women

8. Difficulty getting up in the morning

9. Lightheaded

10. Digestive problems

11. Low energy especially in the morning

12. Depression, irritability or anxiety

13. Inable to cope with stress

14. Unexplained hairloss

If you have many of these signs and symptoms you should have your adrenals tested.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

Chronic stress is very common amoung our society. Stress may come from work, family problems, death of a love one, or financial problems. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress overburdens the body to compensate and recover from that stressor.

Common stressors include:

  • Anger
  • Chronic illness
  • Depression,
  • Excessive exercise
  • Excessive sugar intake
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Sleeping late at night
  • Heavy metal toxins
  • Food allergies
  • Fear and Guilt

Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue

Dr Santos realizes that every patient with adrenal fatigue is different. Identifying the cause of the stressor is important but it is also important to have the patient feel better quickly to continue living a normal life. Typically, cortisol levels are measured throughout the day as well as measuring toxic heavy metals. Treatment usually involves intravenous vitamin mineral therapy weekly along with supplementation to repair the adrenal glands and eliminate symptoms. Patients should recover after a month of treatment.


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