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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT ADRENAL FATIGUE…

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a debilitating condition which happens when your adrenal glands are not functioning together properly. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenals for use in the regulation of blood pressure. In response to stress, the adrenals release greater amounts of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue is thought to occur when the adrenals have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.

Your adrenal glands perform important functions in maintaining your health. When these are not performing properly you end up with constant tiredness. Causes include any kind of excess stress from work, your lifestyle and even relationship problems.

Adrenal fatigue is pretty different from normal fatigue. Though, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of Adrenal fatigue; there are a lot of other symptoms that are experienced in a person suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Many adrenal fatigue sufferers report symptoms like a feeling of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and even depression. Sufferers also struggle to maintain the acute focus and high energy levels that stressful situations often require. Other symptoms include a craving for salty foods, episodes of low blood sugar, respiratory complaints, allergies, low sex drive and weight gain.

It might happen that patients with adrenal fatigue may not look ill or show any physical illness; they may be unwell or have feelings of tiredness. Usually, patients with adrenal fatigue depend on tea, or coffee so as to prop themselves well throughout the day.

One of the biggest problems is that it is not a recognised condition and sufferers face being dismissed as having nothing wrong. Very often, if a doctor prescribes any medication at all, antidepressants will be the drug of choice.

Another reason adrenal fatigue is miss diagnosed or even under-diagnosed is because of the array of symptoms presented with this condition. If you suspect you may have this condition and you are not getting a diagnosis you could look into a holistic approach.

At the moment there is no pharmaceutical method for how to treat adrenal fatigue, which some naturopaths and doctors of osteopathy consider to be a factor in traditional medicine’s view of the condition. Suggested natural remedies include lifestyle changes such as a low-sugar/low-caffeine diet, avoidance of junk food, a healthy sleep schedule, rest, and nutritional supplementation.

Most people with adrenal fatigue will recover quite quickly but severe symptoms may take some months to recover, or even longer. 

Source: Endocrineweb Patient Info

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