The adrenal glands produce a number of hormones, including cortisol. Cortisol is our stress (“fight or flight”) hormone. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body is under chronic stress and the adrenals are unable to keep pace with the demands of a constant fight- or- flight state of arousal. Thus, the adrenals do not function at their optimal state – they are unable to produce enough of the hormones you need to feel your best.
Signs of adrenal fatigue include: difficulty arising in the morning, continued fatigue, lack of energy, craving salty foods, decreased libido, difficulty coping with stress, increased PMS symptoms, difficulty focusing (brain fog), and decreased productivity.
To heal adrenal fatigue, it is crucial to decrease stress levels and optimize your health. This can be achieved by eating a whole food diet, avoiding processed foods, and keeping a regular sleep schedule – preferably 8 hours. The following supplements are also beneficial: B complex, vitamin D, vitamin C, adrenal support or licorice root, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Dr. Hermann offers patient care for adrenal fatigue as well as acupuncture, comprehensive vitamin testing and food sensitivity testing. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedual an appointment.
The ashwagandha root and leaf is utilized by the Ayurveda to modulate the detrimental effects of chronic stress on the body. It restores vigor in individuals suffering from overwork and exhaustion. Ashwagandha is believed to reduce elevated levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) that stimulate the stress response hormones from the adrenal glands. Thus, energy levels and metabolic function are improved; and stress levels are decreased. Ashwagandha may also improve sleep quality and mental cognition.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive testing for adrenal fatigue, as well as, vitamin and hormone testing to her patients. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Adrenal fatigue often encompasses nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, nervousness, body aches, insomnia and digestive problems. Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones. Adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease) refers to inadequate production of one or more of these hormones. Symptoms can include: unexplained weight loss, body aches, fatigue, loss of body hair, and low blood pressure. Adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed by blood tests.
Adrenal fatigue is thought to be a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. This chronic stress leaves the adrenal glands unable to produce quite enough hormones needed to enhance your physical and emotional well-being. Adrenal fatigue is often diagnosed with saliva testing as the hormone levels do not decline enough to be detected with blood tests. Treatment consists of strategies to decrease chronic stress levels.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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