Almost every person can experience adrenal fatigue, also known as hypoadrenia, to some degree at a particularly stressful point in his or her life. Prolonged (especially for over a year), ongoing stress can cause adrenal glands to become overloaded and ineffective. This can lead to an inconsistent level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the bloodstream. As adrenal fatigue progresses, the cortisol rhythm becomes disrupted, and often “flattens out”. This can happen even with somewhat normal levels of cortisol being produced — but the “below normal” morning cortisol tends to indicate that there is a problem. People with adrenal fatigue also often don’t have enough DHEA, which is responsible for the creation of many necessary hormones in the body.
Adrenal fatigue can be caused by:
Stressful experiences like death of loved one, divorce or surgery
Chronic physical stress such as regular exposure to environmental toxins and pollution, heavy metal toxicity from amalgam teeth fillings, mold/biotoxin illness
Prolonged emotional or mental stress, such as from relationship issues, work or past trauma that hasn’t been dealt with
Regularly lacking sleep/chronic insomnia or sleep disturbances
Poor diet (including crash diets and inconsistent nutrition) and lack of exercise
Chronic pain or inflammation
Underlying chronic infections such as EBV, CMV, Lyme
Adverse events in childhood
Reliance on stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks
Diabetes/impaired glucose levels
Not getting enough sleep
Progression of adrenal fatigue throughout the day may go as follows:
You wake up feeling unrested and are unable to function without a significant amount of caffeine.
You finally feel a boost of energy during the early part of the day.
Then your energy levels crash around 2 pm, rise around 6 pm and fall again around 9pm
Your energy finally peaks again at 11pm, which can make it difficult to sleep.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms include:
Chronic fatigue, always feeling tired
Weakened stress response/ stress intolerance
Decreased sex drive/low libido
Moodiness and irritability
Muscle or bone loss
Sleep disturbances/sleep apnea
Sweet and salty food cravings. Salt is released via urine when adrenals are sluggish, leading to sodium deficiency
Loss of appetite, especially in the mornings
Blood pressure tends to be on the lower side.
Treatment for adrenal fatigue:
Manage/reduce stress. Try medication, diaphragmatic breathing and going for walks regularly.
A clean, healthy diet that meets the individual needs of the person’s gut and health status
Adaptogenic herbs to balance stress hormones
Supplements – magnesium, vitamin c and others depending on the needs of each person and their root causes
Some may require hormone therapy using hydrocortisone, DHEA, adrenal cortex, progesterone cream
Some may need to detox heavy metals/mold
Practice a low-tox life
Treat underlying infections
Support the thyroid if needed
When all issues are corrected, such as hypothyroid, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, chronic inflammation, mold exposure, candida die off, high life stress and anything else which could be stressing one’s adrenals, adrenal function will begin to recover when supported. It can take up to a year or so, depending on how stressed a person was to begin with.
Connect with Origin Healing to rebalance your adrenal function in a highly personalised way.