By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Adrenal fatigue is linked directly to an energy hormone known as cortisol. In the morning, cortisol is at its peak and then it lowers slightly throughout the day – this impacts our sleep cycle and energy levels throughout the day. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and when the adrenal glands are fatigued or overworked it can leave you feeling fatigued and overworked. Adrenal fatigue commonly shows up in one of a few ways. The first and most common is a lack of motivation to wake up in the morning. In early stages of adrenal fatigue, the adrenals are under a lot of stress from things like the environment, relationships, health challenges, work, or even from excessive amounts of caffeine and sugars. Later stage adrenal fatigue sufferers simply have less cortisol in general which manifests as extreme burnout and can prevent good quality sleep which leads to exhaustion the next day. Other common symptoms include energy spikes in the afternoon/evening, inability to handle stress, cravings for salty foods (when the adrenals are fatigued, the body tends to send more minerals into the urine than usual, causing salt cravings), and a weakened immune system due to stress.
The adrenals produce other hormones, not just cortisol, including helping to produce sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen. While the adrenals are not the primary way to produce these hormones, they generally help produce whichever one is not your gender’s main hormone. This means that adrenal fatigue can affect you not just in energy levels, but also in general hormone levels. At Nutritionally Yours, we offer an adrenal fatigue test kit which may help with improving energy levels which helps improve the quality of your life. By identifying your exact energy producing hormone levels, we can help get you back on track to normal cortisol levels and a healthier, happier you.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
Hansen, Fawne. “What Are The Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue?”. Adrenal Fatigue Solution. N.p., 2016. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.