The adrenal gland, which mediates the body’s response to stress, is responsible for producing many hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone, and DHEA. During acute stress, these hormones are released in excess. In situations of chronic stress, however, the adrenal gland becomes “fatigued” and hormone levels are decreased.
Depressed levels of cortisol can cause hypoglycemia and other blood sugar issues, increase the risk of allergies and infections, and leave a patient predisposed to autoimmune disease.
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, mental fogginess, thyroid imbalance, and PMS. Unfortunately, individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue commonly resort to stimulants like coffee and sodas to artificially elevate energy levels.
Adrenal fatigue is diagnosed through saliva testing, and four samples are taken throughout the day. Once adrenal fatigue is diagnosed, an array of naturopathic treatments are used to facilitate recovery.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians treat adrenal fatigue naturally and effectively. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS naturopath.