Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body’s adrenal glands tire and begin functioning improperly as a result of low hormone production. When the adrenal glands fail to work properly, they can cause individuals to experience fatigue, insomnia, depression, weight gain, muscle loss, irritability, autoimmune disorders, and much more.
Health care experts say that adrenal fatigue affects millions of people around the globe, and that most people will experience at least one episode of adrenal fatigue in their lifetime as a direct result of illness, a personal crisis, or a difficult financial situation. However, most individuals can treat adrenal fatigue by making positive lifestyle changes in terms of diet, environment, and overall health in general. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can also help battle and treat adrenal fatigue by regulating hormones without any of the added adverse side effects associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
What are the adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are located directly above each kidney, and are roughly about the size of large grapes. Each adrenal gland produces hormones that are responsible for regulating blood pressure, determining how our bodies use food, and for controlling functions normally involved with heart beats and reactions to stress.
Causes of adrenal fatigue
There are numerous factors that can cause adrenal fatigue, most of which are related to health, nutrition, and environment. The most common causes of adrenal fatigue are long-term exposure to toxic chemicals and pollutants, recurring diseases associated with respiratory problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and influenza, long-term malnutrition and drug abuse, and long-term stress that may have been brought on by financial problems, negative personal relationships, and feelings of helplessness in the workplace.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- Feeling tired and sleepy throughout daytime hours
- Feeling the need for high doses of caffeine and stimulants
- Difficulty with recuperating from illness
- Feeling more energetic at night versus earlier in the day
- Abrupt and sudden weight loss
- Cravings for sweet and salty foods
- Low blood pressure
- Hair loss and balding
- General body aches
Treating adrenal fatigue
Adrenal fatigue can often be treated and possibly reversed through healthy lifestyle modifications that may include good nutrition, improved sleep patterns, exercise, and stress relief. BHRT can also help individuals treat adrenal fatigue by correcting any hormone imbalances that could be directly affecting the adrenal glands, and by treating any side effects caused by general hormone imbalance such as sleeplessness, fatigue, body aches, and more.
Rock Creek Wellness offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you rebalance and sustain your hormone levels. Our pellet hormone program is designed for patients seeking a quick and affordable entry to bioidentical hormone therapy in Kansas City. Contact us today at 913-727-7700 to request a free consultation.