Better Body Clinical Nutrition
Adrenal Fatigue a 21st Century Stress Syndrome
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 11:26 AM
Book by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.
Photo by Adrian Swancer on Unspalsh
Adrenal fatigue (technically called “hypoadrenia” and “hypoadrenalism”) has been one of our most prevalent yet rarely diagnosed conditions for the last fifty years. Despite being described in medical texts in the 1800s, and despite the development of the first really effective treatment in the 1930s, most “conventional” physicians are unaware that the problem exists!
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue, in all its mild and severe forms, is usually caused by some form of stress. Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious, or a combination of these. It is important to know that your adrenals respond to every kind of stress the same, whatever the source.
Life’s stresses at their worst come in the form of such cataclysmic events as the death of a loved one, an automobile accident or a serious illness. But stress can also take its toll in less obvious ways, like an abscessed tooth, a bout of flu, intense physical exertion, a severe quarrel with a loved one, pressure at the workplace, an unhappy relationship, environmental toxins, poor diet, etc. If these smaller stresses occur simultaneously, accumulate or become chronic, and the adrenals have no opportunity to fully recover, adrenal fatigue is usually the result.
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue.
• Difficulty getting up in the morning (three alarms and you still don’t feel awake enough to lift your head off the pillow)
• Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep (even despite a good night’s sleep, you still feel tired when you wake up)
• Craving for salt or salty foods (you find yourself eating the whole bag of chips or adding salt to already salted foods)
• Lack of energy (everything seems like a chore, even the things you used to enjoy)
• Increased effort to do everyday task (Everything seems to require ten times as much effort as it should)
• Decreased sex drive (sex is the last thing on your mind when you hardly have the energy to keep your head up)
• Decreased ability to handle stress (Little things that never used to both you get to you)
• Light-headed when standing up quickly (sometimes you feel like you are going to pass out when you get up from the bed or a chair)
• Mild depression (why bother making an effort, it all seems so pointless)
• Less enjoyment or happiness with life (not much seem to interest you anymore)
• Increased PMS (bloated, tired, crabby, cramping and craving chocolate)
No single one of these symptoms gives a definitive diagnosis of adrenal fatigue, but taken collectively as a syndrome, they strongly suggest its presence.
In closing, fortunately we, at Better Body Clinical Nutrition, always check the state of your adrenals with our exams and we have a very effective products to restore them to health. Also, it is our experience that, although adrenals are often in need of support, they are not always the priority, so if you are experiencing any of the signs listed above, make sure to come for a visit and we will uncover the reason.
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