Do you suffer from light headaches upon standing, low blood pressure, mood swings (mostly irritability), poor concentration, joint and muscle aches, blood sugar imablance (low or high), inability to lose or gain weight, or SALT/SUGAR cravings....
There are many root causes that can be linked to these symptoms like anemia, low cholesterol, medication, chronic infection, sleep disorders, nutrient deficiency, or prolonged mental, emotional, or physical stress. It has been studied that adrenal gland is underfunctioning in many of these cases. This you may have heard as adrenal fatigue. It is one of the most underated causes of ill health and disease in America and around the world.
Medically, it is known as hypoadrenia. Convetional medicine recognizes this only as Addison's disease. Addison's disease is a disorder characterized by the adrenal glands' inability to produce enough of the stress hormone called cortisol and often the hormone aldosterone. This can lead to a breakdown of the body and even cause an acute health crisis.
Adrenal fatigue refers to under-funtioning adrenal gland not quite as severe as Addison' disease. To put this in perspective, imagine 2 ends of a spectrum. At one end is Addison's and the other end a completely healthy adrenal gland. Somewhere in between would fall adrenal fatigue.
There are 3 life-sustaining hormones that are effected. They are cortisol, pregnenolone, and DHEA. These hormones support the body's response to stress, and aoldosterone (another hormone of the adrenal gland) helps regulate blood pressure. Another portion of the organ helps produce other hormones known as adrenaline and noradrenaline which aid in repsone to stress.
By treating adrenal fatigue holistically, one can achieve recovery more effectively. In some of the listed conditions, it may take an improved adrenal function to achieve any noticeable improvement.
What you should avoid:
2) refine carbs
3) artificial sweetners
Why? Because they stress your adrenals.
Do consume: (potassium rich food)
3) coconut milk
4) WATER (no, it's not a food...)
5) good fats like olive oil and coconut oil
Best alternative treatments:
3) Homeopathic supplements
4) Nutritional IV therapy
Dr. Alex Casey is an alternative health care specialist. His focus in practice includes but not limited to sports medicine. He has a special interest in alternative pediatric care and unique cases that are not easily resolved through modern medicine. This blog is designed to inform and educate anyone searching for more knowledge on the pertinent subject.