If your schedule is that of the typical American, you are probably pretty busy between work, family, and other commitments. You already know that being on the go all the time can be emotionally exhausting and stressful. But did you know that if you don’t take time to unwind and let your body relax, you may be doing long-term damage in the form of adrenal fatigue?
Of course, we can become fatigued and overworked in any number of ways – the holidays are often one of the most stressful times of the year. But regular day-to-day stress can add up. If you have a high-stress job, are juggling too many responsibilities, or are going through big life changes you may be inadvertently putting yourself at risk of adrenal overload and fatigue. Why? Long periods of stress like this can overwork your adrenal glands to the point that they no longer function as they should.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your body is under prolonged stress, and your adrenal glands begin to function below normal. Your body can’t distinguish between temporary stress, such as a busy holiday season or difficult work situation, and life-threatening stress, such as being chased by a cheetah.
As far as your body is concerned stress is stress. Which means that stress of any kind triggers specific chemical reactions. If you pull a lever, in this instance “stress” over and over, eventually the lever will become worn and less effective. What happens when your adrenal glands become overworked? They burn out and stop functioning properly.
What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are mainly fatigue and weakness – especially in the afternoon, and when you sit or lay down you may feel lightheaded.
Some people may also experience:
suppressed immune system
muscle and bone loss
cravings for salty and sugary foods
If some or all of these symptoms match what you are feeling, please make an appointment to see Dr. Burns at our Phoenix office.
Our comprehensive exam will test your adrenal levels over the course of a day so we can pinpoint the most effective way to support your adrenal health. Don’t worry, this test is easy to do and can be done at home using your saliva. Then we’ll map out a plan to get you back on the road to health.
We utilize botanical medications, glandulars, nutrition counseling, and/or natural hormone replacement to assist your body’s recovery. Depending on the severity of your adrenal fatigue, results from treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.