What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a depletion of the normal cortisol levels in your body due to prolonged stress that eventually surpasses the body's ability to respond. The subsequent low cortisol creates symptoms including severe morning fatigue and difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, trouble concentrating, difficulty making decisions, anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed and symptoms of low blood sugar.
The best method of testing for adrenal fatigue is through a saliva test. Saliva offers a great, non-invasive way to look at the adrenal hormones, such as cortisol. An adrenal fatigue test by blood would usually require four separate visits throughout the day to have the blood drawn.
The Adrenal Fatigue Solution
Treatment for adrenal fatigue requires a great deal of cooperation between the physician and the patient - they need to be able to work together as a team. Lifestyle adjustments may include getting enough sleep (trying to be in bed by 10 pm), limiting your exposure to computers and television just before bed and minimizing other stressors such as work or relationships. Dietary treatments include limiting sugars, white flour, and caffeine as well as focusing on a diet of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates like vegetables. It is also important to maintain a stable blood sugar by eating small amounts of food every two to three hours.
Nutritional support includes pharmaceutical grade multivitamins, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.
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