Do you experience any of the following?
• Feeling too tired to cope with your daily activities
• Feeling run down?
• Difficult to get up in the mornings?
• Muscle and joint aches and pains for no specific reason
• Difficulty to cope with stress
• Feeling “down”
• Change in your diet for example an increase or decrease in appetite and specific food cravings
• Change in menstrual cycle or issues with fertility
• Increased tendency to allergies
• Are your general blood tests normal but you just don’t feel right?
If you have answered yes to at least two of the above you may very well be likely to have a condition called Adrenal Fatigue.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
It is usually caused by some form of stress, be it physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious or a combination of these. Stress can take its toll in various ways; loss of a loved one, relocating, vehicle accident, losing your job and serious illness can be some of the worst stresses and then there are also the less obvious but ongoing ones like stress or unhappiness at the workplace, difficult relationships, environmental toxins and poor diet. Our adrenals respond to any kind of stress by releasing the necessary stress hormones to help you cope with your unique situation. When the amount of stress overextends the capacity of the body to compensate and recover from that stress, adrenal fatigue may present itself.
Adrenal Fatigue can also lead to other conditions or imbalances in the body. Below are just a few examples:
1. Deficiency in nutrients: When our stress levels are high our body’s demand for certain nutrients to help us cope with the stress increases. When these needs are not met we might start to get deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium and vitamin B. These deficiencies can lead to certain symptoms and can also exacerbate the adrenal fatigue symptoms.
2. Allergies: this can be associated with adrenal fatigue due to the increased release of cortisol – an important stress anti-inflammatory hormone – in response to histamine. Histamine is normally released when there is an allergy response. This causes the adrenals to work harder and the more fatigued they become the less cortisol is released causing histamine to inflame the tissues even more and allergies to increase and get out of control.
3. Infertility: depleted adrenals and reduced levels of adrenal hormones can have an impact on our sex hormones which could be one of the causes of problems with fertility and a lower libido
What can Naturopathy and Homeopathy do for Adrenal Fatigue?
The following will be looked at and discussed during the hour consultation:
• The original possible cause/s that led to the your symptoms
• Your lifestyle i.e. exercise, quality of sleep, current occupation and diet
• Symptoms and signs of possible nutrient deficiencies
• Symptoms and signs of possible hormonal imbalances
• Digestive health
• Emotional health
• A general review of systems
• Reaction and exposure to environment i.e. toxins, temperature and foods
Two very helpful and important tests may be done which you can see as an investment to optimal health:
1. Organic Acid Testing.
The following very helpful markers are looked at during this test:
• Functional vitamin and mineral status (how our minerals and vitamins are actually working for us)
• Amino acid insufficiencies (important building blocks of proteins for all body processes)
• Oxidative damage and antioxidant need
• Phase I & Phase II detoxification capacity in the liver (can your body detoxify efficiently)
• Functional B-complex vitamin need (critical for energy and nervous system health)
• Neurotransmitter metabolites (the production of brain hormones that keep us happy and energised)
• Mitochondrial energy production (the power houses in our cells that make energy)
• Methylation sufficiency (important for normal cell communications and processes)
• Lipoic acid and CoQ10 status (very important for energy and cardiovascular health)
• Markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth ( tells us whether we may be feeling awful because we have an overgrowth of bacteria in our small intestine)
2. An adrenal hormone profile:
This will look at all the different hormones involved with adrenal function.
Treatment will be focused on:
• Replacing and replenishing necessary nutrients in order to meet the demands of your body.
• Giving specific herbal formulations to nurture and nourish the adrenal glands. These formulations are uniquely blended for your individual needs.
• Rectifying underlying imbalances in biochemical processes that may be depicted from the organic acid test
• Giving advice on diet and lifestyle
• Helping to improve digestive health
• Treating other associated conditions like the allergies or fertility problems if necessary
• Giving ongoing support to help you to improve your health and ultimately reach optimal health.