that impacts our health and weight. So this month I will spend time writing about this topic. Let's start with the basics.
Adrenal fatigue is the term used to describe a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances, and digestive problems. More often than not, adrenal fatigue is secondary to some other underlying health issues such as chronic hidden inflammation.
The adrenal glands have many functions, including the secretion of cortisol and other hormones in response to stress. Inadequate production of one or more of these hormones is medically known as adrenal insufficiency or Addison's disease. To receive an Addison’s diagnosis, you must have lost 90% of your adrenal glands’ function.
To me that is a little bit too late, because you can still he adrenal issues without this diagnosis. In fact, it is estimated that up to 80% of American’s suffer some level of adrenal fatigue? Yet is still one of the most underdiagnose disorders in the U.S. If you lack energy, are under constant stress and anxiety, or have an autoimmune disorder or food sensitivities you may have a form of adrenal fatigue.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are many but some of them include:
Adrenal fatigue may be a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. When the body is in a constant state of stress, the adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demand for hormones. So it is very important that you find ways to manage stress and take adaptogen herbal (adrenal support) supplements to help you manage the side effects that stress can cause to your body.
“When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.” -Catherine Pulsifer
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Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.