So many patients suffer from low energy, inability to participate in activities that bring them joy, difficulty waking, and dependence on stimulants to make it through the day.
We are constantly pushing ourselves to work harder, perform better, and get more done. This often leads to consumption of more stimulants like coffee, soda, and sugar, which only perpetuates the feeling of exhaustion. Stressors like lack of sleep, work, social life, and environmental toxins also play a role in how you feel. And all of these habits contribute to adrenal fatigue!
What does adrenal fatigue look like?
The adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are responsible for managing stress. If these hardworking glands are never given a break from the daily grind, they can become fatigued, resulting in a number of symptoms:
- Difficulty waking in the morning
- Afternoon fatigue
- Craving sugar, salt, or fat
- Increased illness due to immune system depression
- Hormone imbalance
- Acne and other skin problems
- Low libido
- Poor memory
- Increased PMS and menopausal symptoms
- Dizziness, feeling light headed or a “head rush” when rising from a lying or seated position
- Inability to cope with stress
If you think you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, see what it's like to work with Dr. Brighten.
How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue?
In addition to the above symptoms, an Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) test will help reveal the function of your adrenals. An ASI can determine a number of things about your body’s ability to manage stress, including cortisol measurements, blood sugar regulation, the impact stress has had on your immune system and gut permeability, adrenal reserve, and any possible gluten intolerance. Dr. Brighten can order and interpret an ASI test to determine your ability to biologically cope with stress and help you begin your journey to recovery.
How is adrenal fatigue treated?
Dr. Brighten works with every patient individually to address unique stressors and design a lifestyle that works to heal and energize. You will work together to address:
- Lifestyle: Healthy routines and stress management
- Nutrition: Proper blood sugar regulation, nutrient-dense foods, and supplementation
- Herbs: Adaptogenic herbs to help balance adrenal output and recharge the adrenal glands
- Bioidentical hormones: Rebalance the body using the same hormone molecules your body produces naturally
How long does recovery take?
Adrenal fatigue is a condition that develops over time and therefore, requires time to recover. Dr. Brighten give patients the following estimates for how long they might expect to see recovery, although they should begin to experience an improvement in symptoms within a couple of weeks:
- Mild Fatigue: At least 6 months
- Moderate Fatigue: At least 12 months
- Severe Fatigue: 12-24 months
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