All About Adrenal Fatigue - Hormone Replacement Therapy

All about Adrenal Fatigue - Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Dr. David Nazarian
  • September 30, 2021
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Do you feel like the Dementors of Harry Potter have sucked up all your energy in the daytime and all sleepless at night? Adrenal fatigue can be the source of your condition. Adrenal Fatigue is the constant feeling of exhaustion due to the low function of the adrenal gland. It’s like living life in slow-motion with only a 5% battery charge. It is a common but confusing condition to diagnose. You can be tired for many reasons: lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, medicinal effects, or any medical condition.

However, suppose your adrenal gland is creating fatigue by producing low hormones. In that case, you can detect it soon in the hands of good doctors. Hormone Replacement Therapy LA is where the experts provide you with the proper insight into adrenal fatigue symptoms, treatment, and diet.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is the persistent feeling of tiredness during the day with sleepless nights. It occurs due to chronic stress or adrenal insufficiency.

Have you ever heard of the adrenal gland? Adrenal glands are the defenders of stress. It produces hormones(cortisol and sex hormones) responsible for your body to adjust to your pressure. Adrenal glands release cortisol that regulates your blood pressure. The gland produces excess cortisol that affects your blood pressure and immune system when you are under stress.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when you encounter chronic stress, and the adrenal at a certain point fails to produce enough cortisol necessary for your body. When your adrenal glands produce a low level of hormones, you encounter adrenal insufficiency. If you experience excess emotional, physical, or environmental pressure, you may face adrenal fatigue.

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

There is always a debate if adrenal fatigue exists. The main reason is there is no scientific evidence to support it.

The Endocrinology Society doesn’t support or acknowledge the reality of adrenal fatigue. The reason being adrenal fatigue symptoms are so common that doctors can apply them to any other diseases like depression, sleep apnea, or hypothyroidism. Therefore, it is difficult to differentiate between adrenal fatigue and or other conditions.

However, just because many doctors don’t believe in adrenal fatigue doesn’t mean your symptoms are unreal. The main issue is that adrenal fatigue is difficult to detect. Many signs of adrenal fatigue may occur due to different medical conditions.

Nevertheless, with your doctor, you can determine the source of your constant exhaustion. Step by step, you can check the probable source of your fatigue first: common illness, lifestyle, diet, and stress. Now, you can move onto the next step.

A good and reliable doctor is one you need now who can provide correct diagnosis and treatment with patience and integrity. Dr. David Nazarian at Hormone Replacement Therapy LA will sincerely support you in this rollercoaster ride of your adrenal fatigue.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a troublesome issue that can cause adverse effects on the quality of your life. Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are-

  • Fatigue
  • Poor stress and mood management
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cognitive problems or brain fog
  • Increased energy levels in the evenings
  • Salt or sugar craving
  • Dependency on caffeine and other stimulants
  • Hair loss
  • Poor digestion
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent urination
  • loss of muscle tone
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Lowered libido

Reason for Adrenal Fatigue

The primary reason for adrenal fatigue is stress. However, only one stressful day can’t cause it. The condition occurs due to long-term stress that you are experiencing from various sources: physical, emotional, or environmental.

When you are under excessive long-term stress, your adrenal gland boosts the production of cortisol. Due to this overworking, your adrenal, at a certain period, can no longer produce sufficient cortisol necessary for your body. Therefore, adrenal fatigue occurs.

Following are few likely stressors that can affect your cortisol production-

  • Lack of emotional support
  • Trauma, shock, or injury
  • Insomnia
  • Toxic relationships
  • Overwork
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Allergies or food sensitivities
  • Prolonged pain

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment

There is no specific way to diagnose adrenal fatigue as the symptoms are uncertain. Few doctors suggest a blood test, while others use a stimulation test to detect the issue.

However, sufficient self-care, lifestyle changes, a healthy diet, and work-life balance can fix your fatigue. If these don’t work, it’s essential to seek a medical professional to detect any underlying health issues creating the problem. Start with checking your.

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment - Hormone Replacement Therapy

Most importantly, you need a doctor you can trust who will guide you with patience and care. Contact Hormone Replacement Therapy LA, where the expert doctors will guide you with care and assurance about adrenal fatigue symptoms, treatment, and diet.

Adrenal Fatigue Diet

Adrenal fatigue symptoms and treatment is difficult to determine. However, an adrenal fatigue diet can help you manage your fatigue and provide a healthy life. The adrenal fatigue diet aims to help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels and support balanced cortisol levels. It significantly improves the stress response of your adrenal gland.

The adrenal fatigue treatment diet helps to manage:

  • Adrenal glands function
  • Blood pressure
  • Healthy nutrients in the body
  • Stress levels

Foods to Eat

Balance protein, healthy fats, and high-quality carbohydrates with sufficient nutrients define an adrenal fatigue diet. In addition, include foods high in vitamins (especially C, B-5, and B-6), minerals, and magnesium to make your adrenal gland a strong defender of stress.

An adrenal fatigue diet includes food such as

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Lean meats
  • Legumes
  • Colorful, non-starchy vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Low-sugar fruits (pears, apples, plums, papaya, etc. are few fruits for adrenal fatigue)
  • Sea salt (in moderation)
  • Dairy
  • Healthy fat (fish fat, grapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil)
  • Herbs

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated, as dehydration can affect your stress level and cortisol production.

Food to Avoid

If you are following an adrenal diet, you should avoid some food that includes-

  • Processed food
  • White flour
  • White sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Fast foods
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Vegetable oil (canola, safflower, soybean, corn oil)

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes play a significant role in healing adrenal fatigue. Several symptoms of adrenal fatigue are similar to hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones). Therefore, lifestyle changes benefit both adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism treatment. The changes include-

Getting Enough Sleep

Your first step to fighting adrenal fatigue is to slowly but steadily increase your nightly sleep time. 8 hours of sleep at night is sufficient for many; however, at least 9 or 10 hours for many. Find how much sleep you need, and try to get it.

Learn to Manage Stress

It’s crucial to know how to manage stress to treat your adrenal fatigue. While some stressors are unavoidable, few are manageable. Avoid stressful news and media, limit exposure to toxic people, if possible, change your stressful job, and avoid multitasking.

Meditation and Exercise

Meditation, breathwork, and yoga significantly help manage your adrenal fatigue. In addition, regular, low-intensity exercise controls oxygen and cortisol levels in your blood, improves heart and lung function and decreases your fatigue.

Final Words

Adrenal fatigue is a life-affecting issue that can hinder your everyday activities. Nevertheless, the condition is challenging to diagnose as the symptoms may result from different health issues. However, you can treat your adrenal fatigue with a proper diet, upgraded lifestyle, and stress management.

Contact Hormone Replacement Therapy LA, and schedule a day with the doctor to know about adrenal fatigue symptoms, treatment, and diet. Their staff is happy to help you navigate your issues and provide necessary assistance to make you feel yourself again.

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Dr. David Nazarian

Dr. Nazarian is board certified in Internal Medicine and practices integrative medicine in the heart of Beverly Hills. In his career he has worked in the Emergency Department as well as in the hospital setting as a hospitalist. He has extensive medical training in hormone replacement therapy.

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