According to Dr. James Wilson, who coined the term “adrenal fatigue” in 1998,
you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you regularly notice one or
more of the following:
- You feel tired for no reason.
- You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
- You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
- You crave salty and sweet snacks.
- You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.
In short, adrenal fatigue refers to below optimal function of the adrenal glands due to stress.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones essential to health and vitality and significantly affect total body function, such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. Intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress commonly associated with modern lifestyles or chronic illness can lead to adrenal fatigue, which is an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant adrenal hormones, like cortisol, help to minimize negative health reactions, such as cancer and autoimmune disorders. These hormones closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, and cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function. Proper adrenal support is essential to complete the hormonal pathway to optimal health, which includes proper nutrition, getting plenty of sleep, regular moderate exercise, stress management, slowing down to regain a proper perspective on life, and replacement of deficient hormones.
At Harbor Compounding, we specialize in providing patients with treatment options to tackle adrenal fatigue, whether it’s through lifestyle modification, nutritional supplementation, hormone replacement, or direct cortisol replacement.
Contact us directly for further information and referral to specialized physician in your area.