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Adrenal Fatigue: The Hidden Epidemic

February 17th, 2018

Adrenal fatigue is a misunderstood condition that may affect 67 percent of Americans

You feel tired and stressed all the time. Your joints ache and it feels like you’re always getting sick. You rely on caffeine to get you through the day. When you lie down to sleep at night, your mind races and you can’t get any rest. You can’t lose weight because you crave carbs and salty snacks.

Does any of this sound familiar?

You could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Up to 67 percent of Americans suffer from adrenal fatigue to some degree. Most GPs don’t know what adrenal fatigue is, much less how to treat it. But this doesn’t mean you have to suffer. You can turn to Renew Youth for help.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a condition caused by exhaustion of the body’s stress-response system, namely the adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands, which are located above your kidneys, are supposed to secrete cortisol in response to stress to trigger your fight or flight response. With stress so abundant in today’s society, the adrenal glands can be triggered dozens of times per day. Eventually, they will become exhausted and unable to produce the small amounts of cortisol and other hormones that are needed to regulate your metabolism, blood pressure, and other essential bodily functions.

How is Adrenal Fatigue Diagnosed?

Adrenal fatigue can be diagnosed with saliva testing that measures the amount of cortisol in your system. You will need to do four tests at different times on one day since cortisol levels fluctuate. An assessment of your symptoms is also very important. For example, one very telling symptom of adrenal fatigue is getting irritable every time you get hungry.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Adrenal fatigue can be improved with lifestyle changes and various treatments designed to support adrenal function. The most important lifestyle changes to make are:

  • Cutting out caffeine
  • Cutting out sugar
  • Eating more protein
  • Drinking more water
  • Eating a healthy amount of salt
  • Getting more sleep

At Renew Youth, we offer adrenal fatigue therapy to help rejuvenate the adrenal glands while also protecting against the ravages of excess cortisol. Your therapy will be tailored to your specific needs, but one possible component of treatment might be pregnenolone supplementation. Pregnenolone is a precursor hormone for many adrenal hormones, including cortisol. Taking a small dose of pregnenolone can help give your body the raw materials it needs to function properly on a daily basis and relieve your symptoms. To learn more, contact Renew Youth today.

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