Is Stress Making You Sick?

Stress is one of the leading causes of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is the common name for a set of symptoms that result from the adrenal glands being worked to exhaustion.

Stress can come in a variety of forms, but your body’s adrenal response is the same. It can take years for your adrenal glands to fail to meet the stress and demands of your daily life, ultimately resulting in adrenal fatigue.

For the majority of cases, adrenal fatigue is secondary to some other underlying health issue such as chronic hidden inflammation.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands are responsible for cortisol, DHEA, aldosterone, and adrenaline production. These hormones help you adapt to the demands of everyday life, and help the body function in times of intense stress. But stress levels are reaching an epidemic proportion due to our fast-paced lifestyle. In addition to lifestyle-induced stress, chronic stress can be triggered by:

  • Dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance in the gut)
  • Food sensitivities
  • Chemical sensitivies
  • Chronic pain
  • Blood sugar issues (reactive hypoglycemia and diabetes)
  • Poor relationships

All of these stressors cause the adrenal glands to work overtime. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands simply can’t keep up with the demand for hormones. Under chronic stress, all systems that are required for rest, repair, and digestion shut down.

How Stress Hurts Your Health

Common Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • get tired for no reason

  • have trouble getting up in the morning

  • need caffeine or energy drinks to keep going

  • crave either salty or sweet snacks

  • trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

  • chronic allergies

  • never get sick

  • get sick often

Common symptom of adrenal fatigue: getting sick often
  • poor memory

  • poor concentration

  • depression

  • menstrual cycle irregularities

  • chronic pain

  • slow healing from injuries

  • bruise easily

  • inability to handle stress

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment

As functional medicine providers, it is our job to find the underlying cause of your stress response gone awry.  Not only do we tell you WHY you don’t feel well, but we’ll teach you what YOU can do about it.  Let us help you develop a strategy to conquer adrenal fatigue and restore your vitality and quality of life.

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