Many people do not associate poor health with levels of stress but the two correlate. If you are under a lot of stress or are not getting the rest that you need, you may deplete your cortisol levels. Cortisol is just one of the over 50 hormones that our adrenal glands secrete. These two small glands that sit over the kidneys play an important role in our optimal health.
Generally patients who present with adrenal fatigue can often be heard saying, “After______, I was never the same.” The onset of adrenal fatigue often occurs because of financial pressures, infections, emotional stress, smoking, drugs, poor eating habits, sugar and white flour products, unemployment and several other stressors. After experiencing many of these events over a long period of time, the adrenal glands tend to produce less cortisol, the body’s master stress hormone. Cortisol’s main role in the body is to enable us to handle stress and maintain our immune systems. The adrenal gland’s struggle to meet the high demands of cortisol production eventually leads to adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Low libido
- Other debilitating reactions
If you are suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, New Leaf Wellness can help! Let us test your cortisol levels and, if necessary, suggest the appropriate supplements to restore your health and vitality.