Adrenal Fatigue

Last month we used the analogy of the thyroid gland being the body’s “accelerator”. Continuing with that analogy, if the thyroid gland is the “accelerator”, the adrenal glands provide the “gas”.

The adrenal glands secrete hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone that are essential to health and vitality AND significantly affect total body function. “Adrenal fatigue” can result when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level, and is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. Adrenal dysfunction can also be caused by acute or chronic infections, including respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.

As the name suggests, the primary symptom of “adrenal fatigue” is tiredness that is not relieved by sleep. In more serious cases, individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. The body will make alterations to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones, but at a price. Changes occur in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and can even affect a person’s sex drive.

Adrenal hormones like cortisol help to minimize 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. Ask the pharmacists at RxUnlimited Pharmacy about hormone replacement therapy and to recommend supplements for adrenal support.