Why am I so tired and depressed all the time?
Look to the Adrenal glands for Life Changing Support!
Just about every patient I see has had some form of physical or emotional trauma in their history, not to mention a long history of poor health habits. I am referring primarily to too much sugar, caffeine and not enough exercise. The adrenal glands main function is to release hormones that help with the stress response and blood sugar regulation. Just like with many other parts of the body, the adrenal glands will eventually fatigue when exposed to prolonged stress and a diet high in carbohydrates and simple sugar. Because the adrenal glands are the backup system to the heart, adrenal fatigue can often times lead to cardiovascular symptoms, which make for a difficult diagnosis.
Here is a list of some of the most common symptoms associated with Adrenal Fatigue:
- Interrupted sleep patterns. The patient wakes up at 2 or 3am.
- Heart fluttering or palpitations.
- Shortness of breath with exertion.
- Dizziness when you get up too quickly.
- Anxiety attacks.
- Crave salty foods.
- Low back pain that gets only temporary relief with treatment.
- Eyes sensitive to bright light.
Taking a good history is essential for proper assessment. If cardiovascular symptoms are present it is always advisable to be evaluated by your doctor to rule out an actual heart condition. If nothing shows up it’s a good bet your adrenal glands are involved. This is such an important problem to handle properly because, not only do we need energy to live a quality life but prolonged adrenal fatigue can ultimately lead to thyroid dysfunction.
This system of glands including the Pituitary, Hypothalamus, Thyroid, Adrenal, Pancreas, Ovaries and Gonads make up what’s known as the endocrine system. All of these glands produce hormones that regulate our body functions. This is a very complex network of interactions. However, for the purposes of this article, I want you to know that the Pituitary, the Hypothalamus and the Adrenal glands are the most overlooked by the traditional medical doctors. As an alternative doctor I am most concerned with the function of these three glands, known as the HPA axis, as they are the master hormone glands and they control most every other hormone gland in the body. If all we look at is the Thyroid then chances are we are not addressing the primary problem.
At Oro Valley Health and Wellness Chiropractic we look at the whole body. Through our thorough assessment we seek to uncover the root cause of our patients health issues.
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