Adrenal Fatigueon Jun 25, 2016
I’m sure you’ve heard the common phrase ‘stress kills.’ Unfortunately, it seems this is a life motto for us living and working in the Western world. While there has been much research done regarding the negative impacts of stress on your body, one often overlooked result of unsustainable stress is Adrenal Fatigue or otherwise known as Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Why has our advanced, Western medicine been inconsistent with diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue? Most conventional blood work looks for extreme variations in normal adrenal hormone levels. A severe deficiency of these hormones is called Addison’s disease while an overproduction results in Cushing’s disease. Both are usually caused by some sort of auto-immune dysfunction or other bodily ailment, while Adrenal Fatigue is brought on largely by stress factors. This is why, as a responsible caregiver of your body, prevention and/or reduction of stress along with the careful nutrient encouragement of products such as ProLife Stream, you can largely influence your own likelihood of being afflicted with Adrenal Fatigue.
While the extreme over and under production of adrenal hormones can have severe effects on the body, including but not limited to: lowered immune system functions, lowered sex drive, depression, lethargy, weight gain, and possible chronic pain; these symptoms can appear even with a slight deregulation of adrenal hormones. Therefore, it is our obligation to help our bodies out by regulating our diet and exercise routine.
But what exactly is the adrenal gland and how does it function? Understanding the basics of the gland will help to illuminate ways in which you can help-out the adrenal function of your body. The adrenal glands are two small grape sized organs placed right above the kidney, with the main purpose of dealing with stress. This is done through the regulation of countless hormones, which for example, regulate blood pressure and sex hormones. The most important hormone that the adrenal gland produces is cortisol.
Cortisol! Does this hormone sound familiar? Chances are, you’ve heard some health professionals discussing the importance of cortisol and its connection to stress. Cortisol is imperative for stress control and we see with Adrenal Fatiuge the levels of cortisol dramatically alter, causing the adrenal gland, and your body in general, to have difficulties coping with stress. How does it do this, you might be asking? Well, Cortisol acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels, it also contracts mid-sized arteries! Needless to say, cortisol is important for the healthy function of your body and in modern days of workaholic mentality, it is something that demands extra attention.
So what are the most common symptoms that you might experience if you have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome? Most people complain of lack of energy and lethargy. It is common that you struggle to wake up in the morning and you rely on caffeine to get going and to sustain your energy in the afternoon between 1-4 pm. Heart palpitations (feeling or hearing your heart beat) with the slightest exertion such as walking up a flight of stairs or bending over to pick up a bag of groceries. Anxiety or nervousness even during a mild stressful event, is experienced by many people with adrenal fatigue, or a feeling of “being overwhelmed” and not able to handle stress. Episodes of dizziness while standing up, and hypoglycemia symptoms if you skip a meal are also common. Low blood pressure and cravings for salty foods are experienced, and all symptoms are usually worse in the summer time when the temperatures are higher.
Knowing some background information on the adrenal gland and the dangers of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (which unfortunately goes undetected in many general lab work results), will help you do your part to helping your body regulate adrenal hormone levels, leading to a happier, more restful, and overall healthy you. So what can you do?
What can you do to help your adrenals and avoid Adrenal Fatigue?
Well, first off and probably most obviously, reducing stress levels will do wonders to not only your adrenal hormone levels but to a plethora of other physiological processes in your body. While this is easier said than done, it’s probably one of the most important factors modern medicine cannot help you with. Along with stress reduction, regular exercise and sleep schedules can help. Having a restful sleep and maintaining an 8 hour sleeping schedule, is very important if you battle adrenal fatigue.
In terms of nutrients you can add to your diet to help with adrenal functions there are many. ProLife Stream contains a considerable amount of these nutrients in a single shake, making it a convenient way to address the multitude of nutrients our bodies lack in our modern diets. Some nutrients vital to adrenal function include: vitamins C, D, B5, and E, various natural steroids, as well as herbal extracts. However, one approach to solving the problem of Adrenal Fatigue is not enough. Medical experts, including our own Dr. Karampahtsis, suggest a combination of as many of the suggested remedies as possible.
So to summarize the steps you can take to avoid adrenal fatigue or to battle Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Dr Karampahtsis suggests making an effort to reduce stress. Spend time to do things that bring on relaxation to you such as, walking, yoga, swimming, reading a good book, or spending time with a good friend. Add exercise to your routine, but start slowly and with low intensity as you might be already feeling tired and have lack of energy. Getting on a consistent sleep routine and schedule is very important; do not fight your “sleepiness” and go to bed as soon as you feel sleepy. Adding the much needed nutrients our modern diets tend to be missing can help you fight adrenal fatigue faster and help you return to your feeling normal.
Now’s the time to take control of your health! By changing your lifestyle slightly, you can make enormous improvements to your health which directly impacts your longevity. And we here at ProLife Stream are offering you an all-in-one, all natural, nutrient shake that gives you an easy first step towards changing your health habits and getting your body back to its prime functioning ability!