Relieve Your Chronic Stress With Our Holistic Approach
Headaches, feelings of despair, lack of energy, sadness, nervousness, anger, irritability, trouble concentrating, memory problems, difficulty sleeping, mental health disorders (anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc.)
Faster heartbeat or palpitations, rise in blood pressure, increased risk of high cholesterol and heart attack
Stomach: Nausea, stomach ache, heartburn, weight gain, increased or decreased appetite
Increased risk of diabetes
Diarrhea, constipation and other digestive problems
Organs: For women- irregular or painful periods, reduced sexual desire. For men-impotence, low sperm production, reduced sexual desire
Other: Acne and other skin problems, muscle aches and tension, increased risk for low bone density and weakened immune system (making it harder to fight off or recover from illnesses)
Stressed out? Always tired? Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and down a cup of coffee just to get up and going? Do you fight fatigue throughout the day? Does the slightest bit of stress send you over the edge? Do you suffer from muscle and/or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, or low blood sugar or blood pressure? Have you been told that you have chronic fatigue syndrome? You might have adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that Americans face today. Unfortunately, most are unaware that this could be the cause of their symptoms because their doctor never brought it up as a possibility. Like low testosterone, it is a common condition that is overlooked by traditional medicine, and many doctors deny that adrenal fatigue is even a real condition; however, we know better.
Adrenal fatigue is also known as Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis Dysfunction. This is because cortisol is made in the adrenal glands and regulated by adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which is synthesized by the pituitary in response to corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH is released by the hypothalamus. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. Cortisol is the only hormone in the body that increases with age. It is made in the adrenal glands and is derived from pregnenolone. Cortisol is commonly known as the “stress hormone” due its involvement in the stress response. In short, you are wearing your adrenal glands out, so you feel increasingly fatigued, stressed, anxious, and many other health conditions may occur as a result.
Chronic, unrelenting stress, whether physical or psychological or both, eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. It can also occur after acute or chronic infections such as the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. In today’s fast-paced world, the stress that many people experience on a daily, ongoing basis is a contributing factor. Stressors may include noise, pollution, traffic, inclement weather, injuries, illnesses, emotional conflicts, deadlines, and inadequate sleep.
In Japan, Karoshi is a term that referred to “overwork death.” Yes, you really can work yourself to death. Stress and sleeplessness are surprisingly lethal. It’s linked to cardiovascular disease. More than ever, we need to learn how to do manage stress and take care of ourselves better.
At Alpha Hormones®, we test for adrenal dysfunction by measuring your blood, salivary, or urine cortisol levels. Cortisol is your naturally occurring stress hormone. Without it, you literally could not survive. Physiological levels of cortisol are essential for good health as it bolsters your immune system, increasing your resistance to infections, and inflammation. Cortisol is also important in promoting the assimilation of both thyroid and sex hormones by the cells of your body.
In addition to bioidentical cortisol (i.e, Cortef or Hydrocortisone), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), calming (adaptogenic) herbs, and adrenal extracts can be used to treat adrenal fatigue. We have formulated a holistic approach to foster your wellness.