Life can keep us from being able to take care of ourselves the way we should. Sometimes we feel so busy that we don’t pay attention to how we may be feeling, or how our bodies are acting. Mango Clinic Miami is able to help you with examinations and options for treating ailments that might be preventing you from being the healthiest you can be; Adrenal Fatigue is one such condition.
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Functions of the Adrenal Gland
Do you feel yourself feeling extra tired? Extra sleepy? Maybe you’re feeling more stressed than usual, or feel as though you aren’t able to handle everything life has been throwing your way. It can be hard to manage everything that goes on in our lives, so much so that we may not notice the reasons behind it all.
One of those reasons could be that our adrenal gland is depleted. You may not know too much about it, but adrenal glands are essential organs that sit on top of our kidneys. They produce hormones that help balance a multitude of things within our bodies, such as regulating blood pressure, electrolytes, and adrenaline.
Cortisol is one of the most vital hormones the adrenal gland produces and can be the cause of much energy in your system. It’s able to regulate your blood pressure, as well as decrease inflammation when needed. In order for cortisol to be released, two other hormones must be released: the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). CRH helps the pituitary gland secrete ACTH, which then makes the adrenal glands release cortisol into the bloodstream. In essence, both CRH and ACTH are in charge of making sure the right amount of cortisol is flowing through our bodies.
If these hormones aren’t released and aren’t working the way they should, you can find yourself feeling adrenal fatigue. High levels of stress are known for causing this, and the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue aren’t always noticeable, as it can take months or years for them to show up.
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Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms someone with adrenal fatigue will have is a lack of energy. It should be unsurprising since the adrenal glands can provide our bodies with the energy we need to face the day. If you feel like you need more sleep during the day, these could be signs of fatigue, especially if it’s happening regularly.
Low blood sugar is another common symptom; it can make you easily dizzy and lightheaded. As we’ve mentioned earlier, adrenal glands release cortisol, which helps regulate blood sugar. If your glands are being depleted and your sugar levels are low, you may find yourself feeling much weaker, especially in the early mornings.
A more surprising symptom is the craving for salty foods. This is because the adrenal glands produce aldosterone, which stores sodium in the kidneys, as well as other vital glands. If this hormone isn’t working correctly, you can end up excreting more waste than is warranted, and thus consuming more salt as a way of counterbalancing.
Best Ways to Treat Adrenal Fatigue
There exist different treatments for adrenal fatigue, and either going for one or several depends on what works best for you. The most important, however, is finding out what’s causing the fatigue in the first place. Since stress is most likely what’s been causing you to have less energy, identify what precisely may be causing this. It could be work, a relationship, a lack of sleep, your diet, or even some combination of these. Once you figure out what exactly is causing your stress, you can start figuring out how to handle it.
From here you can also focus on changing your diet, especially if that’s a major cause of your stress. An adrenal fatigue diet consists of eating healthy and making sure you get the right nutrients, protein, fruits, and vegetables can be a great way to combat adrenal fatigue. Some of these foods can include eggs, fish, nuts, dairy, and leafy green. Also stay hydrated, since dehydration is bad for your glands and body at large. If you can eat breakfast, do so, as this can help you maintain energy, as can eating regularly throughout the day. Avoid what is usually considered unhealthy foods, such as soft drinks, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and anything fried.
As for supplements, you can find natural solutions of nearly any kind. Natural herbs and the like are the most recommended supplements for adrenal fatigue, as they’re able to properly balance your hormones. Many of the herbs recommended can give a boost to your immune system, allowing it to keep your adrenal glands healthy and in production. Additionally, Vitamin C can help with producing cortisol, while B vitamins can provide you with more energy.
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At Mango Clinic Miami, we can help you figure out what might be causing you stress, and the best treatments for you. Our professional and certified staff will be able to examine you and your individual needs and provide a variety of options, including diet plans and medication choices.