Adrenal glands play a key role in mounting our body’s response to any type of stress, whether it is physical or emotional, or a combination of both. The adrenal glands regulate energy production, heart rate, muscle tone, and immune responses. After severe, prolonged or repeated stresses, the adrenal gland can “burn-out” from over-stimulation
and become unable to meet the demands of future stresses. Poor nutrition, substance abuse, lack of sleep, chronic illness, chronic emotional stresses and a high-pressured life style can all be predisposing factors.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, intermittent episodes throughout the day of severely decreased energy levels, difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness, recurrent infections, and the craving for salty or sweet snacks. Adrenal fatigue has been estimated to affect up to 2/3 of the adult population of the US, at some time in their lives. Stress reduction, vitamin supplementation, adaptogenic nutraceutical products, adrenal gland extracts, and/or bio-identical hormone treatment with hydrocortisone are all ways we help patients at CIRH with adrenal gland fatigue, depending on individual needs.