When was the last time you sprang out of bed in the morning feeling full of energy?
Lots of people can’t remember the last time they felt this way. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints people present with, so if you suffer from fatigue – you’re not alone!
Fatigue is a normal response to physical exertion, emotional stress or lack of sleep. In a healthy person fatigue will resolve after a few early nights, good diet and rest. If you experience ongoing fatigue that doesn’t resolve after resting it’s time to seek professional advice.
Take this simple test!
Give yourself a score out of ten for your current energy levels, 10 being the highest energy levels you have experienced and 0 feeling so fatigued you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. If you’ve rated yourself 5 or less, and have felt this way for a while now it’s time to seek professional advice.
Ongoing fatigue is your body’s way of telling you there’s something wrong, so it’s important that you are assessed and the root cause of your fatigue is identified.
Adrenal Fatigue – the modern epidemic
So while we all know what “running on adrenalin” feels like, very few people ever give a thought to what happens to the body when we continue to operate at this level. The adrenal gland is designed to release a tsunami of stress hormones including cortisol and DHEA along with adrenalin when we are under direct physical threat. These hormones have powerful effects on the body, they liberate fuel stores and increase heart rate and blood pressure, so we have enough reserves to either fight or flee from danger. Which is very useful if your life is in danger…. Thankfully this is rarely the case in a modern world, however the adrenal glands have the same response regardless of the type of stress we experience, the only difference is the levels of response.
Fundamentally, we are not designed to operate under continuous stress, a busy job, heavy social and family commitments, a long commute, lack of sleep and even pushing yourself to exercise when you are already feeling exhausted can just add to the burden on the adrenal gland. Our nutritional requirements skyrocket during times of stress and often our diet alone cannot meet the demand. Ultimately our adrenal gland may start to struggle, which can cause disruption to our adrenal and other hormones.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue – Tired and Wired
People with adrenal fatigue may experience a range of symptoms, as hormone levels start to become unstable. Often we see people who are exhausted in the morning and feel wired at night and have difficulty sleeping, this is a typical pattern. However people may not realise that adrenal problems can be related to a range of symptoms and and several health conditions.
Sugar and or salt cravings
High blood pressure
Decline in immune function
How do we test for Adrenal Fatigue?
We focus on identifying and treating the cause of your fatigue to ensure you have the energy and vitality to get the most out of your health. Testing for Adrenal Fatigue is simple and non-invasive. We use functional pathology salivary hormone testing which provides clear information about your adrenal health. Depending on your health history and current symptoms we may also conduct a number of screening testing in clinic to assess inflammation, hydration and nutritional status, all of which can impact on fatigue. These results allow us to individualise your Adrenal Fatigue program.
Depending on your results we will start you on one of our delicious and easy to follow on line nutrition programs to ensure you get the nutrients you need for a fresh start to your health. We will address stress management and exercise and start you on an effective treatment protocol to support adrenal recovery.