Adrenal Fatigue

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A common complaint among women in perimenopause is an overwhelming sense of fatigue and exhaustion.  Often described as crashing fatigue.  While many women might chalk it up as the result of sleepless nights associated with night sweats and insomnia, the real culprit is likely adrenal fatigue.

What are the Adrenal Glands and What do they Do?

The adrenal glands are two walnut sized endocrine organs located just above the kidneys. Comprised of the inner-medulla and the outer-cortex, the adrenals work in tandem, playing a key role in our body’s response to stress by releasing three hormones: adrenaline, also called norepinephrine, cortosol, and DHEA.

Commonly known as the “fight or flight” hormone, adrenaline is released by the inner-medulla gland when there is a perceived threat or danger. To prepare us for either a “fight or flight” response, our body releases quick shots of adrenaline.

The adrenaline increases our heart rate, causes blood to rush to our organs and large muscle groups, dilates our pupils, sharpens our mental alertness, and increases our tolerance for pain.

The fight or flight response is engaged many times throughout our day by simple actions such as, swerving to avoid a potential fender bender, or from the anxiety one may feel by getting pulled over by a traffic cop. Ordinary, day to day to day encounters at a stressful job can also engage the fight or flight response as well.

Cortisol and Chronic Stress

When we are under prolonged periods of chronic stress it is the outer-cortex of the adrenal glands that comes to the body’s rescue by releasing cortisol.  Cortisol’s main function is to metabolize fats and proteins into sugars to create and maintain energy.

Cortisol also helps the body adapt to chronic stress by increasing energy levels, stabilizing emotions,a a  and acting as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, among other things.

As with everything, however, too much of a good thing has its downside. If cortisol levels become too high over a long period of time, it can cause a loss of bone density, muscle atrophy, thinning of the skin, kidney damage, blood sugar problems, weight gain, and an increased susceptibility to illness.

DHEA – The Great Equalizer

DHEA is an androgen,  a steroid hormone released by both the adrenal glands and the ovaries. Like adrenaline and cortisol, DHEA also improves the body’s ability to recover from and cope with stress and trauma.

But, it also helps to neutralize some of the damaging effects of high levels of cortisol in the body, namely, the tendency of cortisol to suppress the immune system. As a result, DHEA is useful in helping the body resist sickness and disease.

Estrogen Dominance and Adrenal Fatigue

When women are in perimenopause and experiencing fluctuating progesterone levels, estrogen dominance often occurs.

In addition to the many symptoms of perimenopause that excess estrogen causes, it also causes high levels of cortisol-binding globulins in the blood stream.

The binding actions of the globulins inhibit free movement of cortisol throughout the body, essentially rendering it useless.

So, while a woman may have adequate levels of cortisol in her system, the body is unable to efficiently use it which results in a reduced ability to effectively manage and cope with stress.

Even though the adrenal glands are providing necessary stores of adrenaline, DHEA and cortisol, it is rendered ineffective by the effects of excess estrogen.

Over time, the adrenal glands become fatigued and exhausted, unable to produce the necessary levels of adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA. Factor in chronic insomniamood swings, night sweats and hot flashes and you have the recipe for the relentless, debilitating, crashing fatigue that women complain about during perimenopause.

How to Relieve Adrenal Fatigue

One of the first and most obvious helps to relieve your body of adrenal fatigue is to rest. Western culture is likely the most sleep-deprived culture in the world, and chronic exhaustion associated with adrenal fatigue is one of the by-products of  poor sleep habits.

Eight to ten hours sleep per day is necessary to help your body recover from adrenal fatigue. A  diet rich in low-glycemic index foods is also an excellent remedy for adrenal fatigue, as they help stabilize blood sugar.

Vitamin C (3,000 to 6,000 units) is recommended as a supplement along, with B-complex vitamins, zinc and magnesium for at least three months. Moderate exercise and exposure to sunlight is also helpful in restoring healthy, adrenal function.

Dr. Glen Depke Adrenal Test Kit & Recovery System

If you would like to have your adrenal glands tested you can purchase Dr. Glen Depke’s Adrenal Recovery System which tests your adrenal function in a very comprehensive manner.

I will tell you ladies now, it’s pricey too!  However, it is a kit which will test all of your adrenal function:

  • Cortisol – 4 times of the day
  • Your total cortisol
  • DHEA average
  • Ratio of cortisol to DHEA
  • Estradiol
  • Estriol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Melatonin

In addition you will also get 3 weeks of personal education in the form of text, videos & webinars to teach you about:

  • The stages of adrenal dysfunction
  • The important of adrenal gland function
  • Proper hormone production and pathways
  • The lifestyle triggers that cause adrenal dysfunction

You will also receive a personal 30 minute session with one of the Depke Wellness assistants to help you:

  • Understand your personal adrenal function
  • Make the necessary recommendations to assist your body in healing your adrenal function
  • Direct you toward your personal adrenal triggers

100% Money Back Guarantee

Shipping of the test kit is included in the price both to you and to the lab and it comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If your adrenal saliva test results show that every hormone level is within the proper ranges, Depke Wellness will refund the full price of the program. They will even pay for your adrenal saliva test kit and you still enjoy the 3 weeks of detailed information.

So if you’re looking for a good at home adrenal testing program this could be it!  You can check out Depke Wellness Center here, and purchase the Adrenal Recovery System there as well. 

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