Adrenal Fatigue (Hypoadrenia) Evaluation
Adrenal glands are responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress. This stress response often can be over stimulated in today’s working and social environments. This excess stimulation over time can change the way that you respond to stress. These changes can be subtle; here are some signs that might suggest your adrenal gland might be underperforming:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or significant blood sugar drop in response to caffeine
- Cravings for sweet foods during the day
- Sleep cycle issues, especially being a night owl but slow to fully awaken in the morning
- Decreased libido
- Functioning with high adrenaline, or prone to anxiety or even panic attacks
This syndrome can be aided by treatments oriented at balancing many different systems. Our treatment protocols for adrenal fatigue often involve testing your circadian rhythm. This rhythm can become upregulated, (or down regulated if the gland is depleted), due to chronic stress and other environmental factors.
The Use of Bio-Identical Hormones
Hormone imbalances are common in both men and women as a normal aspect of aging, and after periods of stress (both emotional and physical). Poor nutrition, stress, lack of regular exercise and draining emotional situations can contribute to disruption in the hormonal system, resulting in imbalance and dysfunction. Restoring hormones to an improved balance can make remarkable differences in your health, vitality and energy levels.
Natural or bio-identical hormones are hormones which are chemically exactly identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Specifically, they are synthesized in the laboratories from the sterols (fat) of wild yam and soy plants.
Hypothyroidism – A serious under-diagnosed endemic
According to Dr. Broda O. Barnes, author of Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, one out of 3 people may be affected by this condition – a low functioning of the thyroid gland affecting cellular functions and metabolism causing symptoms such as: lethargy, constant fatigue, constipation, heavy menstrual flow, mood swings, brittle nails, sensitivity to cold, cold hands and feet, extremely dry skin, loss of hair, puffy face, weight gain without overeating, painful menstruation, acne, menstrual irregularities, etc.
Furthermore, the second most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorders are those of the thyroid gland (the first is diabetes). Ultrasound studies have shown thyroid nodular disease in at least 40% of healthy adults. In addition, about 10% of the US population at large shows circulating thyroid antibodies which are important predictors of autoimmune thyroid disease.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First, do no harm.
2. Act in co-operation with the healing power of nature.
3. Address the fundamental causes of disease.
4. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
5. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.