Adrenal Gland Fatigue
Adrenal Gland Fatigue - How to Avoid It or What To Do If You Have It
By Mike Westerdal
Founder of Critical Bench Inc.
Adrenal Fatigue is a health disorder that can affect anyone. It's a condition characterized by consistent and deep fatigue coupled with a loss in strength and decline in endurance.
It also contributes to many health conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. It's important not to confuse Adrenal Fatigue to adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that may result in Addison's disease, which is the worst degree of adrenal insufficiency that may lead to serious illness or death.
Adrenal gland fatigue is the result of a decline in the proper functioning of adrenal glands, which play a very important role in the management of all types of stress - physical, emotional and psychological.
Our adrenal glands secrete a wide and complex array of hormones such as cortisol, testosterone and estrogen - all of which regulate a large number of functions within our bodies.
Adrenal fatigue starts setting in when our adrenal glands become weakened to a point where their response to stress becomes insufficient.
People suffering from adrenal gland fatigue find it very difficult to be active.
Furthermore, weight training gets increasingly difficult, they tire easily and recovery from exertion takes longer than usual.
Other than just not feeling well, some adrenal fatigue suffers may also experience mild joint and muscle pains, a reduced sex drive, short bursts of energy in the evening as well as other symptoms.
It's believed that adrenal gland fatigue is caused by chronic and persistent stress. Some say that it's also brought on by consistent overdosing on stimulants found in most energy drinks, fat burners supplements and even coffee.
Diagnosing adrenal gland fatigue is not a precise science but there are lab tests that are done to show how well a person's adrenal glands are working. Some other methods used to detect adrenal fatigue are: blood pressure tracking, pupil contraction testing and temperature tracking.
Other than cutting stimulants and eliminating stress in your life, adrenal fatigue treatments include hormone replacement therapy, specific supplements and a healthy diet.
Diets that are high in refined sugars and processed carbs wreak havoc on the body and they are especially stressful on the adrenal glands. A sensible diet containing a balance of quality sources of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats can prevent adrenal fatigue or help you recover from it. Eating 5 to 6 frequent (but small) meals is also very helpful.
Here's a list of supplements that have shown to be effective in preventing and treating adrenal fatigue:
- Pantothenic Acid (PA): Known as vitamin B5, PA plays a key role in producing adrenal hormones, especially in situations of high stress.
- Ascorbic Acid: This is a sugar acid with strong antioxidant properties. The highest concentrations if this acid are found in the cortex and the adrenal gland medulla. It's believed that an ascorbic acid deficiency results in reduced adrenal activity.
- Vitamin C: The adrenal gland is one of the organs with the highest concentrations of vitamin C.
- Vitamin E: The adrenal gland also has high concentrations of vitamin E. Inside the adrenal gland, vitamin E plays a crucial role in steroidogenesis.
- Vitamin A: This vitamin is an important co-factor in steroidogenesis.
- Vitamin B6: Pyridoxal phosphate (P5P) is the active form of vitamin B6, which helps to stimulate the release of adrenal catecholamines. It also alters cell receptor response to steroid hormones.
Hormone replacement therapy is the third option for treating adrenal gland fatigue. This type of treatment entails bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This is different from general hormone replacement therapy (HRT). BHRT involves supplemental doses of steroid hormones (hydrocortisone and aldosterone) that have a chemical structure identical to human hormones produced the body. HRT, on the other hand, uses animal or synthetic hormones that have similar or identical structures as those produced by the human body.
In conclusion, the symptoms of adrenal gland fatigue vary from mild to debilitating. Your best defense is to maintain a proper and healthy diet, cut out all the stimulants, limit your caffeine intake and make sure you include the vitamins and compounds listed above in your supplementation regimen.
About the Author
Mike Westerdal is the founder of Critical Bench Inc.
Critical Bench is a popular free online weight lifting magazine that hosts the Internet's largest FREE exercise database.
It's also home to the Critical Bench Program that helps you gain muscle mass and increase your bench press.
For more information visit www.criticalbench.com
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