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Adrenal Fatigue

Dr. Tara believes that most chronic disease can be traced back to an adrenal imbalance, likely caused by prolonged exposure to stress. Yet adrenal health is rarely, if ever, mentioned in conventional medicine for disease prevention or early intervention for a wide variety of health concerns.

The adrenals are globular looking organs that sit on top of each kidney. They are the master of our stress response, producing SALT, SUGAR and SEX.

  • Salt = Aldosterone, a hormone that controls the sodium and potassium levels (electrolytes) in the body.
  • Sugar = Glucocorticoids like Cortisol and Epinephrine (Adrenaline) create the “fight or flight” response to stress.
  • Sex = Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA – our important sex hormones.

Today’s busy lifestyles are like a match to a flame when it comes to adrenal function. When stressed or fatigued, our adrenal glands secrete excess cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. If we stay in a state of overdrive for extended periods of time, the body’s adrenal reserves become depleted causing interrupted sleep, further exhaustion, low blood sugar, decreased immune resistance, mood variability, decreased libido and a slower metabolism.

Individuals with adrenal fatigue follow a distinct energy pattern. They are often fatigued in the morning and do not feel fully awake until the early afternoon. Energy dips around 4pm, leading to sleepiness or clouded thinking. They are most energized at night, experiencing an increase in energy level after 6 pm, staying awake until after 11 pm which sets the whole adrenal fatigue cycle up for the next day.

To identify adrenal fatigue, Dr. Tara takes a detailed patient history, performs a physical exam and does appropriate laboratory testing to understand your unique health status. Your treatment will target nutrient and supportive therapies to nourish the adrenals, restore function, and regulate cortisol release. When adrenal fatigue is properly addressed, patients experience noticeable improvements in all areas of their health. Most importantly, chronic disease is averted!

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