Did you know that 80 percent of adults will experience adrenal fatigue* in their lifetime?

Although this negatively affects the vast majority of the population, there is controversy within the medical community whether this condition is a legitimate diagnosis or not. This disagreement only arises due to the inability to identify and treat it in a uniform way. Adrenal dysfunction manifests in everyone very differently and because of this, there is no ONE way to solve this problem.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by stress on the adrenal glands. This causes an imbalance in the hormone production (particularly cortisol).The most common identified of adrenal fatigue is an overall sense of energy depletion. – this can take many forms.

Collectively, the excretion of cortisol, adrenaline, and testosterone in response to stress all play a role in increasing the heart rate and blood pressure, slowing digestion, and shutting down executive brain functions, among other physiological changes collectively known as the ‘stress response’.

Understandably, this elevated level of stress has serious energetic implications on the body, as well as affecting:

  • Memory
  • Sleep Quality
  • Immune Health
  • Thyroid Function
  • Blood Pressure
  • Fertility
  • Blood Sugar Levels

The question arises, “How can you treat a condition that affects so many functions in the body?”

Functional Medicine’s Role In The Fight Against Fatigue

Medical doctors often treat adrenal fatigue with drugs or energy-boosting supplements. All of these products have one thing in common – they only treat the symptoms of tiredness, instead of addressing the actual cause of the adrenal dysfunction. On the other hand, functional medicine focuses on identifying which areas of the patient’s lifestyle need to be adjusted, what strategies the patient can implement to overcome the fatigue and the appropriate treatment plan the caters to the patient’s individual needs.

This adrenal fatigue-healing recipe encourages balanced blood-sugar and cortisol levels

Try it in place of your morning coffee and you will feel the difference!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups kale
  • 1 tablespoon super greens powder
  • 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon maca
  • 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil
  • 1 lemon (or lime), skin removed
  • 2-4 drops stevia

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend until pureed
2. Enjoy!

*A more accurate term for adrenal fatigue is hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysfunction (HPA-D). Here is a link to an article by Chris Kresser for more information: https://kresserinstitute.com/adrenal-fatigue-hpa-axis-dysregulation/