Many people suffer with adrenal fatigue. They have issues with hypoglycemia, dizziness when they stand up, constipation/IBS, brain fog, fatigue, cold hands and feet, difficulty coping with stress, chronic infections, sensitivities to smells and bright sunlight etc. Healing can be accelerated with the use of a specialized adrenal infusion, in addition to supplements and diet changes.
The adrenal glands are a pair of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Each gland can be divided into 2 distinct organs. The outer region, called the cortex, secretes hormones which have important effects on the way in which energy
is stored and food is used, on chemicals in the blood, and on characteristics such as hairiness and body shape. The smaller, inner region, called the medulla, is part of the sympathetic nervous system and is the body’s first line of defense
and response to physical and emotional stressors.
The adrenal glands are shaped like the French Emperor Napoleon’s hat and just as Napoleon’s three-cornered hat sat on his head, so a gland sits on top each kidney. The glands are about one to two inches in length and weigh a fraction of an ounce.The outer layer takes its instructions from the pituitary gland hormone called ACTH. The hormones secreted here are called “steroids” and there are 3 main types: those which control the balance of sodium and potassium; those which raise the level of sugar in the blood; and sex hormones. Aldosterone is secreted by the outermost zone of the adrenal cortex. This hormone inhibits the amount of sodium excreted in the urine and helps to maintain blood volume and blood pressure. Cortisol is secreted in the middle layer of the cortex. It controls how the body utilizes fat, protein, carbohydrates and minerals and helps to reduce inflammation. Gonadocorticoids are produced by the inner layer of the cortex. These sex hormones have only a slight effect on the sex organs. They influence sperm production in males, while in females they mainly influence the distribution of body hair.
The inner layer makes 2 types of hormones and takes all its instructions from the nervous system producing chemicals, which react to fear and anger, and are sometimes called “fight” or “flight” hormones. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are produced in the medulla. Epinephrine is also called adrenalin and stimulates heart rate. Norepinephrine is also called noradrenaline and helps to maintain a constant blood pressure.
Healthy adrenals equal: strong immune system; sound emotional capacity; vibrant, energetic life; and ability to adapt and cope. Before balancing sex hormones, the adrenal glands must be balanced. The adrenal glands control weight gain in the thigh and knee area.
Adrenal function significantly affects:
Energy production – abnormal adrenal function can alter the ability of cells to produce energy for activities of daily living;
- Muscle and joints – abnormal adrenal rhythms compromise tissue healing and increase tissue breakdown leading to muscle and joint injury and chronic pain;
- Bone Health – if night and morning cortisol levels are too high, bones do not rebuild resulting in osteoporosis;
- Immune System Health – if cortisol cycles are disrupted, especially at night, then the immune system is adversely affected;
- Sleep Quality – high cortisol levels interrupt the body’s ability to enter REM sleep cycle. Chronic lack of REM sleep can reduce the mental vitality and vigor of a person and induce depression. Physical repair of the body occurs between 10:00pm and 2:00am. Psychological repair occurs between 2:00am and 6:00am.
- Thyroid Function – levels of cortisol at the cellular level control thyroid function. Often, hypothyroid symptom such as fatigue and low body temperature are due to adrenal maladaptation.
In today’s busy world, the adrenal glands become severely overburdened by chronic stress, environmental pollutants, infections and the overuse of stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and nicotine. The body’s attempt to compensate for stress results in an increased production of cortisol from the cortex, leading to a disruption of the delicate balance of hormones required for health and vitality. Factors that contribute to elevated cortisol include chronic inflammation; chronic infections; poor blood sugar control and emotional/psychological issues.
Signs and Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
- Craving salt of salty foods
Increased effort to do everyday tasks. You don’t really wake up until 10:00am, afternoon lows between 3 and 4pm and feels better after evening meal.
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
- Light-headed when standing up quickly
- Edema/water retention
- Mild depression
- Less enjoyment or happiness with life
- Increased PMS
- Symptoms increase if meals are skipped or inadequate
- Thoughts are less focused and more fuzzy – “brain fog”
- Sensitive to exhaust fumes, smoke, smog
- Decreased tolerance
- Decreased production
- Dark circles under eyes
- Eyes sensitive to bright lights
- Poor circulation – cold hands and feet
- Non-specific joint pain or arthritis
- Allergies-food and airborne
- Catches cold easily, slow to recover
- Sensitive to weather changes
Eighty percent of people suffering from adrenal fatigue also experience symptoms of low thyroid. Levels of cortisol at the cellular level directly affect thyroid gland function, especially the conversion of T4 to T3. Imbalances of sex hormones also occur in response to weakened adrenals. In times of chronic stress, the body’s response is to shunt sex hormone precursors toward cortisol production and away from sex hormone production. Over time, the levels of sex hormones quickly become depleted and the symptoms of hormonal imbalance deepen.
The adrenal intravenous drip is designed to nourish the adrenal glands and support the reestablishment of a state of balance. The number of treatments required will vary with the individual, but often 20 treatments is ideal. Treatments can be taken on a weekly to bi-weekly basis and take between 60 and 90 minutes.
Balancing the adrenal glands is primary and central in the healing of any endocrine or hormonal issue.