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Adrenal Fatigue: Feeling Frazzled, Fatigued and Foggy?
Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer thriver reports “After years of ups and downs in my energy department, I finally pinpointed the culprit: my adrenals.” Her interview with integrative physician Kenneth Bock, MD discusses:
- What the heck do our adrenals do?
- Why adrenal issues are often overlooked.
- The main signs of adrenal problems.
- The key to healthy adrenal glands.
- How to support your adrenals.
Rhodiola Decreases Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression in Humans
Rhodiola rosea, a yellow-flowered mountain plant, has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians to reduce stress, fatigue and anxiety. But in a Press Release dated June 18, 2013, researchers from the University of California, Irvine report the herbal extract was found to increase the lifespan of fruit fly populations by an average of 24 percent. But what intrigued the scientist the most was that Rhodiola rosea, also known as Golden Root, produced its longevity effect in the fruit flies in a manner completely different from the current most robust method of improving lifespan in laboratory animals. Although the scientists stop short of saying the extract will help humans live longer, their discovery is enhancing scientific understanding of how supplements believed to promote longevity actually work in the body.
The Hidden Cause of Weight Gain, Depression, and Fatigue that Most Doctors Miss
Frank Shallenberger, MD, is one of our favorite integrative medicine docs who adeptly educates patients and readers on natural healing therapies in his Real Cures Health Alert newsletter. In his April 25, 2013 issue, he reports that fatigue, weakness, depression, and decreased memory are four of the most common symptoms of a thyroid hormone deficiency. But thyroid deficiency is often missed by conventional doctors because the standard blood measurement used for thyroid diagnosis is TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone. And the “normal” range found in lab test results often misses a true diagnosis of thyroid deficiency. So what does Dr. Shallenberger recommend? He suggests a do-it-yourself look at a list of “signs and symptoms” of thyroid deficiency, and “if you have a significant number of these symptoms, you likely have a thyroid deficiency. So what can you do? It’s simple. Ask your doctor to give you a trial of thyroid hormone replacement.”
Why Am I Tired All The Time?
If you are suffering from persistent tiredness or longstanding fatigue, you know firsthand how feeling tired all the time takes its toll on your body and mind. Relentless fatigue slowly erodes your health and your ability to cope with life, let alone your ability to enjoy life and live it to its fullest. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally discover why you always feel so tired?
Sometimes, persistent fatigue is a result of your body’s inability to manage stress because your adrenal glands are compromised. This is often termed “adrenal fatigue” or “adrenal exhaustion” and is a separate medical condition from “chronic fatigue syndrome”. The good news is that you can take an inexpensive home test called an adrenal fatigue test to discover if the source of your fatigue is inadequate adrenal function, and thus, uncover the true reason you’re always feeling tired.
Rehabilitation Therapies for Can Lead to Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Research led by Queen Mary University of London, has shown that recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome is possible for patients, and has identified two alternative treatments most likely to lead to recovery: cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy. The researchers reported, “Cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercise therapy, as supplements to specialist medical care, increase the likelihood of recovery from CFS by three-fold compared to other treatments.” The research results indicate that these two treatments were so effective that a large percentage study participants were classed as “recovered”, meaning they no longer met the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome.
If you are interested in adding these two treatments to your current CFS protocol, it is best to find an integrative doctor who specializes in these unique therapies. To locate an integrative doctor in your area, view in our Directory of Integrative Physicians.