Simmons Medical Clinic, P.A. and Center for Health & Wellness

Adrenals: Stress - the new fatigue factor


Your thyroid is only one factor that affects energy levels. There are other things that are responsible for zapping our energy levels and one of those is adrenal function related to stress. Have you ever slept all night only to wake up the next morning still feeling exhausted? How about that craving for caffeine, sugar or salt? Perhaps you are one of those people that can’t seem to get moving until 10AM? Or do you require that afternoon nap every day? Is it getting harder and harder to do just the minimum stuff that needs to be done every day? Do you find yourself coming home from work in the evening and sitting down on the couch, knowing that once you have sat down you won’t get up until it is time to crawl into bed? Slow to recover from illness? No sex drive? People typically don’t choose this lifestyle. It truly may be physiological. To find out it simply requires a few samples of saliva or blood.

Many times the treatment is as simple as making changes in dietary habits, like getting regular meals or natural medicines to increase function. Often, it’s a balanced combination of both. Vitality is important in life, but the loss of it steals the joy of life away. Take a sheet of paper and write out the things that rob your energy, including people, work, home, foods and anything else in your environment. Now, take a look and see what gives you energy- if anything. This is the start.

Dietary supplements, such as Vitamins C, E and B, and fiber are only a few of the supplements that can help. Add a regular exercise routine which include breathing, stretching, aerobics and resistance work. Get adequate sleep. Be in bed by 10PM and get around 7-8 hours of sleep. If you still have problems, then you will want to come see us. We understand adrenal function and fatigue and can prescribe a healthy regimen tailored to your specific body that will restore your vitality and energy.

Remember, life is worth living and living well!



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