Adrenal Fatigue Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are feeling the effects of adrenal fatigue or HPA axis dysfunction, contact Optimal Balance Center to discuss diagnostic and treatment options. Call us or request an appointment online today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660.
What exactly is “adrenal fatigue”?
Adrenal fatigue is now also referred to as HPA axis dysfunction. This axis involves your Hypothalamus (H), your Pituitary Gland (P) and your Adrenal Glands (A) and all work in conjunction to regulate your body’s stress response. When this regulation
fails, unhealthy levels of cortisol are produced. As with practically every hormone in your body, the right amount of cortisol is needed, too much or too little causes problems.
What are common signs or symptoms of HPA axis dysfunction?
- Chronic, and sometimes debilitating fatigue
- Lack of energy
- Weight gain of difficulty losing weight
- Cravings for carbohydrates, caffeine or salt
- Anxiety and depression
- Brain fog/lack of focus/memory loss
- Lowered immune function
- Gastrointestinal problems including bloating
What causes adrenal fatigue/HPA axis dysfunction?
For most of us, exposure to unhealthy levels of stress or for a prolonged amount of time can result in over-production of the body’s stress hormone called cortisol. Eventually the adrenals can become overworked and no longer meet the demands for
regulating the correct response to stress and dysregulation. Chronic illness, poor diet and poor sleep quality are also other factors which can often play a role.
How is adrenal fatigue/HPA axis dysfunction diagnosed and treated?
At Optimal Balance Center, we take a very detailed approach including taking an in-depth look at your medical history and symptoms. Testing for HPA axis dysfunction will include a multi-point saliva collection for cortisol levels to ensure
appropriate amounts of the hormone are being excreted at the appropriate times throughout the day. Treatment options vary from patient to patient but most often include natural targeted supplementation and modifying ongoing risk factors.