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Adrenal Burnout/ Adrenal Fatigue
--Dr. Conan J. Shaw, Nutritionist - Pittsburgh, PA
If there is a scale from "Zero to Ten" and 0 represents no stress in your life, 10 represents a significant amount of stress, where do you fall on that scale? How long of a time have you been that number? How much caffiene do you consume on a regular basis? Are your sleeping patterns balanced giving you 8 solid hours a night of restful sleep allowing you to wake rested and rejuvinated? Have you been through a job change, a life change, have you had a loss of loved ones or are you newly married or divorced? Have you moved recently or re-located? Do you consider yourself generally anxious? Are you in a relationship or a job where you feel un-appreciated or un-fulfilled?
Too much stress or a perception of too much stress in your life can fatigue your adrenal glands. All of the sudden it is easy to gain weight, hard to lose weight, difficult to tolerate small amounts of stress, flying off the handle at the slightest thing, craving carbohydrates and feeling generally on edge, sometimes even depressed. Are you retaining more body fat weight around the mid-section? Are you tired more often than energized? Do you rely on caffiene to get you through the 3:00pm energy lul? Are you shaky, irritable, nervous, fatigued, grumpy, or prone to headaches if you do not eat for 5 hours?
If some of these descriptions fit your current life, there is a possibility that you have fatigued your adrenal glands. In this case your bloodwork will show that your metabolism and thyroid gland are completely normal and your Medical Doctor will tell you there is nothing wrong... but there is. It is a functional metabolic shift that makes heatlhy metabolism and weight loss very difficult. The difficulty comes because the thyroid gland works hand in hand with your adrenals. The "functional" component of your metabolism just doesn't show up in your blood work.
In working with a nutritionist you will hear the word "functional" quite a bit. What we are referring to is that not all problems show up in your blood work and there may be a more subtle change in your system that is not bad enough to raise the red flags for your medical doctor. The Adrenal Fatigue is a perfect example.
I actually have patients who come to my office for help who exercise 2 hours a day, eat 1,000 calories a day and cannot lose weight. Their P.C.P tells them that they are healthy. It is a very common condition.
With the compromised adrenal pathway there are 5-6 different possible ways to properly address the problem. I specialize in identifying the proper corrective pathway to individual adrenal repair. If any of this description sounds familiar, give me a call. I will be happy to work directly with you to correct the imbalance in your system and get you on the way to a healthier, more energized way of life.
-- Dr. Conan Shaw, Clinical Nutritionist Pittsburgh