The average American is literally running on fumes. Poor diets, copious amounts of caffeine and sugar, and little sleep are all leading to a vast amount of people dealing with adrenal exhaustion. When the adrenal glands are not functioning as they should, people wake up with little energy and struggle with getting a good night’s sleep. They also tend to gain weight and feel cranky all the time. That is because the body is supposed to start out with high adrenal levels that naturally decrease throughout the day. If the adrenal glands are exhausted, this natural decrease doesn’t happen as it should. The process to reverse the damage to the adrenal glands that is caused by the “fast” lifestyle people are leading must involve some radical changes, and the best place to start is at a center integrative medicine.
Special Therapies for Adrenal Exhaustion
At a holistic center, the first step to determine whether a person has adrenal fatigue is with a series of saliva tests that are done throughout a day. The amount of cortisol in the saliva determines the person’s stress response. There is also a hair test that can be done as well. High cortisol levels during later parts of the day are a sign that the adrenal glands are not functioning at peak levels as they should. Once the diagnosis is determined, doctors can then recommend special diets and stress reduction tips to help heal the adrenal glands and restore balance to the body. They can also recommend special alternative therapies such as sending the patient to see a Miami acupuncture specialist, or have them try one of the following other special therapies:
- Vitamin therapy
- Meditation classes
- DHEA therapy
Besides special healing therapies, doctors can also recommend different herbal remedies, which help with stress and cortisol reduction. These are called adaptogens. The two most common are rhodiola and ashwaganda. They have a calming effect on the body while increasing energy levels at the same time. Chamomile tea is not considered an adaptogen, but it can help decrease cortisol levels by lowering the stress response a person has, so it is sometimes recommended as well.