Adrenal Fatigue 101

Patients suffering from it are deeply frustrated to still hear people asking: “Is adrenal fatigue real?” This stealthy 21st Century Syndrome is as real as the thumb-sized adrenal glands nestled just above your kidneys struggling to produce enough cortisol to get you through the day.

Adrenal fatigue is as real as your daily struggle managing family dynamics and learning how to handle stress at work – all on top of stressors like insomnia, dietary struggles, environmental toxins, and incessant, ubiquitous media messaging. When you’re chronically stressed, you don’t feel like yourself. You may be constantly asking yourself: “Why am I always tired and have no energy?”, “Why can’t I remember simple things?”, or “Why can’t I sleep through the night?”

We understand.

That’s why our team at RLC Labs has spent years developing and producing a-Drenal® – a natural supplement that works synergistically with your hormone replacement medication. This highly bioavailable formula has assisted thousands of patients in their battle against adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

When prolonged stress disrupts the signals your brain and your adrenal glands send to one another, you’re likely to experience adrenal fatigue. Often, this is because your “parent hormone” – DHEA – is unable to produce all of your other endocrine system hormones, especially cortisol, your stress hormone.

Your cortisol supply can be abruptly disrupted by major stressors like a death in the family, a traumatic divorce, even a risky surgery. Or, you may experience a slow cortisol drain due to dietary and sleep deficiencies, excess caffeine and sugar, or environmental toxin build up. Each adrenal fatigue trigger can induce one or more of these symptoms for months, even years:

  • extreme fatigue
  • brain fog
  • weight gain
  • sweet and salty food cravings
  • hormone imbalance
  • insulin resistance
  • autoimmune dysfunctions
  • weakened stress response
  • muscle or bone loss
  • skin conditions
  • sleep disturbances
  • decreased libido
  • depression & anxiety
  • increased blood pressure & heart rate

Because these symptoms also apply to many other conditions, it’s important to get hormone testing from an adrenal fatigue-literate practitioner, who’s not limited by what some doctors consider “normal levels”. A 24-hour salivary panel can be administered to determine your cortisol patterns (cortisol/DHEA ratio and 17-HP/cortisol ratio), pin down your stress response, and develop a custom protocol to beat your symptoms.

Adrenal Fatigue Care

Before diving into any prescriptions, your healthcare provider will likely encourage to you make these crucial lifestyle changes:

  • manage your cortisol cycle by adopting a regular sleep schedule
  • eat and rest regularly to balance your hormone levels
  • get some sun to help your pineal gland reset your stress response
  • learn which relaxation techniques work for you

Your provider may then prescribe medication, which must be monitored and adjusted, and which you can supplement with a-Drenal®, to synergistically soothe your symptoms. Don’t wait. Nurture your adrenal glands, rebalance your hormones, and revive the real you.