There have been many studies have shown that 80% of Americans at some point in their life experience acute adrenal failure. Acute adrenal failure is a modern day disease that is directly linked to high cortisol levels and our high stress lifestyles that we live.
Stressors that contribute to excessive fatigue and acute adrenal failure:
- Financial stress
- Lack of good nutrition and food
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of margin in our daily lives
- Emotional stressors
- Working too much
- Trying to do everything
- Relationship stress
- Feeling isolated and overwhelmed
To regulate stress, the adrenal glands produce more cortisol to help the body stay in balance. Over time when our adrenals are constantly under stress the body starts to produce and sustain high cortisol levels and eventually become fatigued. Over time high cortisol levels will destroy healthy muscle and bone, impair the immune system, and slow down metabolism and mental function.
Take my friend Amy for example, in her early twenties she was attending school and working full time. She only got 5-6 hours of sleep a night and was constantly on the go. One day she found out that her sister died suddenly from a failed kidney. Later it was found that she had an eating disorder. Distraught, Amy went into a deep depression, she was also excessively fatigued. The family trauma was the breaking point for her body, which went into acute adrenal failure. It look her over a year to recover, where she had to quit her job and school. Today, she has to watch her stress levels closely to ensure that she doesn’t fall back into her old patterns.
When the adrenals are chronically overworked and your cortisol levels remain high, they lose their capacity to produce DHEA in sufficient amounts. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and is necessary to moderate the balance of sex hormones in your body. Insufficient DHEA leads to fatigue, bone and muscle loss, depression, aching joints, decreased libido and compromised immune system.
You can buy DHEA supplements in local health food and vitamin stores. It is important to take things slow. If you are a male, you can take 25mg to 200mg, typically the older you are the more you should take and DHEA levels go down as you get older. Be careful not to take too much as too much DHEA can cause a man to become hostile, irritable and aggressive. Generally if you have low DHEA, you should start to feel a difference within 3-4 weeks. Click here to purchase DHEA.
Most women do not do as well on DHEA unless their adrenal glands are severally fatigued. Generally it is safer for women take either progesterone or pregnenolone to raise their DHEA levels.
Progesterone and pregnenolone are hormones that are manufactured in the adrenals, as well as in the ovaries and testicles before they are metabolized into DHEA. With adrenal fatigue, hormone levels often fall because your adrenal glands are not able to produce adequate levels of hormones. These hormones act as antioxidants that help prevent cell damage that can be caused by high levels of cortisol. The lower your sex hormones are, the more damage there is to your cell tissue. This damage is one of the key factors in rapid aging and excessive fatigue. By supplementing with either progesterone or pregnenolone you can raise your hormone levels naturally. This reduces acute adrenal failure, because your adrenals do not have to work nearly as hard to keep your hormones in balance. Natural pregnenolone tablets and progesterone creams are available from many health food stores and pharmacies. Beware not to get a synthetic version which can have many side effects.
Ultimately recovering from acute adrenal failure is not an overnight process it takes making a commitment to your health and making major lifestyle changes.