Hypoadrenia is medical term for adrenal fatigue. When someone has hypoadrenia their adrenal glands are unable to produce enough of the hormone called cortisol. Hypoadrenia should not be confused with Addison’s disease or other adrenal insufficiency disorders.

When people have hypoadrenia they feel tired and worn out all the time. They are not able to regain normal energy levels no matter how much they rest. This is a somewhat vague disorder that is afflicting more and more people nowadays. Millions of people around the world are thought to be suffering with hypoadrenia. However this disorder is only recognized by alternative medicine. Conventional medicine does not recognize it as a medical condition yet so it is a condition that is mostly left untreated. This is a condition that should not be left untreated according to alternative medical doctors.

Some of the symptoms of hypoadrenia include:

  • Continual excessive fatigue and exhaustion
  • Not being able to handle stress
  • Craving salty and sweet foods
  • Craving caffeine
  • Problems concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Poor digestion
  • Low sex drive
  • Low stamina
  • Low immunity
  • Low blood pressure
  • Not feeling refreshed after sleep
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Excessive stomach fat

People can develop hypoadrenia at any stage of life. The cause of this disorder is adrenal exhaustion due to high stress lifestyles, life crises and dealing with a long term situation that causes you much stress. The adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol in reaction to stress. Over stimulation of the adrenal glands can cause them to produce too much cortisol. The stress may be emotional, physical or psychological. The adrenal glands are responsible for regulating energy storage and production in the body. They also regulate muscle tone, heart rate and other functions of the body that allows one to deal with the everyday stresses of life. An emotional crises such as losing a loved one or a physical crises such as undergoing a major surgery or illness can cause adrenal fatigue. When someone has hypoadrenia their adrenal glands still function at a low level but not up to par. The glands do not produce the regulatory hormones needed for normal and healthy homeostasis of the body. This is because the adrenal glands have been chronically over stimulated by stress. At a certain point the adrenal glands become fatigued and stop doing their job as well. One does not have to be exposed to a single intense stressor to develop adrenal fatigue. The stress can be accumulative and occur over time. Enduring chronic and repeated stress will often lead to adrenal fatigue.

To protect against hypoadrenia one should try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Try to avoid stressful people as well. It helps to rejuvenate the adrenal glands if you exercise 3 to 4 times a week. Getting to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep each night is advised to prevent adrenal fatigue. Other advice for people who want to avoid hypoadrenia is to always eat breakfast and small meals rather than 3 large meals. The use of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided as well. Alcohol can interfere with the immune system. Alternative medical doctors also recommend avoiding sugary foods in an effort to maintain blood sugar levels. Homeopathic treatments and alternative medicines can be given to support the adrenal glands. Vitamin B complex and multivitamin supplements are advised. This condition is often misdiagnosed as hypothyroidism or Addison’s disease. A natural hormone called pregnenolone can be taken to help hypoadrenia. Pregnenolone is a natural hormone that the body makes out of cholesterol. It is also a precursor to DHEA. If you feel you are suffering from hypoadrenia you should go to your medical doctor for a thorough checkup and medical evaluation. You may also want to see an alternative medical practitioner for more options.

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