Adrenal Fatigue in Westchester, NY
More than 44% of Americans report feeling more stressed than they did five years ago, and 20% of Americans describe their stress levels as “extreme.” If your stress levels are unusually high for over six months at a time, your cortisol levels will initially begin to elevate. When you live with elevated stress levels, your body will struggle to keep up with the demand for cortisol, causing levels to drop. The process of cortisol levels elevating and falling in this manner is known as adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue causes a number of unusual and altogether too common symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, depression, a constant feeling of being overwhelmed, low libido, frequent illness, digestive problems, low blood sugar, emotional paralysis, irritability, lack of stamina, difficulty getting out of bed, forgetfulness, and a general feeling of not being yourself.
Adrenal fatigue also depletes magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamins B6 and B12, and zinc levels. This affects neurotransmitters in your brain, and can even impact your memory.
Most importantly, adrenal fatigue affects the levels of other hormones. It suppresses the thyroid, causing imbalances of several key hormones. It decreases progesterone and therefore adversely affects estrogen levels as well. It creates lasting effects on serotonin and dopamine levels, causing depression.
Too many Americans live with elevated stress levels, and too few doctors understand the causes and effects of high stress. If you suspect that your stress levels are unusually high, it makes the most sense to get your hormone levels checked right away and then, to start on a plan of action that will help you to balance your hormones, lose weight and gain new energy. Call for a free consultation at NY Health & Wellness to learn more at (914) 703-4811.