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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yelena Deshko

Adrenal Fatigue: Sleepless in Stress-laden Toronto

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome & You

Always tired, no matter how much sleep you get? Feel like you're always running on empty? Due to chronic stress levels, many of us are suffering from what is known as "Adrenal Fatigue."

For anyone who lives or works in the fast-paced culture of Downtown Toronto - stress is reality. And chronic stress leads to Adrenal Fatigue - which can quickly wreak havoc on your whole body if not treated properly.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and are chiefly responsible for regulating the body’s stress response. When released in normal levels, cortisol helps us respond in healthy ways to stress and support a healthy immune system. Ideally, cortisol is at its high point in the early morning hours, and follows a sharp curve where it lowers and reaches a low point at night.

However, periods of chronic stress place a lot of pressure on the adrenal glands to consistently overproduce cortisol. If the stressors do not abate, the situation can escalate to Adrenal Fatigue, where the adrenal glands cannot keep up with constant need for cortisol thus creating a myriad of symptoms - and fatigue is just one of them.

Common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms:

1. Difficulty Sleeping

2. Dark Circles Under Eyes

3. Irregular Menstrual Cycle

4. Stress

5. Body Aches

6. Tiredness & Fatigue

7. Low Blood Pressure

8. Digestion Problems

9. Difficulty Concentrating

10. Dizziness

Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue

Fortunately a few key nutrients can help support the health of your adrenals. These include Vitamins C, and B, as well as a class of herbs known as adaptogens. Adaptogens help normalize the production of cortisol and help the body cope with stress.

Some well researched adaptogenic herbs include that have helped my adrenal fatigue patients include:

  • Panax ginseng

  • Siberian ginseng

  • Rhodiola

  • Licorice

  • Withania

  • Holy basil

Adrenal Fatigue IV

​Our Adrenal Fatigue IV includes powerful nutrients that serve as the raw materials that help build the adrenal gland. We strive to supercharge your body so your adrenals - and the rest of your systems can find strength and balance

The nutrients that help balance and charge your body in our Adrenal Fatigue IV include:

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Zinc

  • Chromium

  • Selenium

  • Manganese

  • Potassium

  • Copper

  • Vitamins B5, B6, B-complex, B-12

  • Vitamin C

While each course of adrenal fatigue treatment is individualized, the usual recommendation is 1-2 infusions per week for the first 6 weeks. This is followed by a re-assessment of your progress and a maintenance program.

Healing Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue often requires a journey for full healing. We advise you ti be patient with yourself -- and stay committed to getting well and staying well.

If you're concerned that you might have Adrenal Fatigue, come into our downtown Toronto clinic and get tested. A saliva hormone test can determine if your adrenal glands are working optimally.

Our Adrenal Fatigue treatment is multi-faceted, including nutritional, lifestyle, and herbal therapies. Our naturopathic doctors can determine effective, holistic treatment plans. But one thing we always recommend is the Adrenal Fatigue IV. The Adrenal Fatigue IV drip can greatly accelerate your recovery, and provide an immediate energy boost.

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