03.06.18

Allergies and Adrenal Fatigue

Did you know that chronic allergies can lead to overworked adrenal glands? People with allergies commonly have weak adrenal function, also known as adrenal fatigue. Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. Cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands, is a strong anti-inflammatory hormone. The more histamine that is released, the more cortisol it takes to counteract the inflammation. The adrenal glands become tired from trying to produce more cortisol.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. In short, you are wearing your adrenal glands out, so you feel increasingly fatigued and stressed. Patients who suffer from seasonal allergies and recurrent infections due to allergies experience adrenal fatigue because the adrenal glands work so hard to try to keep the immune system in tip top shape. The adrenal glands end up fizzling out because they can’t keep up with the body’s demand. Conversely, if you have adrenal fatigue, your immune system may be weakened which can make you more susceptible to allergies.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Like hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue is a common condition that is overlooked by conventional medicine. So, how do you know if you might have adrenal fatigue? Those who suffer from adrenal fatigue often find getting out of bed or waking up extremely difficult. They feel tired and fatigued throughout the day. They have difficulty handling stress. Other common symptoms include anxiety, panic attacks, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, recurrent infections, depression, low blood sugar, heart palpitations, low blood pressure and headaches.
The Natural Solution
When your adrenal glands become exhausted, your natural cortisol levels drop significantly. The solution is to support your adrenal glands with bioidentical cortisol. Cortisol is your naturally occurring stress hormone. Without it, you literally could not survive. Physiological levels of cortisol are essential for good health as it boosts your immune system, increasing resistance to infections and inflammation.
If this sounds like you, talk to your provider about how the addition of bioidentical cortisol could optimize your hormone treatment plan.