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Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
CANCER
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Avoiding a Holiday Season of Discontent
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
Olde Time Medicine Therapy May Prevent Alcoholic Relapse
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
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Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue

Almost all of us have experienced the negative effects of stress. But when feeling stressed-out starts to affect your quality of life and wellness, it may be time to consider adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a health disorder, largely unrecognized by the conventional medical community, which results from over-stressed adrenal glands. Also termed non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms known as a “syndrome”. Beyond the hallmark symptom of fatigue, people also describe feeling tired for no reason, having trouble getting up in the morning, needing caffeine or snacks (salty or sweet) to keep going, or feeling run down. Left untreated, this syndrome can progress to frequent respiratory infections, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, frequent colds, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypoglycemia, adult onset diabetes, auto-immune disorders, and alcoholism. According to Dr. James L. Wilson, author of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, it is estimated that up to 80% of American adults suffer some degree of adrenal fatigue in their lifetime.

The adrenal glands, also known as the suprarenal glands, are the triangular-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are known as the “glands of stress” and enable your body to cope with stress through production of the body’s four major stress hormones. These are epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, cortisol, and DHEA. Stress can come in a variety of physical, emotional, environmental, and /or psychological sources. When the adrenals get tired from too much stress, there is a decreased output of the adrenal hormones, especially cortisol. They will still make enough stress hormones for baseline health but cannot produce enough to meet the increased demand from a stressful situation. This leads to the various symptoms of adrenal fatigues including fatigue, lethargy, weakness, dizziness, low blood pressure, headaches, memory problems, food cravings, allergies, recurrent infections, and blood sugar imbalances. There are also changes at the biochemical and cellular levels, including transformation of your body shape. Cortisol is involved in carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar balance. This is why cortisol is now a new target for many weight loss products.

If you suspect you might have tired adrenals, it is imperative to address it right away. In addition to a healthy stress response, the adrenal glands are extremely important to a healthy immune system and necessary for proper thyroid function. Start by modifying lifestyle factors that are within your control such as rest and sleep, food choices, use of stimulants, and the amount of nourishing and rejuvenating activities. Be mindful of the situations you put yourself in and how you view yourself. Feeling in a position of powerlessness or constantly driving yourself can also take its toll. The effects of stress are cumulative, so do not underestimate the impact of an individual source of stress. Your body will give you signals when it needs a break. Ultimately, it is up to you to listen and take action to support your adrenals, so they can continue supporting you in times of stress. Even though the specific diagnosis of adrenal fatigue is still controversial to some, most practitioners will agree that stress can have serious long-term consequences on health and wellness. The adrenal glands are certainly worthy of some care and attention.
Natural Ways to Support Your Adrenal Glands


– Take positive action to decrease stress in your life.

– Get some sleep. This means going to bed every night by 10 p.m. Make this a priority!

– Get regular, moderate exercise (30 minutes most days of the week) to stimulate the adrenals and for stress relief.

– Eat clean animal or vegetarian protein foods, fresh fruits and vegetables (green, leafy), nuts, legumes, beans and whole grains. Make sure to get your fiber.

– Reduce bad fats (saturated and trans), refined sugar, white flour, sodas and highly processed foods. Remember that garbage in equals garbage out!

– Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and other stimulants.

– Drink plenty of fresh filtered water every day.

– Holy basil is an adaptogen herb to balance the damage in every system of the body caused by stress. It improves insulin resistance by decreasing stress hormones. It reduces stress and cortisol, promotes a healthy inflammation response, and increases physical and emotional endurance.

– Other herbs to consider include astragalus, echinacea, milk thistle, Siberian ginseng, and ashwagandha. Discuss your situation with a qualified practitioner before starting any dietary supplements.

-Dr. Christine Gonzalez (Integrative PharmD, CHC)