Do you go to bed tired and wake up tired? Has fatigue impacted your ability to think? Do you experience headaches, joint pain or frequently feel lightheaded or dizzy? You may be dealing with chronic fatigue. More than the feeling of low energy we all experience from time to time; chronic fatigue is a persistent feeling of extreme tiredness that doesn’t go away with sleep. Often, the symptoms cannot be explained by traditional medical tests, leaving the individual frustrated and overwhelmed by out of control symptoms that can greatly impact his or her day-to-day life.
In our practice, we have found that many people with symptoms of chronic fatigue are afflicted with adrenal stress, which can lead to incorrect levels of cortisol (the hormone that helps the body deal with extreme stress) as well as other hormones. One of the ways we determine the potential of adrenal stress is through an ASI test, a lab test that measures hormone levels from saliva samples collected at intervals throughout the day. The results of this test help us understand the level of adrenal stress and how to improve your condition.
Often, the best solution to chronic fatigue is therapeutic nutrition and adaptogenic herbal supplements. By balancing your hormones, supporting your adrenal glands, and reducing cellular inflammation, many people who formerly reported feeling “wired and tired” now have enough energy to get through the day and relax well enough to sleep at night. The specific herbs used and their dosage depend upon the results of the ASI test as well as other tests we perform in our offices. By basing our recommendations on these tests, we can ensure that the types of herbs and the recommended levels are safe and beneficial. It is very important to note that some of the herbs that can help individuals with chronic fatigue, such as licorice root, can be harmful to individuals with other health conditions, such as high blood pressure. Although herbal supplements are readily available in a variety of stores, you should always seek help before attempting to self-prescribe.
With the right nutrition and supplements, many people notice a substantial improvement in their energy levels. Don’t give up and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Feeling better is possible.