Got stress? Feel “burnt out”? You probably have adrenal fatigue!

By: Dr. Kimberly Dawdy Jun 26, 2014
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What is adrenal fatigue? | Kimberly Dawdy, ND in Ottawa, ON

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal health is a very important part of living a long and healthy life.

Your adrenal glands are small triangle shaped glands that hover over top of your kidneys. They are responsible for helping you respond appropriately to stress. The adrenal glands make approximately a dozen hormones that circulate through the blood that influence sex hormones, the immune system, our ability to sleep and our stress response to name a few of its responsibilities.

“Adrenal Fatigue” is a catchy way of saying that your adrenal glands are not functioning properly. Stress plays a huge role in adrenal fatigue. A maladaptive stress response can include not only psychological stress but also any physical stress put on the body that may tax the adrenal gland function including chronic infections, allergies, use of stimulants (caffeine in coffee and tea, nicotine in cigarettes), poor nutrition, poor sleep habits, physical trauma and overworking.

Some of the symptoms that we see with Adrenal Fatigue are: insomnia, afternoon fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight loss or gain, muscle aches and pains, lack of concentration, memory loss, irritability and frequent colds and flu's.

There are many ways to support your adrenal glands and help prevent Adrenal Fatigue. Many lifestyle choices such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga help to support psychological stress. Healthy nutrition, proper sleep and a balance between work and play will help both physical and psychological stress. Sometimes when the adrenal glands are really in need of help, herbal formulas, supplementation or Chinese Acupuncture may be needed to support the adrenal glands and bring them back to good health.

Adrenal Health is a very important part of living a long and healthy life, so be sure to give your adrenal glands the support and respect they need.

Kimberly Dawdy, is a licenced Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (the only fully CNME accredited Naturopathic medical college in Canada).

Kimberly has a family practice and welcomes patients of all ages from prenatal and babies through to the elderly.

She enjoys the challenge of working with patients to identify the underlying cause of disease and create individualized treatment plans to support the healing power of the body.

As a primary health care provider, Kimberly has experience treating a wide variety of conditions and in addition has a special interest in fertility and peri-natal care, Naturopathic Doula labour support, lactation support, pediatric medicine and women's health.

Kimberly loves to teach and empower people to take their health into their own hands so they may live long healthy, vibrant lives.