Dr. Yousuf, ND Discusses: Wired but Tired? Or simply exhausted?

How do I know if my adrenals are functioning?

Adrenal fatigue is a condition that affects a lot of people at this time of year.  It can be frustrating as your body not longer is functioning how it use to.  I often see patient who are burnout and develop signs of depression and anxiety because they are functioning at a suboptimal level.  Simply – they do not feel like themselves anymore.

Signs that you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue

  • Waking up and not having the energy to get out of bed
  • General exhaustion.
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Experiencing a surge of energy at bedtime
  • Exercising without results
  • Nervousness
  • Weight gain in your abdomen
  • Inflammation
  • Sugar and salt cravings!

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue mirror quite a few conditions ranging from thyroid problems, hormones imbalances, anemia and even poor digestion!  For this reason, I strongly suggest that a full review of your life history be conducted.  This will enable your practitioner to identify the root of your symptoms.

Suggested Laboratory Testing

  • Thyroid Panel:  TSH, T4 and T3
  • Iron Level:  Ferritin/TIBC
  • Hormone Panel:  FSH, Estrone, Estradiiol, Progesteron, Testosterone, DHEA.
  • CBC with differential 
  • Serum Cortisol

Gold Standard Adrenal Panel

– Salivary Cortisol Test:  This test provides accurate information how your adrenals are performing throughout the day.

How can IV Therapy improve my adrenals?

Most people are aware that IV Therapy is an effective treatment that provides high doses of vitamins directly into your blood stream as it by-passes the digestive tract.  But did you know that I am able to administer much higher dose in a solution that will help drive minerals, vitamins and amino acids into your cells?  This means that we are able to increase your nutritional status quickly – leaving you with a more resilient body!

What are your favourite ingredients in an Adrenal IV Bag?

Selenium Not only can selenium support your adrenals, but it is also used to increase your immune function (which is typically low with adrenal fatigue).
Vitamin C The stress buster!  Did you know that you body burns through Vitamin C during stressful times?  Most people will experience loose stools with high dose oral supplementation.  IV gives me the opportunity to administer up to 50g at one time!
B12 High stress and cortisol levels often lead to low B12 in the body.  It also helps to improve mood and decrease anxiety
B6 Supports the production of GABA and can improve your sleep and help to regulate overstimulation.
B5 Your body requires pantothenic acid to produce Coenzyme A which can support the healthy production of cortisol.
Amino Acids Amino acids are derived from protien and are the building blocks of your body.  They will help to increase your energy, muscle tone and leave your feeling re-built.

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