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Adrenal Stress

There are many symptoms of adrenal stress and fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal stress may be: fatigue, blood sugar problems, anxiety, digestive disorders and acid reflux, diminished sex drive, excessive craving for sweets, inability to concentrate, joint pain, low or high blood pressure, heart palpitations, sleep problems, weakness in muscles, weight gain or loss, belly fat increasing, increased symptoms of PMS or menopause or andropause, dizziness upon standing, depression, allergy and sinus problems, alcohol intolerance, weak immune system, and more.

Weakness in the adrenal glands is tested with an Adrenal Stress Test. This is a lab test that uses saliva to find out how much cortisol and DHEA (adrenal hormones) are present at different times of the day. This is the only way to find out if your adrenal glands are overproducing or underproducing and what the circadian rhythm is throughout the day. This is a simple test that you do at home and then mail the kit to the lab. The doctor interprets the results and can help to pinpoint the supplements that will help you and create a treatment program that will work for your particular health issues.

Treatment for weak adrenals or overstimulated adrenals consists of lifestyle and diet changes, supplemental support. and mind/body integration exercises. There is also a microcurrent therapy method called Frequency Specific Microcurrent which is used to help increase the vitality of the cells and speed up the healing process.

Causes of Adrenal Stress

Emotional or physical stress, aging process overstimulated, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet (especially stimulants like sugar and caffeine), diet deficiencies, over-stimulating exercise, electro-magnetic frequencies,circadian rhythm out of balance, toxicity from outside sources, toxicity from poor digestion, low grade infection, neurotransmitter imbalance (brain chemicals), and lack of sleep or rest.

Emotional Stress Causing Adrenal Fatigue

An increase in anxiety and stress can be related to situations in daily life or they can be related to an imbalance in the brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.  The cause may also be a hormone imbalance.

These are the possible symptoms of this type of imbalance:

  • Increased muscle tension
  • Feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, or anger
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Uncontrollable repetitive thoughts
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory problems
  • 'Foggy' brain
  • Emotional sensitivity

Stress Release Methods

N.E.T or Neuroemotional Technique. This is a chiropractic and acupressure method that has been used successfully with post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well an releasing pent up emotions from the past or a current situation that may be hindering happiness and ease.  For more information on NET see:  or call Dr. Barkins at 760-942-2764.

Supplements for Emotional Balance

Specific supplements can be used along with or without medication and have high success rates in treating anxiety, low-grade depression, sleep problems, ADD, and emotional PMS symptoms. These supplements contain amino acids (the building blocks of the brain chemicals), nutrition, and herbs. With lab testing or in-office biofeedback testing, the correct supplements can be chosen to fit your needs.

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