Stress and Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common concerns that Dr. Cavin hears about from patients. Stresses of everyday life and the demands of busy schedules can overburden our bodies, creating a situation that’s not so easy to bounce back from. Stress can come from an emotional trigger like a fight with a loved one, trouble at work or a physical trigger like an injury. Our adrenal glands have many functions, including the secretion of cortisol and other hormones in response to stress. In the face of chronic stress our adrenal glands can become exhausted and unable to effectively do their job. This is referred to as “adrenal fatigue.” When this happens fatigue can become chronic and be joined by other symptoms such as pain and inflammation.

Dr. Liz Cavin assesses the health of your adrenal glands by getting your health history, doing physical exams and by ordering an adrenal function test. Putting together this information allows Dr. Liz Cavin to effectively diagnose and treat adrenal issues. Some common treatments she uses to support the health of the adrenal glands and address fatigue are:

Adaptogen herbs:

These botanical medicines help the body adapt to stress by supporting adrenal gland function. Over time they can help the body increase energy and stamina.

Stress management:

With adrenal issues stress management is vital to any treatment. Proper sleep, stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing or meditation and exercise can all increase the body’s ability to handle stress.

Nutrition/Blood sugar regulation:

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that provides antioxidants and nutrients is essential for adrenal health. Treating adrenal fatigue must include normalizing blood sugar and blood sugar regulation because poor blood sugar regulation has a negative impact on the adrenal glands.

Nutritional Supplements: Certain minerals and vitamins promote healthy adrenal function and help your adrenal glands better adjust to stress.

Addressing adrenal issues can have a profound effect on a patient’s life. Dr. Liz Cavin will tailor a treatment plan that fits your individual needs and addresses your specific health goals