Archive for April 2014

Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?

As National Stress Awareness Month draws to a close, we want to make sure that you are informed about how chronic stress affects your health by leading to adrenal fatigue.

Mainstream physicians may diagnose you with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but this is just a description of your condition, not the underlying cause. If you have difficulty recovering from stress, chronic fatigue, dizziness or recurrent infections, it is likely that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is essential to our life because it enables us to handle stress and change. However when our cortisol levels are low, we begin to feel the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Balancing your hormones with bioidentical cortisol is the best way to take back control of your life!

*Tip from Dr. Hotze: “In addition to balancing your hormones with cortisol, Vitamin C is an important nutrient for our adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex has the highest concentration of vitamin C of all the organs in the body, and the cells of this gland use it at a higher rate than any other cells. Vitamin C enhances immunity, which is often impaired in those with adrenal insufficiency. During times of stress, our bodies excrete vitamin C more rapidly, making our need for this vitamin even greater.

I advise all of my adult patients to supplement with 3,000–6,000 mg of vitamin C per day. A slow-release buffered form is best to prevent over acidity of the stomach and to ensure sustained blood levels throughout the day.”

Do I have adrenal fatigue?

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Ask yourself these simple questions:

Are you constantly exhausted?
Do you worry or have anxiety over small things?
Do you get lightheaded when you stand up?
Do you have difficulty focusing or concentrating?
Do you feel stressed all the time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Your two adrenal glands are key players in your body’s response to stress, as they produce cortisol, our natural stress hormone. Cortisol enables us to handle stress and change, however when our adrenal glands cannot keep up with the high demand of cortisol needed by our body, we begin to feel the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

How can adrenal fatigue be treated?
The most effective way to treat adrenal fatigue and stop the feeling of constant stress is to balance your hormone levels using bioidentical cortisol.

If you think you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, contact Hotze Pharmacy today to find out more about how we can help you overcome your chronic stress and revitalize your life!

10 Simple Stress Busters

Stress is unavoidable in today’s world, so if you are having a tough day, here are 10 simple tips for getting rid of stress immediately.

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Chronic, unrelenting stress is a different story. Unfortunately those tips won’t relieve chronic stress and, if left untreated, it can lead to adrenal fatigue and can have a severe affect on your health. Stay tuned next week for long term solutions for chronic stress!

6 Ways Stress is Affecting You

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Stress is one of the many ways the body responds to the environment. It can be a good thing because the stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. However, beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. Here are 6 ways that stress is affecting you:

1. Raises blood pressure
2. Suppresses the immune system
3. Increases the risks of heart attack and stroke – yes, stress can kill you!
4. Contributes to infertility
5. Speeds up the aging process
6. Causes adrenal fatigue

Given the many negative impacts stress has on your body, it makes sense that 75% of doctor visits are stress-related. Have you been to the doctor lately for something that you now realize could have been caused by stress?