What does stress look like for you? Is it raising young children? A stressful job? Maybe it’s the passing of a loved one or the feeling like you can barely catch your breath with an overpacked schedule?
These life circumstances are indeed emotional stressors, and when paired with various physical stressors such as exercise or allergies, leave you on the fast track to adrenal fatigue. If you’re not sure if this is entirely you, you’ll know when you start experiencing symptoms such as chronic fatigue, muscle weakness, cravings for salty and high-fat foods, decreased sex drive, a caffeine dependence and more.
Although there are various supplements available that can assist your adrenal glands in regaining proper functionality, you’ll ultimately need to replenish your adrenal hormone levels to correct the problem and get relief from your more severe symptoms. One hormone that is produced by the adrenals and known for its anti-stress qualities is dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Also considered as the “Fountain of Youth,” DHEA can help to reverse the effects of stress on the immune system and assist in balancing other adrenal hormones such as cortisol.
When supplementing with high-quality DHEA (prescription, pharmaceutical grade preparation rather than something found over the counter that is not standardized nor regulated), you can experience a decreased stress load and an increased ability to manage stress and daily tasks. You may also notice an improvement in the following:
- Cholesterol levels
- Brain function (memory, moods, anxiety, food cravings)
- Bone Density
- Skin health
Almost sounds too good to be true, right?! If you find yourself getting stressed easily or you know that the holidays are sure to throw you for a loop, it may be time to talk with your provider about supplementing with DHEA.