Adrenal Fatigue & DHEA
Many holistic doctors believe PCOS, extreme fatigue, infertility, sugar imbalance and hormone issues are all caused by adrenal fatigue.This fatigue is caused by a natural decrease in the levels of DHEA produced as we age as well as everyday stress, prolonged illness, our eating habits and environmental factors. DHEA is one of the many hormones produced by our adrenal glands. The DHEA hormone helps our body regulate sugars, hormones, stress, etc.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
- Low Sex Drive
- Weight Gain
- Hormone Imbalance
- Symptoms of Depression
- Sugar Imbalance
- Salt & Sugar Cravings
- Wake up tired, after a full nights sleep
- Increase in Allergies
DHEA supplements were introduced to help adrenal gland function. Since our bodies aren’t making enough DHEA to help fight adrenal fatigue, the supplements well- supplement. The results have many people calling DHEA supplements a ‘miracle drug’, ‘fountain of youth’, ‘ultimate diet pill’ etc.
BUT there is also a down side! DHEA supplements can produce more testosterone in women, leading to increased belly fat, hair growth, acne & more. DHEA is a relatively new supplement and therefore there are not alot of tests or long term studies on their effects.
Taking DHEA supplements should be something you discuss with your OB or GP. They can inform you on the proper dosage and keep an eye on your progress and hormone levels.
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