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Adrenal Deficiency

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Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal glands (which are located above the kidneys) do not produce the proper amount of steroid hormones, especially cortisol. If the adrenal glands do not produce proper amounts of cortisol and impair aldosterone production (which in turn impacts sodium, potassium and water retention) the body begins to slowly deteriorate and numerous bodily functions end up being harmed.

One of the most common symptoms that comes as a result of the loss of sodium is the sudden urge and craving for salty food.

It’s worth mentioning that adrenal fatigue is not recognized by medical professionals. As per Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D:

"Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. The term often shows up in popular health books and on alternative medicine websites, but it isn't an accepted medical diagnosis."

Addison’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and Cushing’s syndrome are all known as possible manifestations of adrenal insufficiency. If this condition is left untreated, it may cause pains, diarrhea, vomiting, profound muscle weakness and fatigue, depression, extremely low blood pressure, weight loss, kidney failure, changes in mood and personality, and shock.

Adrenal crisis cases often happen when the body undergoes a lot of stress.

Constant dehydration, weight loss, and disorientation can be the sign of a possible case of hypoglycemia. Furthermore, experiencing weakness, tiredness, dizziness, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are all additional signs of possible adrenal deficiencies.

Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from adrenal deficiency should contact their local physician as soon as possible and seek out a proper diagnosis.

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