The adrenal glands are vital to our health and survival. They produce many hormones and are integral to the harmony and functioning of our bodies. Cortisol is one of these hormones and helps us respond to stress. Yet, an imbalance of cortisol can lead to various conditions. One of these conditions is Addison’s disease, where cortisol is deficient. Another is Cushing’s syndrome, where cortisol is in excess.
Yet a more common adrenal condition is adrenal fatigue, where the adrenal glands do not function optimally. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include extreme fatigue, lethargy and generally feeling unwell or “burnt out.” Since most people live in a constant state of stress in our society, adrenal fatigue is quite common. Other causes of adrenal fatigue can be traumatic experiences and/or physical overexertion.
Thankfully, adrenal conditions can be treated with medications or with hormone replacements. Both of these work to balance cortisol production in the body. At Pure Integrative Pharmacy, we can work alongside a patient’s healthcare practitioner and prepare custom medications specific to the patient’s hormone levels. These custom medications can also be made free of any additives or ingredients that cause negative side effects for our patients.
Corinne, a high-level athlete and lawyer, managed her adrenal fatigue with the help of custom compounding at Pure Integrative Pharmacy. Corinne felt constantly worn out, yet could not sleep at night for longer than 5 hours intermittently. Generally, she would start her day with intensive training, work in a high-level law firm for 8-10 hours daily, then go to social or work-related events. Feeling wired and tired, Corinne sought help from her Naturopathic Doctor. Her doctor tested her cortisol levels and found they were extremely low. To rebalance her cortisol levels and adrenals, she prescribed her specific hormones. She also recommended lifestyle changes, such as rest, relaxation and self-care. With the custom compounded treatment Corinne received at Pure Integrative Pharmacy, her symptoms and quality of life greatly improved.