Adrenal fatigue was a term used to describe what we now know as HPA axis dysfunction, which includes more than just the adrenal glands. Symptoms of fatigue or exhaustion, cortisol imbalance along with a history of acute or chronic stress led integrative and functional medicine practitioners to the idea that the adrenal glands were “fatigued” and eventually “exhausted” from constantly producing cortisol during periods of stress — that over the course of weeks, months, or years, the adrenal glands became dysregulated and lost normal function. But through research, medical professionals now know the problem involves more than just the adrenal glands.
What is the HPA Axis?
The HPA axis refers to;
Hypothalamus - This part of the brain, located at the base near the pituitary gland, plays an imperative role in many bodily functions. Its main job is to regulate hormone production, which affects a number of physiological processes such as body temperature, emotions, appetite, and sleep (among others). The hypothalamus connects the endocrine system to the nervous system.
Pituitary Gland - Sometimes called the “master gland,” the pituitary gland is the center of the endocrine system. It takes information from the hypothalamus, makes hormones the body needs, and disperses this information to other glands in the body so they can perform their own essential functions.
Adrenal Glands - The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys. Based on information received from the pituitary gland, the adrenals are in charge of making necessary hormones. While the adrenal glands produce many hormones, the most closely associated hormones with these small glands are adrenaline and cortisol.
HPA Axis Dysfunction Symptoms
There are many different symptoms associated with HPA axis dysfunction, the most common include:
Fatigue or exhaustion
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Poor sleep quality (even if you’re sleeping, you don’t wake feeling rested)
Trouble sleeping (falling asleep or staying asleep)
Poor immune response
Difficulty handling and/or managing stress
Brain fog (not be able to think clearly or remember things)
Sugar or salt cravings
Weak nails (that break easily)
Hair loss (sometimes resulting in bald patches)
Supplements Which Support HPA Axis Function
The most universally accepted supplements for supporting the HPA axis are vitamin C, B-vitamins and adaptogenic herbs.*
Adaptogens help to counteract the effect that stress has on our bodies by working to stabilize the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. Specifically, adaptogens help to support the body for better resilience, repair, and homeostasis.*
Each capsule of our HPA axis support contains:
30 mg Vitamin C
5 mg Vitamin B6
200 mg Ashwagandha Root, an adaptogenic herb that among it's many benefits may help reduce cortisol levels.*
100 mg L-Tyrosine, an amino acid that is important in the production of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine.*
60 mg Acerola Fruit, rich in vitamin C and vitamin A.*
50 mg Eleutherococcus Senticosus, also known as Siberean Ginseng an adaptogenic herb that may help recover from stress and burnout.*
50 mg Panax Ginseng, provides increased energy, a potent antioxidant that may help reduce inflammation.*
50 mg Astragalus Root, used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat a wide variety of ailments including fatigue.*
25 mg Rhodiola Rosea Root, an adaptogen that helps to reduce the symptoms of stress such as fatigue and anxiety.*
25 mg Licorice Root, used to reduce acid reflux and indegestion.*
25 mg Suma Root, also known as Brazilian Ginseng used to boost energy and reduce stress.*
25 mg Holy Basil Leaf, an adaptogen used to reduce stress and anxiety.*
5 mg BioPerine, a black pepper fruit extract that is used to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.