Frühjahrsmüdigkeit und Nebennierenerschöpfung

Spring fatigue and adrenal exhaustion

Stress has become a faithful companion in our time. Our professional and private lives challenge us every day anew to give our best, because everything has to be done as quickly as possible, absolutely perfectly and with what outwardly appears to be natural composure. The much-cited spring tiredness can also be the beginning of adrenal exhaustion.

The adrenal glands are two glands the size of walnuts that sit on the kidneys and consist of the adrenal medulla and the adrenal cortex (cortex glandulaesuprarenalis). In the medulla, the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline are produced, they are part of the body's response to stress. In the adrenal cortex (makes up 3⁄4 of the adrenal gland), the hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), its counterpart - the vital cortisol - and the mineralocorticoid aldosterone are produced, among others. The latter is important for electrolyte and water balance and thus also for blood pressure regulation.

A balanced mineral and vitamin intake is essential for adrenal recovery

The hypothalamus and pituitary gland - two small glands in the brain - regulate hormone production like a thermostat. They react to hectic activity and pressure to perform as well as to emotional, mental stressors. Thus, constant sacrifice, feelings of inferiority and unprocessed losses also trigger the stress reaction. A poor, unbalanced diet and environmental toxins eventually lead to adrenal exhaustion. The symptoms are manifold and the adrenal glands are virtually crying out for help and, above all, rest.

Possible symptoms are lack of energy, inner restlessness, sleep disorders and lack of concentration

How does adrenal exhaustion manifest itself? Leaden fatigue, lack of strength, inner restlessness, sleep disturbances, lack of concentration and a sadness that can extend to depression are just some of the possible symptoms. But other complaints, which at first glance are attributed to other underlying diseases, are also associated with adrenal exhaustion: Allergies, a weak immune system, frequent respiratory infections, intestinal problems, loss of libido and menstrual cramps.


Possible clarification by means of a saliva test!

Several saliva samples are taken throughout the day. In this way, hormone production during the course of the day and the degree of adrenal exhaustion can be detected. The test is available at the pharmacy and can be done by anyone at home (costs about 75 €).


Naturopathic measures

Besides a more balanced diet, small meals, regular exercise, sufficient sleep and an adapted vitamin and mineral intake (chromium, selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B5 (= pantothenic acid)), there are also some medicinal plants for the adrenal glands. A ready-to-use preparation for stimulating the adrenal gland is Phytocortal. This homeopathic complex remedy contains three potentised plants: Daisy, celandine and wild yam. Good results can also be achieved with a fresh plant extract from four medicinal plants, which we prepare fresh for you in the pharmacy. This consists of the adrenal strengthening plants rose root, liquorice, itch bean and redcurrant.