chronic-stressHave you been tired lately?  Suffering from more colds than usual?  With winter finally here, you might think your immune system is overloaded from the change in weather – but it could actually be something much more serious.

Acute stress may seem like an ordinary part of the modern life, but it can actually cause significant damage to your immune system.  When we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by work, family, or even just the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the body releases adrenal stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.  While these stress hormones can be essential in fight-or-flight situations, prolonged exposure can wreak havoc on your immune system.

This effect is known as adrenal fatigue, and it can have a number of effects on your immune system, including:

  • Increased frequency of colds and flu
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Inflammation

In some severe cases, too much chronic stress can actually increase your risk odds for certain diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and even cancer.

In other words, adrenal fatigue can be extremely unhealthy, and potentially even deadly.

Your adrenals – the hormones that are released when you experience stress – need time to recover after a fight-or-flight situation.  When you suffer from chronic stress, you’re not giving your adrenals time to recover.  Fortunately, there are a number of methods and treatments you can use to help counteract the effects of adrenal fatigue

That’s why at the Fountain of Youth Medical Spa in Victoria, Texas, founder and anti-aging expert Dr. Nhi Le specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy, which is the preferred treatment for adrenal fatigue.  When combined with a nutrition supplement and a healthy lifestyle, bioidentical hormones can counteract the effects of adrenal fatigue, leaving patients feeling refreshed, energetic, rested, and years younger.

During your bioidentical hormone therapy, Dr. Le will monitor your treatments to ensure you’re getting the best results possible.  She’ll also work with you to help you discover and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about adrenal fatigue and bioidentical hormone therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Le at the Fountain of Youth Medical Spa in Victoria, Texas today. You can learn more by calling 361-576-9100.