Adrenal fatigue is caused by a poorly working adrenal gland in people who are under mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal glands make hormones.
Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich
Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich grew up in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While there she completed her internship including a rotation with the Salvation Army.
Dr. Sweetnich focuses on finding the root cause of disease and treats everyone from a personalized and holistic viewpoint. After being diagnosed and successfully treating herself for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) she developed a passion for women's health, including making women aware that there are other options besides the "traditional" medical solution.Dr. Sweetnich also focuses on autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She is an expert in botanical medicine as well as nutritional therapies and is also currently studying to become nutritional IV certified.
In her spare time Dr. Sweetnich coaches softball. She is an avid gym go-er, from spinning classes to kickboxing to good ole fashion lifting heavy weights, she enjoys it all. When not on the field, in the gym, or in the office, you can find her with her husband, daughter, and dog somewhere in the woods!
There are so many factors that can affect your Adrenals. Such as stress, which may be the hardest to control! I mean who doesn't have stress in their lives?! An unhealthy lifestyle, toxins, poor diet and more!
So what are the signs of Adrenal Fatigue and how do you know if you have it?? Here are a few possible signs:
- You are excessively tired- You are getting enough sleep but still struggle to get up in the morning or small tasks have become overwhelming.
- You crave salt-The reason for salt cravings is low sodium and aldosterone (a steroid hormone) levels in your body.
- You have a boost of energy in the evening- There’s an energy pattern with AFS— very fatigued in the morning, with more alertness around lunch, a lull in the afternoon, a spike of energy around 6pm and then another wave of fatigue around 9pm.
- You feel lightheaded if you stand up too fast- Although it's a lesser symptom, This might be attributed to low blood pressure when returning to a standing position.
- Difficulty dealing with stress- Long periods of high cortisol from stress can lead to a dip in cortisol due to over stimulation, which makes your body less prepared to deal with stress. This can cause a “burnout” that can decrease your overall tolerance to life events.
- A weakened immune system causing you to get sick easier- If your cortisol levels drop too low, you can be prone to overreact to pathogens and could end up with inflammation or even auto-immune diseases.
If any of this sounds familiar please feel free to contact Dr. Sweetnich for an appointment: (855) 829-8315
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