Think You Might Have Adrenal Fatigue? Here Are Some Common Symptoms:
- Tired all the time
- Blood sugar issues
- Dizziness and light headedness upon standing
- Blood pressure problems
- Muscle or joint pains
- Recurrent infections
- Constant thirst, even when properly hydrated
First Things First—where Are Your Adrenal Glands?
They sit on top of your kidneys like small caps. Check out this video to see for yourself.
How Do Your Adrenals Impact Your Body?
Your adrenal hormones are your body’s source of energy production. The adrenal glands stimulate the production of hormones essential to the health of your sympathetic nervous system, also known as your state of fight or fight. While many traditional doctors ignore the health of the adrenals until they are either over stimulated (Cushing disease) or completely burnt out (Addison’s disease), it is important to pay attention to the less extreme cases to prevent these pathological diseases.
Something important to note about hormones is that they are like an orchestra: if one hormone is is off tune, the overall harmony of the entire system is negatively affected. As such, if your adrenal glands are not secreting hormones properly, a host of health issues can ensue throughout the body. Think issues with fertility, metabolism, insulin production, brain fog, irritability, skin issues, etc. So, it is important to get things in balance.
How Do Adrenals Get Burnt Out?
Burnt out adrenals are a result of chronic stress on the body. This means that you get stressed and stay stressed; your body is in a constant state of fight or flight mode and rarely gets back to a state of rest and digest. In this state, your body has one priority, which is to get you out of what it perceives as a life-threatening situation. As a result, other important body systems are neglected, such as digestion and the growth of healthy skin and nails.
Triggers of Adrenal Stress:
- Low fat diets
- Skipping meals
- Continued low blood pressure
- Diets void of salt and potassium
- Over exercising
- Under sleeping
- Traumatic events
How Can You Repair Your Adrenals?
- Support blood sugar balance: remove refined sugars and carbohydrates.
- Make sure you are getting high quality (organic, grass fed) protein at every meal. Protein is key for cell reparation.
- Don’t skip meals. You want to avoid your blood sugar from crashing.
- Include polyphenols in your diet: deeply colored plant foods
- Adrenal massage – I'll show you how in the video below.
Note: Do not under estimate the simple changes you can make that will repair your health.
What are some of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands?
Cortisol stimulates the increase of energy production and heightens your body’s ability to act quickly in stressful situations. It is also important for regulating glucose, blood pressure, and inflammation.
Aldosterone regulates salt and water balance throughout the body. An imbalance here can be associated with electrolyte problems.
Epinephrine is also known as adrenaline, and is the hormone that makes your heart beat faster in stressful situations.
Sex hormones: progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, DHEA.
These particular sex hormones are produced by both the adrenal glands and the gonadal glands (reproductive system).
Dopamine is associated with your brains pleasure and reward system. It is related to long-term thinking—for example, if I do this now, will it benefit me later. It is also the hormone that elevates a cookie far beyond its worth, causing you to give in to indulgences.