The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stresses and survive. They are often referred to as “the glands of stress”. It is their job to help the body deal with stress from every possible source ranging from injury, disease, work, relationships, and all the others. Your resiliency, energy, and endurance all depend on their proper functioning.
The adrenal gland is about the size of a walnut- they sit on top of your kidneys.
Your adrenals significantly affect the functioning of every tissue, organ, and gland in your body, they also have important effects on the way you think and feel. Your adrenal glands closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates, and fats and the conversion of fats and proteins into energy and the distribution of stored fat especially around your waist and the sides of your face.
Your propensity to develop certain kinds of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands. The more chronic the illness, the more critical the adrenal response becomes. You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands function.
If the adrenal glands are properly balanced and functioning correctly the more we are also.
There are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue, also called hypoadrenia. People who suffer from adrenal fatigue frequently have erratic or abnormal blood sugar levels in the form of hypoglycemia.
With hypoadrenia there is more of a tendency to experience allergies, arthritic pain and compromised immune system. Most women who have low adrenal function have more premenstrual tension as well as increased difficulty during menopause.
Adrenals also have an effect on mental states. People with adrenal fatigue show a tendency toward increases fears, anxiety, and depression. They also have of confusion, difficulties in concentrating and less acute memory recall.
Really common signs of adrenal imbalance are “easily frustrated” and insomnia. These symptoms may sound like they are no big deal, part of everyday life but they should not go unnoticed for long periods of time. Adrenal imbalance can lead to a number of very serious health problems, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, adult on-set diabetes, autoimmune disorders and alcoholism.
These people may appear to friends and family as being lazy and unmotivated or to have lost their ambition, when in reality quite the opposite is true. They are forced to drive themselves much harder than people with healthy adrenal function merely to accomplish life’s everyday tasks.
Some form of stress usually causes adrenal fatigue. Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infections or of these. It is very important to know that your adrenals respond to every kind of stress the same, whatever the source.
People who are more susceptible to having adrenal fatigue may have some of following issues:
Lack of sleep – poor food choices – using food and drinks as stimulants when tired – staying up late even though fatigued – being constantly in a position of powerlessness – constantly driving yourself – trying to be perfect – staying in double binds (no-win situations) over time – lack of enjoyable and rejuvenating activities.
Adrenal imbalance is something that can be corrected with proper nutritional supplementation. Stop and see me if you think you are having adrenal issues. Getting on a good adrenal supplement can make a huge difference in your every day life!