Your adrenals are walnut-sized glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce hormones that respond and help you manage stress. There has been a lot of attention lately on the term “adrenal fatigue” which refers to the various symptoms that occur in individuals who suffer a sudden, major life stress, or who experience ongoing mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal function is part of a larger interconnected system, so it is important to consider the underlying stress that is actually causing your adrenals not to functional optimally.
In today’s modern world, we are bombarded with stress. Whether it’s being on time for a meeting, running between appointments, or coordinating errands and household chores, these activities may make your body feel like it is in danger (real or perceived). Your body’s chemical reaction to this “threat” can cause your digestion to slow down, blood vessels to constrict, and an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Imagine how this type of response would wear you out overtime. Additionally, when stress levels are consistently high, the body’s response could be a slowed metabolism, thyroid dysfunction, blood sugar imbalances, skin problems, compromised immunity, low sex drive, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, leaky gut, and mental health issues (just to name a few).
Addressing lifestyle factors now and developing stress coping strategies are the first steps to take in correcting an adrenal dysfunction. Running a simple saliva lab test that assesses hormone levels can indicate how well your body handles stress. As mentioned above, there can be many contributing stressors that can cause your adrenals not to function optimally – this can include imbalances with hormones, immunity, digestion, detoxification, environmental factors, and neurotransmitters. Taking a good look at your lifestyle, combined with test results can help to establish the connection that is the root cause of your adrenal insufficiency so health can be restored.
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