Feeling Tired, Wired, Or Exhausted? You May Have Adrenal Fatigue
In our busy modern day world it’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling tired, overwhelmed or completely exhausted. you may feel like you can’t handle the stresses coming at you and feel less resilient. These can be some of of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue which can leave you feeling depleted and drained.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and are responsible for producing hormones like cortisol that are vital for life, helping to regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress, fight or flight and other essential body functions. Your adrenal glands secrete hormones including cortisol, DHEA, adrenaline and noradrenaline.
Our modern world is different than the world of our ancestors, the kind of stressors they had were perhaps more severe but shorter lived, for example when they were chased by a tiger and escaped. Their stress hormones certainly went up in fight or flight so they can escape but soon after they returned to their hut and relaxed.
Our Modern stresses are perhaps less severe in intensity but chronic, ongoing daily stress for most. this kind of ongoing stress can burden the adrenal glands in a manner they were not meant to handle.
But psychosocial stress is not the only kind of stress that can burden the adrenal glands. physical stress such as illness or even ongoing fatigue, hormone problems, chronic infections like viruses and yeast body burden and even toxins including environmental toxins such as heavy metals, or toxins found in foods like pesticides, GMO’s or processed foods.
These are some of the factors that especially when compounded burden and tax the adrenal glands causing imbalances that range from the adrenal glands overworking producing more ongoing cortisol to exhaustion not secreting enough cortisol.
What Are The Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue?
When stress hormones are imbalanced their could be too much or too little production of cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline or DHEA. These imbalances can have profound impacts on your body’s functions and system causing numerous symptoms. Symptoms can include fatigue, exhaustion, weight gain in the mid section, thyroid problems.