The tiny pyramid-shaped glands resting just above the kidneys are part of the body’s endocrine system that helps regulate specific hormones in response to stress and external stimuli. Most of the time the adrenal glands do a good job at managing the stress response. Sometimes however, when exposed to chronic stress the adrenal glands become overworked and fail to function properly. This can lead to adrenal fatigue resulting in low energy, depression and anxiety, weight gain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping. Headache, dizziness, brain fog and cravings for sugar are also symptomatic of adrenal stress.
Many times individuals begin to rely on caffeine and energy drinks to boost energy levels just to get through the day. This often escalates the problem of adrenal fatigue by adding stress to already overworked adrenal glands. Testing for specific hormones, cortisol, DHEA, adrenaline and norepinephrine is important in identifying adrenal stress. Treatment includes specific natural supplements that support adrenal health, including natural herbs, vitamins, and minerals. Changes in diet, exercise and sleep routines may also be needed as well.
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