STRESS LIES AT THE ROOT OF EVERY HEALTH CONDITION (in some shape or form).
Adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance are so common in our society that we have come to see the symptoms as normal.
This is a problem because if this is your normal, you're not feeling your best.
If you're not feeling your best, how can you be living your best life?
What is ALL THIS ABOUT THE ADRENALS THOUGH?
The adrenal glands AKA "the stress glands" are two walnut sized glands that sit snugly atop your kidneys and secrete hormones that are involved with all the major physiological processes in the body. The functioning of your adrenal glands play a large role in your resilience, energy and ability to endure and recover from stressful situations. Long story short, your adrenals influence the way your body will handle everything that is has to deal with.
Adrenal issues tend to begin in two places: the adrenal glands and the brain.
It is often said that when it comes to issues like adrenal fatigue, the glands get "exhausted" or "collapse" and can no longer keep up with the demands to create more stress hormones at the rate our body is demanding. There is truth to this to an extent. I believe that adrenal dysregulation begins with us overworking our glands (in the way that we tend to when we live with chronic stress in our lives) and this leads to a disconnect with how our brain then communicates with these glands via the HPA axis (the Hypothalmic Pituitary Adrenal axis or our central stress response system). When this communication between our adrenals and our brain becomes compromised.. trouble arises.
The adrenal glands work with the brain to control the healthy flow of hormones in our body, but when signalling and communication issues come into play the disconnect can affect the way the adrenals release certain stress hormones and in what amounts and also how the body responds to these hormones when they are released. The symptoms associated with adrenal dysfunction are lengthly and pretty common, so common that we often get roped into believing that they are just "normal" or "the cards we were dealt".
Wildly unrecognized, adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction is like a mist because of the numerous seemingly vague and non-specific symptoms that go along with it. It's so amazingly common, and so outrageously overlooked. It's often when the symptoms really get exaggerated that we start to pick up that something is out of balance.
Stressful situations can include things like:
- Work/school stress
- Financial stress
- Environmental stress
- Relationship stress
- Family stress
- Mental stress (anxiety, depression and/or other mental illness)
- Drug abuse or addiction
- Dietary stress- allergies, sensitivities, enzyme deficiency
- Lack of sleep
- Emotional or physical trauma
- Physical stress or physical injury
- Chronic illness or disease
- Acute or chronic infections
- and more.
SOME SIGNS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE OR HORMONAL IMBALANCE:
- Difficulty waking up in the morning
- Feeling constantly tired- a tired that is not relieved by sleep (CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME)
- Feeling like you can't relax
- Cravings for salt or salty foods
- Easily irritated or intolerant to stress
- Digestive issues and sudden new food intolerances
- Dependence on stimulants to function (coffee, colas, energy drinks, ect.)
- Decreased libido
- Exaggerated menopausal symptoms
- Irritability if a meal is missed aka "HANGRY"
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)
- Decreased immune system
- Increased or exaggerated PMS symptoms
- Fibrocystic breasts or fibroids
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Fertility issues
- Low blood pressure
- Auto-immune conditions
- Anemia (iron deficiency)
- Weight gain in the belly area that you can't seem to lose
- Decrease or loss in muscle mass
- You wake up in the early hours of the morning (between 3-5am)
- Brain fog
- Increase of energy in the evening after dinner
- Anxiety or depressive thoughts
- Eyes are sensitive to the light
- Easily startled
- Feeling dizzy when you stand up too fast
- Slow wound healing or slow to recover from illness