By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek, ND, CNC, Atlanta, GA
Find out about adrenal fatigue and how to get your energy sky high!
Adrenal Glands are triangular-shaped glands that sit above the kidneys and are responsible for many vital functions in our body.
The adrenals produce various hormones, including adrenaline, a steroid called aldosterone, and cortisol. These hormones control metabolism, weight loss, the immune system, and blood pressure and manage our fight or flight response to stress.
One example of adrenal fatigue: If you’re in a car accident, the medics show up and shine a flashlight into your eyes; the iris or the colored center of your eyes should respond by contracting. This is our body’s way of regulating how much light enters the iris. This is our adrenal function; just fantastic! Someone that has been in a traumatic car accident may find themselves dealing with adrenal fatigue during their healing and recovery. They may feel burnt out from the accident, pain, mental anguish, stress, worry about work and family, etc. Even after their body has improved from a car accident, adrenal fatigue can intensify.
Another example of adrenal fatigue: If you deal with a chronic illness, you may feel a little tired, and your blood sugar may go up or down. But over time, adrenal insufficiency kicks in, and you now feel burnt out. This is a perfect example of adrenal fatigue.
What is Adrenal Fatigue? The term adrenal fatigue explains a stress-related condition that causes symptoms like exhaustion even when you’ve had a sufficient sleep at night. Adrenal fatigue can lead to a weakened immune system which leaves you constantly feeling unwell. It can also lead to insomnia and brain fog and even cause you to crave certain foods. A person with Adrenal Fatigue may be dehydrated, confused, or have unexplained weight loss or gain.
Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue means addressing the stress in your life, adjusting your diet with proper nutrition, and filling in the gaps with certain supplements until your body is up and running!
Comprehensive blood tests are vital to learning where else your body needs support to heal easier. Leaving your body in this overwhelmed state can cause significant damage to your entire system over time, so it’s critical to be self-aware and prioritize your health!
Does adrenal fatigue exist? Yes, it does, and it is extreme fatigue, not just a general tired feeling?
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