Lack of energy? Tired (no matter how much you sleep)? Struggle to get up and going in the morning…unless you have coffee? Life requiring more effort and energy than it used to? Low tolerance to people, stress, hormone changes, skipping meals? Low productivity? Fuzzy thinking? Depression? Food allergies? Poor digestion? Hair loss?
Stress can have its positive side when it pushes us to a higher place of performance or kicks in our body’s fight-or-flight response for a life-saving reaction (increased heart rate, blood pressure, strength, visual acuity.) However, for most, stress lingers and builds. Our bodies can’t tell the difference between pressing deadlines, traffic, relationship conflicts…or a serious threat to our being. When any form of stress is continual, the fight-or-flight hormone cascade can get stuck in high gear, overtaxed and wearing down the body and “stressing” its systems: digestion, hormones, blood sugar balance, immune function, energy production, hair/skin/nails, musculature, and more.
75-90% of all visits to Primary Care Physicians are for stress-related problems!
The adrenal glands play a primary role in helping your body manage and handle stress but also most major body processes:
- use of carbs and fats
- conversion of fats and protein to energy
- blood sugar regulation
- cardiovascular function–heart rate, blood pressure and digestion
- anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant hormones (protecting against alcohol, drugs, food and environmental allergies)
- hormone balance, especially after mid-life (effecting physical, emotional and psychological aspects…even weight gain)
- muscular strength and stamina
- immune function
- and more!
Adrenal fatigue sets in when the glands’ hormone regulation can’t keep up with the body’s needs due to chronic, repeated, severe stress. These are common sources:
- disease states: recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, flus, cancer, aut0-immune, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS, or other serious illnesses
- physical stress: poor nutrition, substance abuse, accidents, injuries, exhaustion
- emotional stress: relationships, finances, work, loss of loved one
- environmental stress: toxic chemicals and pollution (air, water, food, etc.)
With some lifestyle changes, stress-management, renourishing and rebalancing the body, the adrenals can be rebuilt. and YOU can feel GOOD again!
Complete this Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire to rank how well your adrenals are performing.
How’d you score? Contact us for support in supplement protocols, tips for renourishing your body, stress management and lifestyle “reset” secrets.
“How Stress Affects Your Health” – American Psychological Association
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome – James L Wilson, ND, DC, PhD