Posted by: renssuperawesomepage | December 11, 2011

You could have Adrenal Fatigue and not know it!

What is adrenal Fatigue?

 

Adrenal fatigue occurs when adrenal gland function becomes inefficient.  80% of people (according to adrenal fatuigue.org) experience adrenal fatigue and the physical symptoms of stress at some point in their lives, yet this condition is frequently overlooked and misunderstood by the medical community.

 

What is the purpose of the Adrenal gland? 

Adrenal glands are triangle-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys.

The outer part of the adrenal gland is called the cortex and produces steroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and testosterone. The inner part of the adrenal gland is called the medulla and produces epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are commonly called adrenaline and noradrenaline.

When the glands produce more or less hormones than your body needs, you can become sick

 

What causes Adrenal Fatigue?

When your body is under an amount of stress — physical stress from over training, illness, or disease and/or emotional stress — the adrenal glands respond by increasing cortisol production. Cortisol helps your body deal with stress. However, when the body is in a constant state of stress, the adrenals can become exhausted from the constant demand for more cortisol and stop producing adequate amounts.

In addition to a chronic under production of cortisol, adrenal fatigue syndrome can also be caused or aggravated by corticosteroids — synthetic hormones like prednisone that are often found in prescribed drugs.

This heightened level of cortisol can,  shut the adrenal glands down, inhabit the immune system, and in some cases bring on psychotic-type behaviors. In more serious illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, Hepatitis C, and especially HIV — where there appears to be a direct relationship between levels of cortisol in the body and death — reducing adrenal fatigue syndrome and improving adrenal function should be a high priority. While you will need to work with a good doctor to balance your hormone levels, you can help to lower your body’s demand for cortisol by improving your immune health  (eating healthy and exercising regularly) in order to fight recurrent infections. you can overcome fatigue by supplementing your diet with nutrients that provide your body with more energy to fight your way out of this vicious cycle and help you feel better.

What are the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

 

The most common signs of adrenal fatigue include:

  •  continued fatigue
  • exhaustion
  •  trouble sleeping,
  • trouble getting out of bed,
  • depression
  •   anxiety
  •  sugar and/or salt cravings
  • weight gain and inability to lose  weight
  • increased effort to do everyday tasks
  • decreased sex drive
  •   decreased ability to handle stress
  • light-headed when standing up
  •  low  body temperature
  •  more prone to colds and flu
  •  less tolerance to  stress.

What can I do to regulate my stress levels?

  • try to get between 7 and 11 hours sleep at night
  • exercise daily
  • stay away from processed foods and sugars
  • set some time aside each day for “you time”
  • talk to a  counselor regularly

for more information contact Renai www.infiniteefitness.com

 

resources used for this article were

www.custommedicine.com.au

www.adrenalfatigue.org

http://www.checkconnect.com

 

 

 

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Responses

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  2. Great article. I agree- this is a very under diagnosed problem. The result of our fast paced western lifestyle. Keep up the great work! Dr Tony.

  3. Thanks Renai, This Article was very well written and gave a great incite into adrenal fatigue and its links to sickness.
    Thank you for sending me the link 🙂


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