Are you constantly juggling tasks and obligations? Rushing from one thing to another? Do a lot of people count on you for a lot of things? Are you often stressed out and overwhelmed? If so, your adrenal glands are likely working overtime and unpleasant symptoms are the result.
The adrenal glands sit on top the kidneys and are the main manufacturers of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline (as well as many other hormones) that regulate the body’s response to stress. They are your body’s primary “shock absorbers” that help you to respond to the demands of life in healthy and flexible ways.
If excessive demands are temporary or occasional, the adrenal glands will provide the resources to cope with pressing issues. But if demands are ongoing, these same hormones can wreak havoc in the body and lead to adrenal exhaustion.
Christiane Northrup, MD describes these surges of extra adrenaline like withdrawals from a bank that help you get through challenging times. If you draw from your account too often due to excessive and ongoing demands, you will be overdrawn and your adrenals will be overwhelmed. The hallmark symptoms of adrenal exhaustion are extreme fatigue, irritability, brain fog, disrupted sleep, menopausal symptoms, weight gain, and memory problems.
The lifestyle recommendations on page 3 are the most important factors in recovering from adrenal fatigue. Be aware that recovery will depend on how long the adrenals have been pushed too far. Herbals such as Ashwaganda, Schisandra, Eleuthero, and Rhodiola can be tremendously supportive to the adrenal glands. Natural Factors AdrenaSense and Now Energy are formulations targeting adrenal health.
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