Located just over the kidneys are two small glands known as the adrenals, while small, if not working properly these two glands can wreak havoc. They are in charge of controlling the body’s response to stress and over the years these glands can begin to weaken. Stress within the body is not just caused by working long hours, having a high stress job, running around with kids or traveling a lot; they can also be triggered by low blood sugar, exercise and excitement.
When the adrenals are working correctly a person’s cortisol levels should be highest in the morning to help waken you and get you going to start your day. In a person who has adrenal fatigue it takes longer for the adrenals to get working and their cortisol levels will increase instead of decrease as the day progresses. Many people with adrenal fatigue will say they feel their best in the afternoon or evening when their levels have slowly climbed to what they should be in the morning.
Correcting adrenal fatigue is relatively simple. Think of the adrenal glands as a horse and the body as a whip forcing the horse/adrenal glands to work harder. Eventually, no matter how much the horse is pushed it will slow down; but by giving the horse a break it will be able to run again this is the same as the adrenal glands. By providing the body with supplements to rest the adrenals, over time (for most just a few months) the glands will be able to function as they should. In the meantime, the supplements will also help alleviate the symptoms of adrenal fatigue until the adrenals start taking over on their own.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (waking during the night)
- Weight Gain especially in the abdomen
- Agitation/"Short Fuse"
- Craving sweets and salty foods
- Increased Allergies/Allergies to new things
- Feeling cold
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