adrenal and hormone health
Today, we will be talking about adrenal health. If you’ve been feeling exhausted, stressed and at the end of your rope – today’s topic is for you. So, grab a notebook and pen for taking notes and let’s dive in.
Did you know?
If you’re constantly feeling stressed and overwhelmed, tired even when you didn’t exert yourself too much, and find yourself having one too many teary outbursts, you may be experiencing what is commonly referred to as ‘adrenal fatigue’. Adrenal fatigue is NOT a medical condition. It is a term coined to describe what happens when your body gets stuck in ‘high alert’ mode, and stress hormones are released over and over again, taxing the adrenal glands.
Adrenal Fatigue is not a medical condition
According to Dr. Jill Carnahan M.D, adrenal fatigue should not be confused with a medical condition of the adrenals such as Addison’s disease where the adrenal glands are not functioning at all. Addison’s disease is usually caused by autoimmunity. Adrenal fatigue is primarily due to prolonged exposure to stressors such as general stress, exposure to toxins, infections, hormone imbalance, and nutritional insufficiencies.
The Stress Response
The adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. The adrenal glands produce sex hormones and neurotransmitters that have various functions throughout the body, but their main job is to produce and release stress hormones, such as cortisol. When you’re under chronic stress, no matter how big or small the stressor is, it can suppress your adrenal glands affecting the release of these hormones. A few weeks of prolonged stress is all it takes to overwork the adrenals and cause hormone imbalance.
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