If your life is full of stress and you're finding yourself more and more exhausted, you may have adrenal fatigue. Learn the symptoms of adrenal fatigue and steps to bring back your vitality.
Feeling exhausted? Low on willpower? Having difficulty losing weight? Think it's your thyroid? Think again...because many hypothyroid symptoms are so similar to adrenal fatigue that the two are often confused.1
On top of this confusion, tests for thyroid and adrenal problems are often difficult to interpret correctly. Some doctors believe that even if you had low thyroid function, it could be adrenal stress causing the problem to begin with, which would be difficult to diagnose without more tests.2
Body Ecology teaches that creating energy in a person's body is essential in order to establish, regain or maintain health...and it's your adrenals and your thyroid efficiently working togetherthat really supply you with energy.
Your adrenals, two walnut-sized organs that sit on top of your kidneys, are the workhorses of your body. If you are exhausted, chances are, your adrenals - AND their partner the thyroid - need attention.
What happens when the adrenals and thyroid have lost their life force or "spirit?" Your digestive system, the organs in your brain (e.g., hypothalamus and pituitary), your thyroid, liver, endocrine system, sexual organ system, heart and central nervous system suffer.3
The adrenals are your "life saving" organs because they control your body's hormones and help you survive in stressful situations. They act as control organs for your "fight or flight" response and secrete many of our most important hormones including: pregnenolone, adrenaline, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol.
Cortisol, often referred to as the death or stress hormone, does have some life-giving tasks. For example, cortisol helps: prepare your body for survival in stressful situations, metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats into energy, slow the immune system's inflammatory response, regulate the balance of converting insulin in breaking down sugar for energy and helps maintain your cardiovascular health and blood pressure.3
Cortisol becomes the "death hormone" when levels remain too high - which it does under chronic stress.The human body was designed to respond effectively to stress and then have periods of rest in between. Unfortunately, our modern day society is so full of constant stressors that we are no longer having that time of rest.
There is an eloquent connection between your adrenals and your brain. These organs are constantly in communication with each other using chemical messengers (or hormones) that flow between the adrenals, the hypothalamus and the pituitary.
When your adrenals are constantly stressed this sets off an autoimmune, inflammatory response in your entire body. The adrenal-hypothalamus-pituitary feedback loop regulates the secretion of cortisol.4 All of your organs AND your immunity are impacted negatively by the resulting constant assault of cortisol. Cortisol suppresses DHEA the" youth hormone."
Your brain obtains this hormone from your adrenals. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the body and your brain has an enormous "appetite" for DHEA.
When you understand all these connections, it is easy to see why there is such a wide-range of symptoms when the adrenals start to burn out.
At Body Ecology, we believe adrenal fatigue is an underlying factor in just about every physical, emotional and spiritual problem we are suffering from today.
By now you know how a stressful lifestyle affects your adrenals, but what about diet?
What you eat absolutely affects the health of your adrenals. The worst offenders create an acidic condition in your blood and rob your body of precious vitamins and minerals.
Certain nutrients, especially B-Vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals are essential for feeding your adrenals. Of these, perhaps most important are minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, etc).
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Let's face it, we are all so busy we often don't take time out for ourselves - to rest, relax, breathe or nourish ourselves in the ways we wish we could. Often, it's because we fall into "doing," putting off self-care until "someday when we have the time."
After awhile, our busy lives and diets become habits that feel "too hard" to change. In some ways, breaking this addiction-to-being-busy habit means stepping out of easily and starting anew...and even that takes time we don't think we have.
And yet, in the end, it's energy, vitality and just plain feeling good that we all truly seek. It's the only way we can truly be happy. The vital constitutional energy that is stored in our adrenals is essential to reaching old age looking and feeling like a teenager. Interestingly, just a few changes - maybe just one step in the right direction of healing your adrenals (and don't forget your thyroid) - can be just what you need.
There's nothing that feels better or gives more energy than your health...and isn't that worth the effort? For more on adrenal fatigue, listen to Donna Gates' comprehensive CD on Adrenal Fatigue and start building your energy and vitality today!