Adrenal exhaustion; the 21st century disease

Are you tired for no reason?

Or feel run-down and stressed all the time?

If so, you may have the first symptoms of adrenal exhaustion and must learn to “adapt” before it becomes a steady habit that causes more than heartburn.

The thumb-sized adrenal glands are situated on the top of both kidneys and have been called the body’s primary ‘shock absorbers.’

They produce a number of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA.

If you encounter a saber-toothed tiger, adrenaline shoots up, the heartbeat quickens and you prepare for battle and survival. Today’s hectic pace also keeps our adrenal glands in high gear.

Stress is the most common cause of adrenal fatigue. This can occur when a loved one dies, or overwork, physical and mental strain, chronic pain, infection, anger, sleep deprivation, chronic illness, depression and anxiety.

Patients with adrenal fatigue may complain of cold hands and feet, low back pain, sweet cravings, headaches, allergies, arthritis and allergies.

Cortisol dysfunction can also lead to low blood sugar, infertility, immune problems and heart disease.

Temporary and minor stressful situations result in slightly higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol. But day after day, stress is also associated with an increase in blood pressure and excessive levels of adrenal hormones.

Finally, if there’s no relief from stress, adrenal hormones drop and adrenal exhaustion occurs. Adrenal fatigue is like withdrawing money from a bank account until there’s none left.

As adrenal hormone levels decline, apart from weakness and fatigue, digestive distress is one of the most common symptoms.

Some people complain of nausea, constipation and diarrhea. There is also a tendency to weight gain, reduced sex drive and feeling better when stress is temporarily decreased, such as on a holiday.

So how do you fight adrenal fatigue?

First, learn to ‘adapt’ to stress.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can be helpful. So can massage, as the hands-on approach does more than just give you a good feeling.

Make sure you receive adequate amounts of minerals and vitamins.

For instance, stressful situations eat up Vitamin C. Studies show that, under stress, animals immediately produce 10 times their normal amount of C. Humans should also increase their intake of Vitamin C to bolster their immune system.

Studies also show that taking extra Vitamin C pills, or Medi-C Plus, a powder that contains large amounts of C and lysine, can prevent atherosclerosis (narrowing of coronary arteries) and even reverse this process to prevent needless heart attack, the nation’s number one killer.

Another natural remedy called AdrenaSense also helps to combat adrenal fatigue. It contains a number of international root herbs whose health effects have been tested over time. For instance, Siberian ginseng has been used for years in Siberia and China and known for its adaptogenic and anti-stress properties.

Other herbs such as Suma, Rhodiola, Schizandra berries and Ashwagandha help to decrease depression, stimulate the nervous system, improve memory, enhance work performance, support the immune and digestive systems and have a positive effect on thyroid and adrenal function.

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