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What are adrenal glands?

Adrenal glands are found above the kidneys. They are a vital part of the endocrine system that is responsible for the production of more than 50 hormones.  These hormones have a vast array of effects, including the ability to regulate blood sugar, aid in energy and food metabolism, manage immune responses, regulate inflammation, deal with stress, control your body’s fight or flight response to stress, maintain blood pressure, produce sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone, maintain blood pressure, and convert glycogen into glucose in your liver for energy.

Feeling chronically fatigued is a hallmark of adrenal fatigue that alerts us to the possibility that proper functioning of our adrenal glands to perform these tasks has been compromised.  It is a condition that arises from the inability of the adrenals to keep up with an ever increasing amount of daily stress.  Alternative medicine doctors believe an acute episode of stress or prolonged, chronic stress can place an overload on the adrenals, causing them to be ineffective.  

In 1967 Holmes and Rahe were researchers that set out to determine if certain levels of stress could predict future disease.  The results were so overwhelming to the affirmative that they created a scale to show certain stressors that translated to disease.  While the types of stress have changed and even increased over the last 50 years, the principal that acute and chronic stress leads to disease has remained the same. 

Some examples of stress include:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce, separation, difficult relationships
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lack of sleep
  • Personal illnesses or injury
  • Job loss, financial hardship
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
  • Poor diet and lack of exercise
  • Moving 
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Retirement

Results of Ineffective Adrenal Glands

When the adrenal glands stop producing hormones efficiently, hormone levels decline and various symptoms can develop.  These include:

  • Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon
  • Decreased immunity and increased allergies
  • Depression
  • Poor focus or memory loss
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Low sex drive, hormone imbalance, PMS
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down
  • Irritability
  • Craving foods high in salt, sugar or fat
  • Skin problems
  • Hair loss
  • Bone loss
  • Weight gain

What can I do to combat adrenal fatigue?    

Simple testing is a great place to start. If you are experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue and lab results suggest adrenal insufficiency, rest assured there are protocols that can help you address them naturally.  At Genesis Health Solutions we do not treat diseases or conditions, but apply a systematic approach aimed at removing sources that cause disease, correcting nutritional deficiencies and healing your body at the cellular level, where healing actually begins. Call us today at 434-316-0001 to see how we can help you get your life back!

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