Stress & Adrenal Fatigue
Are you over-stressed, or not getting rest? Have you ever had a moment when you said, "After______, I was never the same."? These are common symptoms in patients with adrenal fatigue. If you are under a lot of stress or are not getting the rest that you need, your cortisol levels become depleted. Of more than 50 hormones that our adrenal glands secrete, cortisol is one that plays an important role in maintaining our optimal health.
Many people do not associate poor health with levels of stress but the two often correlate. The onset of adrenal fatigue typically occurs from financial pressures, infections, emotional stress, smoking, drugs, poor eating habits, sugar and white flour products, unemployment, as well as several other stressors. After experiencing many of these events over a long period of time, the adrenal glands tend to produce less of the body’s master stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol’s main role in the body is to enable us to handle stress and maintain our immune systems. The adrenal gland’s struggle to meet the high demands of cortisol production eventually leads to adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include chronic fatigue, low blood pressure and low blood sugar, dizziness, headaches, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, low libido, infertility, and other equally debilitating reactions.
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