Are you feeling tired and dizzy? Do you have food cravings and feel hungry no matter how much you eat? Do you have difficulty recovering from exercise? If you experience these symptoms, you might have problems with your adrenals. Also known as suprarenal glands, these glands play multiple roles in your endocrine system, a system that provides your body with the hormones it requires to stimulate essential processes.
Your adrenal glands produce adrenaline, cortisol, testosterone and other hormones that influence your metabolism. They also manage your body’s ability to cope with stress. If these glands are not working properly, you may experience weight gain, poor sleep, fatigue, sugar cravings, and depression.
The adrenal glands produce the two hormones that regulate the “fight or flight” response in your body when you’re stressed. They also release cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels and depresses the immune system. Common problems associated with high cortisol levels include:
People who are constantly exposed to stressful situations face a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, hypertension, and digestive problems. When stress becomes chronic, your body enters the adrenal resistance phase. This may cause serious health problems ranging from obesity and musculoskeletal issues to altered glucose metabolism. Poor functioning of the adrenals can affect your everyday life and cause premature aging.
These stress glands are your body’s primary “shock absorbers.” Every time you lose your job, move to a new city, or end a relationship, your adrenal glands react accordingly. The cortisol levels increase, which lead to mood disorders, poor blood circulation, and reduced immunity. The only way to prevent these problems is to eliminate as much stress as possible from your life and learn to cope with the rest as best you can.
The following tips can help you reduce the negative effects of taxed adrenals:
Supporting your adrenals is vital to maintaining a healthy, balanced body and mind. For more advice about how naturopathic medicine can help to soothe your system, contact our expert team at Water’s Edge today!
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