Andrenal Fatigue

Andrenal Fatigue


Do you suffer from?
 

  •     Weight gain in the abdomen or triceps area that is difficult to lose
  •     Cravings for sweets and carbs
  •     Frequent illness
  •     Poor circulation
  •     Insomnia - difficulty falling asleep
  •     Acne
  •     Hair loss
  •     Loss of muscle tone
  •     Pre-menstrual symptoms
  •     Mood disorders: depression, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder
  •     Cardiovascular disease
  •     Allergies
  •     Irritable bowel or digestive concerns
  •     Palpitations
  •     Nervousness
  •     Low blood pressure


Stress is one of leading causes of health problems in our culture. Our bodies are designed to release hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, from the adrenal glands to deal with stressful events. They help by stimulating our sympathetic nervous system to direct blood flow to our muscles and to release sugar and stored fat into the blood for a quick surge of energy that should allow us to overcome whatever we are facing. In an immediately stressful situation we might temporarily feel our heart rate pick up quickly, breathing becomes rapid, our hands and skin become clammy and cold, our face drains of color and our blood pressure rises. These changes then quickly subside as we overcome the stressful event.

Chronic stress, on the other hand, leads to over stimulation of our adrenal glands and nervous system leading to great imbalances in the body. For example, constant stress often comes from worry about finances, family or personal health concerns, stress at work and relationship issues. Combine these with the daily stressors of traffic, noise, cell phones, email - you get the idea - it's no wonder anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and exhaustion are so commonly experienced in this day and age.

Excess secretion of cortisol releases stored fat and sugar to be used as energy. Initially, this can lead to rapid weight loss after a high stress situation. Overtime however, the body starts to breakdown muscles as a source of energy. This leads to muscle wasting and weakness. In addition, craving for sugar increases causing poor food choices.  Eventually the metabolism slows down and the body starts to store weight in the abdominal area as a ready source of fuel.

If you are struggling with chronic health concerns then managing stress is one of the most important and lasting things you can do for your health. Herbal support can help to balance the nervous system but lifestyle changes including healthy nutrition, regular activity, adequate rest and creating space for your personal time and development are essential to long term results and a vital, ful

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