Two little adrenal glands work very hard to provide the hormones our bodies need to sail through the normal stresses of daily life, and cope with more serious stresses or traumas. These hormones help us manage challenging situations, deadlines, exercising that little bit harder, responding to emergencies, even getting the kids to school on time.
Adrenal hormones also help repair damaged tissues; control inflammation; regulate blood sugar, sodium and potassium and body fluids; keep our heart and blood vessels well-toned, and to rejuvenate our cells to keep us youthful.
Yet most of us give no thought at all to our hard-working adrenals until they become exhausted, resulting in a condition called Adrenal Fatigue. When your adrenals are in trouble, you feel generally unwell; you have no energy even after a sound sleep; you feel physically weak and may experience pain in your joints and muscles, and can find it hard to keep going.
While Adrenal Fatigue has been recognised and treated for years, many doctors still know very little about it, and some of may patients were even prescribed anti-depressants or sedatives to help them cope with their so-called ‘psychological’ problems. But adrenal fatigue is very real, and can make every day an ordeal.
What’s behind adrenal fatigue? Stress overload. Your adrenal glands can become stressed and exhausted from things like stimulants in coffee, many soft drinks and energy drinks; toxins including heavy metals and excess copper; working too hard without getting enough rest; not enough sleep; poor diet, alcohol and drugs. Emotional stresses like fear and anxiety can tax or adrenals as can daily workplace stresses. Other common causes of adrenal failure are excessive physical stress or physiological stress from illness, parasites or infection (especially Candida).
So if you’re constantly feeling under the weather, tired, achey and weak, ask your health practitioner to check your adrenals. They respond beautifully to a little tender care, natural therapies, and in many cases, supplements to correct underlying nutrient deficiencies.