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Adrenal Glands - How they Work

Adrenal Exhaustion and Adrenal Fatigue           

Just tell me what to take for adrenal fatigue

Do you experience too much stress? Both physical stress and mental stress. If you do, this might be of interest to you. 

If you have symptoms such as tiredness, fearfulness, allergies, frequent influenza, arthritis, anxiety, depression, reduced memory and difficulties in concentrating, insomnia, worn-out, inability to loose weight after extensive efforts, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue (technically known as hypoadrenia).

What are the adrenal glands?


There are two stress glands – called the ADRENAL glands. Located on top of your kidneys,

The adrenal glands are involved in a number of functions in the body. They are involved in pulmonary function, blood sugar metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, central nervous system processes, cardiovascular function, hormone production, gastrointestinal function, and liver function. 

The adrenal glands play an important role in helping the body respond appropriately to changes caused by stress and the different emotions involved in survival. If you were being chased by a lion, you would have high blood pressure, relaxed lungs to absorb oxygen for your flight.  Your mind would need to be super alert, your digestion and sex organs would turn off so your muscles would receive most of the blood. 

How do they work? 

The adrenal glands produce hormones in a complex symphony that is orchestrated by two structures in the brain called the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.

The adrenal glands via these hormones control many functions from anti-inflammatory (ridding the body of pain and swelling) and immune system protection to balancing fluid and salt levels and controlling minerals (such as potassium), rapid heart rate, regulating blood pressure, and sleep and awake cycles.  They even act as the back up organs producing estrogen during and after menopause.  

When there is stress, these glands counter the stress by the production of several hormones. The adrenals don't know the difference between physical and mental stress, they treat both with the same stress hormones.  Every type of stress influences these glands - injury, infection, divorce, finances, job-related stress, irritable people, drugs and medications, surgery, pain, illness, poison ivy, extreme cold or heat, giving birth, menstrual cycle, staring at computer monitors, eating junk foods, starvation diets, etc. etc. etc. Emotional stress can actually is 1000X more than other forms of stress.  

When stress and poor nutrition lead to altered hormone levels, imbalance in endocrine function can lead to substantial fatigue. 

What happens? 

When you experience stress of any kind, the adrenals start pumping adrenaline, cortisol and other adrenal hormones. These hormones get the blood flowing to the heart and muscles and at the same time pull the blood away from your digestion. They also stimulate the nervous system to speed up the heart rate. They prepare your body for stress.
This is the "fight or flight mechanism".  You're body is preparing to fight a survival opponent or take flight in the fastest way possible. 

As you push your body over the years coping with stress, living on caffeine, nicotine, sugar and alcohol with little sleep, the adrenals eventually become exhausted.  In this state, the adrenals don’t produce like they used to.

When the stress goes on too long or the body is exposed to excess shock and stress you lose the ability to adapt to the stress, or the body stays in this stress mode when no stress is present (yes, some people call that anxiety as they can't locate the reason they are stressed). 

The adrenal glands will also cause fat to accumulate in the belly as a survival protection mechanism in attempts to store future energy (fat) for the vital organs.  

Things that effect and stress your Adrenal glands:

Emotional trauma Lack of sleep Poor diet
Excess exercise Pregnancy Infections
Refined carbohydrates Alcohol Drugs
Nicotine Vitamin B & C deficiencies Too much caffeine
Physical trauma Chemical toxins
Prescription Drugs Over consumption of sugar

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms: 

Understanding what the adrenal glands do, you can then understand why the following symptoms can occur:

Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it   

This shows up with fat around the middle and is sometimes referred to as a pendulous abdomen. It is sagging and hanging. You will also have thin legs and buttocks. 

Cortisol is a hormone that is activated by stress. When the body is stressed, the adrenals pump out cortisol. When this goes on continuously, this cortisol makes you gain weight around the organs and the abdomen where the organs are located. 

The adrenal hormone will activate fat being stored. It will store fat around the midsection - where the major organs are - so that the internal organs have a supply of energy - fat.. The adrenals are working on survival of the organism. This type of fat is called visceral fat or organ fat. 

When adrenals are overactive and store the belly fat it is cummulative. . Cortisol is lowest at age 18 and is its highest at 50.  Thus, you will gain weight as you age. The body tends to fill up with stress and you build up stress and fat.  

Cognitive: 

Moodiness and irritability
Brain fog 
Nervousness

Anxiety (worry), frequent feelings of stress; 
Difficulty handling stress
Compulsive thinking and intolerance of incompetent people, no patience with others, etc. 
Constant thinking about your
survival (worry or just computing what might happen)

Inflammatory Conditions: 

All the itises (arthritis, tendonitis, etc) as the anti-inflammatory is gone
Inflammation or pain in the joints, back and neck

Also: 

Low energy - weakness, fatigue
Lethargy
Fluid retention
Sleepiness
Insomnia 
Restless Leg Syndrome

Blood sugar problems
Feel better suddenly after a meal
Difficulty getting out of bed, lack of energy which returns from 3-5 PM
Need for mid-afternoon naps 
Need for caffeine or stimulants to get going
Salt cravings, fat cravings and cravings for high protein foods such as cheese and meat. 
Hot flashes
Reduced sex drive
Tendency to tremble under pressure
Out of breath when going up stairs
Heal spurs 
High or low blood pressure 
Tendency to get the flu
Pain in the upper back and neck for no reason
Lightheadedness when rising from a lying down position
Unable to remember things
Sugar cravings late afternoon and evenings
Overactive immune system - allergies, chemical sensitivity
Autoimmune condition

All possible symptoms of adrenal insufficiency:

You may also have: 

High Cholesterol - cholesterol is needed to make adrenal hormone which the body will be trying to do when the adrenals are tired. The body will make cholesterol if it doesn't have enough. 

High Blood Pressure
Poor wound healing
Sleep Disorder
Low Vitamin D levels
Depression
Facial hair on women
Full eyebrows
Receding hairline
Deeper voice
Sparse hair on forearms and lower legs
Atrophy of breasts
Tightness in chest or chest pains
Food or inhalant allergies
Dry and thinning skin
Acne or poor skin
White or discolored patches on skin
Reddish purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts.
Red checks
Round or moon face
Puffy face and eyes
Dark cycles around eyes
Double chin
Lax ligaments - weak ankles and knees
Weak or brittle bones (due to a loss of calcium and protein)
Buffalo hump (fat pad) at the upper back, lower neck area,
Low body temperature
Unexplained hair loss
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Fibromyalgia
Edema, especially in the ankles
Legs feel heavy especially when exercising

If you have many of these signs and symptoms, it is time you consider adrenal fatigue as a possible cause once you have ruled out other possible disease. None of the signs or symptoms by itself can definitively diagnose adrenal fatigue   However, it is definitely something you'll want to consider. It is very often misdiagnosed.   

When the adrenals are exhausted, they may not show up in conventional medical tests as the the symptoms you are experiencing are early symptoms and it is not enough to be detected.  It is sub-clinical. The adrenals have to be 9/10s unresponsive for it to show up in a blood test. In other words, 80-90% of the adrenal needs to be not working well in order for a blood test to show that there is a problem.  

ADRENAL REJUVENATION  

When supporting the adrenals, it’s important to get off stimulants like coffee, sugar, caffeine, etc.  Vitamin C gives the adrenals what they need to become strong again. getting Vitamin C in food  – leafy greens and other vegetables.  

Sleep

It is  important to get enough sleep while taking supplements to support the adrenal glands.  Get enough sleep and don't over do exercise.  You want to be nice to your body while you build up the adrenal glands.  Remember the purpose of these glands is countering stress so don't over due the physical stress of not getting enough sleep or going to the gym everyday. Walking is the best exercise while you build up the adrenal glands. And walking even lowers cholesterol

RECOMMENDED: 

What can you do right now?

1) Add mineralized salt to your diet 

2) Acupressure - to relax the body and help the adrenal glands

What can you do to repair the adrenals?

Adrenal Fatigue Formula -
to help repair and build up your adrenals and the hormonal system. 

1) SALT

Mineralized Salt - you need the salt. The adrenals monitor the mineral content in the body and too much potassium can become a problem. Thus adding Sea Salt is important, it will help while you build your adrenals. You can find some at your local health food store.

Testimonial:
This is Chris from McVitamins.com. I've had a long term adrenal problem which started when I was 12 years old and had Rheumatic Fever. The doctors at that time prescribed cortisone for the inflammation. They may have thought they were saving my life, but the bypass of the adrenal glands became a problem. Adrenal glands get lazy when you artificially add of their hormones to the body (as do all of the glands) and you wind up with less then perfect glands. I've needed to supplement my adrenal glands. Then I found the information about taking mineralized salt and gave it a try. (The information about potassium also indicated as I would eat high potassium foods for "health reasons" - doctors say salt is bad and thus I would take the potassium to counter too much salt in foods. But, I would wind up not feeling all that good). Well, the salt was amazing. Such a small change. I started by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to water in the morning and I had much more energy that day. I also got up in the morning with energy. I found out additionally that putting sea salt in drinking water will help your body to actually hydrate - otherwise the body might just let the water go right out again. So, I added a pinch of Sea Salt to my regular drinking water (I usually have a quart bottle of Fiji Water (I like that the best) and then do as I normally do, drink it during work. I find I spend much less time in the bathroom and feel much more energized. Oh, yes, and I sleep better. 

For what I use 

Sea Salt

 

2) ACUPRESSURE - read the article about acupuncture and acupressure to relieve stress to allow the body to rejuvenate.  This has an amazing effect to counter stress. 

Acupressure
and it can be done at home. 

 

ADRENAL FATIGUE FORMULA

This product is targeted nutrition to support your adrenals, using recovery nutrients and glandular extracts (without the hormones). 

Over the years, the adrenal gland (stress gland) becomes tired and needs support. This product will help support adrenal fatigue. 

All stress is regulated by the adrenals and stress does accumulate. This product can help you sleep more soundly and wake up more refreshed.

The Adrenal Fatigue Formula contains both adrenal glandular support and stress and recovery support. Very few adrenal formulas contain which we added: pituitary extract. The pituitary controls the adrenals and is involved in controlling stress in your body.

This is a whole food supplement:

For more information of why these ingredients

Adrenal Fatigue Formula -  explanation of the ingredients, reviews and FAQ. Also a Video of Dr. Berg explaining this formula.

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ADRENALS AND WEIGHT GAIN SYMPTOM:

Can you Weight Gain Be Due to Your Adrenals?

One of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue is weight gain but you don't have to be over-weight.  This book will help as it addresses this subject.  The book actually can be used to just build health in general, You don't lose weight to get healthy, you get healthy to lose weight. 

Adrenal Type Weight Loss - Dr. Berg's The 7 Principles of Fat Burning

It will give you lots of information about the adrenal conditions, plus how to lose weight (if this is your symptom) and get the adrenals working again.   

There is also a Health Tutor Program to help you achieve your goals. 

 

For more information about how to eat and help your adrenals 

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