Adrenal fatigue - are you affected?
I recently bought the a book called "Adrenal Fatigue" by James L. Wilson and thought I'll share some of the information with you. It is certainly worth buying.
The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body copy with stresses and survive. In fact, the adrenals are known as the "glands of stress." It is their job to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems.
You might have heard the term "Adrenal Fatigue" before - it is certainly something that many people experience but is often not recognized by the medical profession.
An easy way to explain this term is to imagine a person who is constantly pushing themselves to the limit without having resting periods. This constant physical or emotional stress can first lead to an overproduction of adrenal hormones and eventually a decline as the adrenals are not able to keep up with the high demands and get exhausted.
Our two adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and are the size of a walnut, weighing less than a grape. They affect the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in our body, they also have important effects on the way you think and feel. Too much stress can deplete your adrenals, causing a decrease in the output of adrenal hormones, particularly cortisol.
Signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
- Craving for salt or salty foods
- Lack of energy
- Increased effort to do every day tasks
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Mild depression
- Increased PMS
A simple saliva test can determine if your adrenals are struggling to keep up with your current lifestyle and specific recommendations can help restore adrenal function.
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