We rely on our adrenal glands to meet the demands of stress on our bodies. Stressors - physical, mental or emotional - all have the same effect on our physiology. By releasing ‘stress’ hormones like cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, the adrenal glands work to mitigate the effects that stressors have on us.
Chronic stress, or even relatively short-lived stressful situations can tax the adrenal glands. In short, the demand on them can outstrip their ability to respond to stressors by releasing hormones.
Previously referred to as " adrenal fatigue" this condition is now more properly known as HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis dysfunction - excess stress or the inability to deal with it creates dysfunction across our hormonal system that interprets and responds to stressors.
HPA axis dysfunction often manifests as poor adrenal function, or the inability to release cortisol and other hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) in adequate amounts under stressful conditions.
As glands, the adrenals can become ‘fatigued’ and unable to meet the demands placed upon them.
Signs of Adrenal Gland Fatigue
Some of the most common signs include:
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Intense sugar and caffeine cravings
- Exercise intolerance (you feel worse or ‘hung over’ after exercise
- Non-restorative sleep
Another important sign of HPA dysfunction is weight gain around the waist - especially when there’s been no change to diet or exercise patterns.
In active and athletic people, we’ll often see an elevated resting heart rate (a sign that the nervous system is under stress), increased injuries like tendonitis, bursitis and aches and pains because the body can no longer control inflammation due to adrenal fatigue.
Diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue can be graded in stages. Stage 1 is minimal, Stage 2 is moderate, and Stage 3 is severe. Staging is determined after testing adrenal function using a saliva test.
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Vitamins C, B6 and Pantothenic acid are key nutrients that support the production of the adrenal gland hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Asian Ginseng (Panax), Eleuthero, Rhodiola and Schisandra are the adaptogenic herbs (meaning they help your physiology cope with stressors), each with adrenal-specific actions that support adrenal gland performance.
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Adrenal Energy can be used by anyone facing intense life stresses as well as by anyone who works hard physically either through exercise or occupationally.
As it begins to work you’ll notice less fatigue and a greater ability to face stressors without feeling completely spent and exhausted afterwards.