Are You Stressed?
|I know what you’re thinking,
“Seriously? Am I stressed?
When am I not?!”
|We all know stress is bad for us. But, what exactly is going on in our bodies when we are stressed? Let’s get some basic info first.|
What Are The Adrenal Glands And What do They do?
The adrenal glands are small glands that are located just above the kidneys. They produce hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, steroids, cortisol, and chemicals like adrenaline. You are thinking about the adrenal glands and in danger, the adrenals pump out adrenaline and cortisol. This increases your heart rate and respiration which in turn pumps more oxygen and blood to the muscles, allowing them to react quickly to get you out of danger. In brief situations, this reaction helps keep you alive. However, if stress is chronically elevated, you are basically keeping your body in a constant state of fight or flight. Eventually, this system is going to malfunction and create a high or low adrenal function state. Chronic stress to the system can come from a multitude of places. It could be mental or emotional stress. It could come from chronic gut irritation, malnutrition because your body is unable to absorb the nutrients from your food, or even from pushing your body consistently too hard.
What Are Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
Here’s a chance to take a moment for some introspection.
- Are you feeling like you’ve been needing more caffeine or sugar just make it to the end of the day?
- What about some weight gain, especially around your mid-section?
- Have you noticed that you don’t feel as sharp, clear, and focused as you used to?
- Does it seem like your getting sick way more often than you remember getting sick before?
- Do you feel like you’re losing your sex drive? (Be honest Dr. Maggie, no one can hear you answering in your head.)
- Does it seem like you are growing more impatient? (Let’s be honest, it’s normally our loved ones that notice this first.)
- What about changes in your hair, skin, nails, and overall sense of well being?
If you said yes to any of the above, you may be experiencing a problem with your adrenal system
Long Term Effects of Adrenal Fatigue
What Can You Do?
Cortisol is considered the stress hormone. Increased levels of cortisol can increase your blood sugar levels. “An increase in blood sugar leads to insulin resistance (the precursor to diabetes), higher cholesterol levels, and more. This can also impact your thyroid, as well as impacting your libido, menstruation, energy, memory, fertility, and metabolism.
Chronically high blood sugar levels also cause inflammation, which is the root cause of nearly every chronic illness, condition, and disease you can think of (emphasis added).”.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue there are lab tests that can be done, such as a full thyroid and/or hormone panel, or testing of your cortisol levels. These tests are typically covered by insurance.
It is important to reduce your stress. Some things that may help are deep breathing, meditation, journaling, yoga, listening to music, or anything else you find relaxing and enjoyable. Make some time for yourself, your health depends on it!
If you find out that your thyroid or hormone levels are off it’s important to start getting them back on track right away. Dr. Nicole specializes in bio-identical hormones (as opposed to the synthetic ones) ad she could get you a prescription made especially for you.
Diet is an important factor in the body’s overall burden and inflammation. Supplements can be helpful too. Dr. Maggie has a wonderful supplement in the office for adrenal support. Call our office today to find out more and find out if you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Let us help you THRIVE.Leave a reply →