The adrenal glands are situated on each of the kidneys and serve as the master glands for the endocrine system. The primary function of the adrenal glands is to govern how we react to stress. The adrenal glands produce a number of hormones, particularly cortisol and neurotransmitters like adrenaline. The ability to rapidly produce these hormones provides us the means to escape imminent danger. This “fight or flight” response is a protective mechanism which provides humans with the energy and resources to either defend ourselves or flee from danger.
All creatures, including humans, are exposed to periodic stress and have an inherent need to escape that stress. Although we no longer have to flee from the same imminent stresses and dangers of our ancestors, our bodies do not differentiate between the stress of driving in rush hour traffic or fleeing from a saber-toothed tiger. Every stress exposure creates the same reaction in us. This constant barrage of stress generated by living in the modern world can exhaust our adrenals, a situation known as hypoadrenalism or more commonly referred to as “adrenal fatigue.”
Common Symptoms of Adrenal Stress
Some of the common symptoms seen with adrenal stress are:
- non-refreshing sleep
- lack of energy
- sugar and salt cravings
- mild depression
- frequent infections
- inability to get out of bed in the morning
- panic attacks
- PMS symptoms
- low libido
- feeling overwhelmed
- joint pain
- reduced memory
The longer the stress continues, the more exhausted our adrenals become. The simplest way to address adrenal exhaustion caused by stress is to remove the stressors. However, few of us can quickly change our jobs or the situation and relationships that are creating our stress. But we can address stress management and adrenal support by improving our diet, exercising regularly, getting adequate sleep, and other lifestyle modifications.
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