The basic task of your adrenal glands is to manage adrenal exhaustion. When under stress, the adrenal glands rush all of your body’s resources into “fight or flight” mode by increasing the production of adrenaline and other stress hormones. When strong and health your adrenals increase your heart rate and blood pressure, puts you on mental alert and your body prepares to fight or run. As long as these periods of stress are relatively short and followed by periods of rest humans did not suffer from adrenal exhaustion. With massive changes in lifestyle, Americans today live with constant stress. We are constantly working, running around, eating fast and processed foods, and bombarded with information. All of these challenges on top of financial stress, martial and family problems, and health issues compounds and contributes to the adrenal glands being stressed and overworked.
What are Adrenals
Adrenal glands are walnut sized glands located on top of each kidney and maintain and keeps the body’s hormones in balance. The outer layer of the adrenal gland is the adrenal cortex which produces hormones including cortisol, DHEA, estrogen and testosterone. The center of the glands produce adrenaline. When adrenal glands are chronically overworked it can lead to adrenal failure and chronic fatigue. Click here to read more on the adrenals and adrenal fatigue
High Cortisol Levels
Cortisol helps us combat stress by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen in the body and counteracting inflammation. Cortisol in small doses is healthy for humans, but sustained at high levels cortisal will gradually tear your body down. High cortisol levels destroy healthy bone and muscle, and slows down cell regeneration.
High cortisol levels weaken your immune system and combined with constant adrenal fatigue may contribute towards the following conditions:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hair Loss
Today many of us are working too much, juggling too many responsibilities, and not relaxing enough. This is becoming a serious problem in many westernized cultures, where there is culture of working and being busy all the time. This is leading to weakened adrenals in a majority of the westernized population. Click here read more on over work and work addiction