Your adrenal glands are very small and situated on the top of your kidneys. The Adrenals produce a Steroid Hormone called Cortisol, which regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body including metabolism and the immune response. It also has a very important role in helping the body respond to stress.
Cortisol is released into the blood, which transports it all around the body. Almost every cell contains receptors for cortisol and so cortisol can have lots of different actions depending on which sort of cells it is acting upon. These effects include controlling the body’s blood sugar levels and thus regulating metabolism, acting as an anti-inflammatory, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, influencing blood pressure and helping the development of the foetus.
These small glands manage your daily stresses every day of your life. It is no wonder that at times with our hectic lives we sometimes suffer from Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is associated with the failure of the adrenals to meet the demands of the stresses placed upon them.
Signs of Adrenal Fatigue are:
Not sleeping well
Signs of Depression
Stress at home or in the work place
Low Immune System
Craving Salt and Sweet Snacks
Feeling tired all the time but awake at 6.00 pm and feeling better than during the day.
Ensure you are eating a good healthy diet with fresh organic vegetables and fruit. Slow down and take your foot off the accelerator of life – your health is worth more. Ensure you are getting adequate amounts of minerals along with Vitamins such as B-complex, vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace elements. Licorice root can be helpful as well as DHEA. Start juicing with loads of green vegies. Spend time in the sun, have some fun, laugh more, get loads of rest and do some exercise. Avoid grains where possible and processed foods. Everyone is different and requires slightly different approaches according to their individual situation.
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