What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a term that encompasses a few different disorders (and usually a combination of them) to describe the profound fatigue that is experience by people who are under mental, emotional or physical stress. It is a truly modern syndrome that is brought on by high-stress lifestyles and affects the body's ability to recuperate from stressors in an effective manner to prevent them from compounding and creating problems in your life. Let's take a closer look at the anatomy of the problem.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping and waking up
- Exhaustion in the middle of the day
- Weight gain
- Muscle tension
- Loss of focus
Your adrenal glands are powerhouses
They produce over 50 hormones which directly regulate almost every human bodily function. As it relates to stress, the adrenal glands release adrenaline hormones when the brain registers a, "threat." This could be something simple like spilled milk, something profound like the death of a family member, or a reaction to physical pain. An adrenal response is akin to survival- all processes that are not essential for immediate survival are mitigated; things like: digestion and protein synthesis.
Adrenal fatigue is about imbalance
Essentially, your adrenal glands can't keep up with the amount of stress that is input on a daily basis. Your chronic stress is creating chronic problems in your body. We say it's time to start supporting your adrenal glands. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we like to fend off adrenal fatigue the best way we know how, the natural way! In our next blog, we will cover some specific techniques for dealing with adrenal fatigue the natural way, including:
- Stress reduction
- Stress coping
- Resolving pain
Call our office in Dunedin and let's start bailing out those adrenal glands today!
Dr. Chris Hayes, D.C.