Your adrenal glands produce your stress hormones or “adrenaline,” the primary one being cortisol. Cortisol is released in response to stress. It gives your body a surge of energy to help you respond properly. Stress can come in many forms.
- Physical stress – such as an injury or accident
- Emotional stress – such as a demanding career, the birth of a baby, or the death of a loved one
- Environmental stress – such as pollution, pesticides, or carcinogens
There are also hidden forms of stress such as inflammation or infections in the gastrointestinal system and food allergies.
Whatever the form of the stress, the adrenal glands are the first to react. If there is a period of prolonged stress, eventually the adrenal glands burn out and are no longer able to produce the amount of cortisol that the body requires. At this point, you may begin to experience symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, irritability, and an inability to cope with stress.
Do YOU suffer from the Common Symptoms of STRESS?
- Sex drive reduced or lacking
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Mood Swings
- Taking hormone replacement therapy, using natural hormone replacement creams
- Premenstrual tension
- Depressed feelings in relation to monthly cycle or menopause
- Hair growth on face or body
- Anger/fears/worry/anxiety out of proportion to life events
- Chronic depression
- Overwork (physical or mental strain)
- Sleep problems
- Chronic, severe, or prolonged infections or illness
- Chronic pain
- Chronic/severe allergies
- Excessive fatigue/tired all the time
- Dizziness upon standing
- Cravings for salt or salty foods
- Problems falling asleep
- Problems staying asleep
- Light sleep
- Wake up feeling un-rested
- Suffer from S.A.D., seasonal affective disorder/feel depressed when weather is overcast or rainy
- Taking natural products or medications to sleep
At Body Systems, we specialize in correcting adrenal burnout through lab testing and customized supplement programs that are tailored to each patient’s needs. We also address the lifestyle changes necessary to correct adrenal burnout, such as proper nutrition and blood sugar balancing, adequate sleep, and normalizing stress levels.