Your adrenal glands are situated atop your kidneys, producing and excreting life sustaining hormones, most notably cortisol. Adrenal gland disorders can be a cause for too much or not enough cortisol, aka the stress hormone, to be running around in your body.
Some of your adrenals problem may stem from disorders or conditions, such as:
- pituitary tumors
- Cushing’s syndrome – too much cortisol
- Addison’s disease – cortisol insufficiency
- congenital adrenal hyperplasia - cortisol insufficiency
Adrenal fatigue is a contemporary term used by the non-medical community to describe a mild form of adrenal insufficiency problem as a result of every-day-life chronic stress.
General signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency or fatigue include:
- body aches
- salt craving
- loss of body hair
- low blood pressure
- unusually tired/weak
- inexplicable weight loss
- dizziness when standing up
Cortisol is a very important component in maintaining your body’s homeostasis. Constantly draining this vital hormone with “fight or flight” stresses “gets old” for your adrenals, as well as the rest of your body.
If you are making your existence under a stress filled situation, you not only look older, but feel run down as well. So stop working your adrenals to exhaustion or death.
And start living a health-filled lifestyle through an appropriate course of life enhancing diet, exercise and stress management.