The Adrenal glands are a walnut sized gland that sit on top of the kidneys. They produce several hormones such as the androgens; testosterone and oestrogen, the mineralocorticoids; aldosterone, the glucocorticoid; cortisol, and the ‘flight and fright’ hormones; adrenaline and noradrenaline.
Adrenal exhaustion is on the increase, or ‘Burnout’ as it’s commonly called. This is usually chronic (long term) and suffered by many including busy mums, high achievers, and busy executives. General weakness which follows any acute illness is an example of acute (short lived) adrenal exhaustion.
Common symptoms can include fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, low blood pressure, loss of memory and ability to concentrate, and over sensitiveness. Also people can feel ‘detached’ with despondency during the day and anxiety at night.
Other symptoms may include allergies, digestive disturbances and shakiness. The immune system is suppressed and these people tend to get sick more often or tend to get secondary infections (ie; bronchitis, sinusitis) after having a cold. The treatment includes nutritional and herbal supplementation, dietary changes and relaxation techniques.
Come and see me if you think this is affecting you!