The adrenal glands are walnut sized glands that sit above your kidneys and are responsible for the ways in which your body responds to stress. This could be acute or chronic stress, and it could be psychological or physical in nature. The glands respond to stress by producing various hormones, principally adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. They also produce other hormones like oestrogen and testosterone.
Continual pressure on the adrenal glands, caused by long term excess stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. Some of the symptoms of low adrenal function are:
• Tiredness or exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep
• Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
• Feel more awake and alert after 6pm
• Tendency to gain weight, especially around the waist
• Inability to lose weight
• Reduced sex drive
• Crave salty and sweet foods
• More susceptible to colds and flu
• Mild Depression
• Reduced memory and concentration
• In women, increased symptoms of PMS
• Low blood sugar
• Low body temperature
• Alternating constipation and diarrhoea
• Unexplained hair loss
Adrenal Stress Profile
If you suspect you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, you may benefit from doing an Adrenal Stress Profile. An easy, non-invasive test that can be done at home, the Adrenal Stress Profile measures salivary cortisol and DHEA levels over a 24 hour period.
Genova Diagnostics provide this testing for me. Please contact me if you are interested in taking the test.
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