26 Sep 2013
What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender
Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol).
This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required to chronically crank out cortisol, they eventually become impaired in their ability to respond. The resulting adrenal imbalance not only zaps your mojo in a big way, but also affects your body’s ability to produce and balance other feel-good hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
When symptoms develop, it’s your body’s way of waving a red flag and letting you know that it is not receiving the support it needs. Ignoring what’s going on WON’T make it better….this is not a situation you want to just “power through”.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms that can indicate adrenal imbalance. See if you recognize these tendencies in yourself:
|Adrenal overactivity in response to stress (hyper)||Adrenal underactivity in response to stress (hypo)|
|What Your Mind is Doing
There is a lot of overlap of the signs and symptoms listed above with sex hormone imbalances or other illnesses, so adrenal imbalance may not always be the root cause. Saliva testing can identify which imbalance is the actual problem, allowing you and your provider to target treatment appropriately and get your mojo back on the right track.
The good news is, when addressed in time with proper support you can heal adrenal imbalance and reverse the damaging effects of chronic stress.
About Dr. Anna
Dr. Anna Garrett is a pharmacist and menopause expert who helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. But her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim pieces of themselves they thought were gone forever.
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