How Well Are You Adapting?
Do you ever have days, weeks or even months where no matter how much sleep, you are still fatigued and consistently feel depleted of energy both day in and day out? Are you experiencing salt/sugar cravings? Body Aches? Unexplained weight loss? Maybe long periods of Anger and Fear? You may be experiencing symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue.
Good news is, if you find yourself stressed about being stressed do not worry. I suggest you let your worries fade away — there are gifts given to us called adaptogenic herbs to help restore balance.
Our Adrenals (Suprarenal Glands) are located on top of our kidneys. function to synthesize and secrete specific hormones to chain start specific enzymatic reactions in the body, they are known as chemical messengers. Each cell in the body carries on its membrane specific receptors associated with specific hormones. These receptors will then communicate with the inside of each cell to relay instructions about how it will respond to its environment.
For instance, almost every system of organs in the body carries specialized tissues, each tissue is made up of collections of cells and these cells may or may not carry receptors for Cortisol. Along with Cortisol, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, and Aldosterone will be briefly discussed to elaborate why long-periods of distress may lead to adrenal insufficiency.
A primary stress hormone used to elevate glucose levels in the bloodstream. Glucose is fuel for many cellular reactions and travels with Insulin to be accepted into a cell. When both Insulin and Glucose are released at a constant level due to stress, the body burns out it’s resources. The person begins to fatigue and crave sugar. When this hormone is released over long periods of time it can be a factor leading to the development of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Also known as Noradrenaline, it is the antagonist for epinephrine. NE is a hormone that regulates heart rate and systemic blood pressure. During periods where the fight-or-flight stress response is activated, it increases heart rate and the amount of blood being pumped throughout the body. Extended periods of NE being released may lead to heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure. One large factor of influence on blood pressure is salt. When someone has hypertension or high blood pressure it is recommended by the FDA to decrease salt intake to below to one tsp a day (about 2,300 mg). Water follows salt and our body is roughly 70% water.
Also known as adrenaline, this chemical messenger allows for an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, sugar metabolism and muscle strength. Blood rushes from vital organs of rest-and-digest to focus on getting out of danger or away from a threat to survival. It is also used as a medical treatment for Type 1 Hypersensitivity IgE Reaction or Anaphylaxis.
Aldosterone is a steroid and its main role is to control blood pressure by regulating how much salt and water are stored in tissues. This hormone is unique because it is part of a linked system of hormones referred to as the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (RAAS)