Your adrenal glands enable your body to deal with the stresses you encounter every day. They determine your body’s responses to what is happening around you. The adrenal glands govern the release of the hormones which enable your body to prepare for danger, to fight or to flee, to fight infection, to shut off your digestive actions in order to send more energy to your muscles or to quicken your blood circulation.
Your adrenal glands should balance your hormone levels, they should ensure that the correct response is activated and deactivated when the danger is over. The response to danger should be appropriate and not harmful to your body. The hormones released moderate many metabolic processes such as the utilisation of fats and carbohydrates, the conversions of fats and proteins into energy, the distribution and storage of fat, the regulation of blood sugars, and as mentioned before, your cardiovascular and gastrointestinal functions. The adrenal hormones are also responsible for your muscle strength and stamina.
After the menopause, the adrenal glands also take up the job of producing the sex hormones circulating the body and so are responsible for the physical and emotional responses of your libido and fat storage around the waist.
Your ability to respond to chronic illness is significantly influenced by the adrenal glands whose functions will be disabled by artificial hormone medications such as long term use of steroids and anti inflammatory medications.
Healthy levels of glucose circulating your blood is controlled by an adrenal hormone called Cortisol. Stress will result in more cortisol being produced in order to generate more energy which you may need to flee from danger. Your blood sugar levels rise and your insulin requirements rise in order to allow the glucose to enter the cells. If this cycle happens too frequently, and the cells already have enough glucose, they can create a resistance to the insulin in order to protect themselves from taking in more glucose. This may result in hyperglycemia which is extra high levels of insulin and glucose in the blood.
Adrenal fatigue often results in lower levels of cortisol being produced which means their blood sugar levels are low (hypoglycemia). Sugar craving can be a symptom of low blood sugar levels but fast intake of sugar and carbohydrates may result in a flood of insulin being produced by the pancreas which again may result in creating insulin resistance in the cells and the onset of diabetes type 2.
Over stimulation of hormones will often result in adrenal fatigue. Anyone can suffer with adrenal fatigue at any stage in their life. symptoms usually include general fatigue, waking unrefreshed after sleep, you feel more awake or alert after 6pm, your feel overwhelmed or feel less able to deal with stress or recover from illness.
You may be more susceptible to adrenal fatigue if you are suffering from a chronic illness, taking steroid drugs, don’t have a balanced diet, eat to much sugar or carbohydrates, or have a stressful life.
There are many things you can do to improve the functionality of your adrenal glands and there are homeopathic remedies which can help support these glands. Begin by addressing your diet and lifestyle and learning how you can improve your wellbeing.