Adrenal Fatigue (Adrenal Exhaustion, Burnout)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
The adrenals are one of the endocrine glands. They sit on top of the kidneys and produce a wide variety of hormones that regulate energy, fluid balance and other important body processes. They also help the body cope with or adapt to stress.
Long-term stress, excessive use of sugar and caffeine and loss of sleep can weaken the adrenal glands. Symptoms of adrenal exhaustion include fatigue with restless sleep, difficulty concentrating, quivering tongue, dark circles under the eyes and pulsing pupils.
The whole gland produces around 50 different steroid hormones, fueling the sex drive and controlling any inflammation in the body. You can see why a deficiency here could be a reason for arthritic inflammation.
In the first place, stressful activities or situations use up a large amount of Vitamin C. Under duress, a person could use up several grams in a day. Animals do, but they are usually able to manufacture enough vitamin C in their livers. Humans do not have this capacity.
Let us have a look at our daily life and the situations that will affect the adrenals.
* lack of sleep
When the adrenal glands are constantly on "high alert" you have a pretty good chance to reach a point of adrenal exhaustion.
If a person suffers form Adrenal exhaustion, then that person is more than likely deficient in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Without the proper amounts of these vital nutrients, your body's ability to heal from any chronic condition is severely impaired.
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