This is the first time we have mentioned Adrenal Fatigue as a discussion point. So at this stage, we will just give a very basic introduction to the what the Adrenal Glands are and some symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue.
The Adrenal Glands are located on the kidneys. They play a primary role in the body's hormone production, release and regulation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they are viewed as the "Powerhouse" of the body.
So what is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is essentially a chronic hormonal imbalance as a result of stress, that ultimately leads to exhaustion and a multitude of other symptoms.
Stress can take many forms including; mental, environmental, physical, dietary, emotional, psychological, chemical and so on.
When the body is exposed to stress, it produces Cortisol. Commonly known as the "Fight or Flight" response. This is a natural and harmless response in isolation and in small amounts. However, Adrenal Fatigue will start to arise when stress is significant and constant for long durations.
In 2011, Healthscope Functional Pathology estimated that 80% of Australians suffer from an adrenal imbalance. They said that this is most likely an underestimation. Adrenal Fatigue is growing at an epidemic rate. Chronic stress is now the ‘norm’ in large cities, it is almost expected.
The most common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue are:
- Chronic Fatigue (always feeling tired)
- Weight gain around the abdomen
- Low-mid grade depression
- Becoming a light sleeper, or waking through the night
- Reduced sex drive
- Constant hunger
- Chronic Inflammation (which leads to other issues)
- Rapidly increased ageing process
- Bags / Darkened eyes
Ultimately, prolonged and unchecked stress will lead to Adrenal Fatigue.
Hopefully this was helpful. In our next blog, we will look at solutions to Adrenal Fatigue and how to take back control of your hormones.