What is Adrenal Support?
The adrenal glands are situated on each of the kidneys and they govern how we react to stress. They secrete a number of hormones such as cortisol and also neurotransmitters such as adrenaline. The production of these agents provide us the means to escape imminent danger. This “fight or flight” response is a protective mechanism which provides us with the energy and the resources to either defend ourselves, or to flee from danger.
In the book, “Why Zebras Don’t Have Ulcers”, the author explains that all creatures, including man, are exposed to periodic stresses and have this inherent need to escape those stresses. Although we do not have to flee from a saber tooth tiger any more, our body does not differentiate between that stress and the stress of driving in rush hour traffic. Any stress exposure will cause the same reaction in us. And it is this constant barrage of the stress created by living in the modern world that can fatigue and exhaust our adrenals.
It is estimated that 75-90% of the patient visits to primary care physicians are due to the adverse effects of stress on our health. So what are some of the symptoms present in adrenal stress? They include the following and more: •
- Non-refreshing sleep
- Lack of energy
- Sugar and salt cravings
- Mild depression
- Frequent infections
- Inability to get out of bed in the morning
- Panic attacks
- Low libido
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Joint pain
- Reduced memory
The longer this stress continues, the more fatigued our adrenals can become. When that occurs, we then experience a condition known as adrenal fatigue in which our adrenals cannot provide adequate amounts of hormones and neurotransmitters. We no longer overproduce these agents, but under produce these agents. The major symptom of adrenal fatigue is overwhelming fatigue. But all of the symptoms listed above can worsen. And if our adrenals are not functioning properly, then there is a cascade of negative effects that effect our thyroid and other hormonal activity as well.
SO HOW DO WE COPE WITH THIS PROBLEM? Well, the simplest way is to remove the stressor. But not all of us can easily change our jobs or those situations and relationships that are creating our stress. Instead, we look to improving our diet, exercising regularly, getting a good nights sleep, and other lifestyle modifications. Along with these changes, your pharmacist can suggest some nutritional support products that will help you to improve your adrenal function and improve how you react to stress. Some of those products might be:
- Adrenal Health Support With Glandulars
- Relora Plex
- Super Stress Support
- Phosphatidyl Serine Complex