Oh I am so stressed!! Oh the holidays stressed me out! This was such a stressful week!!
How many times during the week do you say you are stressed? If you are saying it your adrenal glands are definitely responding to it. Your adrenal glands respond to every stressful situation no matter what the source.
The adrenal glands are known as the “glands of stress.” They sit above your kidneys and weigh less than a grape. Despite their size, they are a very powerful gland in your body. They are chiefly responsible for releasing over 50 different hormones including epinephrine, cortisol, progesterone, DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone.
The adrenal glands secrete very small and precise amounts of the hormones mentioned above. These little glands are very sensitive and responsive to any and all physical, emotional and psychological stimuli. When you have too much stimuli your adrenal glands will continue to work to combat this stress. If over time you continue to “stress out” your adrenal glands will likely become tired and the output of these adrenal hormones will go down.
This affects your immune system, your ability to lose weight, your energy levels, your ability to regulate blood sugar, hormonal imbalances, digestive difficulties, chemical imbalances, insomnia, high blood pressure, allergies and more.
When you begin to manage your stress appropriately your adrenal glands will start to produce ALL the hormones needed to properly regulate your metabolism, mood, sleep, reproductive hormones, etc. If you’ve been struggling with various health conditions and aren’t getting any answers – it could be adrenal fatigue and measuring your adrenal function to determine the impact stress is having on your body could be a step in the right direction.
An Adrenal Stress Index test can do this. The test is very non-invasive and only requires a small amount of your saliva.
Again, your adrenal glands hold the key to maintaining a very delicate balance within the body and it may be worthwhile to check in on these little glands to see how they are doing.
“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” ~Natalie Goldberg