I have just read an interesting book titled “Adrenal Fatigue – The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by Dr James L. Wilson, and thought I would use it to write this newsletter.
There are varying degrees of severity of Adrenal Fatigue and no matter where someone is on the scale; there is a path to recuperation.
The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with stresses and survive.
It’s their job to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, such as physical injury; disease; work; relationships problems, etc.
Your resiliency, energy, endurance and your very life all depend on their proper functioning.
Your adrenal glands significantly affect the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in your body and they have important effects on the way you think and feel.
The hormones secreted by your adrenals influence all of the major physiological processes in your body.
They closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, the distribution of stored fat (especially around your waist and at the sides of your face), normal blood sugar regulation, and proper cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function.
The protective activity of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant hormones secreted by the adrenals helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions to alcohol, drugs, foods and environmental allergens.
After mid-life (menopause in women), the adrenal glands gradually become the major source of the sex hormones circulating throughout the body in both men and women. These hormones themselves have a whole host of physical, emotional and psychological (mental) effects, from the level of your sex drive to the tendency to gain weight.
Even the propensity to develop certain kinds of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands.
The more chronic the illness, the more critical the adrenal response becomes.
You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and, as you can see from this brief overview, how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands function.
Hypoadrenia is a deficiency in the functioning of the adrenal glands.
Normally functioning adrenal glands secrete minute, yet precise and balanced, amounts of steroid hormones.
But because they are designed to be so very responsive to changes in your inner physical, emotional and psychological environment, any number of factors can interfere with this finely tuned balance.
This means that too much physical, emotional, environmental and/or psychological stress can deplete your adrenals, causing a decrease in the output of adrenal hormones, particularly cortisol.
This lowered adrenal activity (hypoadrenia), resulting from adrenal fatigue, can range in severity all the way from almost zero to almost normal.
Hypoadrenia more commonly manifests itself within a broad spectrum of less serious, yet often debilitating disorders that are only too familiar to many people.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms and people with adrenal fatigue often look and act relatively normal.
They may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet they are not “well” and live with a general sense of “unwellness” or “grey” feelings.
They often use caffeine, sugar, and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.
People who suffer from adrenal fatigue frequently have erratic or abnormal blood sugar levels in the form of hypoglycaemia.
Most women who have low adrenal function have more premenstrual tension as well as increased difficulty during menopause.
The adrenals also have an effect on mental states.
As a result, people with adrenal fatigue show a tendency toward increased fears, anxiety and depression, have intervals of confusion, increased difficulties in concentrating and less acute memory recall.
They often have less tolerance than they normally would and are more easily frustrated.
When the adrenals are not secreting the proper amount of hormones, insomnia is also one of the likely outcomes.
As their condition worsens, it lays the foundation for other seemingly unrelated conditions such as frequent respiratory infections, allergies, rhinitis, asthma, frequent colds and a number of other health problems such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypoglycaemia, adult onset diabetes, auto-immune disorders and alcoholism.
These people may appear to friends and family to be lazy and unmotivated, or to have lost their ambition, when in reality quite the opposite is true; they are forced to drive themselves much harder than people with healthy adrenal function merely to accomplish life’s everyday tasks.
Adrenal fatigue, in all its mild and severe forms, is usually caused by some form of stress.
Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, environmental, infectious or a combination of these.
It is important to know that your adrenals respond to every kind of stress the same, whatever the source.
There is a “Daily Program for Adrenal Recovery” in the book.
Neuro-Training with Kinesiology helps a person to recuperate from adrenal fatigue as well as work on breaking the patterns associated with how the person responds to the stress in their lives.
We have all genetic resources we have inherited as well as limitations.
Neuro-Training with Kinesiology can work with lifting those genetic limitations and increasing the resources.