Know Your Adrenal glands

The two adrenal glands, situated above the two kidneys, have the responsibility of releasing certain hormones for various functions. They regulate the cortisol level, maintain the metabolic processes, control your response to stress and produce the sex hormones. As they  the name “stress glands”. If these two glands do not function properly you may end up with adrenal gland disorders including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Cushing’s Syndrome and Pituitary Tumors.

If you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue you may complain of several symptoms like fatigue, stressed out feeling, nervousness, body ache, unexplained weight loss, low blood pressure, lightheadedness and loss of body hair, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. It is chronic physical and emotional stress that is the main cause of Adrenal Fatigue. If your adrenal glands cannot produce enough hormones you won’t feel good. It is then that you feel the need of drink or a snack every now and then to keep you going. Adrenal Fatigue is explained by some as mild Adrenal insufficiency.

When the adrenal glands fail to release the required amount of hormones you get adrenal insufficiency. And when they totally cease to produce these steroid hormones you are diagnosed with Addison’s disease. A person with insufficient adrenal hormones may have similar symptoms like those of Adrenal fatigue. You may feel tired, without energy and stamina, depressed and fearful at this time. Other than stress, the causes for this medical condition include nutritional imbalances, congenital weakness and the use of stimulants.

Proper functioning of the adrenal glands are necessary for one’s good immunity, metabolism and high energy level. An unhealthy and unruly lifestyle and stress are the main causes for adrenal diseases.

  • Eat a nutritious diet and reduce sugar intake.
  • Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
  • Get regular exercise.

There are a lot of natural remedies which may work alone or in combination to improve your adrenal health and to maintain systemic balance in the endocrine system and healthy cortisol hormone levels. These are two herbal remedies you may try without risking any side effects.

  • Asian Ginseng can work well to improve your adrenal function and serves as an energy booster.
  • Echinacea is a herb that can revitalize you and your immunity. Be careful when you buy Echinacea as you can get easily mistaken by the different forms.


-Aparna K V
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