What are Adrenal glands?Adrenal glands are found on top of each kidney and help regulate the body by releasing hormones into the bloodstream. These tiny glands can have a significant impact on your health and overall body function.
A disruption in hormone production results in a variety of symptoms and health problems. Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenals cannot function properly.
What is adrenal fatigue?One of the hormones the adrenal glands produce is cortisol, responsible for your metabolism, immune response, and helping your body respond to stress. Adrenal fatigue happens when your body is unable to produce enough cortisol due to insufficiencies or chronic stress (overproduction). When you experience chronic anxiety or stress, your adrenals may not provide enough cortisol. Adrenal fatigue symptoms include tiredness, craving salt & sugar, digestive problems, and heightened stress levels, to name a few.
Adrenal Function and Weight LossAt optimal production, your adrenals maintain a healthy metabolism, including your blood sugar levels as well as regulate your blood pressure. Too much cortisol production can lead to rapid weight gain, muscle weakness, mood swings, and depression. Many things can lead to the development of higher cortisol levels causing adrenal fatigue.
The goal of healthy adrenal function is to increase energy levels naturally; so you don't burn stored nutrients. Raised cortisol levels happen from time to time in our bodies naturally. Having high cortisol over a prolonged period can have a lasting effect on your health.
What can I do to help my adrenalsDiets low in sugar, caffeine, and junk food are a great place to start aiding your adrenal glands. Moderate exercises that increase lung capacity as well. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins B5, B6, B12, and magnesium are excellent nutritional supplements to help your adrenals function optimally. If you would like to know more about adrenal fatigue or insufficiencies including best treatment options, contact Vitality Aesthetic & Regenerative Medicine in Palm Habor, FL. Gina Pastore, ARNP-BC, MSN, ABAAHP is a board-certified Anti-Aging Specialist. Her beliefs and philosophy on achieving health and wellness incorporate balancing hormone levels, integrating proper nutrition, and daily exercise. 2595 Tampa Rd Ste P, Palm Harbor, FL 34684