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What is adrenal fatigue?

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What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue in short is an overstimulation of the adrenal glands (or adrenals). Adrenal fatigue which is also known as “hypoadrenia” occurs when subjected to chronic stress over time which can lead to inconsistent levels of cortisol being produced (the stress hormone).

Adrenal glands play a huge role in stress response. Your brain registers a threat, whether emotional, mental or physical. The adrenal medulla releases cortisol and adrenaline hormones to help you react to the threat (the fight-or-flight response), rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.

Your adrenal glands are also responsible for balancing hormones, such as:

Glucocorticoids – hormones that balance your body’s blood sugar, help with energy and food metabolism, help your body relieve stress and manage your immune response (e.g., cortisol).

Mineralocorticoids – hormones that maintain healthy blood pressure, manage your blood hydration level, and keep your blood healthy by keeping salt and water in balance (e.g., aldosterone).

Sex hormones – estrogen and testosterone.

Adrenaline/epinephrine – hormones that affect your heart health, make sure that all parts of the body are getting blood and convert glycogen into glucose in your liver.

What causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a condition where your body and adrenal glands can’t keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress many people experience. Stress can cause adrenal glands to become overloaded and ineffective, then improperly release cortisol.

Hypoadrenia can be caused by:

  • Stressful experiences like death of loved one, divorce or surgery
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
  • Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
  • Negative thinking and emotional trauma
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet (including crash diets and inconsistent nutrition) and lack of exercise
  • Pain
  • Food sensitivities
  • Surgery
  • Reliance on stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic fatigue (always feeling tired)
  • Brain fog
  • Hair loss
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Weakened stress response
  • Insulin resistance
  • Light-headedness
  • Decreased sex drive/libido
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Muscle or bone loss
  • Skin ailments
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain
  • Sweet and salty food cravings

The Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis

Steps to overcoming Adrenal Fatigue

There are different ways to overcome Adrenal Fatigue but often a combination of a few can yield the most benefit.

1.Implement healthy food and avoid the bad ones

This seems obvious, but it just reiterates the importance of a healthy balanced diet and how avoiding a few common foods can greatly improve the healing of your adrenal glands.

Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar and Sweeteners
  • Soft drinks
  • Excessive Caffeine 400mg+ a day
  • Processed meats
  • Processed and microwave foods
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Excessive Alcohol consumption (daily alcohol use)

2. Taking Adrenal Supporting Supplements and Herbs

There is a lot of research backing the validity of supplements that include minerals, amino acids and herbs (adaptogenic herbs). Some of these products such as the herbs have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and continue to provide a more holistic and natural approach to healing your body.

Our product Adrenal Fatigue + was formulated to fill this exact area. With therapeutic dosages of each ingredient and pharmaceutical grade quality we wanted to provide a product that would be solely designed to help people bring their adrenal system back into a healthy range.

We have 12 ingredients in Adrenal Fatigue + which contain amino acids, minerals and adaptogenic herbs.

  1. L-Tyrosine

500mg

  1. Maca root extract (Lepidium meyenii) 10:1

500mg

  1. Holy Basil leaf extract (ocimum sanctum) 10:1

500mg

  1. Ashwagandha root extract (Withania somnifera )2.5%

300mg

  1. Rholdia Rosea (standardized to min. 3% Total Rosavins and min. 1% Salidroside)

300mg

  1. Schisandra chinensis fruit extract 10:1

200mg

  1. Siberian Ginseng extract (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 0.8%

200mg

  1. Magnesium (from Magnesium Oxide)

100mg

  1. Black Pepper extract

5mg

  1. Chromium (from Chromium Picolinate)

200mcg

  1. Selenium (from L-Selenomethionine)

100mcg

  1. Iodine (from Potassium Iodide)

100mcg

3. Reducing Adrenal Fatigue Stress

The final step is to reduce the things that might contribute towards your Adrenal Fatigue and start including things that will support and strengthen your body.

  • Sleep at least 8 hours a night
  • Avoid staying up late and try to stay on a regular sleep cycle (hard for shift workers)
  • Minimise work and relational stress
  • Exercise frequently with weights and cardio
  • Do things you enjoy and relax
  • Eat a regular healthy diet

If you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue or just want an extra boost, these points will help. However, we are all different, our DNA is different and the way our body reacts to food, stress and supplements will vary.  Be patient, try new things and do your research! You will get there and we want to help you!

If you can relate to what’s been presented, grab yourself a bottle of Adrenal Fatigue + and see for yourself the benefits of a well formulated product designed to help your Adrenal Fatigue.

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