Category Archives: Adrenal Health

Can Adrenal Dysfunction Cause Sleep Disorders?

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There are many potential causes for poor sleep. However, an increasingly common, but often overlooked source of sub-optimal sleep is adrenal fatigue. Understanding the importance of the adrenals, how adrenal issues impact sleep, and how to properly identify and treat adrenal malfunction may help you return to wellness by facilitating high quality sleep. What Are the Adrenals? The adrenals are small walnut-sized glands that are located just above the kidneys. They are responsible for the production of over 150 hormones, many of which have impressive influence over various bodily functions. Watch this video from Dr. Nancy Evans to learn even more about the adrenals. Some of the most well-known adrenal hormones include adrenaline, estrogen, and DHEA. These and other adrenal hormones have a huge impact on health factors such as energy level, mood, weight, blood pressure, immune activity, nutrient usage, hormone regulation, and more. Any sort of adrenal irregularity can […]

8 Signs of Burnout and What You Can Do to Combat It

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Unfortunately, many of those at risk for burnout do not recognize its development until they are already suffering from many of its symptoms. To prevent this from happening to you, it is essential that you be familiar with the signs and symptoms of burnout and engage in preventative stress-relieving practices.  What is Burnout? Burnout is a phenomenon most often seen among those working full-time in high-stress environments that can cause a great deal of hardship. The condition can make it difficult to engage with others, prompt emotional and physical irregularities, and encourage sensations of unhappiness and dissatisfaction. These qualities not only impede personal well-being but also disrupt efficiency, motivation, and focus. Researchers suggest that burnout stems from chronic, unmanaged stress. As such, burnout may be closely related to the body’s primary stress-regulating systems; the adrenals. Learn even more about burnout here. The Connection Between Burnout and the Adrenals The adrenals […]

What is Burnout?

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One way in which chronic stress may disrupt wellness is by encouraging burnout. Although burnout and chronic stress are not the same condition, they are closely related. Preventing burnout and its harmful effects requires that you know what it is, understand its relation to stress, and employ healthy stress-reducing strategies. The Basics of Burnout The term burnout is most often used in reference to individuals suffering from a syndrome triggered by chronic workplace stress. Although burnout is a problem that has been impacting individuals for many years, it was not until May 2019 that the World Health Organization (WHO) officially defined burnout as an “occupational phenomenon.” This announcement is due in part to a recent growing interest regarding the identification and prevention of burnout. Burnout is exceptionally common with a Gallup study composed of nearly 7,500 full time workers showing that 23% maintained a regular state of burnout. Additionally, approximately […]

5 Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body + 10 Tips to Reduce Stress

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Originally Posted November 2016Updated October 2019 We all hear about stress and how bad it is for our health but few know how extensive the effects of stress are on the mind and body. Many people consider stress a part of modern life and learn to live with it, but stress is not normal and it can be overcome! You just need to learn how. Knowing the far-reaching effects of stress, not only on our psychological well-being but also on our entire bodies, can help us remember to prioritize stress management and other self-care practices. Stress, Cortisol, and Adrenals You may have heard these terms used together, but are not sure how they are connected. Stress is any kind of outside factor that our body perceives as a threat to our safety or well-being. Many people think this only refers to emotional stress or trauma, but it also includes physiological […]

The 6 Best Adaptogens to Combat Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

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Even if a person is fortunate enough to recognize adrenal issues or be diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency their condition may not be improved through standard treatment. Fortunately, it may be possible to naturally improve adrenal health, protect against adrenal malfunction, and support general wellness through the use of adaptogens. What are the Adrenals? The adrenal glands are two small, but powerful structures located just above each kidney. They are responsible for regulating numerous processes including metabolism, blood sugar, immune activity, blood pressure, and perhaps most notably, the body’s stress response. The adrenals are able to impact these many processes through the production and coordination of over 150 hormones. Learn even more about the adrenals here. Because of its broad influence, any sort of adrenal malfunction can result in system wide dysfunction. Perhaps the best example of this is adrenal fatigue. What is Adrenal Fatigue? When the body experiences stress, the […]

Treating Adrenal Dysfunction with Cortisol

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Originally Posted November 2012Updated October 2019 Many people report feeling under constant pressure and stress which causes them to feel sluggish, irritable and fatigued. They are desperately trying to clear up that mental fogginess with coffee or other stimulants, just to crash worse afterwards. Does this sound like you? Although it’s been widely accepted as the “common way of living in a working, modern society”, it is not normal. Understanding Adrenal Fatigue The adrenals are small glands that sit on the kidneys. They regulate many bodily processes through the production of hormones. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands help regulate blood sugar, immune function, and stress response. A disruption in the excretion of these hormones can lead to malfunction in these bodily processes and others. Learn even more about the adrenals here. Adrenal fatigue is a chronic condition wherein the adrenals are incapable of supplying the hormones needed for […]

Common Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue You May Not Know About

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Areas affected by the adrenals include mood, energy level, weight regulation, stress response, and much more. Because it has such far-reaching influence over these and other functions, even minor adrenal imbalances can lead to serious dysfunction. Unfortunately, many suffer from chronic adrenal fatigue without them even knowing it. To avoid finding yourself in this situation it is essential that you have a strong understanding of adrenal fatigue and be able to recognize its symptoms. A Quick Look at the Adrenals The adrenals are small but highly influential glands that regulate many processes throughout the body. The adrenals exert their influence through the production of hormones. There are several functions regulated by adrenal hormones including, but not limited to, blood sugar level, immune function, inflammatory action, blood pressure, and stress response. If the adrenals malfunction, these and other important areas of health may become disrupted. Learn even more about the adrenals […]

What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

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This incorrect belief has contributed to a widespread lack of understanding surrounding adrenal fatigue and its causes. To effectively improve the well-being of the human population, awareness of the adrenals and possible contributors to adrenal fatigue must be improved. An Overview of the Adrenals and Adrenal Fatigue The adrenal glands are about the size of a walnut and rest just above the kidneys. These small but important structures produce over 150 hormones that regulate numerous elements of health. Some notable areas of adrenal influence include, blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory action, immune function, metabolism, mood, fluid and electrolyte balance, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. However, of their many roles, perhaps the most important function of the adrenals is regulating the body’s stress response. Learn more about the adrenals in this health chat from Dr. Evans. Identifying Adrenal Dysfunction As mentioned above, the adrenals influence many areas of health. As such, poor […]

Adrenal Fatigue: Is It Real? Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

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Originally Posted March 2017Updated October 2019 Our adrenals are integral to the body’s stress response. If they become overworked due to constant activation, or are incapable of producing sufficient hormones to appropriately respond to stress, the result is rippling dysfunction and inflammation throughout the body. Unfortunately, even though high stress is considered normal in our society, many are unaware of adrenal issues or do not respect the serious impact they have on the body. Often people only act to resolve adrenal fatigue when the situation becomes unbearable. The two extremes of adrenal function are known as Addison’s disease, where the adrenals cannot produce necessary hormones, and Cushing’s disease, understood as excess production of adrenal hormones. Acting only when the condition has reached its upper or lower limit means that the body has been unnecessarily suffering for an extended period. Through early recognition and better understanding of adrenal fatigue we can […]

The Functions and Purpose of Adrenal Glands

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Originally Posted November 2012Updated October 2019 Many people go through life feeling stressed, sluggish, fatigued, irritable, desperately trying to clear up that mental fogginess with coffee or other stimulants, just to crash worse afterward. While many experience this, it is not normal and could be a sign of adrenal fatigue.  Many health experts believe that upwards of 80% of the population suffers from some level of adrenal insufficiency. This is not surprising when we think that the adrenals are involved in regulating virtually every aspect of bodily function! As goes the health and functional efficiency of the adrenals, so goes the health and functional efficiency of every aspect of metabolism in the body. What Are The Adrenal Glands? The adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and they sit on top of the kidneys. They produce more than 150 different hormones, including adrenaline (sometimes called epinephrine), cortisol, norepinephrine, and […]

5 Thyroid Lies Your Endocrinologist May Try to Tell You

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Originally Posted January 2015Updated September 2019 Endocrinologists, whose “specialization” is the endocrine system — which includes the thyroid gland — are sometimes the worst offenders when it comes to providing dubious information about your thyroid diagnosis and treatment. Get smart, and discover the five lies that your endocrinologist may try to tell you. 1. “Your TSH is Normal.” Integrative doctors consider the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test to be only one of many tests to diagnose and manage thyroid disease. TSH, however, is considered the “gold standard” test by many endocrinologists. Too bad they don’t even agree on the cutoff points for the reference range for this test. Learn about what’s in a complete thyroid panel and get a FREE lab slip here. Some endocrinologists consider any number within the reference range (it’s around .40 to 4.0 at many US labs) “normal,” and others feel that TSH must be as […]

What to Eat and What to Avoid on the Adrenal Fatigue Diet

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Many experts estimate that approximately 80% of the population suffers from some degree of adrenal insufficiency, yet are only diagnosed when an extreme deficiency (Addison’s disease) or overproduction (Cushing’s disease) of the adrenal hormones are found. This means that many are going through life with a constant feeling of fatigue and sluggishness. As well as continually feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and even irritable. Often times these adrenal malfunctions cannot be addressed with diet alone, but a healthy diet, like the adrenal fatigue diet, can help improve your symptoms. Find out below what you should and should not eat while on the diet and learn even more about the adrenal fatigue diet here.