In today’s world, stress is unavoidable. Everyone experiences it, especially around the busiest time of year! Since we all face these challenges, we might as well be talking about the cause and getting the effects under control before they can diminish the hard work that we all put into being our healthiest and feeling good. Though humans have evolved so that we don’t have to flee from predators every day, we still experience stress. Some of us even develop adrenal fatigue! Our bodies just aren’t built to deal with chronic stress, yet it seems to be everywhere!
Everyone has their hobbies, but most of us don’t need to use our fight or flight response every day. However, our adrenal glands don’t differentiate between the stress of needing to run away from a saber tooth tiger and the stress of driving in rush hour traffic. From the perspective of our adrenal glands, stress is just stress. The constant barrage of stressors in our everyday life can wreak havoc on the balance of hormones necessary for feeling our best. Over time, the sustained use of our body’s natural responses to stress can exhaust the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal fatigue, which can then negatively affect your health.
It is estimated that around 75-90% of patients visiting their primary care physicians are there due to the adverse effects of stress on our health. Adrenal fatigue occurs when our adrenal glands cannot release adequate amounts of the hormones and neurotransmitters that they are responsible for.
Symptoms you may experience with adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to the following.
– Non-refreshing sleep
– Lack of energy
– Sugar and salt cravings
– Mild depression
– Frequent infections
– Inability to get out of bed in the morning
|– Panic attacks
– Low libido
– Feeling overwhelmed
– Joint pain
– Reduced Memory
The adrenal glands are small and are located right next to your kidneys. These glands may be small, but they have a big job overseeing how our bodies react to stress. By secreting hormones such as cortisol and signaling that familiar rush of adrenaline, the adrenal glands are great at handling stress in short bursts. The reason we have this “short term solution” approach to stress is to provide our bodies with the means to run away from immediate impending danger. You are probably familiar with the “fight or flight” response that all animals have in order to ensure the survival of their species.
If our adrenal glands are not functioning properly, other hormone pathways may also be negatively affected, and our overall health may decline. When it is impossible to eliminate all stress from our lives, it can seem hopeless! Don’t worry. We can help you cope with adrenal fatigue. In addition to improving your diet, exercising regularly, getting more sleep, and other lifestyle modifications such as meditation, our pharmacists recommend some supplemental products that will help you improve your adrenal function and improve how you react to stress.
– Super Stress Support
– Stress Arrest
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|– Cortisol Manager
– HPA Adapt
|– Vitamin D (boosts your immune system to reverse adverse effects of chronic stress)
– Vitamin B (reduces inflammation and lowers Blood Pressure)
– Magnesium Glycinate (Muscle relaxing, helps your body use vitamin D)
– Lavender Oil (in moderation can help reduce stress)
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