Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Is adrenal fatigue destroying your health, peace of mind and joie de vivre?


"For every minute you experience stress, it takes 60 minutes to remove the flood of adrenal stress hormones from your bloodstream," warns holistic nutritionist Paula Owens in the Alternative Medicine article "The Adrenal Fatigue Fix." Considering the average person is under stress throughout the day, this uninterrupted flow of hormones has caused a modern day public health crisis. But we are usually unaware that the glands are in trouble until it's too late -- when absolute exhaustion, coupled with insomnia, becomes apparent. It's a classic "wired but tired" syndrome.

All the same, I don't feel stressed out

For two such tiny glands, the adrenals exert exceptional power over our well-being. Responsible for releasing "fight or flight" stress hormones - adrenaline and cortisol - the adrenals are designed to keep us safe in times of life-threatening danger. Unfortunately, due to our fast-paced lifestyles, the adrenals erroneously pump out these hormones, oftentimes to the point of exhaustion.

"Even if you don't consider yourself a stress monger, modern, everyday life, with all of its traffic jams, deadlines, economic stress, overconsumption of caffeine and sugar, being constantly plugged in and on the go, and never-ending negative media chatter can lead to an overproduction of stress hormones," remarks Jill Grunewald, a certified holistic nutrition coach in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Do any of the following symptoms sound familiar?

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