Little glands sitting just above the kidneys, playing a very important role in various aspects of the physiological functioning of our bodies, responsible for releasing several important hormones incuding adrenalin, noradernalin, cortisol, androgens, sex hormones etc,
These hormones all play various roles within the body ranging from controlling stress levels, influencing metabolism, anti-inflammatory reactions, blood pressure regulation, conversion of glucose and blood sugar levels, to name a few.
Fight or flight…
With my history of anxiety I know about this phenomenon all too well. The adrenals also control the “fight or flight” response, which helps the body to react appropriately (appropriately being the key word) during times of stress. If you are confronted with a perceived harmful attack or event, the body has a physiological response which will help you to either run for your life or fight for your life. You do not have to think about this, it is a basic instinct in a fearful situation. It is very necessary to have this fight or flight response in our lives however sometimes during periods of prolonged and chronic stress or anxiety this gland becomes overstimulated and can lead to adrenal imbalance, weakness or fatigue. (Have you ever experienced a burst of adrenaline, followed by increased heart-rate, cold sweaty palms, racing thoughts leaving you feeling shaky and uncertain of what just happened as there was no logical perceived threat?)
Some of the symptoms of adrenal weakness to name a few are:
Anxiety, Autoimmune diseases, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Headaches / Migraines, Infertility, Insomnia, Irrational fears, Irregular menstruation Low blood pressure, Lower back misalignments, Mood disorders, Excessive sweating, Weight gain or loss
Due to the complex role that the adrenals play in the functioning of the entire body, having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have an adrenal imbalance. It can however mean that an imbalance could be contributing to the symptoms and is worthwhile getting it checked out.
What can you do to support a healthy functioning adrenal gland?
Diet and health
Eat regular balanced meals. Reduce coffee, sugars, sweets
Exercise regularly in moderation
Practise relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation, enough sleep 6-8 hours per night)
Ensure any candida issues are dealt with effectively
Emotional blocks within your body can be contributing to your adrenal glands not operating at optimal capacity. Often ongoing feelings of fear, anxiety, overwhelm, feeling like a victim or not good enough etc can cause the adrenals to overwork which can eventually lead to adrenal burnout. In order to aid the healing process these emotional blocks need to be identified and cleared. There are various techniques that can be used successfully.
With transformational kinesiology we can identify adrenal imbalances, recommend supplements to support the adrenals and clear any underlying emotional charges or beliefs that may be contributing to the overworked adrenal glands.
Ultimately helping your body along towards optimal health.