**Note: If you frequently wake up in the middle of the night, you need to read: Why Do I Always Wake Up at 3am?
The adrenal glands, known as the “adrenals”, are two small organs that sit on top of the kidneys. The adrenal glands are primarily responsible for helping people deal with stress. They do this through the production of adrenaline, cortisol and a few other hormones.
Every stressful thought that we have causes an unhealthy reaction in the body. When we are stressed, our bodies release adrenaline which is great if we are fighting for survival or trying to escape a deadly animal, but it is overkill in our everyday lives. Constant mental stress can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Include:
- cravings for salt or salty foods
- trouble sleeping/insomnia
- lack of energy
- difficulty waking up in the morning
- cravings for simple carbohydrates
Many people blame themselves for being overweight, but as you can see, adrenal fatigue could be the cause! Stressed adrenals can also lead to a variety of secondary issues including thyroid dysfunction. Adrenal fatigue is like a gateway to other health issues. Don’t despair! Adrenal fatigue can be managed through custom supplement regimen, water intake, stress management, good sleep habits and exercise.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Adrenal Fatigue Quiz!