Adrenal Fatigue Video: What it is, Causes and Effects

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, Blog, Blood Sugar, Stress, Stress Management, Videos

Adrenal Fatigue: The What, Why and How

The words “Adrenal Fatigue” are thrown around all the time these days and it can be very confusing.  So I made a quick video to explaining the most important parts of this often misunderstood condition.  Give it a watch and hit me back with your most pressing questions.

In this video I discuss:

  • What is adrenal fatigue?
  • What causes it?
  • How does it affect the body?

Video Summary:

What are the adrenals?

The adrenals are small (about the size of a walnut) glands that sit just on top of the kidneys. Adrenal fatigue is when they overproduce then over time underproduce important hormones and neurotransmitters.

The main hormones are:

  • Cortisol
  • DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

And the main neurotransmitters are:

  • Epinephrine (adrenaline)
  • Norepinephrine (noradrenaline)

The role of the adrenal hormones

These hormones have many very important functions. But a few of the most important are to regulate blood sugar, help to control blood pressure, burn fats and proteins and react to stressors.

The adrenals begin under producing these hormones in response to these stressors becoming long term. There are three main stressors that harm the production cycle.

Three Main Adrenal Stressors

  1. Emotional stress such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, difficulty at work or caring for a newborn.
  2. Dietary stress such as excess sugar, inflammatory fats, processed food and lack of fiber.
  3. Inflammatory stress brought on by overtraining, overworking or lack of sleep.

Adrenal Fatigue or HPA Axis Dysfunction?

Adrenal fatigue is actually a bit of a misnomer and should be really be called Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA Axis). This is because the adrenals don’t actually stop working. What happens is the signalling from adrenals to the hypothalamus to the pituitary stops starts to shut down due to excess cortisol in the system. In effect the hypothalamus and the pituitary become insensitive to cortisol and thus stop producing it.

Common Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

HPA axis dysfunction (Adrenal Fatigue) affects the body in many ways. However it is often at the root of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling tired all the time (can’t catch up), low energy, chronic fatigue and insomnia.
  • Inability to lose weight (excess body fat) especially around the middle.
  • Feeling overwhelmed at your life all the way to depression and/or anxiety.
  • Digestive disorders like GERD, IBS, indigestion, bloating and food intolerances.
  • Hormonal imbalances and insufficiency in both women and men.

In the second video I will discuss how to find out if you have adrenal fatigue.

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