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24 Signs Your Stress Glands are Overworked

24 Signs Your Stress Glands are Overworked

 

Has the pace of life left you frazzled?  Has balancing work, home, and  family responsibilities left you overwhelmed?  The stresses of our modern  life can be too much for your stress glands to handle.  The stress glands,  primarily known as the adrenal glands, are two small, triangular-shaped glands  that sit atop the kidneys.  We don’t give them much thought until we start  to experience symptoms of poor health.  The adrenal glands keep us going  through life’s stresses, but over time they can show signs of being  overworked.  How do you know if your adrenal glands are overworked?   Here are 24 signs:

1. Allergies

2. Anxiety or Irritability

3. Arthritis

4. Cravings for  salty and/or sweet foods

5. Depression

6. Excessive hunger

7. Extreme  fatigue, exhaustion, or chronic fatigue

8. Eyes are sensitive to light

9.  Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with life’s stresses

10. Frequently  experience colds, flu, or other infections

11. Insomnia

12. Irritable  bowel syndrome, IBS

13. Low blood pressure

14. Low libido

15. Low  stamina

16. Menopause symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal  dryness

17. Poor concentration

18. Poor digestion

19. Premenstrual  syndrome (PMS)

20. Reduced immune function

21. Reduced memory

22.  Sensitivity to cold

23. Sleep does not refresh or revitalize you

24. Slow  to recover from illness or injuries

These symptoms can also be signs of other health conditions so you should  always consult your doctor if you suspect any health issues.  And, of  course, you don’t need to be experiencing all of the above symptoms to be  suffering from adrenal fatigue.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and twelve-time book author and doctor of traditional natural  medicine, whose works include: Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet,  Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com

4 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

4 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

Today’s lifestyle replete with the demands of home, work, family, finances,  and more can fatigue your body’s primary stress-handling glands, the adrenal  glands. These triangular-shaped glands sit on top of the kidneys and are located  in the solar plexus region of your abdomen. They secrete hormones that help us  cope with stress, but when the stresses become chronic the adrenals can become  depleted, causing adrenal fatigue.

Of course, stress management is necessary, but there are also some excellent  herbs and nutrients that can give your adrenal glands a boost. Always consult a physician  if you suspect adrenal fatigue and before beginning any supplements.

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to the  adrenal glands. It is needed to manufacture the hormones secreted by these  glands in response to stress. The more stress you experience, the higher your  vitamin C needs may be. A typical dose to assist with adrenal fatigue is 2000 mg  or higher; however, a qualified health professional should be consulted when  using higher doses.

Pantothenic acid is one of the B-complex vitamins that is  essential for adrenal gland health. It is naturally present in high doses in the  adrenal glands but can become depleted as hormones are manufactured in response  to stress. A typical dose for adrenal fatigue is 1500 mg but should always  accompany a B-complex vitamin since they work synergistically.

Commonly used by natural medicine practitioners to treat adrenal gland  fatigue, Siberian ginseng, or Eleutherococcus  senticosus as it is also known, works primarily on the pituitary gland in  the brain.  This gland stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more  adrenal hormones.  In adrenal fatigue, communication between the pituitary  gland and the adrenals may be impaired.  A typical dose of Siberian ginseng  for the treatment of adrenal fatigue is 100 to 200 mg daily.

Rhodiola integrifolia—Found in Yukon, Alaska, Siberia, and  northern China, rhodiola, or roseroot as its also known, is a beautiful  flowering plant that is one of the most overlooked adrenal herbs available. Like  Siberian ginseng is one of the few plants that is considered an adaptogen, which  means that it helps the body adapt to stress by increasing resistance to  fatigue.  It boosts the adrenals, builds energy, and improves mood.   Boil the dried root pieces in water and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.  Drink  daily for up to 3 weeks at a time to give your stress glands a boost. Herbalist  Beverley Gray, author of The Boreal Herbal adds the cooled rhodiola tea to her  morning smoothies for a boost.

By  Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and twelve-time book author and doctor of traditional natural  medicine, whose works include: Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet,  Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.

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