A lot of fatigue is connected to poor adrenal function. The adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and are part of the endocrine system. They produce several hormones to do with the stress response.
The adrenal gland consists of the cortex and the medulla. The cortex is the outer part and produces cortisol, a powerful anti inflammatory hormone. Inflammation occurs in many health problems eg allergies, asthma, arthritis and lupus.
The medulla is the centre part of the adrenal gland. It puts out adrenaline, (which is also called epinephrine), and norepinephrine. These hormones are almost a direct extension of the nervous system. They govern the body’s stress response, also known as the fight-or-flight response.
When the brain thinks there is a threat (stress),the adrenal glands prepare to either fight or flee. The nervous system stimulates the circulatory and respiratory systems to be ready. This diverts oxygen and blood away from normal bodily functions and accesses the body’s energy reserves.
When this system switches off, the body stays on alert for a long while afterwards. This exhausts the energy supplies and wears down the adrenal glands and kidneys, impairing immune function.
The body reacts to real and imaginary stressors. These can be emotional or psychological and can be caused by stress. This can be overuse of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, poor nutrition or deficiencies of vitamins.
‘A person with weak or impaired adrenal function may have low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low body temperature and a feeling of complete exhaustion.’ Other health problems creep in such as hypoglycaemia and neuro-mediated hypotension (NMA). With NMA, the central nervous system instructs the heart to slow down, causing decline in total volume of blood circulating per minute, and in blood pressure. This allows the blood to pool in the lower limbs and less is available to nourish the brain. Other symptoms of poor adrenal function are depression, dizziness or lightheadedness and memory lapse.
Dr Ellen’s prescription to heal the adrenal glands
Digestive enzymes aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Supplements cannot work unless the body is able to use them. Digestion and absorption are the keys to the effectiveness of supplements, and enzymes are the key to thorough digestion and absorption.
Take 2 capsules of adrenal enzyme formula twice a day either between meals or with meals. The formula should contain the following:
Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Group. Australia
Enzymes for health and healing by Ellen W Cutler and Dr Jeremy Kaslow
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