Are you having additional cups of coffee a day, craving and eating more chocolate, sugar, and high-fat foods regularly? Do you experience only a small burst of energy from the extra coffee and then continue to feel run down both physically and mentally? One can begin to feel this new low energy way-of-being is always going to be the new normal. Good for you looking into information about your health and trying to find answers. There is a way to get back to healthy energy levels and feeling better!
You are right. Your body is trying to tell you something, starting with your adrenal glands but your adrenal glands are not solely responsible for your health breaking down. The full communication of your hormones needs to be addressed and balanced.
Hormones, created by the pituitary gland (often referred to as “the master gland”), are so important for the overall well-being of brain, bones, heart and cardiovascular system, and the nervous system. The pituitary gland, the adrenal glands and the hypothalamus (in the brain) are all connected, called the HPA axis.
The pituitary gland creates all the hormones that then send signals to the thyroid, sex glands, and adrenal glands. Keeping your adrenal glands healthy is a good start, and if you have begun adrenal fatigue diets, cleanses, juicing or detoxing, but are still feeling wiped out, it might be time to look at your whole system, not just your adrenal glands.
Current, in-depth study of the human body and hormone health continues to reveal how interconnected and complex the multiple systems in our bodies are. To best achieve and maintain optimum health, we must pay attention to our particular health situation and also look at the big picture of our health.
A salivary test to pinpoint your specific hormone levels is the perfect starting point for addressing a health problem like adrenal fatigue, also known as adrenal burnout or adrenal exhaustion (we will talk more in the next blog about the evolving of the name of this health problem).
Long-term stress can affect our bodies and health in ways we are just starting to understand fully. This is why taking care of your health must be a daily top priority. Yet how many of us don’t pay even the smallest attention to our overall health until we have a major health issue? Exercise, nutrition, and relaxation aren’t just reserved for special spa days but should be fundamental to your daily life.
In the next blog, we will continue to look at the importance of addressing the adrenal glands in relation to the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, in order to improve hormone balance and optimum health.