Adrenal fatigue is becoming more and more common in our hectic, fast-paced society, and you may have heard the term thrown around a few times. However, you may be wondering what it is and if you might have it.
The adrenal glands are small glands that sit atop the kidneys. They're responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of cortisol and adrenaline. In our busy, chronically stressed-out lives, our bodies are pumping out cortisol on a continual basis. We simply aren’t meant to function that way, and eventually it can wear us down and burn us out. To add fuel to the fire, we tend to live on a diet of sugary, processed foods and caffeine. The stress, sugar and caffeine overload can wear down the adrenals.
So how do you know if your adrenals are fatigued?
When the adrenals are tired, the body may experience a number of different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms caused by worn out adrenals include: