Adrenal Fatigue is one of the most commonly misunderstood conditions in modern healthcare. It is known as the "disease of the modern life" and most of the time it will be diagnose as Chronique Fatigue Syndrome.You won’t find the term “adrenal fatigue” in scientific research, which is why many conventional physicians will roll their eyes and shake their head at you if you tell them that your natural health practitioner told you that you have “adrenal fatigue”.
What Are The Functions of The Adrenal Glands?
The adrenals are the body’s first line of defense and the primary component designed to resolve stress. They have an important role in the human life cycle. They produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. Some of the many different hormones created by the adrenals include steroid hormones such as:
- Epinephrine (Adrenaline)
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is when the adrenal glands, which are activated during stress, are overworked. The symptoms varies such as (depending on the stage you are);
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Fatigue & weakness
- Increased Allergies
- A suppressed Immune System
- High Blood Pressure
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Digestion Issues
- Craving Salt
What Cause Adrenal Fatigue?
Your adrenal glands are like a tiny pyramid that sit on top of each kidney.Their most important jobs is to stimulate the production of hormones when you are under stress (fight or flight response). The response is triggered by the release of hormones that prepare your body to either stay and deal with a threat or to run away to safety.
Unfortunately the exhausting fast pace of life promotes overstimulation and become chronic stressors. Over time, repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body. According to the American Institute Of Stress, It is estimated that 75 - 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems.
In the presence of constant stressors, the body almost immediately attempts to increase cortisol levels. This increase is associated with both endocrine and autonomic responses in preparing the body to defend itself normally. However, elevated cortisol levels for extended periods of time, negatively affect virtually every aspect of physiology.
It then becomes more difficult to:
- Maintain proper blood sugar levels
- Get good quality sleep
- Balance hormones
- Slow down for rest
- Recover and repair
- Produce effective general immune function
- Maintain mucosal immune integrity
- Maintain bone mass
- Detoxify the body
- Effectively regulate inflammatory processes
Other than stress Adrenal Fatigue can be causes by:
- Poor diet
- Emotional trauma
- Excessive exercise
- Environmental toxins
- Malabsorption and poor digestion
- Lack of sleep
- Working too hard
- Chronic Infections
- Chronic pain
Cortisol is commonly known as the “stress” hormone because the adrenal glands release cortisol as part of the stress response. It is a steroid hormone responsible for regulating many body processes, including metabolism and immune response.It also controls mood, motivation, fear and anxiety.Chronically elevated cortisol levels burn out the body's cells and breaks down tissue.
If you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and have high cortisol level, you might want to check out if you are not deficient in Vitamins B1, B5, B6 & B12, Vitamin C and Vitamin D, since the body uses thoses vitamins to make cortisol. A constant high level of cortisol will have the effect of depleting all thoses vitamins.
The Importance Of The HPA Axis
The Adrenal glands produce hormones in response to signals from the pituitary gland in the brain, which reacts to signaling from the hypothalamus, also located in the brain.
For the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, the following occurs:
- The hypothalamus produces (CRH) Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone that stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete (ACTH) adrenocorticotropin hormone .
- ACTH then stimulates the adrenal glands to make and release cortisol hormones into the blood stream.
Kinesiology & The Adrenal Fatigue
In Kinesioliogy we test the muscles related to the adrenal glands and if they test weak, It then tell us that the adrenal glands need help. We then find out the reason for the adrenal glands to be stressed out. Is the stress caused at the structural , electrical nutritional or emotional level? Depending on what your body is telling me , I might have to stimulate the Neurolymphatic (NL) reflex points,the Neurovascular (NV) holding points, tracing meridians and/or add some supplements to your diet.
what are Neurolymphatic reflex points?
* The Neurolymphatic (NL) reflex are points located mainly on the torso in the rib spaces next to the sternum and on the back along the spine. When stimulated with digital massage, these points act like "switches" to increase lymphatic flow to the muscles and the corresponding organs or glands. Stimulating the Neurolymphatic points will help to:
- Boost your Energy
- Remove toxin from the body
- Clear stagnant Qi/Chi from your energy system
- Balance the meridians and their related organ systems
what are Neurovascular holding points?
* The Neurovascular holding points are reflexes on the head and are neurological switches which activate blood flow to the muscles and related organs and glands. The Neurovascular points get switched off when the body is under stress. This can be a combination of physical, emotional, biochemical and environmental stress, which includes air pollution and electromagnetic fields. All these stressors can add up to cause one or more of these switches to shut off, similar to how a circuit breaker would. By applying light pressure to the neurovascular points, you can switch them back on. This activates blood flow to the associated organ, along with muscles that are paired with each organ.
Doing this simple procedure can eliminate pain and stress, giving you greater health and relaxation.
Reference: * kinesiology Institute
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By: Michel Bourgeois, Licensed Massage Therapist & Energy Kinesiologist in Santa Monica area