Adrenal Fatigue (AF): CAUSES

When our body perceives or is in danger, our adrenal glands will release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. This release should last about 20 minutes until we can get away from the danger, or kill and potentially eat the predator, then swiftly return to homeostasis (balance).

Nowadays we’re releasing stress hormones practically 24/7, even in our sleep. Cortisol creates chronic to severe inflammation that eventually causes premature ageing and leads to an earlier death. The adrenal glands are about the size of an almond that sit on top of your kidneys. They may be small but they pack a serious punch. Among their many responsibilities are controlling blood sugar, burning protein and fat, and regulating blood pressure.

The adrenal glands are endocrine glands (a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things) that sit on top of your kidneys and are responsible for the production of a host of hormones and neurotransmitters – cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine. All of these have a massive impact on how you handle stress, look, feel, sleep, breed, handle illness and generally function. 

These hormones and neurotransmitters being produced by the adrenal glands play a huge, and rather complicated role in your health and wellbeing. If you suffer with AF it can be the major cause of excess fat storage, irritability, brain fog, immune issues, a problematic gut, an achy body and extremely low energy levels.

AF can lead to Adrenal Collapse, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, auto-immune disease, infertility, cancer, gut and immune issues, and many more health problems.

Causes

  • Continued negative thinking
  • Chronic fear, loneliness, anxiety, feeling unsafe, unworthy
  • Prolonged illness, surgery or injury
  • Emotional trauma, recent or distant
  • Chronic insomnia 
  • Grief after the death of a loved one, miscarriage, infertitlity
  • Stressful experiences like divorce, relationship breakup, bullying, work stress, compassion fatigue, financial stress, sexual abuse
  • Some medications and long term intake of these
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution

 

For ways to TREAT AF – See my other Blog posts. (Enter ‘Adrenal Fatigue’ into the search engine.)

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