What is Adrenal Fatigue?


What is AF? The adrenal glands are endocrine glands 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 your stress levels.

Cortisol: Chronic stress leads to the overproduction of cortisol and may in turn cause weight gain, depression, and blood sugar problems.

Adrenaline: If you produce too much adrenaline in response to stress you will likely have insomnia, panic attacks or anxiety, and perhaps weight loss. This helps us to understand why some people lose weight while others gain during stressful periods.

Noradrenaline: Too much noradrenaline (also called norepinephrine) can cause high blood pressure, nervousness, heart palpitations, and headaches.

Dopamine: Can affect alertness, concentration levels, and creativity. Therefore, an imbalance in dopamine can create symptoms such as insomnia, inability to concentrate, and even weight gain.

These hormones and neurotransmitters being produced by the adrenal glands play a huge, and rather complicated role in your health and wellbeing.

So, lets get them back in balance.

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