Is exhaustion, overwhelming stress, fatigue, headache, or the inability to concentrate part of your everyday life? If so, then you may be suffering from an imbalance or disease in your adrenal glands.While for many this may seem a part of everyday existence, it may be due to an imbalance that can be treated so you feel great.
What are the adrenal glands, and why are they important? The adrenals are small, orange glands near the top of each kidney. These glands produce three types of hormones - glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, and androgens.The hormones include adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol,aldosterone, estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA.They regulate sodium and potassium and our fight/flight response, balancing blood sugar, metabolizing of fat, protein and carbohydrates, and reducing stress. For instance, aldosterone helps maintain blood pressure as well as sodium and potassium balance. When menopause hits women, the adrenal glands are the major source of estrogen. While symptoms of adrenal malfunction are usually mild, in a worst case scenario, hormone imbalance and loss of blood pressure can cause loss of consciousness and death.
What can you do for adrenal health? If you are not experiencing any symptoms related to adrenal problems, then good diet and exercise will help maintain your adrenal glands, and with periodic tests you can be sure they are functioning to the best of their capacity. If you are exhibiting symptoms, the first step would be to analize the condition using saliva, blood or urine tests. Once the problem is confirmed, there are a number of natural herbs and supplements that are available to restore balance and heal the glands. These supplements, combined with acupuncture, are effective natural methods of improving adrenal functions.