Adrenal Insufficiency - Is That Why You're Tired & Can't Cope?

The adrenals are 2 small glands located above the kidneys. Each gland secretes adrenal steroids (cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone), in addition to adrenaline and noradrenaline. Cortisol, DHEA and adrenaline are the 3 major 'stress' hormones.

The steroid hormones are not secreted at a constant level. They're released in a cycle throughout the day. An abnormal rhythm can influence many functions of the body. People who have a hard time getting up in the morning, or who suffer with low energy levels during the day could have abnormal adrenal rhythms & poor blood sugar regulation. Abnormal adrenal rhythms are known to compromise tissue healing which can result in increased tissue breakdown  and chronic pain.

The adrenal rhythm determines how well we build bone. If nighttime cortisol levels are high, bone rebuilding can be compromised. Stress is a 'bone enemy.' In postmenopausal women the effects of stress can be heightened due to imbalances in the female hormones.

The immune system, your quality of sleep, skin regeneration, and thyroid function are also impacted by stress and your stress hormones. The immune response can be suppressed in the lungs, the throat, and the urinary and intestinal tracts due to short and long-term stress. The ability to entery REM sleep is impacted by stress, as is the ability of human skin to properly regenerate. Furthermore, the level of cortisol controls thyroid hormone production. Symptoms of fatigue and low body temperature - both found in hypothyroidism - can be due to an adrenal maladaption.

Simple non-invasive tests can help determine your adrenal status.