ADRENAL FATIGUEYour adrenal glands play a central role in your endocrine system when it comes to regulating and reacting to your body’s stress levels. When they are functioning properly, you are able to effectively accommodate and react to the day-to-day stresses that you encounter. However, if your adrenal glands are overstimulated by chronic stress, you can experience adrenal fatigue. Put simply, you feel more prone to mood swings when stress levels mount. Located above the kidneys, the adrenal glands release cortisol (a stress hormone) when responding to stress.Common CausesChronic stressLack of sleepStressful situationsUnresolved conflictFinancial problemsNegative thinking patternsFood sensitivitiesPoor dietCommon SymptomsExtreme fatigueTrouble waking in the morningExcessive intake of caffeine to stay awakeBrain fogCraving sweets or salty foodsIrritabilityDepression or anxietyInability to handle stressMenstrual cycle irregularitiesUnexplained weight gainLow libidoCommon TreatmentsMake sleep a priority. Try getting 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. Try a mind-body exercise like yoga.Limit sugar intake and eat at regular intervals throughout the day.Practice deep breathing when experiencing emotionally triggering situations.Set aside time each day for yourself. Take herbs and supplements that strengthen and support adrenal function and energy. Treatment ProtocolClick here to view our treatment protocol.