Brought on by environmental, physical, nutritional, or psychological triggers, stress is responded to by a release of the hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol. These hormones help us react and adapt to stressful situations by raising blood sugar and blood pressure and increasing the breakdown of protein. This can lead to metabolic syndrome as thyroid hormone action is interfered with and visceral fat deposition is stimulated. Chronic stress can also disrupt the signaling system of the body and the normal pattern of cortisol release from the adrenal gland. There are many problems that can arise thanks to this, including osteoporosis, dementia or memory loss, immune suppression, impaired thyroid functionality, decreased kidney function, mood disorders and depression, sleep disorders, reproductive disorders, premature aging, and many other issues.
How do you treat Adrenal Fatigue?
Implementing stress reduction techniques and modifying your lifestyle to eliminate stressors and live healthier are good ways to help treat this problem.
Sleep, hygiene and taking vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, zinc, vitamin C, and calcium are also helpful lifestyle changes.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormones (TSH)
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