Adrenal fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress.* The adrenal glands mobilize your body's responses to every kind of stress (whether it's physical, emotional, or psychological) through hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes that enable you to cope with the stress. Whether you have an emotional crisis such as the death of a loved one, a physical crisis such as major surgery, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your adrenals have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is inadequate, you are likely to experience some degree of adrenal fatigue.*
During adrenal fatigue your adrenal glands function, but not well enough to maintain optimal homeostasis because their output of regulatory hormones has been diminished - usually by over-stimulation.* Over-stimulation of your adrenals can be caused either by a very intense single stress, or by chronic or repeated stresses that have a cumulative effect.*
How can I tell if my adrenals are fatigued?You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you regularly notice one or more of the following:*
- You feel tired for no reason.
- You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
- You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
- You crave salty and sweet snacks.
- You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.
Let's take a look how nutrients can better improve your adrenal gland function.
Adrenal Gland Function
• Pantethine, B Vitamins and Phosphatidylserine are nutrients that support healthy adrenal gland function.* Pantethine is related to vitamin B5 and helps to prevent over secretion of cortisol.* It is also a precursor to Coenzyme A, a stress reducing enzyme necessary for adrenal function.* B Vitamins
and Phosphatidylserine support adrenal gland function by supporting stress management.*
• Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12 and Biotin support adrenal function, stress management, blood glucose metabolism and energy production.* Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant within the adrenal cortex and supports the production of adrenal steroid hormones such as Cortisol, which is synthesized from progesterone within the adrenal cortex and involved in stress adaptation.* B Vitamins support the adrenal glands in the production of hormones and coenzymes, and by maintaining the health of the nervous system.*
• Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Licorice, Pantethine and Phosphatidylserine work to support stress management and help to maintain cortisol levels within normal ranges.*
• Licorice helps to reduce the amount of hydrocortisone broken down by the liver, which reduces the workload of the adrenal glands.* Phosphatidylserine is considered an anti-stress nutrient for both physical and emotional stress.* It helps to modulate cortisol over-production and has been shown to have a positive effect on mood.* Pantethine helps to reduce the over secretion of cortisol.*
• B Vitamins, Ginseng and Licorice work together to support improved energy.* Licorice along with Eleutherococcus Sinesis Root Extract and Panax Ginseng are herbs that are well known for their ability to increase energy and vitality.* They help to rejuvenate the adrenal glands, reduce mental fatigue as well as support physical stamina and endurance.* B Vitamins are crucial for helping the body cope with stress and are essential for numerous functions including food metabolism and energy production, the
formation of red blood cells, protecting cells against free-radicals, blood sugar regulation, supporting adrenal glands in the production of hormones, regulating electrolyte balance and maintaining the health of the nervous system.*
On a future episode of Dr. Bond THINK NATURAL, I will be explaining the importance of the thyroid-adrenal connection.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.