Let’s face it—stress is everywhere! Whether you’re behind the wheel, watching the news or talking to a family member, stress is accepted part of every day living. When it hits, the body normally releases a bountiful cascade of survival hormones to rescue you from danger, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight response.
Here’s how it works: Your brain perceives a threat (physical or psychological stress) and promptly responds; your heart starts pounding and your adrenals (a pair of triangle shaped glands on top of your kidneys) pump out epinephrine, aka adrenaline, and other hormones to give you a quick burst of energy to fight the threat or run away—internal programming that has kept humans alive for thousands of years.
While this metabolic process is all about survival, the fight-or-flight response has one major flaw in the context of modern day living: The body can’t decipher between life-threatening danger and psychological stress.
If your stress levels are high or you drink a lot of caffeine to stay alert, you may be at risk for adrenal burnout, also referred to as adrenal exhaustion and/or adrenal fatigue: when the adrenal glands can’t keep up and struggle to produce enough of the stress-response hormones, leaving you feeling sick and exhausted.
6 Signs of Adrenal Burnout
- Diminished ability to tolerate stress
- Abdominal fat that just won’t go away
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Lowered immunity
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tired in the morning and afternoon (even if you get a good night’s sleep), and more alert in the evening
Sound like you? Contact Ageology today—we will help you regain balance and thrive!