glands are vital to many life processes. They are responsible for
making several important hormones that run many significant functions
in our bodies. The adrenal glands help us handle stress.
is one of the better known adrenal hormones. It is our fight or
flight hormone. Adrenaline helps speed up metabolism and helps the
body cope with danger. Over time, we lose our ability to distinguish
between life threatening stress such as almost having a car wreck
and situational stress such as being stopped at a red light too
long. The end result is stressed out adrenal glands.
While you may
not be familiar with the adrenal glands or the hormones they make,
you may be familiar with adrenal stress. General signs and symptoms
of adrenal stress include fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression,
weight gain and insomnia. There are also some specific signs. Neurological
signs include waking up tired, poor short-term and/or long term
memory, inability to concentrate, learning disorders such as ADD,
and dizziness when changing positions.
There are many
other adrenal symptoms such as allergies, fainting spells, craving
sweets and caffeine, shakiness between meals, muscle twitches, blood
sugar problems, discomfort with bright lights, chronic upper-respiratory
infections, hay fever, and asthma. While you may not have all of
the symptoms, one symptom I find that occurs in many people with
adrenal dysfunction is dark circles underneath the eyes that end
underneath the pupil.