The adrenal 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.
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Adrenaline 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.
October 24, 2009