Your life - and how you live it - matters. Did you know that? Do you believe that? Do you surround yourself with people who believe it too? When you experience stress in any form it affects your entire body from the inside to the outside. It affects your cellular function, your emotions and even what you crave to eat.
Stress, as you have probably already experienced, comes in many different forms. It can be emotional, physical, psychological, environmental, infectious, or any combination thereof.
Your adrenal glands are not racist, sexist, or ageist and treats a newborn baby the same way it would treat your great-grandparents. Repetitive stress makes a person more prone to adrenal fatigue - and unfortunately is also cumulative. All of the stress you experience in your life day after day (...after day) adds up and begins to take its' toll on you. With that said, please remember your life - and how you live it - matters.
Your adrenals are walnut sized glands that sit on top of your kidneys and are made up of three layers.
The first layer produces aldosterone which is a hormone that controls your sodium and potassium levels (as well as other electrolytes) and your fluid balance within your body. Increased thirst and craving salt/salty foods happens with chronic stress due to inefficient aldosterone.
The second layer produces cortisol, the hormone your body makes in response to stress of any kind. When chronic stress remains (good or bad), your body tries to adapt by continually elevating the cortisol levels however symptoms of fatigue, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, insomnia, irritation, weight gain, and/or chronic infection/illness creep in. Eventually, the adrenals become exhausted, your cortisol levels fall and you hit burn-out.
The third layer produces some sex hormones. In women it makes very small amounts of progesterone and estrogen. This layer also helps women with libido as it is a source of testosterone.