First of all, what are the adrenals?
These are two glands located on the upper outer part of our kidneys. Their main function is to enable the body to cope with stressful situations. Indeed, these glands produce several hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and certain sex hormones. Here are some key roles of the adrenals in our body:
- Regulation of the body's metabolism
- Blood pressure regulation
- Distribution of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the body
- Stimulation of nerve receptors
- Defense of the body against external aggressions
- The functioning of the reproductive system
In our fast-paced lifestyle and tasks piling up quickly, it's easy to fall under stress. However, the adrenal glands are often strained and eventually become exhausted, reducing the rate of production of hormones necessary for the body to function properly.
What are the signs of tired adrenals?
- General fatigue, which makes it very difficult to get out of bed in the morning…!
- Cravings for very sweet or very salty products
- Persistent feeling of stress
- Decreased libido
- Premenstrual syndrome more intense than usual
Also, it should be noted that when menopause is upon us, it is the adrenals that take charge of the production of estrogen and progesterone normally produced by the ovaries. During this change, these two small glands try to adapt to this hormonal imbalance by producing a boost in the level of cortisol (this famous stress hormone!). This is why it is important as a woman to pay close attention to these glands in order to take well care of them throughout our life: you will thank yourself once menopause arrives since the symptoms will be much milder!
Let me reassure you, it is perfectly normal to experience stressful moments every day: that does not mean that your adrenals are not working as they should. Dysfunction of these adrenals occurs when faced with a situation of prolonged stress, lasting for many months or even years. Today's circumstances are not without their fair share of stress, so I have found it relevant to give you some tips for supporting your adrenals in these very special times.