Adrenal Fatigue

Our adrenal glands are complicit in conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Our adrenals are directly or indirectly involved in almost every chronic condition.

The adrenal glands are located just above each kidney. It makes several hormones that encompass a wide spectrum of functions. We (literally) cannot live without our adrenals. Addison’s disease is the term used to describe very poor adrenal gland function. Patients with Addison’s disease need medication every day to provide the necessary hormone treatment that their body no longer provides.

When our adrenal glands are healthy they create hormones in a balanced way, not producing too much or too little. One of the major hormone made by the adrenal gland is cortisol. Too much cortisol can cause symptoms of weight gain around the waist, poor sleep, fatigue, elevated blood sugars, menstrual irregularities, increased thirst, higher blood pressure and even more frequent infections.

The most prevalent cause for a overactive adrenals is stress (including dietary stress). The adrenal gland was designed to deal with stress in small spurts rather than protracted stress over days or months (or even years). Chronic stress overworks the adrenal glands to the point of exhaustion and eventually they become too fatigued to meet the needs of the body. Low cortisol symptoms include fatigue, sugar or salt cravings, low blood sugar, a history of low blood pressure, skin rashes, allergies, poor sleep, depression and anxiety. Cortisol production is usually highest in the morning before we eat, with levels gradually tapering throughout the day. Some patients will be just the opposite, low in the morning when they have terrible fatigue and high at night, not allowing them to get their much needed rest.

For adrenal health, we suggest that you do the Hands Like A Teapot Breath Meditation on Fat Free Yoga for 3 minutes, and try to do a slightly longer meditation for 5-11 minutes twice a day. We suggest the Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation on Yoga House Call, or any Meditation on any of our DVDs which inspires you.

Meditation will harmonize you and get you back on track.The important thing is to do it. Even if you feel agitated and resistant the whole time, it is still working. Also, don't forget that the quickest way to regenerate the adrenals is through conscious breathing. So try to do some Kundalini Yoga every day. If you follow these guidelines, stress will turn into blessings. It is a definite fact that when we raise our vibration, our environment transforms as well.

The energetic correlate to the adrenals is called the pranic body. It's our energy inflow via the breath. When our adrenals are overtaxed, fear rules our lives. When we rely on lesser forms of energy, that we get from sugar, coffee, and other stimulants, we are refinancing our adrenals and taking an energy loan. Unless we are able to put back what we put out, we are operating at an energy deficit. This loan gets harder and harder to pay back.

In additions like adrenal fatigue, we need to be patient. Less is more. The great lesson is that if we don't stop and take time to regenerate, out bodies will force us to slow down. Conscious breathing and a healthy lifestyle with the proper nutritional support, will bring the adrenals back to life over time. In addition to keeping blood sugar levels stable, pantothenic acid is an important supplement.