We live in a very stressful society. There are a lot of demands upon people today. A lot of expectations are placed upon people. There never is enough time to do everything. We are always trying to cope and to keep up to the fast pace of life. These stresses have a huge impact upon us. Occasional stress can actual be good. But repeated stress can cause damage to the body, mind and spirit. The greatest impact is on the nerves and adrenals. The nerves supply energy and electrical function for all of the organs of the body. The adrenals are also greatly affected. They are small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are called the stress glands. They make hormones that affect many chemical functions. When the adrenals are continually stressed by pumping out a lot of adrenaline for a fight or flight response, they will eventually weaken with exhaustion.

Common symptoms of adrenal weakness include:

  • difficulty handling stress
  • salt cravings
  • loss of energy or fatigue
  • sleep problems or insomnia
  • dizziness
  • abdominal weight gain
  • low sex drive
  • hormonal imbalances
  • irritability or anger
  • anxiety
  • depression or bipolar

The adrenals are the glands that help us deal with stress. They are also directly linked to the thyroid gland. Exhausted adrenals often lead to low thyroid symptoms. Is it n o wonder that many people today are on thyroid medication for the rest of their life? The root cause can be from long term adrenal stressing and then weakness. Many female hormones are also manufactured in the adrenals making these glands especially important. After prolonged stress, all kinds of reproductive issues can occur.

The nervous system becomes stressed when the adrenals are stressed. The adrenals are like the battery putting electricity through the nerve wiring to all of the organs of the body. If the battery is weak there will nervous exhaustion. If the battery puts out erratic bursts of electricity, organs will be impacted. This can result in many symptoms of organ stressing such as tight muscles, skin irritation, digestive upset, constipation, diarrhea, bouts of asthma, Magnesium and B Vitamins become very depleted through a stressful lifestyle. They are what nourish the nerves and adrenals.

The best assessment of the adrenals is the Koenisburg Urine Test that can be done in a Holistic Practitioner's office. It can be used to monitor your progress too. There is also a blood test that your Physician can do to test the cortisol levels. It is often difficult to get a Physician to do this test. It can take several months to rebuild the adrenals with natural medicine. The usual drug medications are Valium or anti-depressant meds. Natural remedies are specific kinds of ginseng, magnesium, Vitamin B complex, and various herbal relaxants. Stress reduction programs are complimentary, such as exercise, meditation, changing jobs, massage therapy, etc. Your adrenals should be checked whenever the above symptoms are creating a pattern. Otherwise, it is wise to be proactive by checking your adrenal status with the Koenisburg Test twice yearly.