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Warning Signs Your Adrenals are Burnt Out and How to Fix Them

The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can’t live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones.  You have stable energy during the day, sleep well at night, and have a good sex drive when everything is under control and functions optimally.

Adrenal burnout can be described as overwhelmed adrenal glands, that means unbalanced hormones and low cortisol levels. You will be sent to an endocrinologist and get tested for Addison’s or Cushing’s diseases if your doctor suspects adrenal fatigue.

WHAT OCCURS WHEN YOUR ADRENALS BEGIN TO FALTER?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea
  • Sugar and/or salt cravings
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Decreased ability to handle stress, feeling frazzled
  • Insomnia, unable to get to sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low sex drive
  • The “3 pm crash”
  • Brain fog
  • PMS/hot flashes associated with menopause
  • Inability to focus

CAUSES OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Pain, chronic inflammation
  • Poor diet (too much caffeine, refined sugars, and processed foods)
  • Emotional stress
  • Digestive infections and microbiome imbalance
  • Lack of sleep

HOW TO REVERSE ADRENAL BURN OUT