The holidays can be a stressful time for many reasons, but stress can be harmful to our bodies and especially to our adrenal glands. This post explains what adrenal stress and fatigue are and how you can minimize adrenal stress and fatigue during the holidays.
When you’re under emotional, physical, psychological, or environmental stress, your adrenal gland, which sits on top of your kidneys, produces a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is partially responsible for your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress.
When cortisol levels are high, it blocks the effects of important hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. As a result, you may have symptoms of low estrogen, low testosterone, or low thyroid, even though those hormone levels may be normal.
When cortisol levels remain chronically high over an extended period of time, it’s known as adrenal stress.
If high-stress sticks around, the adrenal gland gets tired out and can’t maintain the high cortisol levels anymore. This drop in cortisol is known as adrenal fatigue.
In adrenal fatigue, cortisol levels are lower than they should be. With low cortisol levels, hormone receptors don’t work as well and many of them are destroyed. This means that the effects of important hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid are reduced.
Symptoms of chronically high cortisol (adrenal stress) include:
Symptoms of low cortisol (adrenal fatigue) are:
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