The adrenal glands are the source of energy and power that affect how your body functions day in and day out. There is a pair of adrenal glands in the body. Both are found just on top of the kidneys and their role is to secrete hormones needed by the body to function normally and well. These hormones produced by the adrenal glands are responsible in regulating the blood pressure, fighting infections and other diseases, managing the excretion of body wastes and coping with the daily stresses of life.
There are times of the day when you feel very energetic. Other times you may feel lethargic, drowsy and sleepy. How you perform during these points is actually controlled by your adrenal glands. Therefore, if your adrenal glands are at a normal state and performing well, your body will respond accordingly. Meanwhile any malfunction in these organs might result in your incapacity to carry out certain tasks.
You know you have an adrenal gland malfunction if you:
- feel tired and exhausted often
- lack vigor and endurance
- are susceptible to cold and other viral diseases
- suffer often from constipation and poor digestion
- have persistent allergies
- have constant low blood pressure
- have a hard time focusing at anything
- get enough hours of sleep and yet still feel tired and sluggish in the morning
- are more active during night time
- easily get burnt out and overcome by pressures
- suffer from menstrual disorders
- prefer foods that are sweet and salty
- take a longer time to recuperate from illnesses
Adrenal gland malfunction is also called adrenal fatigue. It is a condition when the adrenal glands are not able to function to cope with the stresses, which the body is subjected to. Due to this failure to function properly, symptoms manifest themselves outwardly or inwardly.
When the adrenal glands malfunction, symptoms become apparent internally when you develop the following syndromes: being highly vulnerable to viral diseases; shaking of the body when under stress or pressure; abnormal heartbeat; neck and shoulder pain; constipation and menstrual disorder.
On the other hand, symptoms of adrenal fatigue are shown outwardly through: drying of the skin; too much sweating; hair fall and increase in body weight.
Adrenal gland malfunction can also affect mental health. In fact, most symptoms related to adrenal fatigue are linked to the mental well being person of a person. These symptoms include: depression, excessive appetite for food, lack of interest in sex, mental lapses, nervousness or being jittery for no reason and short temper resulting from the failure to manage stress and demands of work and life in general. At times, the mental manifestations of adrenal gland malfunction are more overwhelming than the physical symptoms.
When a person suffers from adrenal disorder his life as a whole also suffers. Aside from this the people around him also feel the burden of his condition. Because of adrenal fatigue, a person may become irritable, short-tempered, lousy and often in a bad humor. If these conditions describe you, call your doctor.