The Adrenals are 2 small glands located just above the kidneys. Each gland is composed of two separate functioning parts. The Adrenal Medulla is the outermost portion that releases epinephrine and nor-epinephrine in response to a fight or flight situation. The Adrenal Cortex is the inner portion and secretes entirely different groups of hormones called corticosteroids and glucocorticoids. Without getting to deep into the physiological functions of the adrenals, it is important to note that the hormone, Cortisol is one of these glucocorticoids. Cortisol has many functions from increasing blood sugar, anti-inflammatory effects and resisting the effects of stress. Almost any stressful situation causes an immediate release of cortisol. It doesn’t matter if the stress is physical or psychological but fatigue of the adrenals is inevitable if the stress is constantly repeated or becomes chronic. When this happens, adrenal output decreases and we are left with barrage of symptoms.
- Brain Fog
- Hard time waking up in the morning
- Low energy throughout the day
- Lack of restful sleep
- Frequent illness
- Chronic types of pain
There are many different physiological factors that play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of your Adrenals. At Apollo Health, we don’t use a shotgun approach. We employ a comprehensive system of tests to help us understand what variables are influencing your body’s ability to function properly and help us understand how your body is adapting.