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Are You Suffering From Adrenal Burnout? How To Tell And What To Do
When you think of burnout, you probably think of those people who go, go, go all day, all night, never taking a vacation, always working, working, working. Many people who suffer from what we call burnout should actually be called adrenal burnout. This is a disease caused by stress, and you might have it and not even be aware of it.
If you get incredibly crabby when you are hungry, if you feel exhausted most of the time, if every little upset in your life drains you to where you feel overwhelmed, you are probably suffering from adrenal burnout.
What exactly is adrenal burnout, and how can you stop it?
Adrenal burnout is actually a natural process that, in our modern day lives, has gone terribly wrong. As humans have evolved, our bodies have developed ways to ensure our survival.
For example, when a bear jumped out of the woods intent on making us its next meal, our bodies learned ways to ensure that we had enough energy to get out of the way or to kill the bear. This is often referred to as the “fight or flight” system.
That fight or flight is triggered into action when we feel stress or fear.
When we feel fear, the hypothalamus puts out a hormone that tells the adrenal glands to release cortisol. Cortisol will stimulate the pancreas to release glucagon, which raises your blood sugar levels to give your body the energy it needs to either stay and fight or run away.
This sounds good, right? The problem here is that this system is meant to only keep us going for a short time, just enough time to run away from or to fight that bear.
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