Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that results from acute or chronic stress to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys, and resemble raspberries in shape and size. Along with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, the adrenals are responsible for formulating an endocrine response to stress.
These stresses may be acute, such as imminent danger to life, but more often in today’s society, they are a product of job, family, and emotional stress, as well as the various physical demands that we place on ourselves. Physical stress may be a result of poor eating habits and lack of exercise, but may also come from overreaching in the gym on a regular basis. As such, adrenal fatigue affects both the healthy and athletic as well as the sedentary.
In my opinion, adrenal fatigue is important to screen for before embarking on a fitness plan or program of personal training, and is important to recognize, as any fitness program comes with its own inherent stresses. One of the most unproductive, perhaps even destructive, things you can do to yourself is to begin a program of exercise when you are already in an exhausted state.
There is no one size fits all solution for the adrenal problem. Optimal adrenal fatigue treatment should be based on the results of an Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) test, as well as your symptomology. In my opinion, a proper consultation, complete with a health history, interview and muscle testing by a qualified practitioner, is an excellent first step to screen for adrenal insufficiency, as well as to determine your bio-individual response to different nutritional options.
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