Symptoms:
The adrenal glands function to handle stress, regulate blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure by maintaining balance of the body's fluids. When these glands are not functioning at an optimal level, symptoms such as low energy, insomnia, poor memory, weight gain, a weakened immune system, and an inability to handle stress may occur. Many individuals believe this is a normal part of life, but it does not have to be.

Causes:
Adrenal stress and fatigue take place when our adrenal glands become overworked. This occurs when an overload of stressors is placed on the adrenal glands. Stressors include high carbohydrate diets, inadequate water intake, high stress, and poor or not enough sleep. As the stressors add up, the adrenal glands go into overdrive and eventually get "burnt out." They are then unable to regulate metabolism and result in the symptoms listed above.

Tips:
Adrenal glands function optimally when the body rids itself of stressors. Relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can help reduce stress. Filling your diet with protein and fat, limiting carbohydrate intake, eating frequently (every 2-3 hours), and exercising regularly helps regulate blood sugar levels and avoids spikes throughout the day. Do not skip breakfast. Drink plenty of water. Strive for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Chiropractic adjustments to the 9th thoracic vertebra directly influence adrenal glands, so be sure to see your chiropractor regularly to allow for optimal function of these very important glands.