I have been practicing in Burlington for 10 years. I have 2 little girls: a 2 1/2 year old and a 5 month old. I'm in love with my adrenal glands because they are the glands that let me be a super mom, and they are the organs I can steal from when I'm up late writing an article instead of sleeping. If I am getting sick or under too much stress, I put more time into my adrenal glands and they always give me the extra help I need. The adrenal glands are effected when people "burn out".
Those who have experienced this phenomenon know how important these small organs are because of the multiple levels of health that are impacted. Most of us have felt various stages of adrenal fatigue, which is when the adrenal glands are not working at maximum efficiency. Symptoms include:
There are a family of herbs called adaptogens. These herbs help your body buffer the effects of stress and support adrenal balance. Some safe examples of these herbs are black currant, ginseng, rhodiola, Passion flower, skullcap and valerian. The first 3 herbs are more supportive for energy production and the last 3 herbs are better for anxiety. My favourite is a rhodiola and ginseng combination Please remember to nourish your adrenal glands and they will take care of you!
Carissa Doherty ND Naturopathic Doctor Natural Care Clinic at naturalcareclinic.ca
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