Monday, January 18, 2010

Glutathione And It's Support To Adrenal Exhaustion

For those who suffer from low energy due to adrenal exhaustion, there is good news. Enhancing your glutathione levels may be the key to putting a bounce into your step once again.

Adrenal glands are tiny, about the size of a walnut and sit right above your kidneys. Adrenal glands are vital to your health and well being. Adrenals are responsible for producing cortisol and DHEA, (dehydroepiandrosterone) a natural steroid hormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. DHEA is chemically similar to testosterone and estrogen and is easily converted into those hormones. DHEA production peaks in our 20’s and starts to decline. DHEA has a lot to do with anti-aging cascades in our body. DHEA is a biological marker or our real age versus chronological age.

When we think of adrenal glands we often think of Stress. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is also produced in the adrenal glands. Stress can be caused by sleep deprivation, physical and emotional stress, toxins, and the excesses in our lives. When our body produces a lot of cortisol it can lead to several things:

1). Cellular Inflammation ( a root of many of the major diseases)
2). Weight gain around the mid section.
3). Estrogen and testosterone production goes down.

Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue? When the adrenal glands are not functioning optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. Some of the symptoms may include:

* excessive fatigue and exhaustion
* non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)
* overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors
* feeling rundown or overwhelmed
* craving salty and sweet foods
* you feel most energetic in the evening
* a feeling of not being restored after a full night's sleep or having sleep disturbances
* low stamina, slow to recover from exercise
* slow to recover from injury, illness or stress
* difficulty concentrating, brain fog
* poor digestion
* low immune function
* food or environmental allergies
* premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause
* consistent low blood pressure
* extreme sensitivity to cold

As we age we lose on average 12 to 15% of our glutathione levels. This glutathione drop can bring on many of the adrenal fatigue symptoms as well as cellular inflammation. The good news is that there have been some significant breakthroughs recently to increase our glutathione levels. Since glutathione is recognized as the protector of all our cells and the single most important antioxidant, there is finally some real hope for giving support to adrenal exhaustion.

Source: ArticleAlley by Wen2fish


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