When we get frightened or excited our “fight or flight” glands or ADRENAL GLANDS produce adrenaline which turbo-charges our muscles to move. Despite their size, these organs are very busy regulating many reactions in the body.
When the adrenal hormones are so low they leave the joints, ligaments and connective tissues undernourished. This leaves our musculo-skeletal structure weak and unstable and leaves us susceptible to injury.
Typically, when we put a demand on a joint the body responds by getting stronger to resist that demand. When somebody has an adrenal issue, there is an opposite effect. This is a major reason why people injure themselves when they’re under stress.
The major muscles known to be involved when adrenal fatigue has set its claim are:
1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus. There will be weakness in one or more of these muscles when the adrenal glands are malfunctioning.
These are your hamstrings, adductors & calves
The attachments of the sartorius and gracilis on the pelvis can cause pelvic instability and other muscular imbalances through out the body, causing pain and injury.
I have personally experienced this and have lost not only valued training time and increasing doctor’s bills but my health and well being.
Even if you are not an athlete, if you see 3 or more of these symptoms…listen up !
Difficulty getting up in the morning
Continuing Fatigue even after a good night’s sleep
Craving salt or salty foods
Lack of energy
Daily tasks feel like a chore and require increased effort
Decreased sex drive
Decreased ability to handle stress
Compulsive eating, smoking or drug use
Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
Light-headed when standing up quickly
Lack of interest in anything
PMS symptoms increase
Lack of focus or fuzzy thoughts
The problem is Adrenal fatigue does not show up in standard blood tests. These tests will look for the most extreme low end Hypoadrenia or Addison’s disease anything less than that is considered Adrenal fatigue and dismissed in general medicine as NORMAL.
This is NOT NORMAL.
When the adrenals fatigue, cortisol levels drop. This creates inflammatory responses throughout the body. Cortisol is the most powerful anti-inflammatory in the body and without it the body can’t fight back.
This is NOT HEALTHY.
Saliva testing and muscle testing are two more accurate ways to test for adrenal disfunction.
Investing in self-care is your only defense. More on this next blog…
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In peace, health & with much love,
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer