According to the American Psychological Association, most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past six years. When we experience excessive stress—whether from internal worry or external circumstance—a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight-or-flight” response.
This fight or flight response is our body’s primitive response that prepares the body to “fight” or “flee” from perceived attack, harm or threat. Every time your body triggers the fight-or-flight response for situations that are not truly life threatening, you are experiencing, in effect, a false alarm. Too many false alarms can lead to a cumulative buildup of stress hormones secreted by the adrenal glands.
The non-stop stress of modern life and lengthy periods of intense physical or emotional stress may over stimulate our adrenal glands, leaving them unable to meet the body’s needs. The adrenal glands are essential for life and when overworked and not functioning optimally, adrenal fatigue can result. This occurrence is commonly referred to as adrenal burnout.
Fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion or lethargy, are common health complaints. Fatigue can be of a physical and/or mental nature. Physical fatigue is the inability to continue functioning at a level equal to our normal ability, while mental fatigue may manifest as decreased attention, and reduced ability to concentrate and focus. It is estimated that about 20% of Americans suffer from a form of fatigue that interferes with their ability to enjoy a normal life.
How do you combat adrenal burnout? Mindfulness, along with proper diet, exercise, sleep, and supplements is the best way. For more posts on this subject, type in the word Adrenal into our search box at the upper right corner of the blog page.