Could Adrenal Fatigue be the hidden cause of your Allergies?
Adrenal fatigue is a hidden cause of allergies and unresponsive asthma that is frequently overlooked.
If you suffer from respiratory allergies to dust, pollen, grasses, pet dander or other environmental allergens, or if you have asthma that re-occurs despite treatment—there’s a chance that your real problem is improperly functioning adrenal glands.
Adrenal Fatigue is also commonly known as Adrenal Exhaustion or Adrenal Stress and it can have a significant impact on your immune system. Adrenal Fatigue is often not recognized by physicians as it doesn’t show up in regular laboratory tests.Even so it is believed to affect as much as 70% of the population.
What are the Adrenal Glands?
The adrenal glands are two small glands that sit just above the kidneys.Despite their small size, the adrenal glands play an important role in the body, producing numerous hormones that impact our development and growth, affect our ability to deal with stress, and help to regulate kidney function.
The adrenal glands are responsible for producing the hormones such as cortisol, which is released into the bloodstream in response to stress, and dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, which is a precursor to hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone.
Adrenal Fatigue or exhaustion usually occurs when people have undergone extended periods of either emotional or physiological stress.
During times of stress the adrenal glands initially react by producing adrenalin. This activates our fight or flight response better preparing our body to take action to ensure our survival. Our bodies were designed to react swiftly to a threat. When the stress continues for more than a few hours, our body begins to release increasing the levels of cortisol and DHEA into the bloodstream.
However when stress is prolonged or chronic, continuing for many months, the adrenal glands eventually become over taxed and fatigued and unable to function fully. The resultant sharp drop in cortisol and Dhea levels affects our health and wellbeing on many levels. Adrenal exhaustion has set in and your health suffers even further.
The most common symptoms associated with adrenal exhaustion including lack of energy, insomnia,poor digestion, blood sugar swings,re-occurring infections,increased number of allergies, poor decision making abilities,impaired memory, depressed mood, poor sexual function and reduced fertility.
Paradoxically what many people are not aware of is that prolonged stress and adrenal exhaustion can also result in an over reactive immune system.
So how does the Adrenal Fatigue affect our immune system?
Cortisol and DHEA both regulate our immune system’s inflammatory responses. When the adrenal glands can no longer produce adequate amounts of cortisol and DHEA the immune system becomes overactive, producing inflammatory responses, even when there’s no real threat or infection looming. In effect an over reactive immune system is treating common substances as “an enemy”.
This can result in allergic responses to many everyday substances such as grasses, pollens, dust and mould and common day foods. We a may also experience allergic skin reactions such as rashes and eczema.
Prolonged respiratory allergies, as well as re-occurring respiratory infections have also been linked to increase episodes of asthma.
Generally, these symptoms are treated with antihistamines.
In other words, it is only the symptoms that are being treated. while antihistamines can make life more bearable by reducing the symptoms of allergies and hay fever,to really be able obtain lasting relief from allergies and an improvement in your health, it is important to treat the underlying causes.
So if adrenal fatigue or stress is a possible underlying cause of your re-occurring allergy problem lasting relief it is important to take steps towards returning the adrenal glands to healthy normal function.
As stress is a significant causative factor in creating adrenal fatigue it is also vital to seriously evaluate your life to see how you can reduce the stress in your life.
- There are many steps that you can take that can improve improve adrenal function and therefore your health and wellbeing:
- Improving your diet to include more dark green leafy vegetables and good sources of protein.
- Taking steps to improve your sleep quality as well as increase the number of hours that you sleep.
- Watch for my next post which will give you more steps that you can take to reduce stress ans promote adrenal health.
Taking specific B group vitamins together with specific herbal supplements that support adrenal function can steadily enable your Adrenal glands to repair and return to full healthy normal function.These a re quite specific depending on the level of health, gender and age and are best prescribed bya qualified health care practitoner.
For a full adrenal function recovery people need to follow an adrenal support protocol for four to eight months. This is the time it usually takes to get the adrenal glands working properly again, many people begin to improve and feel better within two months.
If you suspect that you have adrenal fatigue it’s best to discuss this with your health care practitioner,for a full health evaluation.