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Adrenal Exhaustion

What is adrenal exhaustion?

Your adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of your kidneys.  They are the size and shape of a walnut.  They become exhausted like a battery running out of charge.

The adrenal glands are very important in the body since they produce over 50 hormones.  The adrenal cortex produces two main groups of corticosteroid hormones—glucocorticoids and mineralcorticoids.  The principle mineralcorticoid is aldosterone, which maintains the right balance of salt and water while helping control blood pressure.  The adrenal cortex releases small amounts of male and female sex hormones.

The adrenal glands affect all major physiological functions in the body.  Adrenals are involved in the metabolism and conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to produce energy in the body.

If you feel low on energy, low sex drive and tired all the time, you may have adrenal exhaustion.