The signs of burnout

A hot topic that i'm treating in the clinic at the moment is burnout or "Adrenal fatigue" as it's known in the Nutrition world. Which lets be honest most people haven't even heard of the adrenal glands and yet that are responsible for so many life saving and important reactions that go on in our body.

So firstly lets see,

What are the adrenal glands?

The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys and produce a variety of hormones such as adrenaline, aldosterone and most importantly cortisol. Their main function is to control your body's ability to handle and deal with stress by triggering our fight or flight response and our relaxation responses. They regulate this through our heartbeat (hence why when you're in danger your heart beats faster) , our immune system (getting sick just as you go on holidays) and our energy levels (that 3pm slump).

What is adrenal fatigue?