Feel like you’re always stressed and tired?

Many times I have heard “I must have thyroid problems” and for some that may be the case; however, in many of these cases the problem is adrenal depletion.

What is adrenal depletion?


The adrenal gland is our fight or flight hormone. When we are faced with stressful situations, our adrenal glands are the first to react. It will pump epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine and cortisol to break down energy reserves for immediate use.

This is how your body or sympathetic nervous system responds to each stressful situation whether it is worrying about bills, relationships, work, drinking coffee and energy drinks, eating shitty food and beating yourself up every day in the gym. We are constantly making the adrenal glands work overtime without taking enough time to activate the parasympathetic nervous system by resting, relaxing and rebuilding.

This constant stress keeps cortisol elevated, which depletes our glycogen stores, which raises blood sugar and leads to weight (fat) gain especially around the belly. A similar thing happens with adrenaline. When we drink coffee or energy drinks. We are high one minute and the next, a big crash.

This constant output of these 2 hormones eventually has to run out or slow down. Those days when you feel beat down after a workout, a stressful day at work or a few hours after your coffee is a sign that your adrenals are depleted.

How do I know for sure if my adrenals are depleted?

Here is a simple test that you can do in your own home:

Pupillary light reflex test

– Stand in front of the mirror in a dark room.

– Take a flashlight and shine the light into one eye at a 45 degree angle from the side.

– Watch your pupil for 30 seconds.

Pupil constriction

Possible meaning

Stays constricted for more than 20 seconds

Healthy adrenal function

Pulses after 10 seconds

Decent adrenal function

Pulses after 5 seconds

Poor adrenal function

Immediate pulsation and dilation

Adrenal exhaustion

Always stressed Adrenal depletion may be to blame_2

Blood pressure test

Another test you can do is simply lay down and relax for 5 minutes. Get up and if you feel faint or dizzy you may have adrenal dysfunction. Upon standing, epinephrine should be secreted to increase your blood pressure. This helps prevent gravity from drawing blood away from the brain. If your blood pressure drops when you stand epinephrine isn’t present. This would mean your adrenal gland is too tired to do its job.

If you notice negative response,s get tested and use these stress relieving techniques to help manage your stress.

How do I combat these stresses and get my adrenals back on track?

– Identify your major stresses. Reduce this stress and others will follow.

– Research that stress and how to effectively overcome this stress.

– Make sure you are eating and drinking as you should. You’re dealing with enough external stress that may not be in your control. You can control what you put in your body.

– Move and exercise more. Exercise in the correct way and it can stimulate an anabolic or rebuilding response.

– Use mental exercises to create a positive mind frame. Think of what you want, not of what you don’t want.

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