• Ilze Brand

Gluten and Adrenals

Adrenals are small glands located above the kidneys that play an important role in the endocrine system. They help regulate all normal bodily functions such as muscle movements, digestion, memory, and eyesight. Adrenal glands are a major part of making your body function properly.


Each day, adrenal glands produce several different hormones. One of these is cortisol, which is also often referred to as adrenaline. It is highest in the morning and lessens throughout the day, reaching its lowest point at night. One of the main functions of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands is to command the brain when the body is stressed.


Anyone who works too hard and experiences too much stress in life will start to shut down. This is because when your body is experiencing fatigue, it stops producing sufficient hormones, causing your body to malfunction. The good thing is that this is preventable and treatable.


Adrenal fatigue is a natural occurrence but does require treatment from a professional who is familiar with it. Clinical consultations can conduct lab tests to assess the status of your adrenal functions. With lifestyle and nutritional changes, you will be able to repair the health of your adrenal glands.


Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Low stamina

  • Exhaustion and excessive fatigue

  • Sweet or salty food cravings

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Environmental and food allergies

  • Feeling very energetic at night

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Premenstrual syndrome and problematic menopause

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Depressions and mood swings

  • Poor memory and concentration

  • Frequent infections

  • Lightheadedness


Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity puts direct stress on your adrenal glands. This stress is usually caused by inflammatory responses in a gluten-sensitive digestive tract. Once the gluten creates the inflammatory reaction, the balancing effort of the hormones creates fatigue and stress.


Occasional reactions will not upset the adrenal glands. For those with gluten sensitivity, this inflammation happens several times a day, or whenever they eat gluten. These constant inflammations stress the adrenal glands and can create chronic fatigue. In severe cases, this can result in adrenal exhaustion.


Adrenal Disorder

Adrenal disorders or diseases are different from adrenal fatigue. Most people with adrenal disorder are around 30 to 50 years old. However, there are a small number of people who suffer from this disease at the age of 15 or younger.


People with adrenal disorder have adrenal glands that are functioning, but not well enough for them to live normally. This can cause more difficulties in the body and typically requires daily medication. Adrenal disorders must receive proper care. It is important to connect with trained doctors who truly understand your specific needs to treat your adrenal illness.

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