The adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys, prepare our bodies for the fight-or-flight reaction of stress by releasing cortisol and adrenalin.


Prolonged stress can exhaust the adrenal glands’ ability to produce these hormones, leading to adrenal fatigue or burnout.


Signs of adrenal fatigue include:


  • pronounced fatigue

  • frequent light-headedness when standing up

  • reactive hypoglycemia

  • craving sweets or caffeine to boost energy

Some herbs help us cope with stress. Known as adaptogens, these herbs increase the body’s resistance to anxiety, fatigue and emotional trauma. Check out the following adaptogens:

  • Siberian ginseng

  • Indian ginseng

  • rhodiola

  • lavender

Ask your herbalist or natural health provider for more information if you suspect you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue.

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