Your adrenal glands are vital to your overall health. Adrenal glands produce critical hormones to assist the body in regulating blood pressure and blood sugar, burning fat and protein, and managing stress. With high stress levels, poor diet, sleep deprivation and the sedentary lifestyle that’s become so popular in our culture, more people today suffer from adrenal fatigue than did 100 years ago. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can range from mild to severe enough to interrupt your work productivity and lifestyle. We will discuss how CBD helps adrenal fatigue and mitigates your symptoms so you can be on the path to wellness.
The adrenal glands are located right above the kidneys, and have a major impact on overall kidney function. Through the secretion of the hormone aldosterone, the body is able to retain more water through sodium regulation, secrete potassium and stabilize blood pressure. The adrenal glands may be small, but they are a powerhouse in terms of function. Read on as we breakdown the most common symptoms afflicting people suffering with adrenal fatigue, and explore how the daily use of CBD can alleviate the common discomforts.
People with adrenal fatigue experience difficulty waking up and getting out of bed in the morning. Despite a full night’s sleep, they will never feel rested and often feel groggy due to unstable levels of both cortisone and adrenaline. A recent study revealed over 50 million American adults suffer from sleep disturbances and are consequently not getting enough rest. Your body uses sleep as an opportunity to repair itself, and without a long enough snooze your body will suffer. CBD helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm and encourages homeostasis in the sleep cycle through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptor, located throughout the nervous system. For those who do not wake up feeling rested, chances are you will experience fatigue throughout the day. CBD works to help users fall asleep faster and remain asleep, which helps alleviate morning exhaustion and daytime fatigue.
Inability to Manage Stress
After battling chronic stress for long periods of time, your body’s resources are depleted and unable to produce the required hormones and neurotransmitters needed to continue coping with stress. CBD can target the dysfunction and regulate serotonin levels to help reduce anxiety and effectively manage stress. Antidepressants target the same areas in the brain, but possess a lot more side effects than CBD, which is relatively side effect free. Researchers recently observed that CBD caused a reduced amount of blood flow to the areas in the brain that are linked to anxiety, like the hypothalamus. CBD can calm the brain’s overactive areas in people with anxiety, and generate activity in the hippocampus (a region in the brain’s limbic system that regulates emotion) by increasing the amount of calcium within the mitochondria. Antidepressants may take 6-8 weeks for therapeutic effects to kick in, but CBD works expediently to help the brain reach a healthy homeostasis.
Salty Food Cravings
When your adrenals are fatigued, your body produces smaller amounts of aldosterone. Moreover, you experience frequent urges to urinate, which leads to the continual elimination of important minerals like sodium, potassium and magnesium. As your body tries to balance the disparity in minerals, you crave salty foods to restore all the lost sodium. In a study from 2012, researchers revealed that unlike the famous appetite stimulation associated with THC, CBD actually decreases appetite and squashes food cravings.
Weakened Immune System
Cortisol plays a vital role in regulating the immune system and offering an anti-inflammatory effect to prevent infections from overpowering the body. It is crucial to maintain a healthy level of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue can lead to overly high or dangerously low cortisol levels, which suppresses the immune system and leaves it vulnerable to disease and infection. CBD acts as a neuromodulator and a natural antioxidant to boost the body’s immune response. When CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors (located in the central and peripheral nervous system) of the body’s endocannabinoid system, it elevates immune function and promotes optimal health.
CBD can help your adrenal fatigue. CBD naturally interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to facilitate change and naturally regulate your body. The daily use of CBD helps your body maintain balance by managing functions like appetite, stress response, mood and sleep. CBD can alleviate your symptoms of adrenal fatigue so you can be on the path to feeling better and restoring your well being.