How is one affected in their adult life if they have a history of frequent infections as a child? Also, how would trauma in one’s childhood affect their adrenals?


Q: How is one affected in their adult life if they have a history of frequent infections as a child? Also, how would trauma in one’s childhood affect their adrenals?
 

A: Infections (chronic sinus infections, epstein-barr, mono, etc) or inflammation usually have strong adrenal components. Most infections or inflammation involve the release of pro-inflammatory substances. The body’s response is to produce cortisol, a strong anti-inflammatory and anti-infection hormone. The weaker the adrenals, the higher the frequency of infection because the more cortisol is produced by the body to control the inflammatory response, the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol. When the adrenals are eventually exhausted, cortisol output is compromised, allowing unopposed infection to inflame the body more. This vicious circle can lead to progressively deepening adrenal exhaustion and producing more severe infections.

Stress, whether in the form of emotional or physical or chronic illness, is a major contributing factor to Adrenal Fatigue. This is primarily due to the dysregulation of the many anti-stress hormones. Symptoms can include blood sugar imbalance, immune system weakness, and insomnia. The adrenal glands are the major stress control center of the body. This can be overwhelmed with emotional or physical stress, leading to adrenal crashes. Unfortunately most of us live in a stressful environment or have a stressful lifestyle. That is why ensuring healthy adrenal function is important.