The Potency of Adrenal Cortex Extract Supplements Can Do More Harm than Good
Various natural compounds and supplements are useful for recovering from Adrenal Fatigue. Many of these either support specific functions or replenish particular compounds that have been depleted from the body. Adrenal glandulars, or more accurately, adrenal cortex extract, is one of the latter. Adrenal cortex extract is actual adrenal gland tissue, often dehydrated, powdered, and put into capsule form. These supplements are meant to supply the raw ingredients needed to strengthen the flagging adrenals so that they can function at a higher level. So if your adrenal glands are fatigued, isn’t this the right supplement to take?
The Interconnected Body
This would be true if only your adrenal glands were compromised and the rest of the body was healthy. But in reality, the adrenals do not operate in a vacuum; the adrenals affect all other body systems. The typical progression of Adrenal Fatigue occurs over a long period of time and means that the slow decline of adrenal function has had plenty of time to affect the rest of the body as well, disrupting other hormone systems and neuroendocrine functions. Once Adrenal Fatigue has become evident, the problem is already more widespread than just the adrenal glands; the entire body has been weakened and compromised. This is why successful recovery programs take into account the whole body and attend to your overall health, not just adrenal health.
So what does this interconnectedness mean for adrenal extract use? In order for these supplements to be correctly utilized by the body, other systems and functions have to kick in. The material must be ingested, the nutrients and constituent components must be absorbed by the gut, the compounds must be metabolized, and anabolic processes must be activated to build adrenal tissue.
Glandular Extracts and Adrenal Fatigue
Now if you are familiar with Adrenal Fatigue, you may be familiar with the concepts of liver congestion and paradoxical reactions. These two symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue are illustrative of the effect that weakened adrenals can have on the whole body. When these severe symptoms arise, sufferers have difficulty taking medications, supplements, and sometimes even food. The body is running at such a diminished level of functionality that metabolic byproducts—some of them toxic—have begun to build up in the body, because they can’t be processed and excreted effectively. This kind of congestion forms a feedback loop, as the continuing buildup of these waste materials stresses the body and further slows its performance.
Adrenal extracts need to be processed by various functional systems in the body. So you may begin to see why taking adrenal extracts may not be the best idea for you. Attempting to force even these natural compounds into the body—when it is already backlogged with its own biological byproducts—just clogs the system further. Even worse, the glandular supplements may actually be effective, forcing the adrenals into overdrive, but with the body in a fragile and precarious state, the mismatch between the adrenals and the rest of the body may just stress the body to the point of crashing.
Natural Recovery vs. Natural Compounds
Adrenal extracts need to be processed by various functional systems in the body. So you may begin to see why taking adrenal extracts may not be the best idea for you. Attempting to force even these natural compounds into the body—when it is already backlogged with its own biological byproducts—just clogs the system further. Even worse, the glandular supplements may actually be effective, forcing the adrenals into overdrive, but with the body in a fragile and precarious state, the mismatch between the adrenals and the rest of the body may just stress the body the right diet and nutrition, and treating your body properly allows the natural healing and recovery processes to build up strength and energy, healing the adrenals—as well as the rest of the body—over time.
Remember that using natural compounds does not necessarily make for a natural recovery program. The natural compounds must appropriately address the body’s needs. So perhaps adrenal cortex extract can be a useful tool for some people at certain stages of recovery; but since Adrenal Fatigue is such a complex condition and affects each physiology differently, the best course of action is to consult someone with the proper experience and knowledge to design the optimal recovery plan for you.
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