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Tami Meraglia, M.D., is author of The Hormone Secret, published by Simon and Schuster (April 14, 2015).

Did you know that your hormones start to decline in your thirties?

In your forties your ovaries, which have been the primary factory for many of your hormones, go into retirement.

Though it is natural to have a decline in our hormones as we age, it is not “normal” to have them disappear completely or at the rate at which we see them drop these days.

I mention this because the number one thing my patients tell me is that they have fatigue.

They are tired when they wake up, they are tired when they go to bed, they are tired when they are thinking of exercising or cooking.

They are okay when there is enough stimuli like work, deadlines, activities, but they feel like they have lead in their seams at other times.

The reason you feel tired is that the hormones that are produced from your adrenal glands are not producing the quantity or balance you need to keep you feeling energetic, focused and connected.

Your adrenal glands are tiny walnut sized glands that sit on top of each of your kidneys. They play an enormous role in how to look, feel and function.

The primary hormones that the adrenals are responsible for are: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol.

The trouble is, when your body is busy with cortisol due to stress, it has no time or raw ingredients to make the other hormones.

The result is fatigue in your body but also in the adrenal glands themselves. This is called Adrenal Fatigue.

Even though the hormones I just mentioned are the main hormones your adrenals produce, there is a cascade of reactions that happen when your adrenals are over worked and under cared for.

Sugar cravings from the stress response, belly fat production, bone breakdown, constant fatigue and more are just a few of the consequences of the adrenals dealing with stress.

The great news is that your adrenal glands will respond if they are given the right TLC, and I am going to show you how!

What do adrenals have to do with hormones?
Our adrenals are designed to respond to stress but they were not designed to the 24/7 stress filled life we live. Stress is very real to our bodies even if it is “just” the perception of stress.

Imagine yourself in traffic and you see flashing lights and hear sirens right behind you.

You are thinking “UGH! I am going to get pulled over. Was I speeding?” You will have a physical response: your eyes will dilate, palms will sweat, your heart rate will increase and your breath will become shallow.

This is all because of a feeling. Imagine how powerful our thoughts and feelings are! The trouble with your adrenals is that they do not realize that the traffic, the 160 emails, deadlines, and getting the children out the door to school on time are not life and death situations.

Our adrenals were really designed to save our life – literally.

The production of stress hormones and adrenaline allowed you to get a burst of energy to run away from the bear in pre-historic times. The stress was designed to last only a few minutes after which you had escaped or were eaten – either way the adrenals stopped stress hormone production.

Our adrenals were not designed to have a message of stress throughout the day. Our adrenals burst cortisol at even the quickest stress in our lives leaving inflammation and exhaustion in its wake.

But that's not all. Your adrenal glands don't know the difference between a wedding and a funeral. That means that even when you have stressful things that are positive, your body still responds with cortisol leaving your other hormones waiting for their turn indefinitely.

When I said earlier that your adrenals are left without the raw ingredients to make other hormones I meant that literally. There is a phenomenon called “cortisol steal”.

This is where the adrenal glands take the building blocks of other hormones to make more and more and more cortisol. This is because the adrenal glands and assurance of the production of stress hormones is essential to life; you will literally die without your adrenal glands.

The good news is that there is a holistic natural way to treat adrenal fatigue which results in your adrenals being able to create a slim waist line, sharp thinking, energy to play, work and connect and a life full of vitality.

Many of these solutions are over the counter.

Here are three things that you can do to boost your energy by giving your adrenals TLC:
  • Maca – take 500-1000 mg of maca daily.
  • Start the day with protein – ideally within 30 minutes of waking.
  • Breathe – inhale through your nose for the count of 4, hold your breath for the count of 7 and exhale through your mouth for the count of 8.
You can re-boot your hormones by taking care of the factory. It just takes a few targeted short cuts.

About Tami Meraglia, M.D.
Dr. Tami (as her patients call her) is a double board-certified M.D. in both Aesthetic Medicine and Integrative Naturopathic Medicine and the author of The Hormone Secret.
She is on the faculty of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and a keynote speaker for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
As a leading expert in the cosmetic and natural medicine industry, she speaks nationally and internationally and has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox National News and has hosted multiple radio shows.
Tami lives in Seattle and is the owner and Medical Director of Vitality Medispa and Medical Clinic.
She is the author of The Hormone Secret published by Simon and Schuster and currently available on her website