Most people are aware of the obvious forms of stress that affect the adrenal glands: constraining work schedules, driving in traffic, financial problems, marital problems, losing a job and the many other emotional and psychological challenges of modern life.
But other factors not commonly considered when people think of “stress” place just as much of a burden on the adrenal glands. These include blood sugar swings, gut dysfunction, food intolerances (especially gluten), chronic infections, environmental toxins, autoimmune problems and inflammation. All of these conditions sound the alarm bells and cause weak adrenals glands. In this context, stress is broadly defined as anything that disturbs the body’s natural balance (homeostasis).