I have a slight obsession with a few video game series and one of them just released an add on with 14 bosses. The last boss gave me a serious adrenaline rush. It might sound silly, but hey, it’s exciting to me. Anyway, everyone knows the basic idea of adrenaline—it gets you pumped up and ready to react quickly to your situation. It’s a hormone made in the kidneys to make everything pretty much run beyond it’s normal limits. However, for those adrenaline junkies, adrenaline can also lead to:

  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling irritable or anxious
  • Vision changes

Heart attack, stroke, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, anxiety, and weight loss can also come from prolonged levels of high adrenaline—and not the good kind of weight loss!

Stress definitely affects your adrenline, so basic combat of your troubles will help (meditation, deep breath, yoga, etc.). Healthy diets and regular exercise also help.

For those prone to anaphylaxis (severe allergies), doses of adrenaline via autoinjectors (EpiPen or Adrenaline Mylan) can be a life saver. Because adrenaline makes the body work at a higher capacity, it opens up the airways and keeps blood pressure up. It’s injected into the muscle of the thigh and never anywhere else. If your friend or family member has one, have them show you how to use it just in case. Use of autoinjectors is also part of all nationally acredited standard first aid courses (HLTAID003). If you are ever unsure if you should use the injector or not, use it and then call emergency services.

So adrenaline is natural, just try to keep it down to avoid any long term complications. If you have severe breathing problems, usually associated with asthma and anaphylaxis, you may want to look into adrenaline injectors to help in an emergency. As always, ask your doctor first.

Info: Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/adrenaline

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