Adrenal Fatigue: What You Need To Know
Does this sound familiar?
you wake up and are unable to function without a significant amount of caffeine, finally feel a boost of energy during the early part of the day, then your energy levels crash around 2 p.m., rise around 6 p.m., fall again around 9 p.m. and then finally peak again at 11 in the evening.
If this is a normal day for you then we need to talk because you are probably suffering from adrenal fatigue.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is overstimulation of the adrenal glands (or “adrenals”) by chronic stress over time could lead to an inconsistent level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the bloodstream. People also often don’t have enough DHEA, the “parent hormone” responsible for the creation of many necessary hormones in the body.
No official diagnosis exists for adrenal fatigue because people are either considered to have a normal endocrine function or total endocrine failure. This is why many people have their thyroid checked and they are considered to be functioning normally and still seeing these symptoms reoccur without any help from their doctor. There is good news though you can treat adrenal fatigue mainly by diet and lifestyle adjustments, which traditional doctors do not see as legitimate medicine.
What do adrenal glands do?
They are responsible for the release of over 50 different kinds of hormones in the body many of which are essential to life. They also release hormones that:
- balance your body’s blood sugar, help with energy and food metabolism, help your body relieve stress and manage your immune response
- maintain healthy blood pressure, manage your blood hydration level, and keep your blood healthy by keeping salt and water in balance
- the hormone adrenaline which regulates the heart.
Causes of adrenal fatigue:
- Stressful experiences like the death of loved one, divorce or surgery
- Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
- Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
- Negative thinking and emotional trauma
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet (including crash diets and inconsistent nutrition) and lack of exercise
- Food sensitivities
- Reliance on stimulants like caffeine or energy drinks
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
What happens when the adrenal glands stop producing hormones efficiently? Every bodily function is affected, and as adrenal hormone levels ebb and flow abnormally, even the normal “get-up-and-go” you get from them disappears. Adrenal fatigue symptoms include:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Chronic fatigue (always feeling tired)
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Hormone imbalance
- Weakened stress response
- Insulin resistance
- Decreased sex drive/libido
- Moodiness and irritability
- Muscle or bone loss
- Skin ailments
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight gain
- Sweet and salty food cravings
Fortunately, there are ways to overcome adrenal fatigue that are natural. I talked about them in a Facebook Live video recently.
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