People experiencing adrenal fatigue often succumb to the use of coffee, colas and other stimulating substances to get going in the morning or to prop themselves up during the day. It’s more common than we know especially with those who constantly are jet-lagged or battling shift work. It’s something that cannot be overlooked and should be treated and diagnosed promptly.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function are below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections. We may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of being unwell, tiredness ,or gray feelings. It comes in four phases: the alarm phase, continuation of the alarm phase, the resistance pahse, and the burnout phase.
What causes adrenal fatigue?
- Emotional stress
- Insufficient sleep
- Chemicals and pollutants
- Chronic disease
What are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
- Difficulty getting up each morning, even after a long sleep
- High levels of fatigue each day
- Inability to handle stress
- Cravings for salty foods
- Higher energy levels in the evenings
- A weakened immune system
- Trouble thinking clearly or finishing your tasks
- Asthma, Allergies, Respiratory complaints, Dark circles under the eyes, Dizziness, Dry skin, Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise, Frequent urination, Joint pain, Lines in your fingertips, Loss of muscle tone, Low blood pressure, Low blood sugar, Low sex drive, Lower back pain, Numbness in your fingers / Poor circulation,Weight gain
How common is adrenal fatigue?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Adrenal Fatigue is much more common than is generally acknowledged.
What professionals experience Adrenal Fatigue more?
When the adrenals of a person in a high stress situations fatigue, burnout begins and performance at home and work suffers. Anyone who does shift work throughout the night is more susceptible or takes on a lot more responsibility than the average career.
How can I tell if my adrenals are fatigued?
Testing for Adrenal Fatigue can take several test forms:
- Cortisol Tests/DHEA Ratio
- ACTH Challenge
- Thyroid Tests
- Free T3 (FT3)
- Free T4 (FT4)
- Neurotrasmitter Testing
- Total Thyroxine (TT4)
How to nourish yourself with adrenal fatigue.
- Avoid the food in question.
- Take supplements to strengthen your gut: Glutamine and you can also try demulcent herbs like licorice or slippery elm
- Take supplements to improve your digestion: probiotics or digestive enzymes
- Eat at the right times-no skipping meals. Breakfast is incredibly important
- Eat less sugar
- Eat more essential fats such as nuts, nut butters, avocados
- Eat seaweed and fermented drinks like Kombucha or Kvass
- Cut out caffeine
- Stay Hydrated
Supplements For Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue causes not only a deficiency in hormones, but also a deficiency in many of the vitamins, minerals and essential compounds that our bodies need to function efficiently.
- Vitamins B5, B6, B12
- Vitamin C
- Licorice Root
- Siberian ginseng
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Maca root
You can prevent and abolish Adrenal Fatigue
We can’t change the past but we can change whats going on now and take preventative actions for the future. The pace of innovation and globalization is just too fast. To some extent, all that extra stress and pressure is here to stay. But there are many different ways in which we can begin to recover from stress and build a foundation for a better well-being. Small changes to our lifestyles can hugely reduce our stress levels. Improving your diet, using relaxation techniques and eliminating sources of stress are all great first steps. There are herbal supplements that can support your adrenals and allow them to recover. And you should also educate yourself about the treatments that can restore declining hormone levels. We encourage you to take a good look at your lifestyle and begin to make some positive changes.