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Do any of these symptoms fit with you? Or have you felt like this in the past?
Adrenal fatigue can be debilitating! Depending on the severity it’s not uncommon to find the simple things we take for granted like getting dressed in the morning or walking to the end of the driveway to be the equivalent of running a marathon or worse. Of course this is an extreme case but certainly not uncommon. For many sufferers it is the unrelentless fatigue, every little thing seems like hard work, it is the inability and effort to get out of bed in the morning, or not feeling refreshed after a nights sleep. Other signs and symptoms are listed above including a decreased ability to handle stress (tiny things that never bothered you, certainly do now). Illness or injuries take a long time to recover from, think of that lingering cold that you just can’t shake. You may feel light headed when you stand up quickly, suffer from depression or find that life holds little joy. For the ladies you might find that your PMS is a lot worse than it used to be. Your memory isn’t so good and sometimes your thoughts are foggy…. These are just some of the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Try our adrenal fatigue questionnaire) to see if you if have any symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
So by now you may ask what exactly is adrenal fatigue (for those that like to know a little bit of anatomy and physiology click here . For a shorter and less complicated version adrenal fatigue are adrenal glands that have become depleted through various stressors and now have low function. Our adrenal glands are important for various reactions in the body including regulation of blood sugar, blood pressure and the sodium and potassium balance in the body. The hormones of the adrenal glands include your stress hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline. DHEA, progesterone, androstenedione, pregnenonlone, estrogens, testosterones, cortisol, aldosterone. They sound pretty important don’t they? Well they are! Click here for more info.
What causes adrenal Fatigue?
STRESS! This can be emotional stress or psychological but it can also be physical or infectious. There are so many factors that assault our tiny adrenals. While stress is a natural part of life, too much stress and long term chronic stress is not. Our bodies are resilient and tough but eventually if stress becomes chronic and nothing is done to deal with it we will burn out.
Adrenal Fatigue can affect anyone and at any age. The type of person that is at more risk is that perfectionist, or that person that keeps pushing themselves without giving themselves time to relax and get some relaxation. You may all know that kind of person (or you may even be that kind of person), the one that burns the candle on both ends, they seem to juggle many things at once, rushing to one event to another, surviving on coffee and can’t say no! the person that takes everything onto their shoulders and soldiers on.
Some other factors contribute to adrenal fatigue:
Lack of good food
Lack of, or excessive exercise
Prescription or non-prescription drugs
Sugar and white flour
Poor eating habits
Lack of sleep
Infection (acute and chronic)
Death of a loved one
Lack of relaxation
Negative attitudes and beliefs
Once your adrenals are functioning less than optimally you are susceptible to many other complaints that include allergies, anxiety, asthma, Type 2 diabetes, auto immune disorders, Chronic Fatigue, decreased immune response, fibromyalgia, insomnia…the list goes on, there are so many things that are connected to our adrenals!
Unfortunately conventional medicine doesn’t often recognize adrenal fatigue. It does, however recognizes Addison’s disease which is extreme adrenal damage involving the structural and physiological damage of the adrenals glands. Thankfully this is very rare and not many people will experience this life threatening disease.