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Adrenal Fatigue

Do any of these symptoms fit with you? Or have you felt like this in the past?

  • Tired for no reason?
  • Having trouble getting up in the morning?
  • Depending on coffee to keep you going?
  • Feeling run down and stressed?
  • Dragging yourself through each day?
  • Craving salty or sweet snacks?
  • Struggling to keep up with life’s daily demands?
  • Unable to bounce back from stress or illness?
  • Not having fun anymore”
  • Experiencing decreased sex drive?
  • Simply to tire to enjoy life

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:

Caffeine

Lack of good food

Lack of, or excessive exercise

Prescription or non-prescription drugs

Sugar and white flour

Poor eating habits

Lack of sleep

Smoking

Over exertion

Allergies

Emotional stress

Infection (acute and chronic)

Repeated stresses

Death of a loved one

Toxins

Financial pressures

Psychological stress

Lack of relaxation

Negative attitudes and beliefs

Unwanted employment

Fear

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. 

Adrenal Fatigue

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