Are you just too tired, or have Adrenal Fatigue?
Can’t seem to feel refreshed even after a good night’s sleep? Feel exhausted all the time, despite cutting back on daily activities? Feel overwhelmed with the slightest amount of stress in life? No, you aren’t just tired…you’re probably suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands control your body’s response to stress hormones like cortisol, DHEA and epinephrine and also regulate immune system, energy reserves and normal heart rate. When the body is subjected to chronic stress over a period of time, these adrenal glands begin to weaken. As a result, they do not produce sufficient hormones for you to have a normal response to stress, and you start to feel depressed, tired and overwhelmed with your everyday hectic lifestyle.
Adrenal Exhaustion results in lack of enthusiasm, exhaustion and mild depression. What is worse — getting more rest doesn’t seem to help. No matter how long you sleep, the body still feels exhausted, and only a tall cup of strong coffee seems to get you through the day.
What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue manifests in various symptoms such as:
- Chronic body pain
- Poor sleep
- Gastric problems
- Lack of enthusiasm
- Cravings for salty foods
- Lowered sex drive
- Low blood sugar levels
- Weakened immune system
- Allergy flare-ups
- Frequent urination
- Weight gain
- Low motivation
- Inability to focus
The symptoms can differ from person to person, making Adrenal Fatigue even harder to diagnose. Traditional tests do not show dwindling adrenaline levels until they become life-threatening, so it is best to test levels at different times of the day. Often, your cortisol levels will be higher than normal at night and not nearly high enough in mornings.
While Adrenal Fatigue can happen to anyone, those who are subjected to constant stressors are more at risk. These include people in a toxic relationship, people undergoing career changes or in an unstable job, people with an unhealthy lifestyle, and those suffering from chronic illnesses.
Is There a Cure?
The best way to overcome Adrenal Exhaustion is to give your body the time to recuperate and avoid any added stress – be it physical, emotional or mental. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid all refined flour, sugar, caffeine and alcohol products.
- Start taking multi-vitamins and minerals to boost your immunity and help your body heal from within.
- Create a relaxing bed time routine and stick to it all days of the week.
- Avoid watching news or reading books that may have a negative impact on you. It is best to keep your lighting reading and indulge in occasional light-hearted movies.
- Use meditation, yoga or Tai Chi to calm your anxious mind.
- Practice gratitude every day.
- Gentle workouts coupled with deep breathing exercises are very beneficial.
Focus more on loving thoughts. Use affirmations that help you feel loved and cared for.