Adrenal fatigue is not something your doctor will say you have, as they still haven’t recognized it as a health disorder but it’s what happens when your adrenal glands struggle to cope with the excess stress of our busy, modern lives.
Adrenal fatigue makes you feel burnt out, dull and overworked, but doctors only recognize it as a condition when it reaches the fourth stage called adrenal insufficiency. But if you suffer from adrenal fatigue you shouldn’t wait for it to reach the fourth stage and do something to prevent it from escalating.
Adrenal fatigue is mostly caused by excess, constant stress we all suffer from on a daily basis. This stress overload, if not dealt with appropriately, wears out our adrenal glands and there’s nothing they can do to fight it off.
Here are the 8 most common signs of adrenal fatigue and the best ways to combat them:
How many times have we sacrificed a good night sleep in order to finish off some obligations, work-related or personal. However, insufficient sleep can disrupt your brain function and the function of a number of bodily organs, which leads to sleeping problems and insomnia.
When you don’t get enough sleep your body gets stressed and this leads to other health problems, throwing your body off balance. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that you introduce a healthy sleeping pattern and follow it blindly. This will help you prevent adrenal fatigue and promote optimal health. You need to go to bed and get up in the morning at set times and respect those routines regularly. Make sure you’re in bed by midnight, sleep in complete darkness and turn off any devices that emit blue light.
If you still can’t fall asleep try some relaxation methods, such as meditation, deep breathing and a warm bath with calming oils before you go to bed.
Feeling utterly tired post-workout
You probably think that feeling tired after a workout session is normal but it’s completely the opposite, it should energize you and make you feel hyped. You might be feeling tired after workout because your body is under physical stress and this will inevitably lead to adrenal gland straining and get you the opposite results.*
So, if this is an issue for you, consider switching to less demanding exercise, like yoga, stretching or walking. You should achieve your results without feeling exhausted at the end of the day.
At stage 2 of adrenal fatigue your thyroid gland may start exhibiting the signs of hormonal imbalance leading you to develop hypothyroid symptoms like poor circulation, weight gain, dry skin and hair and fatigue.
Hormonal imbalance is usually caused by excessive stress which strains your adrenal gland and the hormones precursor material gets redirected to cortisol production. If this excess stress gets long-term you might suffer menstrual cycle delays and more severe PMS symptoms. Hormonal imbalance is an uncomfortable condition that requires you to start following a more nutritious diet, drinking more water, cut back on caffeine, consume more adaptogenic herbs and sleep more.
Anxiety and depression
Adrenal fatigue may manifest through symptoms of depression and anxiety, as the stress overload affects the mind as well, not just the body. Adrenal hormones are involved in mood functions, mental states and cognitive abilities so their lack will lead to mental imbalances not just hormonal ones.
If you exhibit these symptoms learn to lean back a bit and devote more time to yourself.
Increased salt cravings
Adrenal fatigue affects the aldosterone production, which is the salt-retaining hormone, and lowers it. This leads to mineral deficiencies in your body which consequently lead to slat cravings in an effort for your body to compensate.
A mineral deficiency is characterized by low blood pressure, salt cravings, dizziness and heart palpitations. If you experience this symptom you need to increase your mineral intake by adding mineral-rich foods to your diet.
Stiffness and soreness
Another common symptom of adrenal fatigue is feeling soreness and stiffness all over, most commonly in the neck, back and jaw. Start doing some stretching exercises or yoga and improve your sleeping habits to improve this condition. You can also benefit from warm baths with anti-inflammatory ingredients like magnesium, they’ll detox your body and soothe your stiff and sore body parts.
Excessively relying on caffeine excessively
You need to remember that coffee isn’t a source of energy, you’re borrowing that energy for a short period of time which will only make you feel worse later. If you suffer from adrenal fatigue you probably know that the mornings can be especially difficult. However, relying on coffee to get you through the day will only make matters worse, as this ingredient keeps your body stressed all the time by boosting the production of cortisol and epinephrine, the two stress hormones.
Even though many would say that coffee doesn’t have a negative effect you shouldn’t be relying on it too much. Try to drink more herbal teas instead, like mint, holy basil or dandelion root tea.
If you’re exposed to excess stress your body can’t focus on digestion and nutrient absorption, even though you’re eating healthy. If you have adrenal fatigue, your metabolism and digestion won’t function at optimal level and you may commonly suffer from bloating after eating.
This will inevitably lead to indigestion, weight gain and diarrhea or constipation. You can improve your digestion by increasing your water intake, start taking probiotics and mineral supplements and chew slowly.
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