Adrenal Fatigue is believed affect about 80% of the population. Some people with adrenal fatigue show very few symptoms while others suffer in ways that make their lives harder than they need to be.
With our complex lives in the 21st century, more and more of us are suffering from stress-related conditions. The negative impact of stress can affect many areas of health. One area in particular that can be adversely affected is the adrenal glands.
In his book, Dr James Wilson goes in depth into it: Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.
The adrenal glands are located near the kidneys and produce the hormones that are needed for the body to function properly.
Stress adversely affects these glands because, when the body is under severe stress the glands start producing more hormones to help the body cope (this is the classic ‘fight or flight’ response).
The main hormone is cortisol, which regulates metabolism and is a response to stress.
Of course, in some circumstances a stress response is needed, however, when stress is experienced over a long period of time, these glands weaken and this negatively affects the body and results in adrenal fatigue.
So, what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue: 5 Symtoms To Watch For
Excessive, unexplained tiredness. Adrenal fatigue makes a person very tired. This is because under stress the hormone levels are elevated, making it harder to sleep. Over time, this can lead to an almost permanent state of alertness. All of this can affect the ability for you to fall asleep or get a good night’s sleep. It could be that you think you’re getting enough sleep (the recommended 8 to 10 hours) but you still wake up feeling tired and fatigued.
Cravings for salty or sugary foods. One way that adrenal fatigue affects the body is to lower the blood sugar level. When this happens cravings for energy foods increase and you will eat more sugary foods. It’s actually a chemical reaction much like a drug users need for their next hit.
Foods high in sugar are often considered ‘comfort foods’ and stress can cause a person to increase the intake of them.
Adrenal fatigue can also result in cravings for salty foods. This is because the adrenal glands affect how the kidneys regulate mineral fluctuations. When you suffer from fatigue, the body releases more minerals in the urine. This in turn can increase the desire for salty snacks.
Heightened energy in the evenings. When you suffer from adrenal fatigue you find that you’re tired all day but then in the late evening you experience a surge of energy. Usually cortisol reaches a peak in late morning and then reduces during the day.
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Difficulty in handling stress. The normal body’s response to stress is to release specific hormones so that it can be handled effectively. The three specific hormones are cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine. Knowing how these affect the body helps us understand the relationship to stress.
- Cortisol: Gives your body extra energy to cope with the stress. It increases memory function and lowers sensitivity to pain. However, your body needs a rest period after cortisol has been released in a stress-related situation. When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, you rarely get to have the ‘rest period’. Over time less and less cortisol is produced.
- Adrenaline: Probably the most well-known stress response hormone. This gives us the initial burst of energy needed to respond to stress. The ‘fight or flight response’. Once again, adrenal fatigue will affect the amount of adrenaline and the response to stress is reduced.
- Norepinephrine: This hormone helps your brain focus on the stress. Without this active hormone, the response to stress could be described as lethargic, or in a fog.
More infections. Cortisol helps to regulate the immune system in your body and cortisol works as an anti-inflammatory. Too much cortisol over an extended period of time hinders the response of the immune system and this results in more infections.
Certain autoimmune disorders can result if the adrenal glands are so weakened that they produce too little cortisol. Your body’s response is to over react to infections.
Is There A Fix For Adrenal Fatigue
Does it sound like you may be a suffering from adrenal fatigue?
If so there are many ways that you can fix it naturally, without medication or crazy fixes… simple natural ways that really work.
Tomorrow I’m going to talk more about adrenal fatigue and how to overcome it naturally.
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