Are you constantly tired but can’t explain why? Do you feel overwhelmed by stressful situations and find yourself lacking in the strength and vitality that you used to enjoy? Do you struggle to get out of bed in the mornings even after a long sleep? If so, there is a good chance that you are suffering from a condition named Adrenal Fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that occurs when your adrenal glands are functioning below their optimal level. Your adrenals perform several vital roles in maintaining your health. Most importantly, they control your body’s response to stress by releasing hormones like cortisol, DHEA and epinephrine, which are used to regulate your heart rate, immune system, energy storage and more.
When the adrenal glands are overstimulated for a long period of time, they begin to weaken. Typical causes of Adrenal Fatigue include long term stress from jobs, relationship problems or even chronic disease. Eventually, the adrenals weaken so much that they are unable to respond adequately when we need them. At this point, many Adrenal Fatigue sufferers report symptoms like a feeling of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and mild depression. Sleeping long hours does not help – they wake up just as tired as when they went to bed. And they often resort to large caffeinated drinks, sugary sodas or other stimulants to get through the day.
Adrenal Fatigue has many negative effects on the body. They include:
- Thinning bones
- Impaired thinking
- Higher blood pressure
- Decrease in muscle tissue
- Suppressed thyroid function
- Lowered immunity and slower wound healing
- Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
- Increased abdominal fat. This has been associated with heart attacks, strokes, metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) which can lead to other health problems.
So how can we treat adrenal fatigue? It’s not as simple as popping a pill, but it is certainly possible. By making some simple changes to your lifestyle, supporting your body with valuable nutrients that aid the recovery process. balancing your hormones to optimal levels and giving your adrenal glands the time they need to recover, you can get your energy levels back.