Adrenal fatigue is any decrease in the ability of the adrenal glands to carry out their normal functions. This happens when your body is overwhelmed, when stress overextends the capacity of your body to compensate and recover.
Typically what happens to many people is that they get into a vicious cycle of relying on coffee, colas, energy drinks and other stimulants to keep them going throughout the day. Sometimes they get a second wind (especially in evening and night) and end up working very late into the night. It becomes harder and harder for them to get going in the morning, so they drink more caffeine, perpetuating the cycle.
But that’s only the beginning. Adrenal fatigue manifests as a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a ‘syndrome.’ Its chief symptom is fatigue, but once the adrenal buffer is gone, you become susceptible to a long list of health complaints including respiratory infections, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other immune disorders.
Common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
• Erratic or abnormal blood sugar levels— hypoglycemia
• Arthritic pain
• Decreased immune response
• Premenstrual tension
• Difficulty during menopause
• Increased fears, anxiety and depression
• Confusion, poor concentration and memory recall
• Frequent respiratory infections
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Adult-onset diabetes
• Auto-immune disorders
How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue?
Anyone, from childhood to old age, can suffer from adrenal fatigue. People vary greatly in their ability to respond to and withstand stress. But if you’ve suffered from a serious or repeated injury, illness, infectious disease, allergies, inadequate nutrition, intense social, emotional or physical pressures, or are exposed to a toxic environment you probably have adrenal fatigue.
You can make a full recovery from adrenal fatigue.
Don’t worry! (Worry only contributes to more stress!) You can make a full recovery from adrenal fatigue and you can start on the path today! All you have to do is support your adrenal glands nutritionally and make some changes in your lifestyle. Here’s how:
How well you live, depends largely on how well your adrenal glands function
First of all, in order for the adrenals to work efficiently, you have to support them nutritionally. And the good news about adrenal fatigue is that you can do most of what is necessary to recover and regain your adrenal health yourself. There are no magic pills for adrenal fatigue but there are key lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements that will greatly facilitate your recovery.
How can I keep my adrenal glands healthy?
Three most important in recovery of your adrenal glands are:
Proper Breathing and meditation
Good Hydration and
The guidelines are very similar to the overall principles of good health, and they’re all laid out in detail in my article “How to Get Well and Stay Healthy”. Lifestyle changes with low carb, high protein, better quality food, proper breathing, regular exercise, adequate and good sleep at night and afternoon nap, combined with a healthy mental attitude and nutritional support will go a long way towards keeping your adrenal glands strong and healthy.
Eating well, eating on time
When your adrenal glands are fatigued, cortisol levels drop lower than normal. This makes it more difficult for your body to maintain normal blood sugar levels. As a result, people with adrenal fatigue tend to also have low blood sugar. If you have adrenal fatigue, when you eat is almost as important as what you eat. Low blood sugar is in itself a stressful situation that further drains your adrenals. Therefore, avoid letting your blood sugar levels drop too low by eating natural, high-quality food at frequent, regular intervals. This will make a difference to your adrenal health as well as to your energy level.