Have you gone through some major life change or stress? It could be the death of a loved one, a lose of a job, divorce, illness, failed business or bankruptcy? All of these events can trigger adrenal fatigue.
After this stress do you feel:
- That your energy levels have waned, and you have a harder time getting up in the morning and having energy to get through the day?
- That ever since this major change you have never been yourself?
- Do you find that you lack motivation and desire to do anything?
- Every day tasks that used to be easy feel like they are overwhelming or daunting?
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You could be like many other Americans out there that are experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue. It is estimated that 80% of adult Americans suffer from some adrenal fatigue at some point in their life, it remains one of the most misunderstood and dismissed illnesses in the US. (Wilson, 2006)
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal glands are walnut sized glands located on top of each kidney, they maintain and keep the body’s stress hormones in balance. The adrenals are designed to manage physical, emotional and psychological stresses in your environment. Over time, if you are constantly under pressure and stress the adrenal glands become depleted causing a decrease in the amount of steroid hormones into your body, particular cortisol.
Adrenal fatigue is also know as hypoadrenia, from the root word “hypo” which means lower and “adrenia” which is related to adrenals. Adrenal health is commonly overlooked by mainstream doctors. When patients come in with the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion many doctors dismiss the symptoms and generally prescribe anti-depressants.
Adrenal Health, Commonly Overlooked
Adrenal fatigue is a commonly overlooked illness. Because the symptoms are not wildly obvious as compared to a heart attack or a broken rib. Generally the symptoms are low grade and commonly dismissed by the average American. We live in a culture where we are taught to work through our fatigue and illnesses. If you generally if you feel tired or overworked we may give ourselves a weekend to recoup but then on Monday go back to pushing ourselves to work at a certain pace. Click here to read my personal story.
Unless the symptoms are so severe that we are forced to bed rest, generally people with adrenal fatigue look and act relatively normal. They may not have an obvious signs of physical illness, yet they live with a general sense of fogginess, complacency or “gray” feelings. Often caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants are used to mask these symptoms.
Physical symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- abnormal blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia
- high allergic response to foods or environmental allergens
- arthritic pain
- decreased immune response
Psychological symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- high anxiety and depression
- difficulties concentrating
- less acute memory recall
- less tolerance and patience
- easily frustrated
There is an internal struggle for many with adrenal fatigue, in the sense that many people will blame themselves for lack of motivation or even think that they are getting lazy or losing their “edge.” When in reality the opposite is true. When your adrenal health is compromised you generally have work a lot harder to do day to day activities compared to someone that has healthy adrenals.
As an individual you can recover from adrenal fatigue with major lifestyle changes. You have to first stop blaming yourself, change the pace of your work, and allow your body to rest. These will be some of the hardest hurdles to overcome. If you make a commitment to yourself and your health, I promise that you will feel more empowered to make better decisions in your life. You will live a more relaxed, joyful and stress free life. Click here to read more on the best ways to relax.