Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe your adrenal glands when they are struggling to cope with both stress and an overly busy schedule. When you are in this state, you’ll likely be feeling pretty burned out, overworked and dull all over.
While ‘adrenal fatigue’ isn’t a diagnosis you’re going to get from your doctor, experiencing these symptoms below should be considered as warning signals from your body, that something needs to change.
If you pass the 4 stages of adrenal fatigue you could enter an adrenal insufficiency, which is something that your medical doctor can diagnose. Listen to your body and it’s signals now, tackle stress and get out of the tired rut before it potentially turns into something more serious!
Many of us have taxed our adrenals to the point that we are left with elevated cortisol levels, and other systems in the body become weakened, because your adrenals can only handle so much!
Here Are 9 Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue
How do you know if you’ve got adrenal fatigue and what can you do about it?
1. You’re Feeling Overwhelmed By Life
Many of us put our own health at the bottom of our to-do list until it is too late! It can be so much easier to say ‘yes,’ than ‘no’ in many situations, but all work and no play can lead you to a burnout! Being an over-achiever is okay if your success also resides in self-care practices.
Tthe key to your success also resides in self-care practices. You can SEE stress on people. Take a step back from some commitments, and add some self-care into your daily routine. Remember that you need time for YOU. Give yourself permission to take a step back. Bear in mind that if you’re feeling more of the signals listed below, what you are currently doing is NOT working for your body.
2. You Can’t Sleep
We should all be getting 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Your body needs this time to recover, reset and recharge for a new day. You should wake up every morning feeling refreshed.
Many of us are instead giving up sleep to work more. This can throw you off your balance and makes it harder for you to fall/stay asleep. It’s time to introduce a healthy new habit to improve your rhythm.
Try and be in bed by 10:30 pm, being in the dark helps your body to produce melatonin, your sleep hormone. If your mind is racing before bed , practice some meditation, such as the HeadSpace App or take a warm bath with added AlkaBath to help you relax.
3. You Feel Exhausted After Working Out
Exercise should make you feel more energized, and not exhausted and fatigued afterward. Physical Stress is a known stressor for the adrenal glands. It can have negative effects on your adrenals adding stress to your body!
If you’re working out too much, but are not reaching your goals struggling with belly fat and feel fatigued after working out, try a more gentle form of exercise; like stretching, walking and yoga.
If weight loss is your goal and your reason for working out, you should know that 80% of your results will come from proper nutrition, not from a gym membership.
4. Your Hormones Are Feeling Wacky
In stage 2 of adrenal fatigue, the thyroid may be affected, which may create unfavorable symptoms of a hypothyroid . When your adrenals cannot keep up with stress levels, hormone precursor material will be redirected for use in cortisol production, leading to a hormone imbalance.
While under long-term periods of stress, your cycle may be off and PMS symptoms may increase. Experiencing symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance are unpleasant. A nourishing diet, adequate sleep, adaptogenic herbs, increased water intake and the elimination of caffeine is of great importance and value.
5. You’re Feeling Overly Anxious or Depressed
When you’ve got too much going on, anxiety can kick in. The pressure of deadlines and a busy schedule can have you on an adrenaline rush. Adrenal hormones are involved in cognitive function, mood, and mental states in a very complex way.
Anxiety and depression can be directly related to stress, as when we are less ‘tolerant’ than we normally are, we are more easily frustrated! Again, this goes back to #1 – take more time for YOU. You do enough, you give ENOUGH, you are ENOUGH! Your health and well-being are more important than a clean kitchen and a work function that you don’t want to go to.
6. You’ve Got Cravings for Salt
You’re not you when you’re stressed. When adrenal fatigue begins to affect hormone balance, it’s common to crave salty snacks. The reason: your body is looking for sodium and other minerals. When production of aldosterone (the salt-retaining hormone) is decreased, this can lead to low blood pressure, heart palpitations, cravings for salt and dizziness/lightheadedness upon standing.
It’s important to ensure that you are getting enough minerals in your daily routine You can do this by using a high quality Himalayan pink salt in your cooking, along with using seaweeds such as dulse, kelp, and nori, and you can also add mineral drops to your filtered water.
7. You Feel Stiff & Sore
Your body reacts to stressful events, and feeling sore can be a sign that your body isn’t getting a full recharge. You may feel the stress in your neck, back or jaw. There is a simple way to reduce feeling like this is to optimize your sleep habits and spend more time working on your stretching or yoga routine.
Warm baths with AlkaBath is phenomenal for its’ anti-inflammatory effects. The natural magnesium soothes your muscles and the added crystal blend gently detoxes and balances your body.
8. You’re Relying on Caffeine to Get You Through the Afternoon
Hello coffee lovers, it’s time to find out the truth on why caffeine can not be good for everyone. What you need to remember is that coffee does not give you energy, you are borrowing that energy. Caffeine may benefit your brain by helping you get through the day with added stimulation , but it may also further weaken your adrenal glands. Caffeine keeps your body in stress mode, and signals the production of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.
During your Recharge, it is best to reach for herbal teas and coffee substitutes such as holy basil, dandelion root or mint to name a few.
9. Your Digestion is Off
When you’re under stress, your body is not focusing on optimally digesting and absorbing nutrition. Your body is responding to STRESS. Functions like digestion and your metabolism are downregulated in adrenal fatigue mode, which increases the likelihood of you being bloated after eating . You may also experience weight gain, indigestion or constipation/diarrhea!
You may be eating super healthy, but if your body is under stress, it may not even be absorbing the full nutrition from meals. Improving digestion should be practiced alongside a nourishing diet and Recharge supplementation are: drinking lemon water, taking the time to savor your meals, drinking enough water, getting enough minerals and taking a probiotic daily.
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