When you’re feeling worn down and stressed out, you probably blame your job. Or the demands from your kids. Or your constant and never-ending housework that just doesn’t seem to be finished no matter what you do. Life itself can be exhausting and stressful, and it’s why we blame our living situation when we can’t sleep, crave junk food and generally feel run down. But have you heard of adrenal fatigue?
The phrase “adrenal fatigue” is used to describe a group of symptoms that are non-specific. They can include body aches, exhaustion, insomnia and issues with digestion, but it’s not something that is accepted as a medical diagnosis. The adrenal glands work to provide us with a balance of a variety of hormones that we need to function in life. Instead of adrenal fatigue, the medical world uses adrenal insufficiency, which means that one or more of the hormones that we produce are not being produced correctly.
What Are The Signs?
There are many signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue/insufficiency, let’s explore those!
Difficulty Waking Up
It doesn’t matter how many hours you sleep, waking up in the morning makes you feel more tired and foggy than usual. This is caused by high levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which can interrupt the natural cycle in your body and prevents a night of restful sleep.
Constantly Feeling Exhausted
Energy levels often dip up and down throughout the day, but when you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, these levels seem to sit permanently lower than normal. Adrenaline production stalls and you won’t feel any kind of reasonable amount of energy in the day time, which can stop you from bouncing back.
Difficulty With Stress
No one handles stress very well, and it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. However, when you suffer from adrenal fatigue, dealing with stress feels much harder than usual, and it can come with unstoppable waves of exhaustion with it. We depend on our hormones to help us to deal with stress, and when the adrenal gland doesn’t function correctly, this is harder.
Salty Food Cravings
The adrenal gland is responsible for producing hormones that work with the kidneys to regulate our minerals and fluids. With adrenal fatigue, you provide less of the right hormones and can lose the ability to have the right balance of those minerals. This will then lead to food cravings to replace the loss of sodium.
These symptoms aren’t exhaustive, and there is a myriad of issues that you could be experiencing. You can, however, do something about it and here are a few of those ways:
- Improving your diet could make a massive difference as you are depleted of the nutrients that you need with adrenal fatigue. An overhaul of your eating habits can make a difference.
- Get in touch with some mind-body exercises that can help you to feel relaxed in a positive way, not a way that drains you.
- Taking the right supplements to support your diet can boost your energy and exhaustion and help you to de-stress.