Also, have you noticed any of the following happening to you:
- Tired for no reason?
- Hard to get out of bed in the morning?
- No matter how much you sleep, you never feel rested?
- You don’t enjoy doing the things you used to because it would require you to move your body?
- The hottest guy/gal shows interest in you and you would rather sleep?
- You are downing caffeinated drinks, especially coffee and energy drinks just to keep from collapsing?
- You have an increased appetite – specifically for salty and sweet foods – and have increased abdominal fat?
- If you don’t eat, people need to watch out because you become “McMonster”?
Does this sound like your life? If it does, you could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue!
The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with the major stresses in your life. You have probably heard of the “fight or flight” syndrome. This is when your body automatically reacts to what it perceives to be an emergency by amping up your heart rate and preparing for attack. The adrenals create the hormones you need to be able to do this. If you are constantly under stress, for example: the death of a loved one, a divorce, a job loss, a serious illness, environmental toxins, or a poor diet, then the stress of these various incidences can compromise your adrenals, causing a high level of cortisol. This increases blood sugar, slows down healing and normal cell regeneration, impairs digestion and metabolism, slows mental function, and suppresses your immune system.
When this happens, you may not be able to cope with life and most everything people do will seem to annoy you. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the cumulative amount of stress overtakes the body’s capacity to deal with and recover from the combined stresses.
Also, it’s not just mental stress we need to consider. One of the commonly overlooked sources of stress is chronic or severe infection. Adrenal fatigue is often precipitated by recurring bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory infections. These cause physical as well as emotional stress.
Overall, those at greatest risk for adrenal fatigue are those who do not get enough rest and constantly drive themselves – the perfectionists who are under constant pressure and are driving themselves to excel, those who feel trapped or helpless or overwhelmed, and those who have experienced severe emotional or physical trauma. The primary lifestyle components leading to adrenal fatigue include lack of sleep, poor food choices, using food and drinks as stimulants when tired, staying up late even though fatigued, constantly feeling powerless, staying in no-win situations, and not participating in enjoyable and rejuvenating activities.
However, there are a few tests that you can do at home to see if you have adrenal fatigue. You can test your iris contraction by shining a light across your eyes. If you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil will not be able to hold its contraction and will dilate despite the light shining on it. This dilation will occur within 2 minutes and last for 30-45 seconds before contracting again.
Low blood pressure and postural low blood pressure are other important indicators of adrenal fatigue. If you get dizzy when your blood pressure drops when you stand from a lying position, this almost always indicates low adrenals.
In order to heal yourself from adrenal fatigue, you will have to take charge of your recovery and make lifestyle changes to get adrenal function into balance. You will have to do your best to mitigate the stressors that caused your fatigue in the first place, which may include limiting contact with people who rob your energy or bring you down; making dietary changes to make sure you get enough fat, protein, and high quality crabs in your diet; learning ways to relax such as meditating, reframing the negatives in your life, and maintaining a positive attitude; learning which foods you may be sensitive or allergic to and avoiding them; and taking supplements such as B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Aswaghanda, and Sea Vegetables.
You can learn more about how to identify and repair adrenal fatigue in this well-written and informative book, “Adrenal Fatigue the 21st Century Syndrome” by James L. Wilson ND, DC, Ph.D. (4.5 Stars!)