02 Oct How to Tell if Adrenals are Fatigued
I personally believe that almost everyone in today’s modern world has some degree of adrenal fatigue. Everyone is just so busy being busy and just so good at running ourselves ragged. It’s like a badge of honor to be run off your feet and be super busy. I personally hate being busy! When I am busy it means I am not doing what I enjoy and I haven’t got my days in balance. Of course, my work makes me busy but I still take charge of my day. Too often we never take time to not be busy. This isn’t good. Our bodies aren’t designed to run around endlessly, we need down time. We need time to do things that fill up our energy, that make our heart sing. We need to create moments in our day to relax, otherwise those stressed out adrenals will soon create adrenal fatigue and then you will be going nowhere! This is why I wanted to share with you how to tell if adrenals are fatigued, so you have the tools to fight it.
The adrenal glands are a triangle shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for regulating the stress response of the body with the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamine, including cortisol and adrenaline. This response is incredibly important for the health of the human body and in particular the body’s immune system. The adrenals affect the function of the thyroid, the balancing of hormones, maintaining ideal weight, moods, emotions, cravings, endocrine system, digestive function and so much more. They affect so many things and if they are out of balance basically your entire body is out of balance. So many health issues are linked to over stressed adrenals.
How do Adrenals Become Stressed?
Your adrenals can become stressed from various ways. First, it could be caused from doing too much like stressful job, stressful home life, over exercising and not enough sleep. Add to that, a diet that doesn’t work for you, inflammatory foods and you have a recipe for adrenal fatigue. Other ways that people can be burn out is through overtraining. Chronic cardio will do that to you. Runners, in particular, who don’t have an organized training program and who run long distance too often are simply going to burn out at some point if they don’t train correctly.
Then you can also get adrenal fatigue from digestive stress. If your body can’t digest food and you are eating the wrong foods for your body or you have some form of leaky gut then this is also going to stress your body out. You see, your body sees stress as stress. It doesn’t matter where it comes from. You have to understand that your body is a system of systems and achieving real health from eating the right food, exercising correctly and living a balanced life will help you do that. Get that wrong and the opposite will happen.
What are some of the Symptoms of Stressed Adrenals?
- Light headed
- No motivation
- Excessive sweating
- Lower back pain
- Knee and joint pain
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Muscle twitches
- Excessive cravings
- Low blood sugar
- Easily irritated
- Light headed when standing up
- Heart palpitations
- Sensitivity to sunlight or bright lights
- Affected by stressful situation more
- Fluctuations in moods and emotions
- Infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast)
- Low blood pressure
- Poor concentration
- Difficultly Sleeping
- Waking up through the night
- Trouble getting into the day
- Lack of libido
- Tendency to startle easily
- Clumsy behavior
How to Support your Adrenals?
Eat a diet that is right for your body. Remove foods that cause stress on digestive system. Eat foods that fuel your body. Eat as clean and as close to nature as possible. Check out my dietary recommendations for adrenal fatigue here.
Get 8-9 hours of good quality sleep per night. Between the hours of 10pm-6am is ideal.
Get sunlight. The body needs the exposure to light to help produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that you can’t get so well from food. This is important for the health and functioning of your adrenals.
Get some relaxation into your day. Make time for YOU. Make this as your priority.
Practice yoga. Create strength, flexibility and mobility without causing stress on your body’s hormonal system. Support it with gentle flowing movements that enhance blood flow and decrease stress.
Remove all fake foods and only eat real food. Remove sugar especially.
Remove coffee from your diet. Coffee affects your adrenals so for a body that is stressed, it need to regulate its energy, so the last thing it needs is caffeine. Try caffeine free herbal teas instead.
This is why inside the online gym I am providing you with all the tools to help you transform your health. Providing you with the education and support to find out what foods work for you, to help you create health from the inside out. Learn about how you can fine tune your diet and exercise and ultimately improve energy and well being on the journey.
Here are some articles I have written previously on this topic that may interest you.
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