You Might Be Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is caused by a number of factors, but the most common origin is chronic stress.
Chronic stress, causes the body to constantly produce the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol. Over time, the adrenal glands become fatigued and not work as efficiently.
If you are often tired, emotional, and stressed out… it is possible you may have something called adrenal fatigue.
Let’s go over the symptoms, possible causes and treatment options, if you happen to suffer from this condition.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
There are a lot of general issues that someone with adrenal fatigue may have.
Many can be associated with other diseases, so any of these problems should be
checked out by a trained medical professional.
● Can’t Get up in the Morning – If you have trouble getting up in the morning and feel ‘groggy’ for some time after you wake.
● Can’t Sleep at Night – If you’re super tired but you still can’t sleep it can be very frustrating.
● Chronically Tired – If you feel tired, even if you think you slept all night, and just always feel like you are ready to fall asleep at the drop of the hat this can be a sign of a problem.
● Brain Fog – Do you sometimes feel you have ‘brain fog’ that doesn’t allow you to think clearly? If you feel that way, it’s important to rule out issues that can cause brain fog.
● Can’t Stick to Your Tasks – If you have trouble focusing and sticking to tasks you may have issues with your adrenals that are causing your inability to focus.
● Feel Depressed – Sometimes depression is caused by an event in your life and that is normal. Other times it can be because something is wrong internally.
● Hyper Stressed Out – When you feel very stressed out without reason it could be something to do with your adrenals or another hormonal issue causing the problem.
● Dark Circles Under the Eyes – Often the issues with your adrenals can cause a lot of problems with your appearance… such as with the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
● Your Periods are Irregular – If you’re female, and your periods start becoming irregular and you’re also not feeling right, then you may want to investigate adrenal issues.
● You’re Puffy, Stiff & Sore – If you start having issues with swelling and you feel stiff and sore all over it could be fibromyalgia, but it could also be due to your adrenals.
● Working Out is too Tiring – If you are trying to get healthy but just don’t seem to have the physical energy to work out at all, you may have something underlying that is causing the problem.
● You Get Super Groggy in the Afternoon – That two or three pm crash isn’t normal for everyone. If you find that you can barely make it through the afternoon until you can get home from work and crash, then there is a serious problem.
● Poor Digestion – Many people with adrenal issues have poor digestion. They might have constipation, IBS, diarrhea, GERD and other issues.
● Autoimmune Disorders – Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, IBS, and other autoimmune disorders can be traced directly to adrenal fatigue.
Possible Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
There are basic reasons why people might suffer from adrenal fatigue. They can be lifestyle choices, genetics, and environmental issues. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome these issues.
● Medications – Putting too many unneeded (and even needed) toxins into your body can cause your adrenals to become fatigued. Everyone is different. If you are taking a medication and within six weeks don’t get over the new side effects, ask your doctor if there is another medication you can try or a natural alternative such as diet and lifestyle changes.
● Environmental Concerns – Pollution in our air and water can cause serious problems for some people. It can be hard to isolate the issue when it has to do with the environment.
● Plastic Contamination – The best thing you can do is get rid of as much plastic in your life as possible especially when it comes to using it for food and beverages.
● Addison’s Disease – This is the result of acute adrenal gland crises. Symptoms include darkening skin under arms, muscle weakness, fatigue, and low blood pressure.
● Serious Illness – Diabetes, AIDS, Tuberculosis, MS and other diseases can cause great strain on the adrenals causing adrenal fatigue.
These are all potential causes of adrenal fatigue. But with some lifestyle changes, you can treat your adrenal fatigue naturally.
The Reason Some Doctors Refuse to Recognize Adrenal Fatigue
If you Google ‘adrenal fatigue’ you will find some websites that deny its existence.
The simple reason for this is Big Pharma. Since Big Pharma funds, trains, and runs mainstream medicine… along with their vast array of affiliated media outlets… they refuse to recognize anyone or anything that doesn’t belong to their ‘club’.
The term ‘adrenal fatigue’ was first coined in 1998 by Dr. James Wilson, PhD, who is a naturopath and expert in alternative medicine.
Since doctors can’t write a prescription for it, they might reply (in a patronizing tone) that your symptoms are “all part of getting older”.
If your doctor doesn’t take your symptoms seriously, you might need to look for an adrenal fatigue specialist.
Treatments for Adrenal Fatigue
There are three known stages for adrenal fatigue that you should know about so that you know how to treat your situation.
The three stages of adrenal fatigue:
1. High Cortisol Levels – The symptom of this is feeling on edge but also tired and unable to sleep. Usually, this causes insomnia, insulin resistant, and weight gain, especially around the middle.
2. Wrong Cortisol Levels at the Wrong Time – If you feel stressed out and tired, get up way too early in the morning (think 3 or 4 am) and you’re unable to go back to sleep then by the time you get to work you’re tired again. Often you end up with a boost of cortisol before bed, thus not being able to sleep.
3. No Cortisol Curve – By this stage, you’re completely burnt out. You may even have lower hormone levels in other areas such as thyroid hormones and DHEA. When you get to this level you have a lot higher chance of developing autoimmune disorders.
The best way to treat any of these issues is with lifestyle changes.
Let’s look at the lifestyle changes you can make to improve your situation. Don’t substitute any of these changes for visits to your doctor in case you have already developed a serious illness.
● Change Your Diet – Essentially, you should eat an anti-inflammatory diet. That means that you should take curcumin (a strong anti-inflammatory found in turmeric), try to limit gluten in your diet, eat clean proteins, eat lots of vegetables – the more colors the better.
● Focus On Better Sleep – Try taking melatonin (a natural sleep aid) while training yourself to sleep better. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Turn off screens a couple hours before bed and try to sleep at least 8 hours a night. Make your bedroom an oasis so that it’s calming and easy to sleep in.
● Get Your Vitamins – The main vitamins you should be focusing on are vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin D3. Some people get benefit from adding vitamin C to their diet too.
● Improve Your Nutrition – When you put anything in your body consider whether the item will improve your situation or make it worse. Seek to crowd out the bad food and snacks with high nutrition whole foods.
● Eat Fermented Food – Eating foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics can help improve your intestinal microbiome. The importance of a healthy microbiome is often ignored, but is the keystone to many facets of you health… one of them is helping your body process energy and nutrients better.
● Consider Trying a Ketogenic Diet – Adrenal fatigue creates an imbalance of blood sugar and insulin in the body, which can cause fatigue and exhaustion. The keto diet restores healthy blood sugar levels because it doesn’t rely on carb intake to produce energy. Instead, the body is using fat for energy. The keto diet also reduces inflammation and promotes a healthy microbiome.
● Avoid Caffeine – While you may be tempted to use caffeine to help with your fatigue it’s the worst thing you can do. If your adrenal glands are fatigued, then caffeine can cause your adrenals to overwork… which burns out your glands. This weakens your adrenals, making them less able to respond properly. If you’re already addicted, try switching to decaf.
● Avoid Processed Sugar – White sugar or anything that turns into sugar after consumption such as white potatoes, bread, rice and so forth is very unhealthy and will make your adrenal fatigue worse.
● Drink Plenty of Water – The best thing you can do for yourself in any circumstance is to drink plenty of water. Most people need at least 64 ounces of water a day. If you’re exercising or it’s hot outside drink more.
● Exercise, carefully – The first few weeks that you’re treating your condition take it easy. Walk leisurely working up to 10 thousand steps per day. If you can do that without feeling exhausted, you can add other exercises.
● Learn How To Deal With Stress Better – Practicing meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises and Stoicism are all proven strategies to deal with stress.
Sometimes it helps if you can change your perception of your situation. Stoicism is an underrated philosophy that helps you deal with the inevitable pitfalls and stress of everyday life… be sure to download this amazing free ebook that was written by a Stoic philosopher, Caesar Marcus Aurelius (also comes in free audio version).
Adrenal fatigue many have a lot of nonspecific symptoms that are also related to other illnesses, but they all go together.
With these lifestyle changes, you’re likely to feel a lot better and some of your conditions may totally disappear. However, if you try and you still feel bad, seek help from a medical professional who can test your blood to find out more information.