Adrenal fatigue is a modern condition that is usually associated with high stress levels and it is characterised by the adrenals not functioning properly.
- Adrenal fatigue is caused by high levels of prolonged stress.
- The symptoms are non-specific but include a lack of energy, fatigue and a feeling of being unwell.
- Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercise and supplementation for adrenal support are the best way to overcome the condition.
What it is
Adrenal fatigue is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms that are caused by the adrenal glands not working at their optimum and as a result, failing to produce the sufficient amounts of hormones needed by the body. The adrenals are walnut-sized glands located just above the kidneys and are responsible for producing pinephrine, cortisol, progesterone, DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone. The most important hormone to help the body deal with stress is cortisol, which the glands release in high levels of during stressful periods. During prolonged periods of stress the glands become overworked and are unable to keep up with demand. As a result cortisol levels plummet and the body cannot respond effectively to pressured situations. While adrenal fatigue is usually associated with stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections such as influenza. Adrenal fatigue is considered a modern syndrome because our busy lifestyles are relentlessly stressful. Lifestyle pressures of work, money, family, children all play a part, but often when faced with a trauma and over a prolonged period of time the adrenals become exhausted. In part, this may be due to the fact there are not clearly defined signs of physical illness with the condition. While symptoms are non-specific they can include:
- Feeling generally unwell.
- Tiredness, especially upon waking
- Low energy.
- Decreased sex drive.
- Muscle weakness.
- Mild depression.
- Craving salty or sweet foods.
- Feeling rundown, overwhelmed and unable to cope
- Noise sensitive, jumpy and nervy
- Fight or fright, emotionally very sensitive, Jeckyl and Hyde behavior.
Who it affects
Men and women of all ages can suffer from adrenal fatigue. You are particularly vulnerable to the syndrome if you have had a prolonged infection, such bronchitis or pneumonia; have suffered financial stress or emotional issues such as bereavement, or have a poor lifestyle eg lack of exercise, poor diet and sleep or substance abuse.
Recognising the cause of stress and trying to eliminate its impact in your life is the first step to overcoming adrenal fatigue. Lifestyle changes are also important and include eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugars, quitting smoking if you are a smoker, exercising regularly to relieve pent up stress, practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation and controlled breathing.
- Contact local natural health practitioners who can supplement with appropriate B supplements, adrenal support herbal formulas and magnesium formulas, specific dosages as necessary to get the adrenals back in a normal state of functioning over many months. Treating adrenal exhaustion is not a quick fix and lifestyle factors must be addressed.
- If you believe that this might be a condition that is affecting your life then please ring Perfectly Natural 83404652 to make a time to be properly assessed and treated.