Adrenal Fatigue

We talk about Adrenal Fatigue that affects many of us in our busy lives and some of us don’t know that we may have it

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What is Adrenal Fatigue?

It’s that feeling when you are constantly tired or not in the mood. It is a stress overload that can cause you to have trouble sleeping and cause that brain fog. One of the major causes according to the Adrenal Fatigue solution is not getting enough sleep which happens to all of us. We need about 7-8 hours of sleep a night and many of us don’t get that. Prolonged stress is one of the major factors that cause this. For example a death of a loved one can cause this. Adrenal Fatigue says that the global recession is one of the reasons why we don’t sleep as well. Dr Axe supports this statement fully as we cannot recover from the physical and mental stresses of each day without enough sleep.

Adrenal fatigue is not easily recognisable because it is all over the body and it can mimic many other health issues.

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What are adrenal glands?

Dr Axe describes it like this:

“Your adrenal glands (adrenals) are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys and are part of the endocrine system. Also known as the suprarenal glands, they’re involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function, many of which are essential for life.

The adrenal glands work closely with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in a system known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis).

Adrenal glands play a huge role in stress response. Here’s how it works:

  • Your brain registers a threat, whether emotional, mental or physical.
  • The adrenal medulla releases cortisol and adrenaline hormones to help you react to the threat (the fight-or-flight response), rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.
  • The adrenal cortex then releases corticosteroids to dampen processes like digestion, immune system response and other functions not necessary for immediate survival.

Your adrenal glands are also responsible for balancing hormones.”

Symptoms are:

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • High levels of fatigue each day- ie needing more than two cups a coffee a day just to keep you awake
  • You can’t handle stress well
  • Cravings for salty foods
  • High levels of energy in the evenings
  • Weakened immune system

Lifestyle choices that we make that causes the fatigue

  • Too much work
  • Too much stress
  • Mental Health
  • Too much junk food
  • Not enough activity during the day- by that I mean physical activity

So how can you address this?

  • Get enough sleep
  • Get enough physical activity- about 150 mins of vigorous activity each week and 2-3 sessions of strength work should do it
  • Have some downtime in your day to do just nothing.
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein

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