What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Have you noticed that you're tired and unfocused? It's easy to brush off these symptoms, but know that feeling this way regularly is not normal. It could be a sign of a condition known as adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings. Hormone imbalance can be a significant contributor to adrenal fatigue. Symptoms such as these can impact your daily life and make it difficult to participate in activities that you used to.
Perimenopause and menopause stress go hand in hand with adrenal fatigue. This can make it somewhat difficult to know which condition you have, and it may take some time before your doctor can say for certain which it is. Fortunately, learning if you have adrenal fatigue can help you discover ways to manage and cope with it.
When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. While every individual suffering from adrenal fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, there are some common symptoms that people mention regularly.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
It's important to have an understanding of some of the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue. While we've briefly covered them, it's important to take a closer look at some of the more common symptoms that people report when their adrenal gland is not functioning properly.
Always feeling tired
One of the most common symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue is the constant tired feeling. If you never wake up rested no matter how long you've slept, then you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. It's not healthy or normal to always feel exhausted even if you've slept the recommended 8 hours.
Have you noticed that it's harder to follow along in conversation or complete your work? If so, this could be a sign that you're experiencing adrenal fatigue. Be mindful of sudden changes in your ability to concentrate. Let your doctor know if you are suddenly having challenges with things that used to be easier for you.
While even small changes in hormones can cause mood swings, it's not normal to consistently experience extreme emotions. If your close family and friends mention that your mood seems different, try to pay closer attention to how you respond to certain situations.
Have you suddenly started to crave salt or sugar? Our bodies always have a way of letting us know when something is wrong, and craving salt or sugar is usually one of the first signs that your hormones are off.
Sex drives are impacted by stress and hormone levels. If you've noticed a change in your sex drive, it could be due to shifts in your hormones that need to be addressed.
Sudden or increased menopausal symptoms
Adrenal fatigue can look and feel a lot like menopause. However, it's important to learn if that's the true cause or if you're experiencing adrenal fatigue.
Improve your diet
Those suffering from adrenal fatigue are particularly depleted in key nutrients.
Eat at the right times
Keep blood sugar levels steady by eating small, regular meals with a low glycemic index.
Try mind-body exercises
Women who mediate regularly were found to produce fewer stress hormones.
Take the right supplements
Adrenal fatigue wreaks havoc on your gut's ability to absorb nutrients from food.
Get better sleep
Poor sleep takes a huge toll on the body and your cortisol levels may take weeks to adjust.
Tips for Combating Adrenal Fatigue?
There are a few things you can do to help relieve some of the stress in your life. A few tips include:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Establishing a regular exercise routine
- Meditating or doing yoga
- Drinking plenty of water
- Establishing a sleep schedule
It's important to slow down and relax when you can and try to find time for yourself. Taking a moment to destress every day can help relieve some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress (cortisol), with customized, natural prescriptions that your healthcare provider tailors to fit your body chemistry. Learn more about Hormone Therapy.
Vitamins for Adrenal Fatigue
B vitamins are the first step in getting your mind and body back into gear. B vitamins work together in helping the body create energy from the food you eat while also supporting brain function and healthy skin, hair, and muscles. Although each B vitamin's role differs slightly, they're all vital for a healthy metabolism and energy production. Learn more about B12 Vitamin Shots and Vitamin IV Therapy.
Magnesium to Treat Adrenal Fatigue
Magnesium is an essential trace mineral and the second most abundant intracellular electrolyte in the body. It's also required for over 300 enzymatic reactions! It's one of the most important supplements for recovering from adrenal fatigue. Magnesium is also required for healthy sleep, muscular relaxation, maintaining blood pressure, heart rhythm, promotes calcium absorption, and regulating blood sugar levels. Many people are magnesium deficient due to the lack of mineral content in foods and the body using up its natural stores of magnesium during stress. Learn more about Vitamin Supplements.
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