Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?


Stressed? Tired? Craving Sugar? Cant' sleep?

All of theses can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or "HPA Axis Dysregulation,") is a popular theme lately.

(The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis is our central stress response system. The HPA axis is an eloquent and every-dynamic intertwining of the central nervous system and endocrine system.)

Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on tip of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones.

But what happens when they become "overworked?"

You've heard of "adrenaline junkies," right?

Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly know adrenaline rush; when you're totally alert and living in the moment. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response.

Some people (perhaps you?) just love that intense feeling.

The release of hormones in the fight or flight response is your body's normal reaction to stress. Stress can sometimes be positive, like when it helps you swerve and prevent a crash.

After a short time, the fight or flight response dissipates, your body goes back to normal, and all is good.

But wheat would happen if you felt constant stress? Like all day, every day? Like "chronic" stress?

It wouldn't feel like an awesome (once-in-a-while) "rush," anymore would it?

And what do you think happens to your poor adrenal glands when they're constantly working?

They'd get fatigued, right?


Do I have adrenal fatigue?

When your adrenal glands start getting tired of secreting stress hormones day in and out, you can start getting other symptoms.

Symptoms like fatigue, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, weight loss or gain, joint pain, sugar cravings, even frequent infections like colds and the flu are signs that your adrenals are overworked.

First off, I have to tell you that there aren't medically accepted blood tests for adrenal fatigue. In fact, it's not recognized by most medical professionals until the point when your adrenals are so fatigued they almost stop working. At that point, the official diagnoses of "Adrenal Insufficiency" or "Addison's Disease" may apply.

However, if you do have symptoms, you should see your doctor to rule out other conditions. He or she may even be open to discussing adrenal fatigue, or at the very least, wellness strategies that can help to reduce your stress (and symptoms).

What to do if I have these symptoms?

There are many actions you can take to reduce your stress and improve your health and energy levels.

Ideally, if you think stress is starting to burn you out, stress reduction is key. There are tons of ideas how you can reduce your stress. My favorites are medication, walking in nature, light exercise, ore sleep, or taking a warm bath.

Of course, I also recommend reducing sugar and processed food intake and eating more fruits and vegetables. Better nutrition can only help your body. So, go ahead and do it.

Conclusion:

Your adrenal glands produce hormones in response to stress. After long-term daily stress, they ay get tired.

Adrenal fatigue is a controversial disease that doesn't have a true diagnostic test, nor specific telltale symptoms.

The most important thing you can do is to get tested to rule out other potential conditions. You can also try stress reduction techniques like meditation, walks in nature, light exercise, more sleep, or even a lovely bath.

Feel free to watch this clip on youtube:

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Recipe (Stress-reducing bath salt): Lavender Bath Salt

Per bath


  • 2 cups Epsom salts

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

1. As you're running your warm bath water, add ingredients to the bath. Mix until dissolved.

Enjoy your stress-reducing bath!

Tip: You can add a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers.

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References:

https://www.thepaleomom.com/adenral-fatigue-pt-1/

https://www.dietvsdisease.org/adrenal-fatigue-real/

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