Do you stuggle to get out of bed in the morning and drag yourself around all day? Feel overwhelmed and unable to cope?
Do you need coffee to keep you going in the mornings and get a second wind when you should be going to bed?
Do you complain to your doctor of being tired but everything is normal on your blood tests?
These are all signs that you may have adrenal fatigue.
Your adrenal glands are responsible for excreting stress hormones. These help your body adapt and cope with stress. With todays relentless lifestyles our adrenal glands work on overdrive and eventually they can’t keep up anymore. That’s when we run out of energy. We have flattened our batteries and our adrenals just can’t respond to power us through the day.
The adrenal glands also play a role in the immune system, the hormonal system and healthy thyroid activity. The effects of adrenal fatigue can be far reaching and signs of adrenal fatigue include:
- brain fog and lack of concentration
- insomnia and poor sleep, waking around 3am
- weight gain around the middle
- PMS and hormonal disturbances
- craving sugar or salt
- thyroid problems
- recurring colds and infections
- CFS and fibromyalgia
- depression and anxiety
Thankfully, there is a lot we can do to nourish and restore our adrenal glands.
A salivary adrenal hormone test can identify adrenal fatigue.
Lifestyle and dietary choices can make a big difference. Destressing and slowing down,take a meditation or yoga class,walk your dog on the beach. Breath. Nourish your body with good food, less coffee, alcohol and sugar.
As a naturopath I have long recognised the key role that the adrenals play in our health. I have a special interest in researching and treating adrenal fatigue. Diet and lifestyle changes can certainly help but to really reenergise your adrenals takes more. There are wonderful herbs and essential nutrients necessary to really make a difference.
Recharging your adrenal glands will help you power through the day. You will feel happier and look forward to each day with enthusiasm and energy.
If you would like more information on adrenal fatigue, feel free to contact me or book an appointment.