Adrenal fatigue is one of the most under diagnosed conditions today. It’s true that 80% of the population suffer from adrenal fatigue at one point or another in their life. That means that you very well may have it or most likely have had it at some points in your life.
I was one of those “lucky ones” who had struggled with it for years and never knew what it was and why I felt so tired all of the time. Adrenal fatigue makes you feel just like its name…extremely fatigued and often times exhausted. The adrenal glands are the “napoleons” of the body; small but responsible for every function in every tissue gland and organ. They are located on top of each kidney. They are considered the fight or flight glands and secrete certain levels of cortisol and adrenaline to help deal with stressors that we are exposed to both internally and externally.
If you are under a lot of stress, for example, working long hours, traveling a lot, skipping meals, getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night, drinking alcohol, eating sugar, drinking too much caffeine, over exercising, in a stressful relationship etc…you may have adrenal fatigue.
If so, there are some things you can do right away to turn this health condition around. Blood sugar stabilizing with your nutrition, detoxifying and alkalizing your blood, giving your body healing remedies, supplements and lots of rest and sleep is the most powerful combination for allowing those beautiful glands to rejuvenate and restore their energy.
Do not underestimate this condition because if you do not address it, you could face major illness as you get older. The thyroid is also a major gland that is directly affected by the health of your adrenals. They are in partnership so that if you’re adrenals are under stress, the thyroid compensates or “picks up the slack” and has to work harder. This can eventually lead to thyroid dysfunction.
Men do not need to be concerned with thyroid issues (it affects mostly women) however, they do need to be focused on keeping their adrenals healthy.
If you quit drinking caffeine and still feel exhausted after 5 days, you may very well have adrenal fatigue. Your coffee, espresso or green tea everyday was camouflaging the true baseline of your energy which was actually exhaustion.
Hang in there and do your very best to withstand the discomfort. If you have adrenal fatigue, caffeine causes the adrenals to work harder when what they really need is a lot of rest because they’re in a state of exhaustion.
If you’re working full time and are truly suffering and unable to perform at the level you need to, then allow yourself a cup of green tea in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Once you’ve healed your adrenals, remember that they’re sort of a “moving target”. This means that they’re vulnerable and could easily become exhausted again if you go back to your old lifestyle and poor eating habits.
There’s nothing more rewarding than waking up and feeling pure energy without any sort of stimulant. It’s wonderful to feel energy all day long without any mid afternoon lows and to be able to lose weight easily and keep it off. No more waking up in the middle of the night because of erratic cortisol levels.
Life is good when your adrenals are healthy and happy!
Written by- Kelly Jean Dammeyer