One of the most prevalent health complaints in today’s society is the experience of constant fatigue and lethargy. While fatigue on its own could be caused by a variety of things, if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, weight loss difficulties, or difficulty concentrating then there is a chance that you have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Adrenal fatigue is a stress-related condition that occurs when your adrenal, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland are functioning below their optimal level. Because this condition is inherently stress-related most believe the answer is simply to “relax”; however, this method will not truly solve the underlying issue and in time the condition could worsen. The first step in learning to recognize Adrenal Fatigue is identifying the symptoms.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue is accompanied by a laundry list of nonspecific yet debilitating symptoms. As the name of the condition suggests, fatigue is the most common symptom. However, it is far from the only symptom that most sufferers experience. The most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:
- Food cravings (specifically salty foods)
- Inability to handle stress
- Weak immune system
- Mild depression
- Difficulty getting up in the morning.
- Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep at night.
If you are experiencing many of these symptoms then there is a possibility that Adrenal Fatigue may be the root of the problem.
Cause of Adrenal Fatigue
While Adrenal Fatigue may be the true root of the problem, what causes it? Adrenal Fatigue is often the result of acute, severe, chronic, or excessive stress. A few other causes of Adrenal Fatigue include chronic or severe infection, sleep deprivation, surgery, mal-digestion, and excessive sugar intake. Our body is built with a stress modulation system (the neuroendo metabolic stress response) and the adrenal glands are a major part of this system. When these glands become dysfunctional, our body’s ability to handle stress is severely hindered. The adrenal glands are two small glands that are located on top of the kidneys. Their main purpose is to help the body cope with stress. The adrenal glands help produce hormones that makeup three major classes- glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, androgens. The most important glucocorticoid is cortisol. When Adrenal Fatigue occurs, cortisol is lowered and the body will be unable to deal with stress. When the body cannot effectively deal with stress, a slew of problems can occur.
Adrenal Fatigue: Symptoms Remedies and Recovery
If you find that you can identify with many of these symptoms, then what is the next step? While Adrenal Fatigue is reversible, it is a process that cannot happen overnight. Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that is acquired over a long period of time therefore, it is important to be patient and kind to your body when entering the recovery process. The first and most important step is to try to remove the stressors that may have caused Adrenal Fatigue to occur. Improving your sleeping habits and diet will also help you recover from this condition. Nutritional supplementation and exercise also play a key role in helping reverse Adrenal Fatigue. These are just a few basic steps to follow in order to aid the recovery process. Please seek help from a trusted practitioner to help with a true overall recovery.
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