Busy, tired? Make sure you take care of your Adrenals!
Feeling overly stressed, fatigued and low in energy? Suffering from anxiety or depression? Enduring poor-quality sleep despite feeling exhausted? You could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.
Adrenal recovery is a process akin to running a marathon. The process is long, but it can be done easily and painlessly, one step at a time
One of the drawbacks of being in today’s society is the need and pressure to be on the go all the time. Coordinating work, family commitments, study and a social life, whilst simultaneously trying to look after yourself through exercise and adequate sleep can lead to one pretty drained human. And it’s this continual roller-coaster of exhaustion, stress and the need to find that last bit of energy to get through that crucial presentation; to be the life of the party; to give your family love and attention that could very well lead to Adrenal Fatigue.
A quick science lesson on your adrenal glands:
The adrenal glands are two small glands, each about the size of a large grape, situated on top of the kidneys. Their purpose – through the regulation of certain hormones – is to help the body cope with stress levels from the very mild right up to split-second life or death decisions; we call this the Fight or Flight reflex. One of the more than 50 hormones produced by the adrenal gland is cortisol. When our cortisol reserves are depleted due to prolonged stress the body’s immunity becomes compromised resulting in sickness, from the common cold and general sense of being rundown, to serious health concerns like Chronic Fatigue.
Dubbed the 21st Century Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue is a very real condition affecting thousands of overworked Australian adults, yet it is still a medical condition relatively unrecognized by mainstream Institutions. This is partly due to the difficulty in its diagnosis, as often signs and symptoms are wide and varied and studies are still in their infancy.
According to the Adrenal Fatigue Centre, the extensive list of signs and symptoms include:
- Tendency to gain weight and inability to lose it, especially around the waist
- High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases, with symptoms lasting longer than usual
- Tendency to tremble when under pressure
- Being diagnosed or suffering from depression, panic attacks, anxiety or low sex drive
- Light-headedness when rising from a horizontal position
- Poor memory
- Lack of energy in the mornings and in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm
- Feeling more alert at 10pm than any other time of day
- Needing coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning or pick you up in the afternoon
- Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese
- Increased symptoms of PMS for women; periods are heavy and then stop, or are almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day
- Pain in the upper back or neck for no apparent reason
- Difficulty in getting up in the morning
- Reoccurring viral and bacterial infections
- Feeling irritable, anxious and/or suffering from a fuzzy head and short-term memory loss
Those who are at risk of suffering from Adrenal Fatigue often agree to being at least three of the following:
- Highly ambitious while having little to no downtime
- On the go all the time – addicted to their social media, always on the phone or near a computer
- University students, especially those trying to balance work
- Drug or alcohol users
- Those who work/study all day and party all night, leaving little time for rest
- In an unhappy relationship and/or working in a stressful job
- Self-employed and struggling with a new business
- Shift workers with irregular sleep patterns
Most people suffering from Adrenal Fatigue will, when given the right natural tools to assist them with rest, diet and lifestyle, be able to heal and replenish their bodies. Finding a knowledgeable, experienced practitioner to conduct regular cortisol and DHEA hormone saliva tests and to build and implement a manageable tailored nutritional program is the first – and most important – step to take if you feel you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue progresses in stages, with sufferers in the early stage being able to work and be active and look good on the outside, however suffer from stress internally using sugar fixes, coffee and other stimulants to keep them performing. Ignoring these signs and symptoms and thus inhibiting your body from repairing itself will eventually lead to more advanced phases of Adrenal Fatigue, where you’ll become physically drained, stressed and possibly anxious although you feel capable of holding down a job. Adrenal Exhaustion comes in the later stages and can be completely incapacitating – if not fatal.
If you think you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue and would like assistance in healing, we recommend coming in to see one of our many knowledgeable and experienced practitioners at Elevate who will be able to provide a program specifically tailored to your individual needs. Adrenal Fatigue unfortunately does not come with a ‘one size fits all’ approach to healing as different people are at different stages of fatigue and therefore have different requirements.
Healing is achievable though. As the Adrenal Fatigue Center states, “Adrenal recovery is a process akin to running a marathon. The process is long, but it can be done easily and painlessly, one step at a time.”
If you think you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue contact Elevate on (02) 9252 2225 and make an appointment to see Dr John Hart who will be able to help.