Are you constantly exhausted? Does dragging yourself out of bed in the morning feel like a major victory? If you feel chronically tired, weary, and unwell, you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands function below the optimal level. Prolonged stress is one of the most common causes of adrenal fatigue.
In today’s busy world, most of us hustle between work and home, with a stop at the grocery store in between. We never take any personal time to rest and relax. It can be hard to shut down, and more often than not, we’re left worrying about things at the office long after quitting time. Family, friends and finances can all contribute to our stress levels.
Stress opens the door for all types of illness because it weakens our immune system. Adrenal fatigue and a weakened immune system often go hand-in-hand. Those with adrenal fatigue may suddenly become susceptible to all types of illness, including infections that won’t heal as well as inflammatory illnesses. People suffering from adrenal fatigue go through life feeling tired and listless and believe that this is a normal part of life.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not normal, and I’ve got some tips that can help you regain control of your life and energy levels.
Most people with adrenal fatigue have tried all kinds of tricks to increase their energy level. Some people opt for a short-term sugar high and eat more sugary snacks because they provide a sudden burst of energy. Others drink more coffee or energy drinks, choosing caffeine to give them a boost. Neither one of these are a good option and they ultimately just act as a band-aid to the underlying issue. Feeding an unmet need with sugar and caffeine not only drains in the short tern adrenals, but ultimately leads to adrenal burnout and deregulation. When our bodies release too much cortisol, our survival hormone, other critical hormones are affected such as progesterone, insulin and thyroid hormones. Overuse of cortisol creates hormone and immune system chaos.
If left untreated, adrenal fatigue can eventually lead to adrenal failure, which will require professional medical intervention. So how about we recognize adrenal fatigue for what it is, and treat it with a healthy, positive approach before it requires a trip to your doctor?
Here are some key indicators that you are experiencing adrenal fatigue:
- You are wired and tired
- You are sick throughout the year
- You are experiencing cravings in the afternoon and late at night
- You are experiencing restless sleep, or having trouble going to sleep
- You are gaining weight in the mid-section
- You experience overwhelm throughout the day
Now that we established some baseline indicators here are some great tips for kicking adrenal fatigue to the curb and regaining control of your life.
Supplements: Omegas, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha
These supplements offer a healthy option for dealing with all types of adrenal fatigue, iron deficiency, low energy levels and other conditions that have arisen because of the fast-paced lifestyle. It’s easy to find many good supplements on the market that offer important benefits. Omega 3 fatty acids are great for improving overall cellular health. They also promote healthy nerve function, help prevent strokes and diabetes, and support healthy cell development.
Rhodiola is an all-natural marvel that comes from Russia, Sweden and Scandinavian countries, where it has been used for centuries to combat stress. Multiple studies have concluded that Rhodiola is a great remedy for memory problems, fatigue, and poor attention span.
The Ashwagandha root and berry have been used in both African and Indian medicine for centuries. This plant has a long history of improving everything from arthritis and insomnia to asthma and bronchitis. Many people take this supplement to increase mental function, and it has been used for fertility problems in both men and women. Taken daily, it can help your body cope with stress and lower cortisol levels.
The power of self-awareness is easy to overlook, but is the most important step in reducing cortisol levels in the body. The first step to addressing chronic stress is recognizing when you are triggered and creating habits to lessen those triggers. Becoming more self aware of stressful triggers involves increasing your ability to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, along with knowing which external factors cause you stress. Is it weekly work deadlines, or having a conversation with a certain family member? When you become aware of your environmental stress triggers you can make a healthy decision for supporting your body, or change those circumstances. Your thoughts about life and your belief system play a very crucial part in how well you adapt to stressful situations. You will find that your stress levels will reduce significantly by becoming more self-aware and having a healthy plan in place.
Essential oils play a major role in supporting mood and reducing occasional stress. Researchers have known for many years that aromatherapy can work wonders. Different aromas can significantly improve your mental clarity and mood. Essential oils go one step further. Many believe that these oils are the ultimate gift from nature because they have a definitive ability to affect your feelings of well-being. Simply by inhaling certain oils, you can turn stress around and experience peaceful feelings of calmness and security within just moments. Try breathing in a combination of Lavender and Bergamot, or Clary Sage and Frankincense. If you want to learn more about essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily lifestyle check out my page.
Yoga and Meditation
We all have the same 24 hours a day to work, live, eat, sleep, and play, but how many of us purposely take 15 minutes out of each day to get centered with yoga and meditation? These are two of my favorite tools for keeping my mind centered.
To get started, turn on a favorite song that has a soothing melody. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Try a few stretches to warm up your muscles, and then continue with several simple yoga exercises. Try to keep your mind clear. Don’t think about problems at work or home. Don’t think about bills or relationship issues. Just clear your mind and meditate on the wonderful beauty of the universe and all you have to be thankful for.
Reduce Coffee and Sugar Intake
We all love our morning coffee, especially those lattes from our favorite coffee house. While they do provide a burst of energy, coffee can leave you feeling tired later in the day. Sadly, for most of us, curling up for a mid-day nap at the office is not an option. Be mindful of how much coffee and sugar you ingest each day. A little is okay, but too much can hamper your mental abilities and create hormone chaos. High fructose products tend to send your hormones into a tailspin. You may start feeling hungry when you really aren’t. Learn to enjoy beverages without the sugar, such as water infusions or teas, or use honey or maple syrup as natural sweeteners instead of sugar.
Suffering from adrenal fatigue is no fun. The good news is that a few simple changes to your diet and mindset can help reset your body. Try incorporating a few of these tips into your daily routine if you’re feeling especially exhausted.
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