When the adrenal glands fight with stress and very busy schedule them you are facing adrenal fatigue where you feel dull all over, overworked, and burned out. This is not a diagnosis that you will get from a doctor, but if you feel these symptoms then you will need to make some changes in your lifestyle. If you suppress them then you might enter an adrenal insufficiency that your medical doctor can diagnose. The body will send you signs you must not ignore.
When the stress does not go away, then we get elevated cortisol levels and the rest of the systems weaken as the adrenal glands can only handle so much.
These are the signs of adrenal fatigue:
1. You Feel Overwhelmed by Life
Most people tend to overlook the importance of self-care for the overall health of the body. They are often stressed, preoccupied with some trivial matters and without time for themselves.
But take a step back and change the habits. Try to balance and avoid any stress, your body will definitely thank you.
2. Difficulty Sleeping
For a healthy metabolism, people need 8-10 hours of sleep every night. This is an optimal time the body needs for rest, reset and recover for the new day. Many people do not practice this routine, but keep working all night long. This makes an imbalance in your body and you find difficulty to fall asleep.
However, never it’s too late. You can implement a new healthy habit to bring back the balance. Make sure you go to bed by 10:30, lying in the dark will release melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. Also, some meditation will be of great help or some warm bath.
3. Feeling of Exhaustion After Exercise
Did you know that exercise should make you feel energized, instead of feeling fatigued and exhausted? Too much exercise can do the opposite and you may end up with additional stress on your adrenal glands.
In case you are exercising on a regular basis, but are still not achieving the wanted results and are struggling with abdominal fat, swap your exercise routine for more gentle forms like yoga, walking, and stretching.
4. Your Hormones Are Feeling Wacky
The thyroid may be affected during the second stage of adrenal fatigue, which may lead to symptoms like poor circulation, weight gain, dry hair, fatigue, and dry hair and skin. When the adrenal glands gave difficulties coping with stress levels, the hormone precursor steps in. This eventually leads to hormone imbalance.
The symptoms of a hormone imbalance, such as increased PMS symptoms and irregular cycle are highly unpleasant. To fight them back, eliminate caffeine, drink plenty of water, follow a nourishing diet, get enough rest, and add adaptogenic herbs into your diet.
5. You’re Feeling Overly Anxious or Depressed
When you’ve got too much going on, anxiety kicks in. The pressure of deadlines and a busy schedule can have you running on an adrenaline rush. Adrenal hormones are involved in cognitive function, mood, and mental states – in very complex ways.
Anxiety and depression can be directly related to stress, as when we are less ‘tolerant’ than we normally are, we are more easily frustrated! Again, this goes back to #1 – take more time for YOU. You do enough, you give ENOUGH, you are ENOUGH! Your health and well-being are more important than a clean kitchen and a work function that you don’t want to go to .
6. You’ve Got Cravings for Salt
You’re not you when you’re stressed. When adrenal fatigue begins to affect hormone balance, it is common to crave salty snacks. The reason: your body is looking for sodium and other minerals. When production of aldosterone (the salt-retaining hormone) is decreased, this can lead to low blood pressure, heart palpitations, cravings for salt and dizziness/lightheadedness upon standing.
It is important to ensure that you are getting enough minerals in your daily routine, you can do this by using a high quality Himalayan pink salt in your cooking, along with using seaweeds such as dulse, kelp, and nori, you can also add mineral drops to your filtered water .
7. You Feel Stiff & Sore
Your body is reacting to stressful events, thus if you feel stiff then it may show that you are not getting a full recharge. You might be feeling the stress in your jaw, back, and neck. Thus, optimize your sleep habits and spend time on stretching yoga routine. You can take warm Alka baths to soothe your muscles and detox and balance your body.
8. You rely on caffeine to get through the afternoon
Coffee does not give you energy, but you are actually borrowing that energy. Even though caffeine helps your brain get through the day with added stimulation, it weakens your adrenal glands and keeps your body in stress mode, signaling the production of stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol. The mornings are very hard when you have adrenal fatigue, however, regular coffee drinkers will know that the initial surge of energy wears off and you will still feel tired and crabby than when you woke up. You should better reach for herbal teas and coffee substitutes during your recharge. Try holy basil, mint, or dandelion root.
9. Reduced Digestion
The high level of stress affects the optimal digestion and absorption of the nutritive properties from food. This is further reflected in the work of adrenal glands which make you feel bloated, gain weight or experience constipation.
If you feel stressed even despite a healthy diet, you won’t be able to absorb all the necessary nutritive qualities from food. Along such diet, you should practice drinking lemon water, water, probiotics and minerals in order to improve digestion.