You could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue right now and not even know it.
I chalked up all my symptoms to just a reaction to excess stress from running my own business (at home) and my marriage separation.
But when my symptoms kept getting worse and worse and I started feeling lifeless…I knew it had to be something else. I decided to look into all my symptoms to see if any of them related and low and behold…came to find I had almost every single symptom of adrenal fatigue.
Here’s what to look for if you think you may have adrenal fatigue too.
This includes feelings of:
- feeling worn out
- feeling run down
- needing a nap
- trouble waking in the morning
Cravings of Salt:
If you crave salt (or super salty foods) this could be a sign that your adrenals are burnt out. The reason for this is that you body is low on sodium and aldosterone (a steroid hormone). An easy fix to this is to add a tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt to your morning glass of water; I like to add it to my bone broth each morning.
Energetic at Night:
A typical energy pattern of someone suffering from adrenal fatigue looks like this:
- very fatigued in the a.m.
- more alert around lunch time
- afternoon lull (this is due to being low in cortisol production (your stress hormone)
- gradual recovery in early evening
- another wave of fatigue around 9pm
This is my energy pattern currently, to a “T. I find I espesh get a “second wind” after 6 pm and lately I’ve been heading back into the office after dinner to do a bit of light work. If this sounds like you too, you may do your best work at night.
Feeling Dizzy When Standing Up:
You also may experience a loss of balance when standing and/or walking. It might be just low blood pressure when you’re returning to a standing position, or it could be AF. You see, your blood pressure rises as you stand up, but if your adrenals are fried, this doesn’t happen, hence the dizziness.
Lack of a Tolerance for Stress:
One of the main causes of AF is prolonged stress. This makes decision making or serious situations (like a fight or flight situation) more difficult to face. An example would be breaking down uncontrollably after a near miss car accident. If our adrenals are all topped up and firing on all cylinder, the usual response is to give someone the finger, or a need to take a minute before carrying on with your drive.
But if your adrenals are shot, an occurrence like this would cause you to have a melt down. It’s ok girl, we just need to get your adrenals healed (more on that coming up).
Long periods of high cortisol production followed by a dip in your cortisol levels (due to overstimulation) makes our body less prepared to deal with stress…of any kind.
This is what is also known as burn-out. Being burnt out can decrease your overall tolerance to life events. It can also cause you to withdraw socially. So how do we fix this? SELF CARE! Some example of self-care are:
- yoga or Pilates (I like PiYo!)
- prayer (my go-to!)
Catch Colds/Flu Easily and Frequently:
Cortisol is also an anti-inflammatory and if your adrenals are shot, your cortisol levels get too high, which blocks your immune system.
On the other side of the coin, if your cortisol drops too low, you’re prone to pathogens and end up with more inflammation and maybe even auto-immune diseases.
All kinds of neurological dysfunction occurs with adrenal fatigue:
- brain fog
- forgetfulness just to name a few.
No Sex Drive:
The inner portion of your adrenals (called the mendulla) is responsible for making adrenaline. If your adrenals are burnt out, there’s little to no adrenal production, which results in a reduced to no sex drive.
Increase in Belly Fat and/or Bloating:
Cortisol production is at it’s highest when you’re stressed. The tummy area houses most of your cortisol receptors. Therefore, if you’re under too much stress (and ladies, let’s face it, who isn’t in today’s fast-paced, immediate gratification society), your cortisol production goes through the roof…and you guessed it, is stored where they hang out most (where the most receptors are)…your tummy.
ARGH! It’s like you can’t win 😉
Due to your brain being exhausted because of it’s requirement for increased energy when we’re stressed, there becomes a toxic metabolite build-up and lack of glucose. In layman’s terms? Your belly fat increases due to so much stress on the body.
- Nutrition, nutrition, and more nutrition. You’ve GOT to get your clean eating on point, no “I’ll try”. That’s just an excuse and girl, it’s time to take action!
- Exercise. But not intense exercise and not excessive. Think lots of yoga, a little HIIT and a small amount of resistance training (2-3x/week MAX!). This trifecta will help you still burn fat but also not stress your adrenals further.
- Focus on gut healing activities (try Bulldog yoga!) and foods.
If you missed the Live broadcast I did May 1 on this topic, you can catch it here. Make sure to say HI (even though it’d a recording) and let me know what your biggest takeaway was, k?
Also, feel free to post any Qs you have about adrenal fatigue or share your personal stories/recovery; I’d love to chat about it with you and how you overcame AF.
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