Are you struggling with chronic tiredness, depression, and/or irritability? If so, you may have a condition known as “adrenal fatigue”. This common health issue is quite tricky to diagnose for conventional doctors as it comes with several uncommon symptoms that can be difficult to trace.
In the present article, we’ll examine the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue and its causes.
What Does Adrenal Fatigue Mean?
Also known scientifically as “hypoadrenia”, adrenal fatigue is a medical problem that involves chronic tiredness stemming from a failure of the adrenal glands to generate sufficient quantities of a hormone called glucocorticoid cortisol. Due to the fact that this condition is not widely accepted by conventional doctors, it is often wrongly diagnosed as a mental disorder or dismissed completely.
What this means is that most conventional doctors will tell you “It’s all made up”, or “It’s just stress,” or “You have nothing wrong with you.”
Symptoms and Warning Signs of Adrenal Fatigue
The most common symptom related to adrenal fatigue is a chronic feeling of tiredness that does not subside with sleep or rest. You may experience tiredness throughout the day, but your sleep patterns are random and inconsistent.
Furthermore, you may struggle to fall asleep but can’t get out of bed easily in the morning. This is why so many sufferers of adrenal fatigue resort to stimulants like tea, coffee, or energy drinks to keep their energy through the day (which only makes things worse in the long run).
Additional symptoms of the condition feature:
Sweet or salty food cravings
Delayed recovery from physical activity
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to cold
Menopausal symptoms (hot flashes)
Excessive hunger or low appetite
Regular colds and flu
Mental health symptoms
Inability to cope with daily stress
Lack of focus
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is often a very tricky riddle for most conventional doctors as they are not educated to explore its symptoms and causes. This can lead to a series of costly (and sometimes unnecessary) tests and drug treatments, which are not the most convenient way to get to the root of adrenal fatigue and treat it.
Some common culprits of adrenal fatigue are:
Regular consumption of junk food
High intake of carbs
Consumption of too much caffeine (energy drinks included)
Aspartame (artificial sweetener)
Insufficient intake of healthy salt (sea salt)
Undiagnosed gluten sensitivity or intolerance
Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies
If you are deficient in vitamin D3, magnesium, or zinc, this could bring on or worsen adrenal fatigue.
Physical or mental stress
Prolonged physical or mental stress are common factors in the development of adrenal fatigue.
Insufficient sleep is such a common element in adrenal fatigue because it can be both a cause and a symptom. You cannot sleep well because your adrenals are burnt out, and they aren’t producing enough of the proper hormones to help you sleep well. It’s a vicious cycle.
Exposure to environmental pollutants like fluoride, pesticides, and heavy metals can also increase your chances of developing adrenal fatigue.
Natural Ways to Balance Your Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is a steroid hormone compound released by your adrenal glands. If it is too high in your system, you will suffer from anxiety and digestive problems. If it’s too low, you may encounter any of the above symptoms. Balance is the key. Once you balance your cortisol levels naturally, you will no longer feel tired and will be ready to face the world again.
Holistic physicians often suggest licorice root as an herbal remedy for treating adrenal fatigue. Its occasional consumption can raise cortisol naturally so that the feeling of tiredness subsides and the sufferer can return to their normal daily tasks.
However, licorice root should not be taken in excess as excessive doses can lead to headaches, fluid retention, and elevated blood pressure. It is also a good idea to consume licorice root with foods that are high in potassium such as avocados and bananas.
Speaking of food, your diet can also have a major impact on your cortisol levels. If you consume too much processed junk foods or sweets, it’s time to make some healthier choices.
Get rid of all the processed and sweet junk in your cabinet or fridge and go to the grocery store with a health-conscious friend. Fill your cart with nutrient-dense and wholesome food such as organic vegetables, organic fruits, organic or free-range chicken, lean meats, healthy grains, nuts, etc.
Also, stay away from gluten for at least 30 days, as hidden gluten intolerance is one of the top causes of chronic tiredness.
When you constantly feel drained and tired, getting through the day is just survival, not living. If you continually struggle to keep up with your work and spend time with friends and family, this can eventually spark feelings of depression and emptiness. Just remember, you are not the one to blame. Adrenal fatigue can be tackled with proper diagnosis and treatment.