OH I AM SOOO TIRED AGAIN, AND AGAIN AND AGAIN..... THE ADRENAL CONNECTION:
I've heard so much of this in clinic lately which really distresses the client that they cannot live their life optimally when feeling so fatigued. In fact I get quite concerned that the patient does not have the ability or energy to live the life they want. So I really want to talk about the causes of Adrenal Fatigue....
We are a society of sleepiness, running on fumes and caffeine, craving sugary foods, and suffering from debilitating exhaustion. Today, chronic fatigue affects more than over a million people iin Australia and chances are you are one of them. That’s not even counting all the mildly to moderately fatigued.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is multifaceted, but one common aspect of the condition is something called adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys like little kidney baseball caps, release several important hormones, one of which is cortisol. You’ve probably heard about cortisol before since it’s your major stress hormone. Cortisol is supposed to be higher in the morning when you wake up and slowly go down throughout the day so that you can sleep well. It’s not necessarily a bad hormone, it actually helps regulate your blood sugar and pressure but you want cortisol to be in balance. Not too high and not too low.
Adrenal fatigue is not really an adrenal problem but a brain problem. Typically, adrenal fatigue is when the brain-adrenal (HPA) axis isn’t working so well. This HPA axis dysfunction can cause low cortisol when it should be high and high cortisol when it should be low, and everything in between. Not fun....
If you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, here’s what you might experience: Sound Familiar???
• You’re slow to start in the morning, in fact you make a tortoise seem like Usain Bolt • You crave salty or sugary foods. • You have a low libido. • You’re fatigued in the afternoon. • You get a “second wind” in the evening. • You can’t stay asleep. • You experience dizziness when standing up quickly. • You get afternoon headaches. • You have blood sugar issues. • You have chronic inflammation. • Your nails are weak. • You’re often moody. • You have difficulty losing weight.
Over the next few days I am blogging about ways that I get my patients to rehab from their Adrenal Fatigue. Hope you'll join me X