Unrelenting stress causes adrenal fatigue which is associated with physical, and mental exhaustion.
And YES! Adrenal fatigue is real.
The #1 symptom is fatigue…no matter how much sleep you get you feel tired and sluggish.
Here Are The Symptoms You Need To Know About
Take a look at the most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue to see how many apply to you.
- Trouble sleeping, and wake feeling tired.
- Need stimulants such as coffee to really get going in the morning.
- Feel sluggish most of the day, but it really hits around mid afternoon.
- Get weak and jittery if skip a meal, or go too long without food.
- Crave sugar, and/or salty food.
- Constantly feel worn-out, stressed and overwhelmed by life.
- No longer able to effectively deal with stress.
- Frequently catch infections, and it takes a noticeably long time to recover.
- For women, PMS or menopausal symptoms.
- Low libido (sex drive).
- Poor memory and concentration.
- Gaining weight for no reason, especially around my middle.
- Muscle aches and joint pain.
- Loss of muscle mass.
- Often feel dizzy and light headed, especially if get up too quickly.
- Feel apathetic, even depressed some days.
- Sluggish digestion, often constipated.
You will notice many of the symptoms listed here are non-specific so it’s important to work with a healthcare practitioner who understands how to treat adrenal fatigue.
What Triggers Adrenal Fatigue?
All physical, emotional, and psychological stress take a serious toll on your health, especially when the stress is sustained.
When you are under stress the adrenal glands which are located at the top of each kidney are designed to take charge, and respond to stress. In fact, these glands are essential for survival as they fire up the critical ‘fight or flight’ response.
Unfortunately, over time stress overwhelms the adrenal glands and they can no longer respond effectively. This decreased adrenal response leads to adrenal fatigue.
Did you know there’s a very strong link between adrenal fatigue and low thyroid health?
In fact, adrenal fatigue often goes hand-in-hand with hypothyroidism. It’s therefore next to impossible to successfully recover from a thyroid disorder when there is a co-existing adrenal problem.