You may be asking what in the world is Adrenal Fatigue?
I certainly was asking that questions several years ago when I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue the first time, by my Naturopathic , Dr. Angela Agrios, several years ago. Yes I recently experienced a relapse, more about that story further down.
Unfortunately western medicine, for the most part, does not recognize or treat Adrenal Fatigue, therefore most of the population has no idea what it is and how crucial healthy adrenals are for ageless health and beauty.
The good news is that it is pretty easy to fix if caught in the earlier stages.
The bad news is that Adrenal Fatigue can really cause all sorts of health issues, even life and death issues if left untreated.
What are Adrenals?
The Adrenal Glands are hormone producing glands that are part of the endocrine system and sit on top of each kidney. Their main function is to release hormones, such as cortisol and many others that help the body deal with stress.
When functioning properly the adrenal glands make the necessary amount of hormones without producing too much or too little.
How do Adrenal Glands become Fatigued?
Stress is the number one cause of Adrenal Fatigue. Our bodies were meant to deal with stress in small spurts, every once in a while, not on a daily basis. Chronic stress, that goes on for months, even years, overworks the gland to the point that the adrenals become too fatigued to keep up with the needs of the body.
Adrenal Fatigue is very common here in the United States. Take a look at this long list of the many ways we over stress our adrenals.
- Being in a state of hurry because you are running late.
- Being angry or mad
- Career stress
- Bad relationships
- Emotional stress
- Physical conditions/Illnesses
- Drinking too much caffeine
- Exercising too much
- Lack of Sleep
- Refined Carbohydrates
All of these things contribute to stressing out our Adrenal Glands.
How does Adrenal Fatigue effect the body?
- Elevated blood sugar levels
- Weight Gain
- Memory loss
- Low energy levels
- High or Low blood pressure
- Poor sleep
- Menstrual irregularities
- Skin rashes
- May cause autoimmune diseases.
Adrenal Fatigue makes it extremely hard to recover from a serious or chronic illness.
What are the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
- Extremely hard to wake up in the morning
- Afternoon fatigue
- Memory Loss
- Low blood pressure
- Allergies develop for the first time
- Skin rashes
- Feelings of being overwhelmed
- Sugar or salt cravings
- Increased thirst
- Heat and cold intolerances
Every person is different. Some people with Adrenal Fatigue experience extreme fatigue in the morning and then by night time the energy levels have increased so much so that they can’t sleep. Others may be fine in the morning but experience extreme fatigue by 3pm.
Now for my story. For those who read my blog, you know that the last year and a half I have been a little stressed.
Read Cathey’s Immune Boosting Health Tips. (The good news is that all is well now.) With everything going on in my life, I had decided to take the last 6 months off from doing Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is a 1 1/2 hour class in a 105 degree room. My schedule was so packed this was just too time consuming.
A couple of weeks ago I decided it was now a good time to get back to Bikram Yoga. I was in decent shape, having regularly exercised to T-Tapp and Kathy Smith videos. The first day back, as expected the heat was intense, but I made it through the class. Later that day I felt extremely tired, but that was to be expected. Even though I do Bikram yoga every other day I continued to be exhausted every day. I began to think, wow I guess old age is setting in, maybe I am too old for this. I was literally so tired by 3pm I had to lay down and take a nap. This is so unlike me.
That’s when I called my naturopathic, Dr. Angela Agrios to set up an appointment. She immediately suspected that the Bikram Yoga had caused the Adrenal Fatigue that I didn’t realize I had to reach a breaking point.
The good news is that with a few added supplements and taking extra good care of myself, I quickly recovered and feel like my old energetic self again.
Adrenal Fatigue can wreak havoc on the aging process by causing inflammation, which also effects your long term health. The fatigue also takes a toll on every area of your life.
Take a look at the symptoms and if you suspect you might have adrenal fatigue find a naturopathic doctor in your area by clicking here.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend my naturopathic, Dr. Angela Agrios.
Watch what she has to say about Adrenal Fatigue.