All physical, emotional, and psychological stress takes a serious toll on your health, especially when the stress is sustained. Over time unrelenting stress can cause adrenal fatigue. A situation where the adrenal glands are no longer producing adequate amounts of stress-related hormones.
YES! Adrenal fatigue is real.
And as you can imagine the #1 symptom is fatigue…no matter how much sleep you get you feel tired and sluggish.
What Does Adrenal Fatigue Feel Like?
As you can see here this type of adrenal insufficiency is linked to a long list of symptoms.
- Tired on waking in the morning.
- Trouble sleeping despite feeling very tired.
- Needing stimulants such as coffee to get going in the morning.
- Feeling sluggish most of the day, but the fatigue really hits around mid afternoon.
- Feeling weak and jittery if skipping meals, or going too long without food.
- Craving sugar, and/or salty food.
- Constantly feeling worn-out, stressed and overwhelmed by life.
- No longer able to effectively deal with stress.
- Frequently catching infections, and it takes a noticeably longer to recover from infections.
- For women, PMS or menopausal symptoms.
- Low libido (sex drive).
- Poor memory and concentration.
- Gaining weight for no reason, especially around the middle.
- Muscle aches and joint pain.
- Muscle weakness.
- Often feeling dizzy and light headed, especially when getting up too quickly.
- Feeling apathetic, even depressed some days.
- Sluggish digestion, often constipated.
Adrenal fatigue is associated with a range of symptoms, many sharing similarities with other health issues. So it’s important to work with a healthcare practitioner who understands how to diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue effectively.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
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 insufficiency and an underactive thyroid?
In fact, adrenal fatigue often goes hand-in-hand with hypothyroidism. It’s almost impossible to successfully recover from a thyroid disorder when there is a co-existing adrenal health issue.