Adrenal Fatigue: Blog #2
Last week we introduced the topic of Adrenal Fatigue. We learned that Adrenal Fatigue is a condition represented by symptoms such as:
- Chronic fatigue (lack of concentration), weight gain around the abdomen, constant hunger, poor/light sleep quality, reduced sex drive, slight to mid range depression, dependency on stimulants to function and so on.
Adrenal fatigue is essentially caused by a chronic hormonal imbalance that leads to a cascading effect of some of the known symptoms mentioned above.
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
The main driver of hormonal imbalance, and therefore Adrenal Fatigue, is Stress.
Issues will start to arise when stress is prolonged, unmanaged and largely unconscious (i.e. we are unaware that we are in a stressful situation).
Some types of Stress to be aware of are:
- Physical Stress: Overloading the body with physical or mental exercise, lack of sleep, pre-existing illness/condition
- Emotional Stress: Being in a bad relationship, a job you dislike or state of mind
- Environmental Stress: We are exposed to many pollutants in urban life (e.g electromagnetic radiation, car fumes etc)
- Chemical Stress: Exposure to fire retardants on clothes/furniture, chemicals in food and water, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products etc
- Dietary Stress: Over consumption of sugars, carbohydrates, coffee and other overly processed foods
Solutions for ADRENAL FATIGUE
The types of Stress that we are exposed to on a daily basis can be overwhelming. However, I have found that the key to reducing the stress in life and ultimately building one's vitality is to keep things very simple. Some easy to implement tips and solutions are:
- Take note of Coffee/Caffeine intake; try to reduce to one or two cups per day and have one full day of NO Caffeine (I know that will be hard for some)
- Reduce and remove Screen Time (TV, Phone etc..) from 9.30pm; The blue light from such devices does make it harder for the body to start to relax and get a good nights sleep
- Exercise; Yes! Exercise is good. But try to nourish the body, not overwork the body. Find the right amount that works for you. This might only be 15 minutes at the gym per day
- Diet; As we all know, try and reduce sugar intake and refined carbohydrates. This can be hard with all those office birthday cakes ;)
- Get that amazing sunshine (sensibly)! Vitamin D is so important to building the body's immune system and restoring the hormones
- Relax!!! Easier said than done, I know. But this is vitally important. Most of the stress we generate is from overthinking things that happened in the past or that might happen in the future. A great way to combat over thinking things is by cultivating Present Moment Awareness; this will give you more control over unnecessary stress being generated by the mind.
We hope you found this information helpful. Feel free to let us know if you would like us to share any resources/recommendations of practitioners. Happy to help where we can! :)